Summer Camps Serving Berkeley

An All-Outdoor Day Camp in Lafayette. Home transportation provided from Berkeley.

Day campers at horseback riding
Campers learn rowing
Campers learning to swim from their swim counselor

Outdoors Summer Camp for Ages 4-16

Since 1972, Roughing It has been offering summer camps in an all-outdoors environment for children ages 4 to 16. We serve many Berkeley families and are located at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir.

We provide many outdoor activities including horseback riding, swimming, waterfront activities, and more! We also have programs specifically designed for younger campers and teens. Come check us out at a local event or talk with a camper parent in your area.

FREE transportation!

Our 36 Bus Stops serve San Fransisco, East Bay, Contra Cost and Tri-Valley and certain areas are available for home pick up. 

Our buses are driven by year-round professional school bus drivers in safe school buses.

Need more info on times or want to inquire about home pick up? Send a request!

Berkeley Bus Stops

  • Home Pick-Up
  • Star Grocery
  • Cedar Rose Park
  • Arlington & Mendocino
  • Kensington Library
  • Broadway Terrace & Country Club

Free Extended Care

Our flexible before and aftercare programs also known as CampPlus.

Breakfast Club – 7:00-8:15am

Light breakfast and games at our central Lafayette office. $5/day

After-Camp Extended Care –                   3:00-5:00pm

  • Saddle Club 
  • Horse Club 
  • Swim Club 
  • Twilight Fishing 
  • Reservoir Club 
  • Sports Club 
  • Outdoor Cooking Club 

Visit Camp Today!

See our beautiful camp site at the Lafayette Reservoir! 

Learn More about Roughing It Programs

Counselor with her happy campers
Young Campers Play Instruments as a Group at the Reservoir

What Parents are Saying

You have an incredible organization, fabulous staff and a real love of doing this, it is obvious. -Terezia N, Berkeley

My daughter likes the variety of activities, and we like having 4 weeks for her to bond with her fellow campers. We also like the variety plus the focus on the outdoors, so close to home. – Ann S, Berkeley

Berkeley Parent References

We understand that finding the right camp for your child can be challenging. We can put you in touch with another family in your area (or school) who can speak about Roughing It. Here are Berkeley families who would be happy to talk with you: 

  • Ann Smulka & Robert Blackburn
  • Terezia Nemeth & Charles Gibson
  • Joanna Sedman & Andy Packard
  • Rhonda Clark & Jessica Warren
  • Tamara Lange & Alex Helperin
  • Andrea & Brook Dooley
  •  Christine & Rick da Silva
  • Dawit Kidane & Aster Yosief
  • Dele & Daniel Kammen
  • Hilary & Jason Keith Jennifer & Edan Kabatchnick
  • Jennifer & Felix Baum Jennifer Judy & Jared Caldwell
  • Kara Winter & Tim Golden
  • Meghan & Kevin Leader
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Ruth Singer & Daniel Bodner
  • Selamawite Negusse & Amanuel Zerit

Contact Us to get in touch with a family in your area who has attended Roughing It Day Camp!

Come visit camp!

Please visit our event page for information about the next Camp Open House or Camp Show!

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We are ACA accredited

Roughing It is accredited by the American Camping Association. Learn why accreditation matters.