Blackhawk Summer Camps

Summer Camps Serving Blackhawk

An all-outdoor day camp in the East Bay. Free transportation provided from Blackhawk.

Horse counselor giving their camper a high five
Campers rowing with their counselor on the Reservoir
Kids diving at swimming

All-outdoors summer camp activities since 1972!

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

We provide many outdoor activities found in a traditional summer camp, including horseback riding, swimming, waterfront activities, and more! We also have programs specifically designed for teens and younger campers. Come check us out at a local event or talk with a camper parent in your area. Feel free to drop by our Lafayette office!

Learn More about Roughing It Programs

Counselor with her happy campers
Girl Camper Learns to Cast in Fishing

Visit Camp Today!

See our beautiful camp site at the Lafayette Reservoir! Attend an Open House or Camp Show, or schedule a personal tour of camp.

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. See our Camp Bus Stops & Home Pickup Locations  »

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!

Blackhawk area bus stops

  • Danville: Blackhawk CVS
  • Danville: Black Bear Diner
  • San Ramon: Bollinger Safeway
  • San Ramon: Crow Canyon Commons
Counselor Greets Campers off the Morning Bus

What parents are saying

My son really enjoys going to camp at Roughing It. He’s not an easy person to get up in the morning; but when it’s to go to Roughing It he is up and ready………just wish it would be the same for school!
-Dora C, Danville

Roughing It Supports Blackhawk Schools!

Roughing It gives back to many of the schools our campers attend. We have made donations to the following schools:

Parent References

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

  • Elisa & Doug Graver-Dowd
  • Joyce Ho
  • Dr. Tracy Trotter
  • Dora Coelho & Jack Nickerson
  • Terri & John Pulliam
  • Elaine & Kent Screechfield
  • Nancy & Scott Batiste