El Cerrito Summer Camps

Summer Camps Serving El Cerrito

An all-outdoor day camp in the East Bay. Free transportation provided near El Cerrito.

Campers traverse the Reservoir in a canoe
Horse counselor giving their camper a high five
Campers learning to swim from their swim counselor

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 El Cerrito 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
Junior Counselors Pose Wearing PFDs

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!

El Cerrito area bus stops

  • Kensington: Kensington Library
  • Berkeley: Arlington & Mendocino
  • Berkeley: Cedar Rose Park
Counselor Greets Campers off the Morning Bus

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