Summer Camps Serving Lafayette

An all-outdoor day camp at the Lafayette Reservoir. Free transportation serving Lafayette.

Kids diving at swimming
Group canoeing on the Reservoir
Campers love their 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 Lafayette and Lamorinda families and are located at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir.

We provide many outdoor activities found in a traditional summer camp, including 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 the Roughing It Program

4 & 8-Week Day Camp (PreK-10th Grade)

Counselor with her happy campers
Teen Campers Play an Active Game in Sports

FREE transportation!

Our Bus Stops serve San Francisco, East Bay, Contra Cost and Tri-Valley.

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? Learn more about our Camp Bus Stops & Transportation Home Pickup Locations  »

Lafayette Area bus stops

  • Bentley School
  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Acalanes High School
  • Moraga – Rheem Shopping Center
  • Glorietta Elementary
  • Orinda Rite Aid
Counselor Greets Campers off the Morning Bus

Free Extended Care

We offer free extended care (Before & After Camp) to families who choose to drop off and pick up directly at camp. Learn more here!

What parents are saying

A week doesn’t go by that my son doesn’t mention Roughing It…..the counselors, the experience. He had the best summer of his life thanks to Roughing It. – Julie P, Lafayette

I’ve always been a big fan of Roughing It, but this year surpassed my expectations. My son was fully engaged, loved his group, and treasured his experience. I was wondering how camp would adjust to an older camper, and Roughing It couldn’t have addressed his needs better. – Nina R, Lafayette

Roughing It Supports Lafayette 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 summer 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 families in your area who would be happy to talk with you:
  • Isabelle Ord & Doug Spear
  • Jan & JB Walker
  • Julie Peck
  • Monique & Chad Lane
  • Nina Resnikoff & Steven Kallick
  • Sandy & Greg Tamkin
  • Ann Almgren & John Bell
  • Elena Otero & Alfonso Mendez
  • Elizabeth Sandoval-Seamands & Scott Seamands
  • Jill & Sadi Adri
  • Paul & Jennifer Griessel