Summer Camps Serving Oakland

An all-outdoor day camp the East Bay. Free home transportation provided from Oakland.

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

Outdoor Summer Camp 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 Oakland 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!

Oakland Bus Stops

  • Home Pick Up
  • Broadway Terrace & Country Club
  • Crocker Highlands School 
  • Havens School
  • Montclair Tennis Courts
  • Redwood Rec Center

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

Campers waving to the camera from their canoe
Counselor with her happy campers

What Parents are Saying

Our son LOVED Roughing It. He’s never happier than at camp. He was calmer, more compliant, happier. He just grew up a lot this summer.      – Andrea and Brook D, Oakland

On the bus ride to camp, my son started singing and making up songs. His driver told me about it. It’s the first time that my son ever showed interest in singing, let alone making up his own songs. I was very impressed by this because it shows me how comfortable he felt with the other campers and how even the bus ride sparked his imagination and was an outlet for his creativity. my son had a fantastic time. He loved his counselors and all of the activities. He especially loved riding the bus and going through the “magic tunnel.” – Jana V, Oakland

Oakland 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 Oakland families who would be happy to talk with you:

  • 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.