Summer Camps Serving Orinda

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

Campers learning to swim from their swim counselor
Campers learning lacrosse at sports

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 Orinda 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 Roughing It Programs

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

Counselor with her happy campers
Teen Campers Wave from a Canoe

FREE transportation!

Our Bus Stops serve San Francisco, East Bay, Contra Costa 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  »

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

It seemed like the dream camp experience. If I could imagine the perfect camp, it would look a lot like Roughing It! What impressed me the most was how happy camp made my daughter. She loved going each and every day. She felt like a member of a well-bonded community. She loved hanging out with the older kids and the younger kids. It was an amazing exerience for her!      – Chrystal and Jeff M, Orinda

Roughing It Supports Orinda 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 another family in your area (or school) who can speak about Roughing It. Here are Orinda families who would be happy to talk with you:
  • Terri & Jack Bookbinder
  • Claudia Gohler
  • Chrystal & Jeff Menard
  • Megan Shields & Pat Merell
  • Wendy Backer
  • Marcie Beyatte
  • Anne & Antonio Bovoso
  • Amy & Dan Bush
  • Kim Callaway
  • Kate & Dave Chenok
  • Tyler & Beth Hofinga