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 Piedmont 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!
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!
Piedmont bus stops
- Home Pick Up
- Havens School
- Crocker Highlands School
- Broadway Terrace & Country Club
- Montclair Tennis Courts
- Star Grocery
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
Roughing It Supports Piedmont Schools!
Roughing It gives back to many of the schools our campers attend. We have made donations to the following schools:
- Piedmont Schools Auction
- Corpus Christi School
- Bay Farm Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- St. Joseph Elementary
- Ecole Bilingue Elementary
- The Berkeley School
- Escuela Bilingue Internacional
- Redwood Day School
- Hillcrest Elementary
- Thornhill Elementary
- Chabot (Anthony) Elementary
- Montclair Elementary
- Bentley School
- St. Paul’s Episcopal School
- Crocker Highlands Elementary
- Melrose Leadership Academy
Piedmont 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 Piedmont families who would be happy to talk with you:
- Jennifer Colton/Gary Theut
- Sherry Hite
- Frank & Michelle Helm
- Michelle & Tom Horton
- Devereaux Smith & Larry Kamer
- Deborah Wandell & Allen Matthews