Summer Camp for Kids in San Francisco

An all-outdoor day camp in the East Bay. Free transportation provided from San Francisco.

Campers learn rowing
Campers learning to swim from their swim counselor

Since 1972, Roughing It has been offering summer camp for children ages 4-16 years at the spectacular all-outdoor Lafayette Reservoir in the East Bay. We serve families from all over San Francisco. 

Our campers have the summer of their lives learning and mastering skills in swim instruction, fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, crafts, outdoor cooking and more. Campers learn, grow and make lasting friendships in a safe, supportive environment created by our nurturing adult counselors. We offer programs for pre-k, kindergarten, elementary ages, and teens.

San Francisco Bus Stops

  • Clayton & Parnassus
  • French American Intl. School
  • Noe Valley

Transportation is included at no extra cost. Every bus has a professional bus driver, along with a Roughing It bus counselor who sets up a bus buddy for each camper so the bus ride is fun, safe and part of camp!

What Parents are Saying

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 some of our SF families who would be happy to talk with you:

  • Corrina & Chris Bonomo
  • Barry & Marta Perkins
  • Danielle & B.J. Siegal
  • Susana & Joel Slavonia
  • Kimberly Branagh
  • Donna Little
  • Isa Hershoff Looper
  • Roxane Divol
  • Alison Chaput & Stephane de Bord
  • Claire Marie Johnston
  • Larissa Sand
  • Demetria Vong-Spillan & Steve Spillan
  • Raymonde and Doug Kramlich