San Francisco Summer Camps

Summer Camp for Kids in San Francisco

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

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

All-Outdoors Summer Camp Since 1972

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 with transportation spots in Pacific Heights, Haight Ashbury, Noe Valley, and St Francis Wood. 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!

Our campers have the summer of their lives learning and mastering skills in horseback riding, 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.

Learn More about Roughing It Programs

Counselor with her happy campers
Young Campers Play Instruments as a Group at the Reservoir

Visit Us

Your whole family is invited to meet us and take a Camp Tour. Come to a Open House.

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. 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!

San Francisco Bus Stops

  • Alta Plaza Park
  • Clayton & Parnassus
  • French American Intl. School
  • Noe Valley
  • St. Francis Wood
  • Lake & Funston
Counselor Greets Campers off the Morning Bus

What parents are saying

We love that he gets to have a summer camp experience living in SF. The great location, ease of getting him there and back, and extended program all make for a more relaxing summer. We also love the variety of outdoor activities.
     -Danielle and BJ S, San Francisco

I love the “old fashioned/East Coast” campy feeling. I love the social skills/good values aspect of it that goes along with all the fun. It seems to me that camp helped my son “come out of his shell” with others.
     -Dena F, San Francisco

San Francisco 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