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

Outdoor Summer Camp for Ages 4-16

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.

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!

San Francisco Bus Stops

  • Alta Plaza Park
  • Clayton & Parnassus
  • French American Intl. School
  • Noe Valley
  • St. Francis Wood
  • Lake & Funston

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!

Your whole family is invited to meet us and take a tour of our beautiful camp site at the Lafayette Reservoir! 

Upcoming Events

Look for our booth at the French American International School’s Camp Fair!  Fair will be held, Saturday, February 1, 2020  from 9:30-12:30 at the French American International School Gymnasium on 151 Oak Street, San Francisco. 

What Parents are Saying

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

Contact Us to get in touch with a family in your area who has attended Roughing It Day Camp!

Learn More about Roughing It Programs

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

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.