Summer Camp for Kids in San Francisco
An all-outdoor day camp in the East Bay. Free transportation provided from San Francisco.
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.
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!
What Parents are Saying
Roughing It Supports San Francisco Schools
Roughing It gives back to many of the schools our campers attend. We have made donations to the following schools:
- Chinese American International
- Convent of the Sacred Heart
- Town School for Boys
- Alvarado Elementary School
- Cathedral School for Boys
- Claire B. Lilienthal
- Lycee Francais International
- Hamlin School
- French American Intl School
- San Francisco Friends School
- Children’s Day School
- Presidio Hill School
- Brandeis Hillel SF
- Katherine Delmar Burke School
- Alta Vista School
- Alice Fong Yu Alternative School
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!