Summer Camps Serving Walnut Creek

An all-outdoor day camp in Lafayette. Free home transportation provided from Walnut Creek.

Campers traverse the Reservoir in a canoe
Day campers at horseback riding
Kids diving at swimming

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 Walnut Creek 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!

Learn More about Roughing It Programs

Counselor with her happy campers
Campers posing with the counselor and canoe

Visit Camp Today!

See our beautiful camp site at the Lafayette Reservoir! Attend an Open House or Camp Show, or schedule a personal tour of camp.

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!

Walnut Creek bus stops

  • Home Pick Up
  • Heather Farms Park
  • Walnut Creek CVS
  • Pleasant Hill Walgreens
  • Alamo CVS
Counselor Greets Campers off the Morning Bus

What parents are saying

I really appreciate the follow up that we get in the way of report cards from the various staff members. It is a great way to tangibly see what the kids are doing and learning…I gave my daughter the option of going to Roughing It or Hawaii for 2 weeks and she chose Roughing It! I think that says it all!!!      -Liz B, Walnut Creek

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 Walnut Creek families who would be happy to talk with you:
  • Cindy & Lee Abramson
  • Liz & Robert Bettis
  • Kathy & Jim Clark
  • Mary Andre & Dennis Hoagland
  • Cyndy Jacobsmeyer
  • Veronica Mora-Mieszowski & Hans Lapping
  • Julie Miller