Camp Information for Summer 2020


COVID-19 Updates

5/28/2020: Please know that at this time Roughing It is still planning on operating our outdoor day camp this summer. We are only running our 4-Week Day Camp, Session 2, July 13 – August 8. We sorry to be canceling Day Camp Session 1 (June 15 – July 10) and all our 1 and 2-week sessions. Campers enrolled in canceled programs have the option of enrolling in Session 2, 4-Week Day Camp. See Summer 2020 – Additional Camp Info and FAQs for more details.

Enrollment Information for Summer 2020:
Enrolled campers can update their registration here. New campers: may apply to be on the wait list at this time. Enrollment is limited with priority given to campers already enrolled in our Summer 2020.

*We have extended our deadline for families to pay full fees or cancel to June 15.  We will send more updates on camp in the upcoming weeks.


Camp Information for Summer 2020

Dear Camp Families,

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to plan camp during these challenging times. We want to give you an update on the camp 2020 season.

We are sorry that the opening for Camp 2020 is delayed until July 13.

We are still planning for Session 2 Day Camp July 13 – Aug 7. We still plan on running Day Camp Session 2 (4-weeks, July 13 – August 7) as only longer sessions are permitted by our Health Department. 

We are very sorry that Session 1 of Day Camp is canceled. After much consideration, and given the uncertainty of current conditions, we will be canceling Day Camp Session 1, and all one- and two-week session camps. This includes Horse Day Camp, 2-week Day Camp, Little Raccoons, and Outdoor Explorers. Campers enrolled in these programs have the option of enrolling in Session 2, which is a 4-week-long day camp.

Working Together in Challenging Times. We know this news is disappointing for many of our campers and families. This was a difficult decision for us to make, but the right one for the safety of our campers, our staff, and our camp community. This summer will most likely look different than any other in Roughing It’s history. We have been working with the new camp guidelines to update our camp plans.  It is our objective to keep everyone at camp safe and still deliver the Roughing It camp experience you’ve come to know and love. Read more below and see Summer 2020 – Information & FAQs >>


We are committed to having camp this summer only if Roughing It can be a safe summer program for your child. We are spending the next month updating our camp plans and health procedures using the new camp guidelines from the American Camp Association, CDC, Contra Costa County Department of Public Health, and the Lafayette Reservoir. Please understand that this is exceptionally complex and challenging. We are taking this time to ensure that we can operate Roughing It this summer as safely as possible.

Bus Service: Due to new regulations, we are not able to offer bus service to and from camp at this time. Parents should plan to pick up and drop off at the Lafayette Reservoir.

Program modifications: We are currently making modifications to our camp program to meet the new camp guidelines. We hope to offer swimming and riding, two of our favorite camp activities and are waiting for guidelines from the county health department.  We will learn more specifics from local agencies and we will provide more program information to our families by June 15.

Fixed Groups with Longer Sessions for Consistency & Safety: Due to the new guidelines, our camp program will consist of campers being together in the same small groups (cohorts of 10-12 campers) with dedicated staff that they will remain together throughout the day, and session. This consistency will give campers more opportunities to grow and build friendships in their groups.

Next Steps: Complete our Registration Update Form by June 15
Please let us know if you would like to enroll in session 2 or cancel your registration to receive a refund. We have extended our registration deadline for fees and cancellations to June 15.

See the options below for Summer 2020:

To Enroll your camper in Session 2: Please fill out the Registration Update Form to reserve your spot.  We are only offering Session 2 (4 weeks: July 13 – Aug 8, 2020). There is limited enrollment availability due to smaller group sizes, so we recommend families reserve their spots early. Campers who sessions have been canceled have the option of enrolling in Session 2, a 4-week-long day camp.
Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to campers enrolled sessions for summer 2020.

To Cancel Your Registration & Receive a FULL Refund: If your session was canceled, or you would like to withdraw from camp and receive a full refund, please complete our Registration Update Form by June 15. We are committed to giving our families full refunds and we have put together several refund options for families. We appreciate your patience as we process refunds from June 15 through July 15.   

Please complete our Registration Update Form by June 15.

Kids need camp more than ever! As parents, we see how difficult these past months of social distancing have been on our kids. They need opportunities to be outdoors connecting with friends and enjoying lots of fun activities together. Having talked to many of you over the past few weeks, we know how you and your child(ren) are hoping for camp this summer, and so are we!  We will continue to update you on our plans over the next weeks as information become available.

See Summer 2020 – Additional Info and FAQs for more details.

Stay healthy and happy and safe, until we meet again at Roughing It!

Amy, Ann & Hobie & Gus (the camp dog)

Camp Fun + Ways Kids Can Stay Connected to Camp!

We are creating fun virtual ways to keep campers connected to our camp community and give them some fun activities to do at home. See video lessons for crafts, cooking, outdoor fun, horse visits and the Camp Activity of the Day. Check out Camper Caboodle! (Contact Us if you don’t know the password)

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