Safety & Health

When experience counts, 50 years makes a difference!

Roughing It has been putting campers first since 1972. We go above and beyond to be sure our campers have the very best camp experience and are always safe, supported and supervised.

COVID Preparations & Modifications


Safety remains our top priority at Roughing It which includes protecting both our campers and staff when it comes to COVID. We have made modifications to our health and safety procedures including camper/staff check-in and health screenings before camp every day. Learn more about our modifications and what’s new this summer:


Our Staff are Dedicated to the Safety of Campers

We go above and beyond to be sure our campers have the very best camp experience and are always safe, supported, and supervised. The health and safety of each camper is the primary concern of every staff member at Roughing It. Supervision is constant at all times and at all our program areas. Our staff to camper supervision ratio is 4 campers to 1 adult staff. Campers learn the safety procedures at each program activity area on the first day.

  • Lowest camper-to-staff ratios
  • Carefully selected all-adult staff
  • High standards, extensive training for all staff
  • Our camp community ensures emotional safety

Safety Qualifications

All staff members receive extensive safety and health training each year, and possess American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certifications. All swim and waterfront staff possesses Lifeguard certification, and senior instructors possess American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certifications. Senior horseback riding instructors are certified instructors with the Camp Horsemanship Association.

Roughing It’s Staff Screening and Hiring Process

  • All staff have current First Aid / CPR  and/or Lifeguard Certifications
  • Camp buses driven by licensed professional school bus drivers

ACA Accreditation

Roughing It Day Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Our camp is the longest-accredited and the oldest accredited Day Camp among ACA camps in Northern California. As part of our ACA Accreditation, Roughing It voluntarily complies with over 300 health and safety standards that other camps are not required to meet.

Staff Training

All staff participate in an extensive six day staff training with workshops on counseling, safety, teaching and program planning. Group counselors receive an additional two day staff orientation during their first year and all camp administrative staff participate in eleven days of pre camp staff training. Staff receive on-going training and evaluations throughout the summer.

Emergency Services

Roughing It has two medical doctors on call to provide consultation and medical services to our campers. We also make annual arrangements with local paramedics and emergency services to support our staff.

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We are Partners with Parents

We encourage and promote communication with parents. Our staff contact all parents during their child’s camp session both by phone and written end-of–the session reports. During camp, parents are encouraged to call with any questions or concerns, or to speak with any of their child’s counselors. Ann and Hobie and Amy as well as our Program Director, our Trans Coordinator and our Unit Leaders are always available to talk with parents or campers.