1st – 4th Grade

1st - 4th Grade Day Camp Program

Groups by grade for friendship, fun, and new activities!

Young Camper and Counselor High Five at the Ride Site
Preteen Girl Campers Play Collaborative Group Game
Young Campers Practice Fishing on the Docks

Roughing It’s Day Camp Program for 1st –4th Graders

We offer age specific programs and campers are divided by age and gender into camper groups by grade. Our program is designed for abilities, interests, and development levels of each age group. Our day camp is a traditional outdoors program, and runs in 4 & 8 week sessions. This provides campers consistency and the more opportunities to build skills, confidence and make friends.

  • Horseback Riding Instruction
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Fishing
  • Rowing
  • Canoeing (2nd grade and above)
  • Nature & Environmental Education
  • Outdoor Living Skills  & Hiking
  • Adventure (4th grade & above)
  • Crafts
  • Sports
  • Singing and Skits
  • Group Activities, Active & Quiet Games
  • Opening & Closing Circle

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Our Camper Groups – Build Friendships and Community

We offer specific groups for each grade level so all activities are tailored to each camper’s age and abilities. 1st graders -4th grades have their own camper groups based on grade and age with designated groups for boys and girls.  Each group is lead by an adult counselor who provides leadership, support and guides the campers in teambuilding. Campers spend the entire session with their group and counselor so close bonds of friendship form. There are new activities and challenges each year for campers as they grow! Learn more about our Camp Community.

How are camp days spent?

The camp day is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with extended care options. Camper groups spend their day in scheduled activities and more relaxed group time. This ensures that each camper has the opportunity to experience every camp activity during each week of camp. These camp activities include formal instruction for all ability levels taught in a fun manner. Each day includes open time with fun activities designed for the camper group by their counselor. There are also times for snack / water breaks, bathroom breaks, sunscreen, and lunch in the shade. Each day builds upon the next as campers grow, learn and make new friends.

Caring & Experienced Adult Counselors

Our all adult staff provide a safe, supportive camp environment. We select staff who have experience working with young children and are excellent role models. We also have our own certified specialty staff who instruct at each of the program areas and camp administrators on site each day. Our overall camper to counselor ratio is 4:1. Learn more »

Camper Safety

The health and safety of each camper is the primary concern of each Roughing It staff member. Supervision of campers by staff is always constant. All our staff are certified in /First Aid and CPR, and receive additional training in safety and health procedures during the week of staff orientation. All swim and waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. Learn more »

Transportation Included

We offer 36 central bus stops in East Bay, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Tri Valley. Home pick up is available for 4 & 8 week camper in designated areas. Camp starts as soon as the campers step onto the bus! Our camp buses are driven by professional drivers, with a counselor on board to supervise and lead activities for campers. All campers have a bus buddy with counselors and older campers helping younger ones. Learn more »

Extended Care Options

We offer before and after camp care as part of our Camp Plus program. Learn more »