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.
Day Camp Activities
- Horseback Riding Instruction
- Swimming Lessons
- Canoeing (2nd grade and above)
- Nature & Environmental Education
- Outdoor Living Skills & Hiking
- Adventure (4th grade & above)
- 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.
NEW FOR YOU: See What's New For You This Year! New activities for each grade level, so campers can continue to grow year after year. GET EXCITED about the new activities you can do at Roughing It this summer!
Caring & Experienced Adult Counselors
We select staff who have experience working with young children and are excellent role models. Our overall camper to counselor ratio is 4:1.
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Since our founding in 1972, we have understood the trust parents put in us to take care of their children. That is why 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.
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We offer 36 central bus stops in East Bay, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Tri Valley. Buses run from 8-9:00 am and 3-4:00 pm for the full camp day, and 5:30 - 6:20 pm for after camp Extended Care.
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Before and After Camp Care
We offer before camp care (Breakfast Club) and after camp care (Reservoir Club & specialty clubs) as part of our Camp Plus program.
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