1st - 4th Grade Day Camp Program
Groups by grade for friendship, fun, and new activities!
Roughing It’s Day Camp Program
Our day camp is a traditional outdoors program that runs in 2, 4 and 8 week sessions. The program is designed for the abilities and interests of campers entering 1st-4th grade. Longer sessions provides campers consistency and more opportunities to build skills, confidence and make friends.
Day Camp Activities
- Horseback Riding Instruction (Included with 4 & 8 Week Session)
- 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
- New For You – New activities and challenges each year
Camper Groups – Building Friendships and Community
We divide campers into groups based on their age and gender with activities that meet each camper’s abilities and interests. Each group is lead by an adult counselor who provides leadership, support, and team spirit. Campers spend the entire session with their group and counselor and form close bonds of friendship. There are new activities and challenges for campers each year as they return and grow!
How are camp days spent?
The camp day is from 9:00am-3:00pm with before and after extended care options. Groups spend their day in scheduled activities, led by program staff who provide formal instruction that is fun and exciting. Activities are tailored for all ability levels. There are also open periods for relaxed group activities and exploring the Lafayette Reservoir. Spread throughout the day is time 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.
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FAQ for 1st - 4th Grade Campers
Campers can attend 2, 4, or 8-Week sessions. Our longer 4 & 8-Week sessions are the most popular and provide the best camp experience. We understand session length is a commitment for families and so offer shorter 2-week sessions that still provide a great outdoor experience.
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.
More About Our Quality Staff
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.
More Safety Information
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.
Before and After Extended Care
The regular camp day runs from 9:00am-3:00pm. We offer before and after extended care for families who need need a longer camp day. Our after-care program includes activities with specialized instruction for campers who want to develop their skills.