Little Raccoons (Preschool – 2nd Grade)
A 2-week introductory program. While most of our youngest campers are ready for our 4 & 8-week Day Camp program, some younger children and their parents may wish to start with Little Raccoons. Some of the more challenging activities such as horseback riding and canoeing are not a part of the Little Raccoons program to allow for a more relaxed daily schedule. It is a shorter camp experience designed as an introductory program. After Little Raccoons, campers are generally excited and eager to join our longer 4 & 8 week sessions!
Our Camper Groups – A Fun Introduction to Camp!
Little Raccoons are in nurturing co-ed camper groups of campers ages 4 – 7 years old. All activities in Little Raccoons are tailored to each camper’s age and abilities. Each group is lead by an adult counselor and assistant counselor who facilitate friendship, engagement, and fun! Each Little Raccoon learns new skills, enjoys the outdoors, and gets a taste of Roughing It camp life. Learn more our Camp Community!
Little Raccoons Activities
- Swimming Lessons (American Red Cross)
- Nature & Outdoors
- Quiet Activities
- Singing and Skits
- Group Time
- Opening & Closing Circle
*Please note: Horseback Riding and Canoeing are not included in Little Racoons.
How are camp days spent?
The camp day is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with extended care options. Little Raccoons 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 »
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 »
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 »