Little Raccoons

Little Raccoons is a 2-week introductory program for campers entering PreK and Kindergarten.

For Summer 2022, we are not running Little Raccoons.
See our similar Day Camp program for younger campers.

While most of our younger campers are ready for 4 & 8-week Day Camp, some families may wish to start with Little Raccoons, a shorter camp experience designed as an introductory program to Roughing It. Little Raccoons offers our youngest campers the excitement of camp with the added benefits of small, supportive group interaction. Each session is two weeks long.

A Fun Introduction to Camp!

Little Raccoons are in a nurturing, co-ed group of campers in preschool and kindergarten. All activities 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. Campers learns new skills, enjoy the outdoors, and are a part of our camp community.

A Younger Camp Experience

Little Raccoons is for campers entering preschool or kindergarten. Campers who will be entering 1st grade in the fall can consider our 2, 4 or 8-Week Day Camp program. Activities focus on skill development, confidence building, and independence, and do not include more challenging activities such as horseback riding or canoeing.

Little Raccoons Activities

  • Swimming Lessons (American Red Cross)
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Nature & Outdoors
  • Crafts
  • Sports
  • Quiet Activities
  • Singing and Skits
  • Group Time
  • Opening & Closing Circle
 Note: Horseback riding is not included with Little Raccoons. Horseback riding is included with 4 & 8-Week Day Camp.

How are camp days spent?

The camp day is from 9:00am to 3:00pm with extended care options. Little Raccoons spend their day in scheduled activities with more relaxed group time. Camp activities include formal instruction for all ability levels taught in a fun and friendly manner. Each day includes open time with fun activities led by their counselor. There are also times for snack, water/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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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.



Is my child ready for camp?

We have put together a survey that can help you determine if your child is ready for camp. The survey was developed with the help of Bob Ditter, M.Ed., LCSW, a leading child and family therapist from Boston, Mass.

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Camper Safety

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.

Campers make up their own Code of Living based on the Roughing It General Camp Rules. They are taught and follow all the Safety Procedures in each program area, in their group, and on their bus. This allows campers to be both physically and emotionally safe!

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 »

Free Transportation & Extended Care

The bus ride is an integral part of the camp day. Buses run from 8:00-9:00 am and 3:00-4:00 pm for the full camp day, and 5:30-6:20 pm for after-camp Extended Care. 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. Home pick up is available for 4 & 8 week campers in designated areas. Each bus has a professional driver and a Roughing It counselor. Learn more »

We offer before-camp care (Breakfast Club) and after-camp care (Reservoir Club & specialty clubs) as part of our Camp Plus program. Campers may be dropped off and picked up by parents at Camp Plus, or take advantage of free bus transportation!  Learn more »

Sessions, Dates, and Signing Up

See our Dates & Rates