Preschool & Kindergarten Day Camp Program

Roughing It is the ideal place for the first time camper to begin their camp experience.


Roughing It Day Camp - For Preschool and Kindergartners

This is the best place for young children ages 4-6 years to begin their camp experience! We have a group for preschoolers and a group for kindergarteners so all activities are designed just for their ages and developmental abilities.

The extra time, care, and consistency of our 4 & 8-week sessions gives our campers the opportunity to settle into a new routine in the outdoors, relax, and have fun. They make friends, bond with their counselor and staff, learn to share, help each other out, take turns, and try new activities. They look forward each day to more amazing outdoor adventures at the Lafayette Reservoir! They are more than ready for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten in the fall!

 “He was happy, dirty, ate like a horse, slept like a log, and got to do things he couldn’t do anywhere else.” – Kitty, Kindergarten Camper Parent

Day Camp Activities

  • Horseback Riding Instruction
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Nature & Outdoors
  • Crafts
  • Sports
  • Group Activities, Quiet & Active Games
  • Singing and Skits
  • Opening & Closing Circle

My daughter loved camp so much that she attended camp for 4 weeks and then went back for 4 more! The skills she learned over the summer were incredible.

Dianna, 1st Year Camper Parent
Pre-K Camper Group

I really liked how my son felt part of something and was proud to wear the T-shirt.

Alex, 1st Year Camper

Our Camper Groups – A Safe, Nurturing Experience for Younger Campers

Our youngest campers are grouped by grade level so all activities are tailored to each camper’s age and abilities. Each group is lead by an adult counselor and assistant counselor who provide supervision, safety, support, guidance, and fun! Campers spend the entire session with the same group and counselor. The consistency and length of our 4 & 8-week sessions helps campers adjust well to camp, learn many new skills, and form lots of friendships. See how our campers & staff create Camp Community!

How are Camp Days Spent?

The camp day is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with extended care options. Campers enjoy every day playing, learning, and having fun with their camper group and counselor in the great outdoors at the Lafayette Reservoir. Part of the day consists of scheduled activities taught by specialty staff, and the rest is an opened and more relaxed time that the group and counselor plan together. This ensures that each camper has the opportunity to experience every camp activity during camp. Formal camp activities include instruction in each of the specialty areas for all ability levels, taught in a safe, fun manner. Each day builds upon the next as campers learn, grow, and make new friends. There are also set times for snack, water and bathroom breaks, sunscreen, and lunch in the shade. 


Most preschool and kindergarten campers attend our 4 & 8-week Day Camp program, and enjoy the consistency. Read more about the value of longer sessions. We also offer Little Raccoons, a 2-week introductory program for young first-time campers not ready for the full camp experience.

Extended Care Options

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 »

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

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 »

Transportation Included

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. 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. Each bus has a professional driver and a Roughing It counselor. Learn more »

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FAQ for Younger Campers