Hear Why Campers and Staff Love Roughing It
Roughing It’s Day Camp Program for Preschool and Kindergarteners
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 longer sessions gives our K and PreK 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
Our Camper Groups – A Safe, Nurturing Experience for Younger Campers
We offer specific groups for each grade level so all activities are tailored to each camper's age and abilities. Preschool and Kindergarteners have their own co-ed camper groups based on grade and age. 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 of our 4 week sessions helps younger 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 each day consists of scheduled activities taught by specialty staff, and part of each day is opened and more relaxed time that the group and counselor plan. This ensures that each camper has the opportunity to experience every camp activity during each week of camp. These camp activities include formal instruction in each of the specialty areas for all ability levels taught in a safe, fun manner. There are also set times for snack / water breaks, bathroom breaks, sunscreen, and lunch in the shade. Each day builds upon the next as campers learn, grow, and make new friends.
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 »
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 »
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. 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 »
Ready to Sign up for Camp?
See all of our Dates & Rates or click on the button below to enroll in camp today!
FAQ for Younger Campers
Another Program for First-Time Campers
While most younger campers enjoy the consistency of our 4- and 8-week Day Camp program, we also offer a 2-week program ideal for first-time campers.