Roughing It is a traditional, all-outdoors Day Camp located in the San Francisco East Bay Area on a lake site location in Lafayette. We serve San Francisco, East Bay, and Contra Costa counties.
Roughing It is ideally located for the many outdoor adventures your child will enjoy. 900 acres in the beautiful Lafayette reservoir recreation area, and nearby swimming and equestrian sites, offer a fun, educational environment where children learn, explore, grow and make many new friends. Exercise and fresh air are abundant.
Founded in 1972, Roughing It is owned and personally directed by Hobie and Ann Woods who have over 68 years of combined experience in organized summer camps and youth leadership. Roughing It is a family tradition for the Woods and thousands of families in the Bay Area. The Woods work full time throughout the year at Roughing It and are available at all times to speak with camper families.
Roughing It is a place where children and teens are encouraged to be themselves in a fun and nurturing atmosphere of discovery. A high percentage of summer campers return annually and many of our staff were former Roughing It campers.
Campers take part in a balanced variety of activities that emphasis personal growth, skill development, and fun! Activities include Horseback Riding, Trail Riding, Animal Care, Fishing, Rowing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Adventure, Sports, Crafts, Outdoors, Environment, Traditional Camp Games, and more! The highlight of the session is the All Camp Overnight, which all 4 and 8 week campers have a chance to attend.
Transportation is provided to and from camp. We offer home and central pickup locations, depending on area. Areas of service include San Francisco, Berkeley/Oakland/Montclair, Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda, Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill/Martinez, and Alamo/Danville/San Ramon.