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Roughing It's Outdoor Explorers Day Camp

1-Week Outdoor Adventures ● Grades 1st through 6th

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Located at the spectacular Lafayette Reservoir, Outdoor Explorers is an
inclusive 1-week camp, offering a complete program of skill-based
activities and instilling a love of the natural world in campers.

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Camp Activities You Can't Do Anywhere Else

Ideally located on 900 acres of open space, the Lafayette Reservoir is the perfect place for campers to participate in a variety of REAL outdoor activities. Skill-based instruction in fishing, rowing, hiking, outdoor living skills, nature crafts, and sports, all under the guidance of our adult staff. See Our Camp Activities


13 Choice Periods - Camp Made Your Way!

Campers have two to three choice periods each day to choose the activity they participate in. There are new and exciting activities every day throughout the summer, so campers won't have to do the same thing twice. See Typical Day & Sample Schedule

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The Roughing It Difference

A Bay Area tradition for families since 1972, Roughing It provides the experience and expertise to make Outdoor Explorers an exceptional 1-week camp. We offer a REAL camp experience in an all-outdoors setting with an experienced all-adult staff. Campers of all ages learn, grow and thrive in an atmosphere that is safe and fun. Learn More

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Transportation Included - 36 Central Locations

Campers start the day at the bus, greeted by their bus counselor! We provide safe and convenient bus service with professional school bus drivers. 36 central stops throughout San Francisco, Alameda County, Lamorinda, and the 680 Corridor from Pleasant Hill to Pleasanton. Learn More

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A Community Where Everyone Belongs

Outdoor Explorers provides a consistent group setting where friendships are made and camaraderie is built. Every camper is assigned to a small group for the week, led by an experienced, adult counselor. Counselors facilitate friendships, support campers in activities, and ensure each camper feels included in our camp community.

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Campers spend all week at our lakeside site learning outdoor skills and exploring the natural world.

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"Luke came home calm and happy every day. I have been wanting to send him to Roughing It based on its reputation and outdoor setting. I was most impressed by the positive, enthusiastic attitude of the camp staff and the calm and confidence that I saw emerge in him."

- First Year Outdoor Explorer Parent

Roughing It Day Camp is Accredited by the American Camp Association ACARoughing It Day Camp was voted Best of the Bay for Summer Camps in the San Francisco Bay Area

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