Traveling to Camp
Traveling to camp is an exciting and important part of summer camp. In fact, we believe the camp experience begins the moment a camper walks out the door to begin the journey.
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On this page, you’ll find information about
- How to notify camp of your travel plans
- Getting to camp via car
- Getting to camp via plane
- Drop-off and pick-up information
How to Notify Camp of your Travel Plans
Clear communication between parents and the Camp Office is essential. We use CampInTouch, a password-protected online communication portal, to track campers’ travel plans to and from camp.
Please complete the online Transportation Form (which can be found in your CampInTouch portal) by May 1, 2022 so we can make the proper arrangements. It’s important to complete this form even if you are driving your camper to camp.
Getting to Camp By Car
On the first day of each session, families are welcome to drop their child off at camp.
Our summer address is:
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, CA 94027
In light of the Covid-19 situation, we have not yet determined our drop-off procedures for summer 2022. The information below is our best guess based on past summers.
In past years, drop-off has begun at 10:00 AM and we’ve asked that all campers arrive no later than 11:00 AM, allowing families to arrive at any time during this hour-long window. Due to Covid, we may determine that a more structured approach is necessary and will communicate as the situation develops.
Regardless of the structure, we will have signs and staff members directing traffic, unloading luggage, and showing you where to park. Again, depending on the Covid climate, parents may be able to stay for a short time though the expectation is that once a camper is checked in and has connected with their counselor, parents make their final goodbyes and leave camp.
Getting to Camp by Airplane
For campers who will be traveling unaccompanied by airplane, please book flights to arrive between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on drop-off day. If you are not able to secure a flight that lands in this timeframe, please call or email camp to discuss.
Nearby airports, in order of preference for pick-up:
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- San Jose International Airport (SJC)
We will provide transportation at no additional cost to and from these two airports.
Most airlines allow children under the age of 14 to travel alone and classify them as Unaccompanied Minors. We encourage you to review the specific requirements of each airline, since the specific ages vary and some airlines charge a fee to accompany children traveling alone.
If your child will be traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor, please be sure to read and complete all required forms by your airline.
All campers flying to camp will be greeted inside the terminal by an adult member of our camp staff and transported directly to camp. Once your child arrives at camp, you will receive a phone call or text notifying you of their safe arrival.
Parents Flying with a Camper
If you are flying to the Bay Area with your child and plan to bring them to camp yourself, more specifically, you do not require transportation from the airport, please take the following action:
- Enter your child’s transportation method as “driving” – not flying
- And email our office directly to let us know your plans
When we see flight information in the system, our default is to make arrangements to pick up your child at the gate so it is of utmost importance for you to notify us if you are flying in yet providing transportation to camp on your own.
Returning Home From Camp
On the last day of each session, we will provide transportation to the airport for campers who are flying home. Campers will be supervised throughout the check-in process and a staff member will remain at the gate until after their flight has departed. Please arrange flights to depart between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
For families living within driving distance, pick up begins at 10:00 AM. All campers are expected to be picked up by 11:00 AM on the last day of camp.