Choose from these options for travel to and from HVC: Bus, Car and Plane. (We're working on a magic Hidden Valley Express Train!) Please read below for in-depth details on these choices. As always, call or write us with any questions.
Luggage generally accompanies campers on buses, cars, plane trips. UPS is also an option. For details on shipping, read more on our packing list page.
Arrival at HVC: Upon arrival, campers are introduced to their cabin counselors who help them unpack (counselors move luggage) and settle in to cabins. Group activities, a warm dinner, counselor show, and good-nights round out the day's activities, with camp tours and other introductory activities the following day.
Driving To and From Camp
Directions are noted here and also in the hard copy of the HVC Parent Handbook. Please plan to arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Arrival day good-byes maybe challenging for all, so we suggest that during the late morning you have a tour of camp with your child and his/her counselor, meet the llamas, enjoy a picnic lunch with us (served from 12:30 to 1:30), and then allow your child to spend the afternoon getting acquainted and playing games with campers and staff while we await the arrival of camp buses.
Car pickup at the end of the session is Thursday morning between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Please arrive on time as children are waiting to join you and hopeful about their next adventure.
Regarding Wednesday: A short visit on Wednesday at lunch (12.30-1.30) or afternoon (3.00-5.00) is fine. Please do not visit at other times as cabins are busy with closing activities. Departure Wednesday night is discouraged as we hope that cabin groups can spend a last night together.
Read more about driving to/from camp, get directions, etc. here.
Plane Travel To and From Camp
Planning basics: It's essential that you note "windows" during which we are able to pick up children in Portland or Boston. Please call or email Peter to discuss your plans and then send us a detailed itinerary so that we have full information for children's flights both to and from camp.
Read more about plane travel here. Learn about our pickup and drop-off "windows" and be informed about airline and HVC policies regarding unaccompanied minors and overweight luggage.
HVC counselors meet arriving children at airport gates and escort them to gates on departure day.
Bus Travel To and From Camp
Most campers come to HVC via these chaperoned air-conditioned touring buses.
Bus basics: Each bus has chaperones (1-2 camp staff members) who get to know each camper individually and orient the entire bus group to their day of travel. They chat with campers, answer questions and introduce children to cabin-mates... Please pack a bag-lunch, we'll provide drinks. We'll show a DVD on the bus... Luggage goes on buses with campers... Look for a reminder a few days prior to your camper's departure and/or arrival.
Bus locations and fares (one-way):
Newton, MA - $90.00
New Haven, CT - $120.00
Port Chester, NY - $140.00
New York City - $150.00
Read more about bus travel, get directions to pick-up points, etc. here.
As you make travel plans, you will be asked to provide specifics via your Online Camp Account. You'll complete two forms there: Travel & Optional Charges, on which you tell us general plans, and a Transportation Form, which allows you to provide any details. Please do this by March 1st.
It’s a poignant and proud milepost as a parent to see your child so comfortable and so happy in a world you haven’t created, a world he is now introducing to you; learning that he can find his way and bloom in a different, albeit very special place. We are so grateful to you and the camp community you nurture.
- HVC Parent
2-Week "Intro" Camper Travel
WHEN YOUR TRAVEL COINCIDES WITH THAT OF 4-WEEK CAMPERS:
For the trip to Maine for the 2-week session that matches the beginning of HV's four week session, 6/23 & 7/21, 2018...
For the trip from Maine at the very end of either 4-week session, 7/18 & 8/16, 2018...
...Your travel options are all noted to the left and at the travel detail links above.
TRAVEL TO CAMP AT THE MIDPOINT OF OUR 4-WEEK SESSION:
Please drop off your child between 10 and 11:30 on Thursday, 7/5 or 8/2, 2018. This will allow time to get settled and have a tour at lunchtime.
If flying to camp, please plan arrival time between 11:30 AM and 2 PM on Wednesday, 7/4 or 8/1, 2018 (not Thursday.)
Please note: There are NO buses arriving at HVC midsession.
TRAVEL FROM CAMP AT THE MIDPOINT OF OUR 4-WEEK SESSION:
Most families will pick up their children. Please arrive at camp between 8:30 and 10 on Thursday, 7/5 or 8/2, 2018.
We can bring some children to the Portland Airport. Please plan a departure between 11 AM and 2 PM on Friday 7/6 or 8/3, 2018 (not Thursday.)
Please note: There are NO buses departing HVC midsession.