Plane Travel to and from HVC
Please call or email to discuss. Be informed about airline policies regarding unaccompanied minors and overweight luggage. Our counselors will meet children at the gate at the airports. We keep return tickets in safe-keeping. Some arrivals and departures can be coordinated with other families. Please read on, as there are many details to consider.
Campers await the arrival of their cabin-mates in front of the Kassens' farmhouse.
Timing of Flights and Choosing a Destination
Please read this section very carefully and note that there will be extra charges (see section below) for airport trips outside of the recommended arrival/departure windows noted here.
- Flight arrival at Portland Jetport is best if timed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the first day of camp, Saturday (6/24/2017 & 7/22/2017). Friday evening is OK as well.
- Flight departure from the Portland Jetport is best if timed between 9 a.m. and 1p.m. on the last day of camp, Thursday (7/20/2017 & 8/17/2017)
Boston, MA: For international campers. Note that we will pick up and drop off a small number of American campers at Boston's Logan airport, if absolutely necessary.
- Please arrive at Logan by 12 noon on the first day of camp (Saturdays, as noted above) to allow for the subsequent 4-hour ride to camp.
- Trip home: Departure on last day of camp (Thursdays, as noted above ) must be after 2 p.m. to allow for travel from Maine and check-in.
Two-weeker plane travel mid-session stakes place as follows: Incoming on Wednesday (for 2017: July 5 & Aug. 2) between 10 AM at 2 PM to Portland only. Outgoing on Friday (for 2017: Aug. 4) between 11 and 3 PM from Portland only. Boston travel on these days can be arranged at an extra cost.
Travel not associated with the beginning or end of HVC's regular 4-week sessions: Extra costs are associated with "custom travel," including some plane travel for 2-weekers flying at the midpoint of our 4-week sessions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send us a detailed itinerary so that we have full information for children's flights both to and from camp. We expect to receive your transportation form by March 1st. Thank you!
Airport Transfer Info
Portland's Jetport accommodates all aircrafts, but is small enough that we can easily meet all flights. Our counselor groups spend the day at the airport greeting campers at the gates; we can obtain gate passes. We pick up luggage, offer snacks to all, and then travel to camp in large touring buses or our modern vans. Meanwhile, back at Hidden Valley, our office staff will call you at home as soon as we hear from the airport that campers have disembarked (about 30-45 minutes after touchdown.)
Note that staff remain in the airport until all flights have departed. Upon takeoff, our office staff are notified and you will receive a call from HVC. Do not be alarmed if this takes a while, as calls take time and actual departure rarely takes place at the exact time predicted.