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.
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 CampPlanning 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.