Camper Travel and Visiting Day

One of our required camp forms will ask you to indicate how your camper is getting to and from camp. Here are some details about your travel options this summer.

Travel To Camp (Opening Day)

Due to COVID restrictions, all campers must be dropped off at camp by a parent or guardian this summer. Drop-off will take place at Akeela during the following time slots:

  • Those traveling from New England … 12:30pm – 2:00pm
        Includes families that live — or are spending the previous night — in ME, NH, VT, MA, and RI.
  • Those traveling from the Mid-Atlantic, or further … 2:00pm – 3:30pm
        Includes families that live in CT, NY, NJ, PA and points South and West.
  • Those flying into New England on Opening Day … 12:30pm – 4:00 pm
        Please schedule flights accordingly, keeping in mind that Akeela is several hours from major airports.

Travel From Camp (Closing Day)

We will provide transportation back to the New York and Boston areas at the end of the session. We will also take campers to Boston Logan Airport, whether they are flying home unaccompanied or meeting family members at Logan. There is no additional charge for return transportation in 2021. Details and estimated timing of those drop-offs:

  • Bus To Tarrytown, NY … Estimated arrival at 12:30pm
        Drop-off location is the Super Stop & Shop parking lot at 610 White Plains Road (Rte 119) in Tarrytown, NY.
  • Bus to Lexington, MA … Estimated arrival at 11:00am
        Drop-off location is the McDonald’s Rest Area on Route 128 (Northbound only at Exit 40) in Lexington, MA.
  • Boston Logan Airport … Estimated arrival at 11:00am
        Please schedule outgoing flights for as early in the afternoon as possible, ideally in the 1:00 hour.

Of course, if you prefer, you can pick your child up at Akeela between 9:00 and 10:00am on the last day of your camp session. However, because the camp community will be functioning as a “bubble” this summer, there will be no Visiting Day component to the end-of-session pick up. In fact, your camper and their bags will be waiting for you and it will be more of a “drive-through” experience!

Important Note About Getting Bags Home From Camp

Because space is limited on our buses and vans, we can not commit to bringing any significantly sized campers’ luggage to Tarrytown, Lexington or Logan Airport at the end of our camp sessions. As a result, we are asking all families to arrange return baggage service for their campers. R & B Camp Baggage offers round-trip service, while UPS and FedEx allow you to generate return labels for your shipped items. Once we have a full account of the numbers of campers in each vehicle and the available space for luggage, we are more than happy to send as many bags home with campers as we can fit. In that case, you will not be charged by R & B, UPS or FedEx for services that you don’t use. But again, please make those arrangements and assume that your bags will be shipped home, unless you hear otherwise.

If you are picking your camper up at Akeela at the end of the camp session, you may take their bags with you that day.

Family Handbook Table of Contents

  1. About Akeela & About CampGroup
  2. Camper Travel and Visiting Day
  3. Packing List & Baggage Shipping Information
  4. Purchasing Camp Clothing, Prohibited Items & Laundry
  5. Communication: Mail, Phone Calls & Parent Communication
  6. Health Care: Medications, Health Communication, Medical Charges, Other Health Concerns
  7. Food, Health and Wellness
  8. Electronics Policy
  9. Homesickness Prevention
  10. Success at Akeela
  11. Camper Code of Conduct
  12. Additional Activities and Trips
  13. “Open House” Orientation Day
  14. Driving Directions

Important Note for 2021

One of the reasons we have made this Handbook available on our website, rather than sending it by snail mail, is that we anticipate making changes well into the spring, as we learn more about how COVID-19 will affect our plans for this summer. To be clear, camp is definitely opening and we’re ready to keep our campers healthy and safe in any scenario. However, current conditions, as well as guidance from health professionals and the State of Vermont, might affect some of our programs, schedules, policies, etc.