Transportation to Summer Camp

Summer 2022 – The bus to camp is back!


During the summer, a weekly air conditioned charter bus makes stops in Illinois (Chicago, Elgin, Rockford) and Wisconsin (Madison) to bring campers of all ages to beautiful Hagerman Lake for their week of adventure. A minibus or van may be used for trips that do not meet bus minimums and that exceed bus maximums. The bus ride is a favorite of many campers as it allows them to meet new friends in a safe, exciting atmosphere that is chaperoned by one of our full-time, trained summer counselors.  The trip leaves the north side of Chicago each beginning day of our 5-day programs at 8 am CDT, and reaches camp by 5pm that same day.  It may stop in Elgin, Rockford, and Madison, the return trip follow the same route. Bus space is limited and may not be available on short notice. Call at least 14 days prior to camp for availability.

BUS SCHEDULE –  Arrival trip takes place on Sunday, departure on Friday.

Chicago, IL – Leave 8am/Return 8pm – North Park University Parking Lot – SE corner of Kedzie & Foster Ave. – View on Google Maps

Elgin, IL – Leave 9am/Return 7:15pm – Life Storage building parking lot (450 Airport Rd.) behind Holiday Inn – Go north 1 / 2 mile on Highway 31 off Tollway 90 – View on Google Maps

Rockford, IL – Leave 10am/Return 6:30pm – NIU Rockford 8500 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108 – View on Google Maps

Madison, WI – Leave 11:30am/Return 5:15pm – McDonalds @ 4502 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53704 – View on Google Maps

All listed times are approximate. Parents may call Covenant Point on a travel day to verify bus schedule. (906) 265-2117

GENERAL INFORMATION

    • Bus will arrive at Covenant Point at about 5:00 p.m.
    • Campers should bring enough money for a McDonald’s stop each direction.
    • 2022 Bus fee is $135 (round-trip), or $105 (one-way). This fee includes a $25.00 non-refundable deposit.

MISSED CONNECTIONS

    • Problems with meeting drop-off or pick-up times? Let us know ASAP (906) 265-2117
    • On the trip to the Point, the bus will wait for a camper at a stop for no more than 15 minutes beyond the scheduled pick-up time. The bus will then continue on its normal route.
    • On the return trip, if a parent or other pick-up person is not at the stop when the bus arrives, the bus will wait for 15 minutes beyond the scheduled return time or the actual time the bus arrives, whichever is later. If a camper is not picked up, the bus counselor will call Covenant Point to report that the pick-up person is not there. The bus will then continue on to Chicago. There the bus counselor will continue to supervise the camper until pick-up arrangements have been made. Any lodging or meal costs incurred will be charged to the camper’s family or guardians.

SAFETY PROCEDURES

  • Parents must check camper in with the bus counselors before departing from their pickup spot.
  • Once on the bus, the camper must remain on the bus during the loading process; after the camper has departed the bus, they must remain away from the bus.
  • The bus will remain in the parking lot away from traffic patterns for load and unloading safety.
  • In the event of an emergency, all campers will follow direction of the counselors. Parents will be notified of any changes in stop locations or times.
  • Campers will be released from the bus one by one, only to authorized adults – verified by camper and staff, as indicated on the camper’s registration form. Adults designated on the “Camper Release Form” for pickup must show a photo identification in order for us to release your camper. This is part of our child protection plan, and a means of compliance with state of Michigan camp licensing rules.
  • Covenant Point is a nut-free environment which also includes the bus trip to and from camp. This is to ensure the safety of all campers who are severely allergic to any nut product. Checking ingredients in the items sent with your child and keeping all nut products off the bus and out of camp is important to the health of all campers.