Bus Safety & Professional Drivers
All Roughing It buses are driven by professional & experienced bus drivers from First Student School Bus Company. They have year-round experience driving buses for schools. All bus drivers are licensed to drive school buses. Our bus drivers come back year after year to Roughing It.
Our Counselors make the Camp Bus fun!
A Roughing It camp counselor is on every bus to provide supervision, and to make the bus safe and fun for the campers. Younger campers are assigned older camper bus buddies by the bus counselor to ensure special care is given to our littlest campers. Each bus counselor is in direct communication with our office at all times by phone.
Riding the Camp Bus and Bus Spirit!
At Roughing It, camp starts as soon as the campers step onto the bus. All campers are part of a bus group and our counselors lead the activities. Groups participate in "bus spirit" together by creating skits and songs to perform at Opening Circle. Bus Spirit PomPoms are given out every Friday, and bus groups compete for the prized Golden PomPom!
Bus Stops and Home Pick Up Info
Our 36 Bus Stops serve San Fransisco, East Bay, Contra Cost and Tri-Valley and certain areas are available for home pick up. See our Camp Bus Stops & Home Pickup Locations »
Bus Pick Up and Drop off Times
The morning pick up time is usually between 8:00 – 8:50 am. The afternoon drop off time is usually between 3:10-4:00 pm. These are set based on location. We will send times the week before your camp session and you can contact our office for an estimated time. Extended care options are available.
Several different buses may serve the same city. Therefore, parents need to prepare their campers to ride the bus on their own and not expect automatically to be with friends who live in the same area. If parents wish their camper to be with another camper or if parents are carpooling, please let us know by June 1 so we can try to accommodate you.
- Sit facing the front with your feet on the ground.
- Wear a seat belt at all times.
- Keep your hands to yourself and be respectful to others.
- Use considerate language.
- Be an enthusiastic and active participant.
- Use low voices in the bus.
- Follow the staff instructions.
- No eating/drinking on the bus.
- Sharp objects, like pencils, are not appropriate to have out on the bus.
- Music devices are not allowed at camp.
- Failure to follow the bus rules could result in the camper losing the privilege to ride the bus.
- Lock your seat belt buckles together after you get up from your seat to exit.
- Bus Safety Guidelines for Parents & Campers
- Parents need to supervise their campers at the bus stop unless the camper has permission for an unsupervised drop-off on file at Roughing It. If you need to authorize your camper for an unsupervised drop-off, please contact our office.
- Campers with unsupervised drop-off must behave in a controlled and considerate manner and must follow the direction of parents waiting with other campers.
- Campers with unsupervised drop off who misbehave or who do not follow the direction of parents will lose their unsupervised drop-off privilege.
- Campers may not play games in the street, driveways, or on the sidewalk.
- Campers and parents must respect private property and be considerate of their neighbors and the public at the bus stop.
Campers Select One Bus Stop per Session
All campers need to use the same bus and at the same bus stop for their entire session. Space is limited on many of our routes so reserve your camper’s bus stop early. In order to safely manage our bus program; we need consistency in the bus routes and with the campers on each bus.
Changing Bus Stops
We are unable to make bus changes for any reason once the session begins for the primary morning and afternoon routes. If campers would like go home together after camp, we ask that parents take the responsibility for organizing "outside-of-camp" social times for their campers. Campers can change their afternoon bus stops and drop-off time by attending CampPlus Activities.
Extended Care (Camp Plus ) Transportation
Parents who need earlier or later bus stops than our standard schedule will find that Breakfast Club, our before-camp program in Lafayette beginning at 7:00 am, and CampPlus, our after camp program, can meet their needs. Campers may designate a different bus stop for CampPlus from their regular bus schedule. This choice can be made on the CampPlus registration forms.
Authorized Release of a Camper
Roughing It will only release a camper to parents/guardians or an emergency contact as listed on the Camper Application. Roughing It will only release a camper to an emergency contact if pre-approved by the parent or in an emergency where Roughing It is unable to get in contact will any of the parents/guardians. Additional individuals (nannies, car pool parents, family members, etc) can be given permission to pick up a camper from camp or the bus stop by specifying them in the Additional Camper Information section of the Camper Application, or by written confirmation.
If parents use carpooling or other means of scheduling where a camper gets picked up by a variety of sources, it is the parents' responsibility to keep track of this schedule and coordinate with others as to the correct days to pick up their camper; the Bus Captain is only able to ensure that the camper gets released into the care of an authorized individual.
Unsupervised Drop Off
An unsupervised drop-off allows your camper, age 8 or older, to be picked up before camp or dropped off after camp even if there is no authorized adult present. You can change whether your camper can be dropped off unsupervised by updating your camper application on your online account.
Be A Curbstoner – Be on Time!
Please help your camper to be a "Curbstoner" by having him or her ready and outside before the bus arrives. The current record is 19 days in a row!
Missing the Morning Bus
The Bus will not wait at a bus stop after the official bus time. At home pick ups, Bus Counselor will ring the front door and leave if no one comes. If you barely miss the bus, call our office at 925-283-3795 and we will direct you to the next stop. If you can't catch the bus, call us and drive your camper to the far left side of the Lafayette Reservoir. Either leave your camper with a counselor or walk them up to Opening Circle; please do not drop off your camper at the reservoir unattended.
What Happens if a Parent is Late to the Bus?
The bus cannot usually wait past the drop off time for an authorized adult who is late to the bus stop, as there are other stops further down the bus route and the bus has a schedule to keep. If you are running late, contact the office as early as possible so we can determine where the bus is and where you should go to pick up your child. If the bus heads to the next stop with your child and we have not heard from you, we will attempt to call you and give you directions to the next stop. We will NEVER leave your camper unattended at a bus stop unless we have received prior written permission from you authorizing unsupervised drop off at that designated stop.
Parents who are unable to pick up their camper by the time the bus route is over may be charged a late fee of $2.00/minute up to five minutes. If the parent is still unable to pick up the camper after five minutes, Roughing It will transport the camper to CampPlus. The fee for the "wait" transportation time and the CampPlus activity will be charged to the parent. If a child is taken to CampPlus, we must speak with a parent to confirm the camper's CampPlus bus stop and drop-off time.
Communication about the Daily Bus Route
Every bus has a Roughing It Bus Captain who carries a phone in order to be in constant communication with our Transportation Coordinator and Office regarding any changes in times or an emergency situation on the Bus.
In the event a bus is running more than 10 minutes late, we will reach you by email or phone. In an emergency, we will contact you by phone immediately. Please understand that we may be delayed in reaching you if there is a major traffic delay affecting more than one of our bus routes. You can call our office at 925-283-3795 at any time to get the status of your bus.
Car Seats and Very Young Campers
Roughing It does not use car or booster seats on our buses for small children. Due to the extra federal safety standards that school buses must meet, our school buses are very safe for transporting small children. Our type of bus requires a car seat only if a child is under 25 pounds. At this time, we are unable to accommodate transporting of children under this weight. Visit the transportation safety section of our website for more details about the safety of school buses.
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