Transportation

Bus service from the East Bay, San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Tri Valley.
Professional drivers and adult counselors on every bus.

Summer 2021 transportation will run differently this year. Please see details below.

Roughing It camper's board the bus and head home

Summer Transportation

We are excited to able to offer transportation to our camp families 2021 from select central bus stops in the areas we serve. We are using large buses because the Covid-19 guidelines require a smaller passenger capacity per bus. For this reason we are not able to use smaller buses and offer home pick-up in 2021. We will operate at 30% bus capacity. If you plan to use the bus service, please select your bus upon registration, and Sign Up Early to ensure your camper’s place on the bus! Seats on the buses are limited. Families can also drop off at camp if they desire to, or cannot get a seat on their chosen bus.

Pick Up and Drop Off at Camp

For 2021, parents can choose to pick up and drop off at camp (Lafayette Reservoir) instead of using a bus stop. Drop off any time between 8:00-8:45am and pick up between 3:15-4:00pm. This time also acts as extended care and you will be able to use it whenever you need the flexibility. If you choose pick up and drop off at the Reservoir, it must be done for the entire summer.

Central Bus Stop Availability

Parents can choose from one of the central bus stops listed below.

Times for stops may vary from session to session, and we may need to add or cancel bus stops based on enrollment and demand. We will notify you of any changes.

Lamorinda & Contra Costa County

  • Lafayette: Bentley School
  • Lafayette: Lafayette Elementary
  • Lafayette: Acalanes High School
  • Moraga: Rheem Shopping Center
  • Orinda: Glorietta Elementary
  • Orinda: Rite Aid
  • Walnut Creek: Downtown CVS

San Francisco

  • Haight-Ashbury: Clayton & Parnassus
  • Hayes Valley: French American Intl. School (Hickory St)
  • Noe Valley: Douglass Playground
  • Pacific Heights: Alta Plaza Park

East Bay

  • Berkeley: Arlington & Mendocino
  • Berkeley: Claremont & Woolsey
  • Kensington: Kensington Library
  • Oakland: Broadway Terrace
  • Oakland: Crocker Highlands
  • Oakland: Montclair Tennis Courts
  • Piedmont: Havens School

Tri Valley

  • Alamo: Stone Valley Shopping Center
  • Danville: Black Bear Diner
  • San Ramon: Bollinger Central Park

Summer 2021 COVID Protocols

Roughing It will be following COVID guidelines for 2021. All campers will be transported in large school buses that allows for physical distancing of one family per bench (siblings sit together). Masks must be worn at all times by all campers and staff. Windows will stay down at all times to provide good air flow. Buses will be sanitized daily or whenever a new group boards.

Bus Safety & Professional Drivers

All Roughing It buses are driven by professional bus drivers who work for First Student and drive year-round local school districts. Most drivers enjoy coming back year after year to Roughing It and become part of our camp family.

Bus Driver Qualifications and School Bus Facts

Bus Pick Up and Drop off Times

The morning pick up time is between 7:50-8:50 am.  The afternoon drop off time is usually between 3:10-4:10 pm. Times are normally based on distance from camp. We will send exact times the week before your camp session. Contact us if you need a closer estimate of time.

Extended Care (Camp Plus) Transportation

Roughing It is running a modified CampPlus extended care program for Summer 2021. To comply with cohort safety guidelines, CampPlus has limited enrollment and campers must remain enrolled for the entire session/summer. There is no CampPlus bus transportation for 2021; parents pick up and drop off at the Reservoir. See Extended Care for more details.

Special Pick Up and Drop Off

We are not able to accommodate special pick up and drop off of campers between the 9:00-3:00pm for Summer 2021.

One Bus Stop per Session

Campers need to use the same bus stop for their full session. We are unable to accommodate changes to a camper’s bus stop during camp. There is no CampPlus bus service for extended care offered this year.

Authorized Release of a Camper

Roughing It will only release a camper to parents/guardians or a person on your authorized release list. Please add any babysitters, relatives, and carpool families to this list.

Unsupervised Drop Off

If your camper is age 8 or older, you can specify on your camper application your permission for us to drop them off at their bus stop without an authorized adult present.

Bus Groups

Several buses may service the same city and neighborhood, so we can’t guarantee that friends at different stops will be on the same bus.

Additional Bus Information and Policies

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.

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.

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.

Missing the Morning Bus

The Bus will not normally 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 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.

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.

Bus Rules

  • 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.

Additional Bus Information and Policies

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.

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.

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.

Missing the Morning Bus

The Bus will not normally 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 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.

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.

Bus Rules

  • 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.

Transportation FAQ