For the 2025 season, all bus service will be at neighborhood or centralized bus stops, with the exception of three-quarter day afternoon bus drop offs.

Camp tuition includes either bus transportation or a place in the extended day program. Campers travel in small or large yellow school buses; each bus has a riding counselor to supervise campers during the bus route and everyone wears a seat belt.

Every bus driver has a Commercial Driver’s License with Passenger and School Bus endorsements.  To earn this license, drivers must undergo a physical exam and have significant knowledge and on-road testing for safety.  Bus drivers’ safety records are reviewed each season.

We try to arrange our bus routes so each camper’s trip is as short as possible. Most bus routes begin around 8:00 am and arrive at Camp around 8:45 am. We dismiss at 4:00 pm and almost all buses have delivered their campers home by 4:45 pm.

For the 3 and 4 year old three-quarter day Clubhouse program, morning transportation to camp is included in tuition; Camp provides bus service back to Summit, New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Westfield at 2:00 pm.  For campers in other towns, a parent or guardian must pick up three-quarter day Clubhouse campers at 2:00 pm.

If the timing of the bus does not work for your schedule, we also offer an extended day option.  You can bring your camper here as early as 8:00 am and pick up as late as 6:00 pm. Counselors supervise extended day campers in games, swimming, crafts, sports and quiet activities.

There is no extra fee for the extended day program if you use it instead of bus transportation.  There is a small extra charge to use both extended day and bus service, or bus service to two different addresses. 

Bus transportation to and from Camp Riverbend is provided from many communities in Essex, Hudson, Morris, Somerset and Union counties. Contact us for information about specific towns.

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