Transportation Assistance

2022 Sessions

Session 1:
June 22 – July 3
Grades 9 – 12 (Central Camp)
Grades 7 – 8 (Camp Bernstein)

Session 2:
July 6 – July 17
Grades 9 – 12 (Central Camp)
Grades 7 – 8 (Camp Bernstein)

Session 3:
July 20 – July 31
Grades 7 – 9 (Central Camp)
Grades 5 – 7 (Camp Bernstein)

Session 4:
Aug. 3 – Aug. 14
Grades 7 – 9 (Central Camp)
Grades 5 – 7 (Camp Bernstein)

Blue Lake can provide transportation for students to and from commercial transportation depots within a one-hour radius of the campus. This includes Grand Rapids Air, Train, and Bus and Muskegon Air, Bus, and Ferry. Fees for the transportation service range from $85 – $200 one way, depending on travel distance and staffing requirements.

To request Blue Lake Transportation…

Students traveling within the US to Blue Lake:
Review the dates and information below and book your travel within the specified dates/times for your camper’s session. Then, complete the “Early Arrival, Transportation, and Late Departure” reservation in your account. Fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival. Blue Lake cannot accommodate last-minute requests. Contact Blue Lake Transportation at 800-221-8796 x211 or transportation@bluelake.org if you have questions.

Students traveling internationally to Blue Lake:
Contact the International Office at 800-221-3796 x203 or mstansell@bluelake.org before booking your travel. Then, complete the “Early Arrival, Transportation, and Late Departure” reservation in your registration account online. We will contact you to confirm your travel plans and other details. Fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival. Blue Lake cannot accommodate last-minute requests.

Arrival and Departure Dates
Campers using Blue Lake Transportation should arrive the Tuesday prior to the start of session, and depart the Monday following the final Sunday of the session. Students will be accommodated on camp with staff members during any time that falls outside of the camp session. Accommodations are not available prior to 5pm on Tuesday June 21st or after 4pm on Sunday August 14th.

2022 Sessions Arrival Day Departure Day Fees Due
Session 1 June 22 - July 3
June 21 (after 5pm*)
July 4
May 22
Session 2 July 6 - July 17
July 5
July 18
June 6
Session 3 July 20 - July 31
July 19
August 1
June 20
Session 4 August 3 - August 14
August 2
August 14 (before 4pm*)
July 5

*Please note that accommodations on camp cannot be made prior to 5pm on Tuesday June 21st or after 4pm on Sunday August 14th.

Air Travel
Students traveling by air are strongly encouraged to fly through Grand Rapids International Airport to allow for the greatest flexibility in rebooking if airline schedule adjustments arise. Those who are traveling as unaccompanied minors must fly through Grand Rapids exclusively, as smaller regional airports cannot accommodate a student with unaccompanied minor status in the event of flight delays, cancellations, or other complications.

Flying with “unaccompanied minor” status
Each airline has a unique policy for unaccompanied minors. Some airlines require that children under a certain age must travel with the status of “unaccompanied minor,” and other airlines offer this simply as an option to parents. Typically, there is an additional fee associated with these tickets, as well as restrictions regarding flight options, supervision, connecting flights, and transfers to other airlines. Please check with your specific airline for clarification.

If your child is flying as an unaccompanied minor, associated airline fees must be paid prior to each flight. Some airlines will only allow payment of this fee one way, and a second payment may be required prior to departure. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to assess fees and payment requirements, and either make appropriate arrangements with the airline or make sure the student is prepared to pay. Blue Lake is not responsible for additional fees associated with unaccompanied minor travel and is unable to accommodate last-minute charges.

Airlines often require a specific name for the responsible adult meeting your child at the airport. Contact Blue Lake Transportation at transportation@bluelake.org or 800-221-3796 x211 to determine the Blue Lake representative who will be meeting your child at the airport.

Please view the links below to learn more about unaccompanied minors traveling with commonly used airlines:


Blue Lake Transportation Fees

Transportation fees vary by distance and staffing requirements, and range from $85 to $200 one way. See the table below to estimate the cost of your student’s travel. Transportation fees will be calculated after your student’s full travel itinerary is received.

Traveling To / From Mode of Travel Fee Unaccompanied Minor Status
Grand Rapids
Air, Train, or Bus
$150
+ $50
Muskegon
Air, Bus, or Ferry
$85
+ $50
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