Transportation Assistance

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; Muskegon Air, Bus, and Ferry; Holland Train; and Ludington 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:
Contact Blue Lake Transportation at 800-221-8796 x211 or transportation@bluelake.org before booking your travel. Then, submit a transportation request form and your complete travel itinerary. Blue Lake personnel will contact you to confirm your travel plans and calculate fees for the transportation service and associated supervision. Fees must be paid in full 30 days prior to your session.

Students traveling internationally to Blue Lake:
Contact the Blue Lake International Exchange Coordinator at 800-221-3796 x203 or mstansell@bluelake.org before booking your travel. Then, submit a transportation request form and your complete travel itinerary. Blue Lake administrative personnel will contact you to confirm your travel plans and other details.

All Transportation Requests and fees must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the date of travel! Due to the complexity of scheduling transportation, 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/or depart the Monday following the final Sunday of the session. Students will be accommodated on camp with Blue Lake staff members during any time that falls outside of the camp session. Please note that accommodations on camp cannot be made prior to 5pm on Tuesday June 25th or after 3pm on Sunday August 18th.

Session

Arrival Day

Departure Day

Fees Due

Session 1 (June 26- July 7)

June 26 (after 5pm*)

July 8

May 27

Session 2 (July 10 – July 21)

July 9

July 22

June 10

Session 3 (July 24 – Aug. 4)

July 23

August 5

June 21

Session 4 (Aug. 7 – Aug. 18)

August 6

August 18 (before 3pm*)

July 5

*Please note that accommodations on camp cannot be made prior to 5pm on Tuesday June 25th or after 3pm on Sunday August 18th. 

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
Every airline has a unique policy for unaccompanied minors.  Some airlines require that children under a certain age musttravel with the status of “unaccompanied minor,” and other airlines offer this simply as an optionto parents. Typically, there is an additional fee associated with these tickets, as well as restrictions regarding flight options, supervision, connecting flights, and multiple 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.

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:

American Airlines
Delta Airlines
Southwest Airlines
United
Air France

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

Holland

Train

$150

+ $50

Ludington

Ferry

$150

+ $50