Transportation Policy

LOTUS LAKE CAMP TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

PLEASE READ the following information. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the camp directors.

TRANSPORTATION POLICIES
1. Cancellation due to inclement weather: Lotus Lake Camp has shelter for all activities and all campers in inclement weather and will operate and transport as scheduled.

Should the camp have to be canceled, local radio and TV will carry the announcement by 7:30AM. Parents may also call camp at (802) 433-5451 by 7:30AM.

2. Pick-up and drop-off times:

MONTPELIER
LEAVE
RETURN
½ DAY LEAVE
½ DAY RETURN

Corner of E. State & college, parking lot
8:20AM
4:45PM
8:20AM
1:20PM

Montpelier High School, parking lot
8:40AM
4:40PM
 
 

BARRE – BOR
8:55AM
4:20PM
8:45AM
1:00PM

SOUTH BARRE – AM parking lot, Rt. 14 & Bridge St.
9:05AM
 
 
 

– PM Hannaford’s
 
4:10PM
 
 

WILLIAMSTOWN – in front of church by bank
9:15AM
4:05PM
8:50AM
12:50PM

NORTHFIELD – Norwich University parking lot A
(off Route 12)
9:00AM
 
4:15PM
 
9:00AM
 
No Return
 

PARENT – pickup & drop off AT CAMP
9:00AM
4:00PM
9:15AM
12:45PM

LEAVE
RETURN
½ DAY LEAVE
½ DAY RETURN

MONTPELIER: Corner of E. State & college, parking lot

8:20AM
4:45PM
8:20AM
1:20PM

Montpelier High School, parking lot

8:40AM
4:40PM
 
 

BARRE

8:55AM
4:20PM
9:00AM
1:00AM

SOUTH BARRE – AM parking lot, Rt. 14 & Bridge St.

9:05AM
 
 
 

– PM Hannaford’s

 
4:10PM
 
 

LEAVE
RETURN
½ DAY LEAVE
½ DAY RETURN

WILLIAMSTOWN – in front of church by bank

9:15AM
4:05PM
 
 

NORTHFIELD – Norwich University parking lot A
(off Route 12)

9:00AM
 
4:15PM
 
 
 
 
 

PARENT – pickup & drop off AT CAMP

9:00AM
4:00PM
 
 

LEAVE
RETURN
½ DAY LEAVE
½ DAY RETURN

NOTE: If parents are more than 10 min. late for pick-up in Barre, Montpelier or Northfield, we will try to contact a parent, but if unsuccessful, a staff member will take the camper to the local police station. The busses and vans leave promptly at designated times to maintain the schedule. Parents who cannot get their camper(s) to the bus/van may have to transport them.

3. TRANSPORTATION DELAYS
If for any reason a bus or van is expected to be more than 15 min. late for a scheduled pick-up or drop-off, parents/guardians at the pick-up or drop-off site will be informed by an authorized person. Then, depending on the circumstances, alternate transportation plans will be agreed upon if necessary.

4. ILLNESS OF A CAMPER
Should a child become ill on a bus or van riding to or from camp, a designated staff member on the vehicle will attend to the camper and determine what action to take. If the vehicle arrives at camp, the health supervisor will be notified by the staff member and will take
appropriate action. If the vehicle is transporting to a drop-off point, the parent/guardian will be notified upon arrival or before.

5. ACCIDENTS REQUIRING PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CARE
Designated staff members will take the following steps in case of vehicle accident:

  • Call the police.
  • Call for emergency assistance if there are injured.
  • Call the camp director for health form information.
  • Make certain that one staff person stays with the campers.
  • Make no statements to anyone but the police. The camp director will inform the parent/guardians of those campers involved in the accident as quickly as possible. A designated person will go either to the accident site or to the hospital, depending on the need, to be sure that all necessary medical records and permission forms accompany the injured.
  • A designated staff member or the driver will identify witnesses at the scene and obtain appropriate accident or emergency information.

6. CHANGES OF TRANSPORTATION
Parents/guardians MUST write a note in the event of ANY change in the daily transportation of camper(s).

7. PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF SAFETY PROCEDURES
Designated staff members will take the following steps in case of vehicle accident:

  • Lotus Lake Camp is responsible for the camper ONLY when he/she is in the vehicle.
  • Parent/guardians should be PRESENT to supervise their camper(s) at the pick-up and drop-off locations and times.
  • A staff member is present at the BOR, VT College, Montpelier High and Northfield locations to take attendance at the time the buses a/o van are loading. Campers are asked to remain on the sidewalk a/o well back from the bus or van parking and in an orderly line for attendance taking and loading of the vehicles.
  • Buses and vans arriving at camp will park and debark passengers on the driveway near the tennis courts or at the corner of the driveway.
  • Parents transporting campers should drop off and pick up on the lower drive near the tennis courts and should CHECK their camper(s) OUT with the on-duty staff member. PLEASE DO NOT drive on the upper drive to the shelter unless otherwise instructed.

8. SAFETY RULES FOR VAN AND BUS TRAVEL

  • Only drivers approved by the camp directors are allowed to drive camp vehicles. Each driver has a verified good driving record and experience driving the vehicle assigned.
  • Drivers do not deviate from agreed upon routes without first contacting the camp director.
  • If a vehicle is equipped with seat belts, everyone must wear them. All must be belted in before the vehicle drives away.
  • No arms or heads are allowed outside the vehicle.
  • Not horseplay or rowdy behavior is allowed inside the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle has a capacity of more than 14 persons, a staff member will be on board, in addition to the driver, who is trained in safety responsibilities and group management. Vehicles are loaded only within the passenger seating limits established by the manufacturer.
  • Campers who are disruptive and disregard the safety rules may not be allowed to ride the bus or van.
  • Safety rules are posted in each camp vehicle.
  • A staff member takes attendance on each vehicle at each pick-up point in the AM and before leaving camp in the PM.
  • Each car, van and bus carries the following: First aid kit / emergency flags or flares / fire extinguisher / emergency phone #’s
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