Camp Prep #1: Transportation

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During the Passover Seder, we recount the exodus from Egypt and our 40 year journey through the desert. Unless you like long, hot walks, what could be more important than reliable transportation?

And with that, we begin Chapter 1…

Getting To and From Camp

By Car

  • For those who drive their kids to camp on Opening Day, we ask that you arrive and lineup at the Camp gate by 11:00 am and depart as soon as your child is settled, by 12:30 pm at the latest.
  • While we encourage a bus ride to camp, we invite your family to join us for Closing Day at 11:00 am. Closing Day is a celebration: come meet your kids’ counselors and friends, hear stories about their favorite camp activities, and help them turn three weeks of fun into lifelong memories. This is your best chance to experience camp vicariously through your child (and receive answers longer than one-word when you ask how their summer was). And of course, what would a Jewish community experience be without a festive lunch before you head back home?
  • If you need driving directions to camp, print them out from our Knowledge Base or put 10 Doolittle Drive, Woodcreek, TX  in your GPS.  

By Bus*

  •  If a journey is half the fun (desert exodus aside), it’s fair to say that the camp experience actually begins on the bus, getting to know other campers and staff, learning cheers and songs. We recommend sending your child to camp by bus, not only to help them transition into the Camp mode, but to help parents with “goodbyes.”. See our Knowledge Base for detailed bus meeting times and places.
  • Because camp ends on a Monday, we know that not everyone will be able to join us for Closing Day.  We offer buses home to the 4 major Texas cities.  See our Knowledge Base for detailed bus departure information from Camp.

By Air*

  • Those traveling by air should fly into Austin or San Antonio, whichever has the best flights.  Our shuttle will bring your children to camp from either airport.  Please schedule flights to arrive between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to ensure your child’s participation in the opening activities. 
  • Those campers flying home should schedule flights from either San Antonio or Austin, and between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. 
  • A flight arrival outside our designated pickup time may result in an additional pick up fee. Please DO NOT book a flight outside of the above times without approval from the Camp office.

By Water

  • We are pretty sure that your boat/canoe/raft/yacht is WAY too big to fit on Cypress Creek, so please see the above ways to get to camp.

For campers who cry on Closing Day, we will provide unlimited toilet paper (provided they register for Summer 2020).

Special Situations

  • Our Nitzanim A Campers can get to camp the same ways as our 3-week campers, but will need to be picked up by parents at Camp at 11:00 am on their Closing Day.
  • Our Nitzanim B Campers will need to be driven to camp for their Opening Day, arriving by 11:00 am.  They can go home the same ways as our 3-week campers.
  • Our Mini Mensch campers will need to be driven to and from camp for both their Opening and Closing Day, with parents arriving at camp by 11:00 am both days.

Other important travel notes

  • If anyone other than a parent is picking up your child from camp, please let us know by noting it on your transportation form or by emailing us in the office before closing day.
  • Please make sure that you complete your transportation form thoroughly and update it if anything changes.  For logistical and safety reasons, we must know exactly which kids will be traveling by each mode and when they are coming and going.  You can find your transportation form along with the rest of the forms in your CampInTouch account.
  • *  There are teeny tiny fees for our buses and airport shuttles (Jewber?). Please check our Knowledge Base for more information.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask:  info@cyjtexas.org or 713-723-8354.  You can also search our Knowledge Base to learn more about not only transportation but everything else you need to know to get ready for camp.

  
Next up in Camp Prep series:   Food!

Camp Prep Series:
#1:  Transportation
#2:  Food at Camp
#3:  Packing
#4:  Camper Communication
#5:  Homesickness  
#6:  Camper Care and Medical Teams  
#7:  Meet the Merakzim

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