A full-time Bus Co-Ordinator
A full-time bus co-ordinator organizes all the bus routes, designing routes in the most efficient and safe manner possible. All the routes are then driven out prior to camp to ensure that the bus pick up is in front of the house and as much as possible on the right side of the street. The average number of children on a large bus is twenty-eight.
Door to Door Bus Service
For door to door bus service, you must live along one of our routes. The areas that our busses go to are Westmount, Ville St. Laurent (west end only), Cote St. Luc, Hampstead, Dollard des Ormeaux, Kirkland (south), Beaconsfield (north). Those living outside these routes may be asked to meet the bus at a suitable meeting point. In the case of townhouses, narrow streets and courts, road construction, etc., campers may have to meet the bus at the neares point of access. The morning bus pick-up is usually between 8:00 and 8:30 A.M. and the afternoon bus drop-off is usually between 4:00 and 4:30 P.M. We cannot guarantee door to door bus service. CIT's meet the bus at the nearest meeting point. The cost for door to door bussing is $110 per week/ per camper, where available.
Special Safety Features
All the large buses are the new CE busses. When the bus stops, a special arm attached to the front bumper of the bus extends forward four feet. This means someone must walk around the arm in order to pass in from of the bus. If, on the rare occasion, it is necessary to cross in front of the bus, our bus duty monitor is always there to escort the camper. The buses have a special mechanism which prevents them from going more than 90 kms/per hour. Each bus also has a CB radio transmitter which is in contact with the Redwood office and head office at all times. The high backs of the seats of the bus are designed to give added security for its passengers. For safety reasons, children are not permitted to eat on the bus. Only drinks are allowed.
Bus Duty Monitors
All buses are supervised by two bus duty monitors who have been trained in the care and safety of your child. The bus duty monitor walks the children on and off the bus each day, sees that the children are seated at all times on the bus and ensures that all the safety rules are followed.
Arrival & Departure
Two or three days prior to the first day of camp, parents receive a phone call or card in the mail box with the name of the bus and approximate time of pick-up. For the first day or two, there is a fluctuation in time of pick-up but you are soon able to judge the pick up time and adjust your morning schedule accordingly. Children are picked up between 8:00 A.M. to 8:45 A.M. Upon arrival at camp, all campers are assisted off the bus and escorted to their unit area to meet their counsellors. Departure from camp is between 3:00 P.M. and 3:15 P.M. If you would like a better idea of the drop-off time in the afternoon, please give us a call at the office for an estimated time.
The morning and afternoon bus schedule can be affected by differences in weekly attendance. Parents should expect some fluctuations throughout the summer.
Please note that the transportation offered applies to the same address in the morning and afternoon. If you require a different pick-up or drop-off, please call the office for further details. Additional charges may apply.