Getting to Camp

Camp Riverlea offers bus transportation, included in tuition, from three stops in Durham. Families may also choose to drop off and pick up their campers at camp. All families must complete a transportation form, found under Forms and Documents on your CampInTouch Forms Dashboard.

If you are driving your child to and from camp, drop-off at camp is at 9 a.m., and pick-up is at 4 p.m. GPS sometimes lies; you almost certainly don’t want to turn onto Johnson Mill road or Mason road. Camp is a short distance from the intersection of Guess rd. and South Lowell, and is only accessible from S. Lowell.

Our buses are driven by professional school bus drivers who operate buses during the school year. Each bus is supervised by at least two Riverlea counselors, who greet campers in the morning, call roll, and wait with campers in the afternoon until all are picked up by an authorized adult. In the afternoon, before leaving the lot, parents/guardians will have to approach a bus counselor and initial a form on the bus counselors’ checklist. This is to ensure we know exactly who picks up each child at the end of the day. Please see the bus stops listed below.


Morning (times dependent on bus stop) — campers are dropped off at bus stops. Masks required for everyone. Each morning, families will complete an online screener for each camper before they board the bus.

Bus ride. Masks required. Assigned seats, one kid per seat. Youngest kids at the front of the bus, oldest at the back. All windows down for maximum air exchange. Masked (and vaccinated!) volunteers and staff will sit with some kids.

FOR 2022- As the kids adjust and get better at our new bus routines, it’s possible these times shift a little bit as we collectively get more efficient at loading, unloading, calling roll, etc. This happens every summer, and is sure to happen with more involved COVID procedures, too.

Guess Road

For 2022, The Guess Road bus departs at 8:40 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m.

The Guess Road stop is located at the Guess Rd Baptist Church.

3102 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27705 , between I-85 and Carver Street.


For 2022, Duke bus departs at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m.

The Duke bus stop is located at Crest Street Park, off Erwin and Fulton (which turns into Hillandale road). The park is near the VA and DCRI. If it’s raining, there is a pavilion for cover.

Forest Hills

For 2022, the Forest Hills bus departs at 8:25 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m.

The Forest Hills Bus Stop is located in a gravel parking lot on East Forest Hills Boulevard, near the intersection with University Drive and behind the tennis courts.

A camp tradition for Durham area children

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