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Running Brook Camps Registration for 2019 is now open!
Additional Information
Summer and vacation camps 
for kids and teens, located in Waltham, MA

Bus Information

We currently offer Bus Transportation for our summer programs.  Our buses have stops in the following towns: Arlington, Lexington, Winchester, Watertown, Belmont, Cambridge, and Somerville. You can view the specific bus stops for each town by downloading the provided PDF located to the right.  Please note, however, that we are only offering two buses for our week 9 programs, and those stops are listed in a separate download. 

Our bus transportation is set-up as a weekly option for campers.  While we understand that there may be individual days throughout the summer where a parent may wish to change the pick-up plans for a camper rather than have them ride the bus, families are still required to pay for the full weekly bus service.  We ask that all changes or cancellations of bus plans be made with at least two weeks notice.  We will be unable to offer a refund for changes or cancellations made with less than two weeks notice.

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about our bus procedures. Please contact the camp office if you have any additional questions.


Bus Stops PDF Download

Extended Day Program

Our Extended Day program offers families the option of having their campers with us at camp for a longer day to accommodate their schedules.  We offer two different options within our Extended Day programming:  Our traditional Extended Day is a less structured time for all ages where kids can spend time with children from other camper groups engaging in various low-key activities.  Our Extended DEILAB offers campers in grades K-6 a more structured indoor option of Lego-based design and build projects.  You can learn more about DEILAB here:  DEILAB

During morning Extended day, campers typically engage in art activities or board games.  For the afternoon, many campers like to relax after their very busy, structured day at camp. For our traditional Extended Day each afternoon, campers have a snack, then choose to go swimming, play cards, do simple Arts & Crafts activities (i.e. gimp, coloring, etc), or play a more active game on the field. Some children choose to spend this time reading a book, building Legos, or simply talking with friends.  For Extended DEILAB each day, kids will have a snack, and then jump right into the structured building and design challenges.  There will be a progression through the course of the week that will allow campers to experience success and failures in the design process, culminating in some cool challenges and competitions.  Because of the structured nature of Extended DEILAB, it is best for campers to be picked up as close to 6:00 as possible to allow them the opportunity to experience the full programming. 

Although the DEILAB staff will be altering the programming from week-to-week, we suggest that campers who will be registered for several weeks of Extended Day alternate between our traditional Extended Day and Extended DEILAB.

Morning Extended Day runs from 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m., and afternoon Extended Day runs from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. For staffing purposes, campers must be registered for Extended Day on a weekly basis, and we require two-weeks notice of any changes or cancellations of Extended Day registration. We will not offer a refund for cancellations of Extended Day if the request is made with less than two-weeks notice. Campers can be dropped off at any time during morning Extended Day and picked up any time prior to 6:00 p.m. during afternoon Extended Day (see the suggestion above regarding Extended DEILAB pick-up).  Our Parent Handbook outlines more of the procedural details of the program.

Bus & Extended Day FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How early can I drop off my child on campus?  How late can I pick them up?

    The earliest a camper may be dropped off for morning Extended Day is 7:15.  The latest a camper can be picked up from afternoon Extended Day is 6:00 p.m.  We resereve the right to charge an additional fee of $1 per minute for each minute that you are late for pick-up.  
  • Q. What time should I be at the bus stop with my child?

    Please be at the pick-up/drop-off point at least five minutes before the designated time.  In the morning, we ask that you stay with your child until the bus arrives.
  • Q. How will I know it is the Running Brook bus?

    The bus company is Local Motion. It will be a standard size, yellow school bus and it will have a Running Brook Day Camp magnet on the door side of the bus.
  • Q. What if I am late getting my child to the stop in the morning?

    If your child is not at the stop when the bus arrives, the driver will wait a minute or so beyond the designated time, but will then need to leave.  If you arrive after the vehicle has left, you can try to meet it at the next stop, or you can drive your child to camp.  You can also call the camp office (781-314-0994) so that one of our staff can get in touch with your child’s bus monitor to arrange an alternate plan if appropriate.  Please do not attempt to get the bus driver to stop the bus.
  • Q. What if the bus is running late in the morning?

    We ask that you remain with your child until the bus arrives.  It is rare for one of the busses to ever be more than a few minutes late.  If this happens regularly, we may need to adjust the times of the various stops, and we will inform you if any official changes are made.
  • Q. What if someone other than me needs to pick up my child from the bus stop or Extended Day?

    Another adult can pick up your child from the bus stop or Extended Day, as long as you have already approved them on our Authorized Pick-Up form when you completed registration.  If they are someone you have not already approved, we ask that you call the camp office (781)314-0994 as soon as possible to add the person to your approved list.
  • Q. What if I am late getting to the stop to pick up my child in the afternoon?

    If you are not at the stop when the bus first arrives, we will try to call you as soon as possible to let you know the whereabouts of the bus and to decide on the most efficient method for you to pick up your child. The bus will need to continue on its route.  If necessary, the bus monitor will remain with your child at the final stop until you arrive. You will be charged $15 for every 30 minutes the monitor has to wait with your child. If you know ahead of time that you are not going to be at a stop on time, please call the camp at 781-314-0994. Someone can then help you decide on the best course of action.
  • Q. Can my child walk home from the bus stop?

    Our policy is that any campers who have completed 5th grade or higher are allowed to walk home from the bus stop.  Younger siblings can walk with them.  You must contact the office first to obtain a Walker Waiver form to be completed prior to our allowing your child to walk home.
  • Q. Do the bus stops or scheduled times change at all during the summer?

    Once the summer has begun, there may be slight adjustments in the actual pick-up and drop-off times.  Please check with the bus monitor on the first day you use the transportation system to see if any changes have been made.
  • Q. What if I need to change the bus or Extended Day arrangements for my child?

    For your child’s safety, all changes need to be made through the camp office.  Please call (781-314-0994) and give us 2 weeks notice of any necessary changes.  We will not offer a refund for the bus or Extended Day fees if changes are requested with less than two weeks notice.  Please do not inform the bus monitor or Extended Day staff.
  • Q. What happens during Extended Day if it is inclement weather?

    If there is inclement weather, our staff will be positioned on campus to greet you upon your arrival to drop-off or pick-up your child, and will direct you where to go.  Extended Day will typically move to the gymnasium during inclement weather.

RUNNING BROOK CAMPS AT CHAPEL HILL - CHAUNCY HALL SCHOOL


785 Beaver St.
Waltham, MA 02452
Phone: 781-314-0994
Fax: 781-894-5706
Email: runningbrookcamp@chch.org

Director: Jim Bellanca, L.M.H.C.

Office Hours: We are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Please give us a call with any questions that you have, or to schedule a personal tour.