Planning Your Travel

Arrivals and Departures are very simple for students: we meet each camper individually at the airport, bus station, or train station and bring them to camp, and then we return them to their point of departure at the end of camp. Below are some details on traveling to and from Mathcamp .

Planning Your Travel

We need each student to enter their full travel itinerary on our online registration page (available for admitted students here) by May 15, 2020, along with their camp registration. If you are driving, please provide an approximate arrival/departure time.

Travel Dates: Students should plan to arrive at Mathcamp on July 5 and depart on August 9. If you must arrive or depart on a different day, please discuss with us as early as possible! It can be difficult to adjust to life at camp when arriving late, so we strongly prefer that students do not miss orientation day. Similarly, we discourage students from leaving early: the last few days of Mathcamp are full of activities, day and night, and we guarantee that you will be very sad to miss them.

Arrival: We can greet students at any time of day on arrivals day. If you have some flexibility, please plan to arrive in the afternoon, allowing some time to get settled in before dinner. Our first official meal will be dinner on Sunday at 5:30pm, and there will be some optional activities afterwards. If your flight options are more constrained, we prefer for students to arrive early in the morning (taking a red-eye on Saturday night and arriving Sunday morning) rather than late on Sunday evening; it is easier to have a day to adjust to camp, and orientation starts bright and early on Monday morning.

Departure: Any time of day on August 9 is OK for departure, though almost all students depart first thing in the morning. Flying out very early is fine, since the night before is an official camp "all-nighter." The last official meal is lunch on Sunday at noon (although most students do leave before lunch).

Where to Travel: The airport for Mathcamp 2020 is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in South Burlington, Vermont. The closest train station to Mathcamp is in Essex Junction, VT, and buses (e.g. Greyhound and Megabus) stop in Burlington, VT.

Students coming from outside the US: Be sure to bring your passport (with US visa, if required) and the invitation letter signed by the camp director, showing that you have qualified for Mathcamp 2020.

Travelers under 15: Most airlines offer an "unaccompanied minor" (UM) service for children flying alone. Since we will meet each student at the airport and escort him or her to Champlain College, Mathcamp does not recommend this service. However, some airlines require it for passengers under 15. The policies and cost (usually $25 - $125 each way) vary by airline; for more detailed information, visit your airline's webpage or see this summary.

Arriving By Plane, Bus or Train

All students traveling on their own will be met by the Mathcamp welcome party immediately upon arrival. Members of the welcome party will be wearing Mathcamp T-shirts. Look for a white placard reading "Mathcamp" in blue letters.

Students arriving by bus or train should look for the welcome party inside the station. Students arriving by plane will be met at the baggage claim for their flight. Students on international flights will need to go through customs first, and will be met outside the customs area. Only students flying as "unaccompanied minors" will be met at the gate. (We do not recommend this option, unless required by the airline.)

If you miss your flight or bus, or if there is a change in your itinerary, please contact the Mathcamp office immediately! You can reach us toll-free from any phone at (888) 371-4159.

In the unlikely event that you miss seeing the welcome party immediately, do not leave the airport or station! Just call the Mathcamp office, and we will relay your call to the welcome party. If you have a cell phone, keep it turned on. Also, listen carefully to all announcements made in the terminal: we may try to page you. Do not panic: since we know your airline and flight number, we won't miss you. We will be waiting for you even if your flight is delayed or arrives late at night.

All Canadian and US students will be asked to call home as soon as they are met by the welcome party. International students can send email home immediately upon arrival at Mathcamp or place a brief call home on a camp phone. (If you are bringing your own cell phone, you will be able to connect right away to the campus wifi.)

Suggestion for all international travelers: We recommend that you include your name and the Mathcamp office number, (888) 371-4159, in a label on each checked bag. (If the airline misplaces your luggage, it will be easier for them to call the office than to reach an international phone number.)

Arriving By Car

Directions to the Champlain College campus can be found here. A campus map is available here. Our dorms are Valcour, McDonald, and Whiting, and the registration desk (where you should go when you first arrive) will be in Valcour Hall (M, N, and O on the campus map). Parking at Champlain is free and plentiful on Sundays; you do not need a permit to park in the lot next to Valcour, McDonald, and Whiting.

Don't forget:

  • Enter your full travel itinerary on our online registration page by May 15, 2020. (Online registration for admitted students is here.) If there are any last-minute changes, please update the registration page and also email us to let us know.
  • Carry a photo ID and the Mathcamp office phone number (toll free: 888-371-4159) with you when you travel.
  • If you're from outside the US or if your medical insurance does not cover you in Vermont: you must purchase travel medical insurance before you leave. Step-by-step instructions for buying online are available here.

Please call or email us if you have any further questions about arrivals and departures.

See you in Burlington!