Rent a School Bus for Camp Transportation
Custom bus rental solutions for your camp travel needs
Our priority at First Student is to provide your campers with an exceptional experience and a safe, reliable ride to and from camp. As North America’s largest and most-trusted school transportation provider, we complete 5.5 million student journeys every school day. With our highly-trained, kid-friendly drivers and our commitment to safety, First Student Charter is your single-source camp transportation provider, catering to your camp's unique needs.
Benefits and Features of Renting a School Bus
First Student’s size and resources make renting a yellow school bus affordable for your camp travel needs. The average school bus rental is up to 50% cheaper than renting a coach bus.
First Student Charter has over 400 locations in 41 states and 8 Canadian provinces. Our well-maintained fleet of over 45,000 buses are equipped with the newest technology to safely get your campers to your destination.
Our charter bus transportation services will align with your camp’s program needs. We’ll create a custom solution that is convenient and beneficial to you and your campers.
GUESTS PER BUS
We’ve got you covered with flexible vehicle types, including accessibility options. Our standard yellow school buses can accommodate up to 72 children per bus.
camps per year
On average, First Student Charter provides transportation to more than 2,000 camps annually. From logistics planning to daily transportation coordination, our team is experts in taking the transportation responsibilities off your camp to-do list.
We offer the highest per-trip insurance coverage in the industry. First Student Charter maintains at least $10MM for all services, which is double the required minimum by the USDOT of $5MM that most companies offer.
Let Us Coordinate Your Camp Transportation Needs
Take the stress out of planning your camp transportation by partnering with First Student Charter.
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FirstView Bus Tracking:
To Camp. From Camp. Every Day.
When will the bus show up for camp? How can camp organizers and parents see when campers will be picked up or dropped off? First Student’s FirstView is your answer. The FirstView app is a comprehensive and secure bus tracking, communications and engagement tool.
The FirstView app provides real-time access to:
- Know where your campers’ and buses are through GPS tracking
- Easily track one child or multiple children at one time
- Receive messages on delays or schedule changes
- Receive notification alerts when the bus is getting close
FirstView is available as a mobile app for parents on both Apple and Android devices. It is also available in an online browser version for your desktop computer – convenient for working parents. Camp organizers will have access to a dashboard desktop version that gives full visibility into all camp routes.
FirstView is available in select markets for camps. Connect with our dedicated Charter Team to learn more about adding FirstView into your camp program.
Who will be the bus driver(s) for my camp?
The safety of your campers is our foremost priority. First Student drivers are respectful, highly-trained and kid-friendly. Our bus drivers must pass a comprehensive pre-employment screening and motor vehicle background check, including DOT drug testing, ensuring that they are compliant with federal, state and local laws. Once the drivers join our team, they receive continued DOT random drug testing and, and undergo up to 47 hours of training on safe driving habits and behavior, such as the Smith System of Advanced Driving Techniques.
Do you offer bus tracking for camp organizers and parents?
Yes, in select markets. Our FirstView bus tracking mobile app can be utilized by your campers parents to track the status of the bus. The mobile app is free for parents to download and is available in the App Store and Google Play. As a camp organizer, you would also have full visibility into all camp bus routes in our dashboard desktop version. If this is something your camp would be interested in learning more about, be sure to discuss this add-on benefit with our dedicated charter team at the time of booking.
Can you accommodate all camp sizes?
Yes! Regardless of your camp size or multiple pick-up/drop-off locations, First Student Charter is here to help you with your camp’s custom transportation needs. With over 45,000 flexible vehicle types and 400 locations in 41 states and 8 Canadian Provinces, First Student is North America’s largest and most trusted yellow school bus company, completing more than 5.5 million student journeys every school day. Our standard yellow school buses can accommodate up to 72 children per bus.
How much does it cost to rent a school bus?
We want to make the transportation for your camp program cost-effective. Our dedicated team will work with you on a custom payment plan. Our average hourly rate is between $85 – $125 and is based on vehicle type, event size, location and timing. The average school bus rental is up to 50% cheaper than renting a coach bus.
What if something happens the day of my trip?
We want the transportation of your camp program to be seamless. From logistics planning to daily transportation coordination, our dedicated charter team takes the transportation responsibilities off your to-do list. Our charter team is here to help you determine the right number of buses, itinerary changes and supply support throughout your camp to ensure success. If something unexpected happens on the day of your trip, we provide all customers with a point of contact number that is available to support you.
How do I reserve a yellow school bus for my camp?
Booking the transportation for your camp is quick and simple at First Student Charter. Get started today by submitting a free, no-obligation quote and our dedicated charter team will immediately get to work to help create a custom solution and payment plan for you. Once you’re booked with us, enjoy a stress-free and safe camp transportation experience!
Wrap a School Bus with Your Event Brand
When you’re looking to make a big splash a bus wrap can be a great visual statement that is highly visible and integrated into your overall marketing plan.
Wraps range in coverage from full vehicle, to partial vehicle, to decals. Our price includes printing, installation and removal.