Travel Info

The White Mountain School is located less than 10 minutes from the closest bus station and about two hours from the closest airport. Our participants provide their own transportation to camp, carpool with other participants, or catch the KBHC-provided shuttle from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the Concord and Franconia bus stations, using the Concord Coach Lines or Boston Express bus service.

All participants must complete the Transportation Form so that we may coordinate carpooling and shuttle service to and from WMS. The transportation form will be made available to applicants once they are accepted for enrollment.

Transportation Form Deadline: May 15, 2022

Please note: We cannot be held responsible for assisting you in your travel to camp if we do not have your travel information on file. If you have any questions regarding travel, please contact Julie Gerhardt, Operations Director at julie@horncamp.org.

The White Mountain School is located at 371 W. Farm Rd, Bethlehem, NH 03574.

Approximate driving times to major cities are as follows:

Boston: 3 hours
New York City: 6 hours
Washington DC: 10 hours
Cleveland: 12 hours
Montreal: 3 hours

There are two options for air travel. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is served by the major domestic airlines with convenient service nationwide. Boston Logan Airport has more domestic flights and is served by many international carriers.

While it’s extraordinarily helpful to our small staff for participants to provide their own transportation all the way to The White Mountain School, we realize that there will be some situations in which participants will need help getting from the airport to camp. If necessary, KBHC staff can pick up participants or arrange for ride-sharing between participants arriving at the Manchester Airport. Participants flying to Boston-Logan who are in need of ride-sharing should plan to take the bus to Concord or Franconia in order to be picked up by a KBHC staff member or by another participant. (See “Travel by Bus” below.)

Air travel with a horn can be an adventure, and getting your horn to camp in pristine condition can take some advance planning. For that reason, it’s important to check with your airline regarding its checked-baggage policies and the dimensions of the overhead bin and under-seat space before confirming your travel plans.

It should be noted that a standard horn case, even one with a hard shell, is unlikely to protect your horn adequately if you should decide to check it at the airport rather than carrying it on the plane with you. If, however, your case is too large for the space allotted, packing the horn appropriately so that it can travel as checked baggage can alleviate stress and help you to avoid a scene at the gate.

Please do your very best to find a way to bring your horn to camp as a carry-on item. If, however, that simply isn’t possible, here is a link to an article that provides instructions for keeping your horn safe as it travels:

How to Prepare an Instrument for Shipping (hornmatters.com)

If you haven’t flown recently, we recommend checking out this TSA website:

Traveling with a Musical Instrument

Please check with your airline regarding policies for unaccompanied minors. The majority of our high school participants are able to fly as an adult, making it easy for KBHC staff to simply pick them up and drop them off at the airport as necessary.

If your high school participant will be traveling as an unaccompanied minor, they will have to be supervised by an airline employee until a KBHC staff member or other designee is able to pick them up, and they’ll have to be accompanied all the way to security when we take them back to the airport.

With such a small participant-to-faculty ratio and an attentive staff, (not to mention that the Manchester airport is pretty small) we’re going to do our very best to make sure that they are safe and comfortable and that they are where they need to be on time. If your high school student can be ticketed as an adult, please do so.

Concord Coach Lines and Boston Express both run buses from Boston Logan to Concord, NH (about 1-1/2 hours from the White Mountain School) and from Boston Logan to Franconia, NH (about 10 minutes from the White Mountain School). 

While it’s extraordinarily helpful to our small staff for participants to provide their own transportation all the way to the White Mountain School, we realize that there will be some situations in which participants will need help getting from the bus station to KBHC. If necessary, KBHC staff can pick up participants or arrange for ride-sharing between participants arriving at the bus stations in Concord and Franconia.

Participants should arrive at The White Mountain School between 1 PM and 4 PM on their arrival day, June 11th or June 19th. Upon arrival at camp, they’ll need to submit to a COVID rapid test and get settled into their rooms. Participants who have not opted to submit a video assessment will also need to warm up and complete a brief playing assessment before dinner and our first camp meeting of the week. Because many participants will be arriving on the same day, early really is best. 

 

For an on-time arrival to The White Mountain School, flight arrivals into Manchester should be no later than 1:30 PM. Bus arrivals to Concord should be no later than 2:30 PM. Participants bussing to Franconia should plan to take the first bus of the day, arriving at 11:25 AM. 

 

If an on-time arrival on your designated arrival day isn’t possible, we can arrange to pick participants up in Manchester, Concord, and Franconia one day early. The cost for the extra night at The White Mountain School, including meals, will be $75.

On departure days, June 18th and 26th, participants providing their own transportation may depart any time before 10 AM.

KBHC-provided transportation will depart for the Concord bus station and the Manchester airport at 8:00 AM. For participants taking this option, the earliest possible bus departure from Concord and flight time from Manchester will be the same, 11 AM for both locations.

For participants accustomed to taking the early bus from Franconia, please note that that early departure is no longer on Concord Coach Lines’ schedule.

Participants for Week 1 who must delay their departure from the White Mountain School past 10 AM will be charged $75 for each additional night spent on campus. Staying an extra night at the White Mountain School after Week 2 isn’t an option.