Many students choose to drive to campus with their families or friends. Students arriving by car can be dropped off at the front entrance of Wadsworth Hall where you'll be greeted by our program staff and check-in.
Live-in participants who drive themselves to the program will receive details about parking passes and where to park when they arrive at the check-in station. You will not be permitted to drive while attending Summer Youth Programs, and you will be required to purchase a week-long parking pass at the front desk upon arrival. You will be asked to keep your keys in the Summer Youth Programs safe at the residence hall until the end of the program.
We provide charter bus transportation to participants throughout the state of Michigan. Our buses are chaperoned and come equipped with bathrooms and movies to watch during the ride. This can be a great way for you to meet other students before arriving on campus.
Participants are picked up on Saturday evenings and travel through the night to get to campus on Sunday morning. Likewise, at the end of the week, students depart from campus on Friday evening and arrive home on Saturday morning. If you choose to take the charter bus, you will receive pick-up and drop-off locations and times from our office prior to the start of the program. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to round-trip riders.
|Tier 1 Stops||Bay City, Lansing, Novi||Round-Trip: $275
|Tier 2 Stops||Gaylord||Round-trip: $225
You may choose to be picked up and dropped off at different locations and still qualify for a round-trip. All pricing includes a $25 non-refundable deposit. After June 1 there are no refunds.
Charter transportation requests are not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from the Summer Youth Programs office. If you request a seat after we have reached full capacity, you will receive a full refund of any transportation fees paid (including the non-refundable $25 deposit).
2024 Charter Bus Schedules coming soon. Please see our 2023 SYP Charter Bus Schedules below for reference
- SYP 1 Bus - June 18-23
- SYP 2 Bus - June 25-30
- SYP 3 Bus - July 9-14
- SYP 4 Bus - July 16-21
- SYP 5 Bus (ESP) - July 23-28
Participants riding the bus are asked to limit baggage to one suitcase, one carry-on, one pillow, and one fan, if desired.
The Summer Youth Programs charter bus is a service that we are happy to offer to students each year. In the event that a bus has insufficient ridership, (fewer than 15 participants) we reserve the right to cancel the route; you will receive a full refund of any bus payments made. Cancellation notice will be given by no less than three weeks before the start of your program.
Houghton is serviced by Indian Trails/Greyhound, with stops on campus at the Memorial Union Building.
If you are arriving by Indian Trails or Greyhound bus, you will be picked up at the bus station. We will make these arrangements based on the arrival and departure times that we are provided. Please provide a copy of your bus itinerary to our office once arrangements have been made so we can plan accordingly.
Visit the Indian Trails website or call 800-292-3831 for route scheduling and more information.
Our local airport, Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX), is located just fifteen minutes from campus. The airport is served by United Airlines, and all flights to/from CMX connect through Chicago O'Hare (ORD).
We urge all parents and legal guardians to review United Airlines’ unaccompanied minor policy prior to booking flights. United Airlines' program can only accept unaccompanied minors on non-stop flights. So any students 14 or younger would have to be dropped off in Chicago. The option to connect from a different city through Chicago to come to Houghton, MI no longer exists.
If you are arriving or departing by plane, you may use the Summer Youth Programs shuttle service operated by SYP staff for an additional fee of $10 (Round Trip shuttle). We will make arrangements for the shuttle based on the arrival and departure times that you provide. Please provide a copy of your flight itinerary to our office once arrangements have been made so we can plan accordingly.
Visit United Airlines or call 800-864-8331 for ticketing information.
If you are traveling with your family, there are a variety of local area lodging options
available to them.
For more information about lodging accommodations, there are a variety of hotels and campgrounds in our area.