Summer Youth Transportation | Concordia Language Villages

Summer Youth Transportation

Summer Youth Transportation

When you plan to attend one of our programs, we are happy to assist you in getting here. We provide several options to accommodate your needs.

All summer programs require you to complete a transportation form in your MyVillage account to indicate how you will be arriving and departing from the program. Transportation forms may also be sent to the transportation office. Transportation arrangements vary according to the type of program you are attending and are the responsibility of the participants.

Transportation Options and Costs:

Due to COVID-19, transportation options and availability are limited. Please check this page for updates. They will be posted as changes are made.

All times Central.

Options Arrival Departure
Parent Drop-Off/Pick-Up Monday between 1-5 p.m. ($0) Saturday between 10 a.m. - Noon ($0)
Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Sunday between 1-6 p.m. ($350)* Saturday between 3:30-8:15 p.m. ($225)
Charter Bus (TCTC) Monday arrival to TCTC by 9:30 a.m. ($150) Saturday arrival to TCTC between 1-2 p.m. ($150)

*Fee includes overnight stay in St. Paul.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

For summer 2022, Concordia Language Villages staff will accommodate villagers arriving via airplane only through Minneapolis-St. Paul airport (not Fargo or Bemidji). For more details, contact our transportation team at viltrans@cord.edu

If your villager will be utilizing private aircraft, please contact our transportation office to discuss their travel plan.

Our transportation staff will meet all villagers as they arrive at their gate. Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) will receive priority. Villagers traveling with a parent or guardian may meet us at the airport welcome area on the mezzanine level (“skyway to parking”) located outside of security (two floors above baggage claim) between 1-6 p.m. Look for a Concordia Language Villages banner and our staff in bright yellow polo shirts.

Information to provide the airline for the Unaccompanied Minor form:

Heather Vick or Camp Representative
Concordia Language Villages
8659 Thorsonveien NE
Bemidji, MN  56601
(218) 586-8600
viltrans@cord.edu
 

Sunday arrivals between 1-6 p.m. Villagers stay the night in a dorm-like facility in Minneapolis. The fee for this option includes airport escorts, ground transportation, housing, supervision and meals through breakfast on Monday morning. On Monday morning, villagers will be taken to our Twin Cities Transportation Center where they will join other villagers being dropped off by parents. Together, they will all board the appropriate bus/van to their Village. The ground transportation will stop for lunch at a fast-food restaurant on Monday and the cost of this meal is the responsibility of the villager. Villagers are scheduled to arrive at the Village between 2:30-4:30 p.m. The first meal at the Village is at approximately 6 p.m.

Saturday departures between 3:30-7:30 p.m. On Saturday, charters will depart all northern Minnesota Villages at approximately 8 a.m. (before the closing program). Villagers arrive at the airport in time to check-in, check luggage and complete airport security. The charter will not stop for lunch; a bag lunch from the Village will be provided for all villagers. We cannot accept flights scheduled before 3:30 p.m. due to the distance between the Villages and the airports.

Flight times other than those recommended are considered deviations and need to be approved by contacting the transportation office at (800) 450-2214 or (218) 586-8600. Our transportation staff will be able to provide guidance and answer questions as you match flights with the options given. We reserve the right to charge an additional $30 per hour villager supervision fee for arrival and departure times outside the guidelines noted for each airport.  Late arrival and early departure from the Village is not recommended and must first be approved by the transportation office. Some programs may require Village dean approval.

 

 

Charter Bus

Bus departs at 10 a.m. each Monday and arrives between 1-2 p.m. each Saturday.

Monday Arrival: the fee for this option includes one-way transportation as well as supervision of your villager en route. On the beginning Monday of each session, loading begins at 9:30 a.m. with the charters departing at 10 a.m. The charter will stop for lunch at a fast-food restaurant; the cost of this meal is the responsibility of the villager. Arrival at the Villages is scheduled between 2:30-4:30 p.m. The first meal served at the Village will be at approximately 6 p.m.

Saturday Departure: the fee for this option includes one-way transportation as well as supervision of your villager en route. Villagers will depart from their sites on Saturday before their closing program. Arrival at the transportation center is scheduled between 1-2:00 p.m., depending on travel distance and road conditions.

Twin Cities Transportation Center (TCTC) address:
Parade Ice Garden
600 Kenwood Parkway
Minneapolis, MN

If you choose to do the driving yourself, please check out our locations for maps and directions.

 

Air Travel Reservations: Travel One Travel Agency

Many villagers come from long distances and need to fly to our programs. We provide staff at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport to assist villagers in their travels. For flight times and days, please reference the chart above or the Parent Handbook.

Travel One, a Minnesota-based travel agency, assists camp families in making better air travel connections to and from their destinations. Travel One has negotiated special fares on Delta and Sun Country Airlines and helps you find flights that work with Concordia Language Villages' transportation schedule.

Call Travel One and ask for an agent that works with Concordia Language Villages:

  • (952) 854-2551 (local)
  • (800) 247-1311 

Questions? Contact Transportation.

Open Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central

Transportation Office
Concordia Language Villages
8659 Thorsonveien NE
Bemidji, MN 56601 USA

Phone: (800) 450-2214 
Phone: (218) 586-8600 (local)
Fax: (218) 586-8601
viltrans@cord.edu