Newsroom by the Bay has a strong tradition of offering a rewarding day camp experience to students from all over the South Bay and Peninsula. Campers regularly commute to us from nearby Cupertino, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Woodside, and other local communities. Due to Bay Area traffic and the size of the Stanford campus, we discourage students from commuting from San Francisco, the East Bay or Marin County as all students must be at on campus and at our dorm at 8 a.m. sharp for the morning chalk talk and equipment checkout.
Here below are some frequently asked questions and answers about our commuter program. If you don’t find the information you need here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be glad to help.
I was looking for a weekday day camp, but it looks like NBTB extends into nights and the weekend. What should I do?
Our commuter program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from kickoff Sunday to the multimedia showcase on Friday night. Most days, students can go home at 4 p.m. But students are welcome to stay for evening and weekend guest speakers and events. Our guest speakers begin at 7 p.m. and typically go until 8 p.m. Commuter students must leave our dorm and program by 11 p.m. when the residential student bed checks begin. In all classes, afternoon reporting, field trips and other activities, commuter and residential students learn side-by-side.
What about field trip days? What is the schedule then?
There will be two field trips to San Francisco and to Silicon Valley and both will be announced in advance. On these two field trip days only, students may be required to be at camp by 7:30 a.m. in order to take CalTrain or other public transportation to their field trip destination. Commuters have the option of joining their teams in San Francisco but must make these arrangements with us 24 hours in advance by talking with their team leader and/or notifying the program office. Most field trips return by 5 p.m. but there are exceptions. Specific departure and return times for field trip days will be communicated to parents/guardians at least one day prior to the field trip day.
When should I arrive on the Sunday NBTB begins?
Please report to Sally Ride dorm (previously Serra dorm) in the Stern Hall housing complex, by 3 p.m. sharp for our opening session:
Click here for a map with interactive directions. Sally Ride dorm is located on Bowdoin Lane between Arguello Way and Galvez Street. Students can get dropped off in front of our dorm, or you can park at nearby Wilbur Field Garage and walk west.
Please note: Bowdoin is a well-used lane connecting the law school with the rest of campus so we want to be sure to keep it clear. Respect traffic in this area and use the garage unless your drop-off/pick-up is a short one.
What happens on the opening Sunday? Why should I stay for dinner? Our opening session lasts from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students meet their team leaders and news teams, receive their press badge and meal card and learn about our camp rules and procedures. Students go to dinner as a team and meet afterwards to brainstorm stories and plan their reporting trip to San Francisco. We encourage commuter students to stay until 8 p.m. Students who can’t stay should check in with their team leaders first thing on Monday to make sure they’re updated on their team’s progress.
Where and when should I report on Monday morning?
Students should report to Sally Ride dorm by 8 a.m. sharp. There will be a brief morning chalk talk with announcements, then students head to morning classes.
Where and when can I get picked up each day?
Afternoon reporting ends at 4 p.m. and that’s the best time for commuters to get picked up, though they’re welcome to stay later for evening speakers and activities.
The best place to get picked up is on Bowdoin Lane, directly in front of Sally Ride dorm (see map above). Another easy pickup point is the roundabout near the Big Red sculpture at Escondido Mall and Escondido Road (see below).
When does the program end? Can I leave on Friday after the closing multimedia showcase?
Though residential students will check out on Saturday, as a commuter you’re free to leave at the conclusion of the multimedia showcase on Friday night. The showcase typically runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Families and friends of the program are welcome to attend.
What if I want to make alternative arrangements to be picked up, for example, on field trip day?
Some commuter families request alternative pickup arrangements on field trip days so that students can head directly home from San Francisco to their homes in the Stanford area, for example, in Mountain View or San Jose. We will do our best to accommodate these requests. Please email us 24 hours in advance so that we can make sure we have permission and make the necessary arrangements to allow students to head home safely.
What meals does my commuter fee include?
Daily lunches plus dinner on kickoff Sunday and dinner prior to the multimedia showcase on Friday night are included. Commuters who wish to stay for dinner on any day after Sunday may purchase meal cards for approximately $20 from the camp office, or head out with other commuters as a group to one of the campus eateries.
What tech tools should I bring (laptop, iPad or tablet, cellphone, digital phone)?
While students may wish to bring some electronic devices, no tech tools are required — students who check the box on their applications indicating that they require an iPad will receive one to use for the week. However, many campers do bring digital cameras, videocameras, laptops and smartphones, and these are helpful. We work with students to get onto the Stanford wireless network when they arrive on campus, and we also recommend apps to students during their classes, most of which are free. Students should make sure they have the username/logins for all their devices so that they can access wifi and add apps.
Will I have Internet access for my (laptop, tablet, smartphone)? Can I email?
Students will have Internet access and email via their tech tools, such as computers or tablets. However, commuters must return all rented iPads to the camp office at the end of the day before they leave. There is no limit to the number of devices you can use on the Stanford wireless network.
How much does parking on campus cost? Where should I park for drop-off/pick-up/commuting?
Parking is free for our Sunday drop off and Saturday pick up at Wilbur Field Garage on Wilbur Way at Campus Drive East. Residential and/or commuter students can also be dropped off/picked up directly in front of Sally Ride dorm on Bowdoin Lane. Please note: Bowdoin is a well-used traffic lane connecting the law school with the rest of campus so we want to be sure to keep it clear. Respect traffic in this area and use the garage unless your drop off/pick up is a short one.
Once camp begins, students can purchase a parking pass from the camp office for any of the program days. Daily “scratcher” parking passes are approximately $5 and a monthly pass (good for our entire session) is $35.
For parents/family friends/guardians who visit during camp week, the best options are Wilbur Field Garage at Campus Drive East and Arguello Mall, or Tresidder Lot near Tresidder Union and the Faculty Club, off Mayfield Avenue. Both lots are $2/hour and parking is enforced from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pay by credit card at the parking machines located on the lot, or pay in advance by downloading the ParkMobile app.