Transportation Options



Amtrak Train
There is a train station in Champaign, IL Illinois Public Transportation Terminal only 1 hour from Charleston. The SW staff will provide free transportation to and from the train station and the clinic site.
Phone: 800 USA RAIL or (800) 872-7245

Greyhound Bus
Services Illinois Public Transportation Terminal.
Phone: (800) 231-2222

Burlington Trailways Bus
is a family owned and operated corporation which provides bus transportation services to people and various business entities within the Midwest marketing area and services the Illinois Public Transportation Terminal.
Phone: (800) 992-4618

American Airlines
American Airlines services Willard Airport (CMI) in Champaign, IL which is the closest airport to Charleston, IL.  The SW staff will provide free transportation to and from the air terminal in Champaign and the clinic site (about 1 hour trip).  If traveling by air bring a carry-on bag with items needed for one day of camp, in case your luggage is delayed.  Investigate cheaper fares through Chicago, IL or Bloomington, IL and combine with Peoria Charter shuttles (see below).

Peoria Charter Shuttles
Peoria Charter Shuttle Services: Round/one-way trip shuttle services are available between the Bloomington, IL and Chicago Midway, O’Hare Airports and the Champaign Public Transportation Terminal. Bookings should be made at least one week in advance of travel. Call (800) 448-0572 for possible discount coupons then go to to book online. The Smith Walbridge staff will provide transportation from the Champaign Public Transportation Terminal to SW Clinics.
Phone:  (800) 448-0572



By Air
Several Airlines service the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers.    Remember to bring money to account for possible baggage fees.  For those traveling by air, it is strongly suggested that you bring some essential items to last for a day on the plane in the event your luggage does not arrive.

Greyhound Bus
Services the Fort Myers Bus Station
2250 Widman Way, Fort Myers, FL 33901
(239) 334-1011


SW  will transport participants to and from Champaign (air, train, bus) terminals for those traveling using public transportation.  A SW staff member in a SW shirt and a sign will meet participants at their designated location.  SW IS NOT a licensed chauffeur service.  Our transportation assistance is intended provide free service to help minimize travel expenses costs.   SW is not responsible for delays or cancellations that may occur while traveling.  SW will not be responsible for traveler’s expenses resulting from cancellations, hotels, meals, or bag fees.  SW provides this service for pick up in Champaign only (for EIU location), and Fort Myers only (for FGCU location). Those needing this assistance are required to complete and send us the Public Transportation Form (link below).  Mail/fax/e-mail it to us not less than 5 days in advance of your arrival.


Search for cheaper airfares to  Chicago (CHI), Bloomington, IL (BMI) or Chicago  (CHI) then take the Peoria Charter Shuttle to the Champaign Illinois Public Transportation Terminal where SW can pick you up.  SW will ONLY pick up in Champaign, IL or Fort Myers, FL.

When traveling, please take these phone numbers with you and notify us if your arrival times change:
Office:¬†¬†(217) 687-2005¬† –¬† Emergency:¬† (517) 304-1618


For those participants using public transportation, there are several options to reduce traveling expenses. For early arrivals or late departures, additional nights in the dorms can be requested at a rate of $20 per night @ EIU location, $35 per night @ FGCU location (meals not included for either). Participants will be supervised at all times.  If possible, schedule departure time after 3:00 pm on the final day.


See our information packet for all forms