Summer is here. That means that your children have ample time to spare. Instead of spending time at home, send them to a summer camp where they can learn diverse skillsets, develop leadership abilities, appreciate the role of community, admire nature and learn to respect the environment they live in. Summer camps are a great opportunity to instill a sense of adventure and love for outdoors in children. They’ll be active individuals for life.
We’ve looked at various summer camps for kids in North America and compiled a list of six that are ideal for budding cyclists. Some of these are focused solely on cycling, while others offer kids to a range of activities–including biking.
Pali Adventures allows campers to choose from more than 70 different activities such as mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, archery, sailing, paintball, skateboarding and sailing. Every morning, children engage in a specialty they would like to excel in. Then, in the afternoons, campers can opt to do any three activities from the list of electives. Evenings are full of fun with the staff creating a special theme such as dance nights, mimic mania, Miss Pali and Pandemonium.
Ages: 8 to 16
Location: Running Springs, California
Tell me more: https://paliadventures.com/
Kroka Expeditions is a summer cycling camp that is focused on community building and inculcating a sense of adventure in campers. Kids can choose a variety of programs that span one to three weeks and chose what they’d like to do. For example, the two-week mountain bike expedition teaches them a series of training rides and equips them with the knowledge of bike mechanics. Campers are also put to work in Kroka farms in order to prepare nourishing food for the journey. Then they leave on their bikes to explore the Connecticut River Valley. Kids are encouraged to explore the terrain, take advantage of swimming holes and revel in the beauty of breathtaking waterfalls.
Ages: 11 to 13
Location: Marlow, New Hampshire
Tell me more: http://www.kroka.org/
El Grupo Youth Cycling
In addition to a host of other programs, El Grupo Youth Cycling offers week-long day camps during the summer. Activities are bike-centered and involve teaching children basic riding skills, bike handling, nutrition and fitness, mechanical knowledge of bikes and how to be a responsible biker. Many children that have taken part in their programs have gone on to become life-long bike enthusiasts.
Ages: 7 to 13
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Tell me more: www.elgrupocycling.org
Colvig Silver Camps
Colvig Silver Camps offers a host of activities that campers can choose from nearly every day. Free choice activities are offered in the mornings or afternoons and involves team-building exercises ranging from the traditional capture the flag or more unique ones such as quidditch. The bags, discoveries and exploration type of activities allows campers to engage in activities like rock-climbing, cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding and aquatics. Finally, all-day activities allows children to pack lunch at breakfast and explore many off-site trails by cycling, biking, rock climbing or horseback riding. This summer cycling camp that nurtures the explorer and team leader in every camper.
Ages: 11 to 13
Location: Durango, Colorado
Tell me more: http://www.colvigsilvercamps.com/
Frost Valley YMCA
This summer cycling camp encourages children to give back to the community through community service. Depending on which program you chose, campers spend weeks learning technical kayaking skills with experienced instructors in the picturesque White Mountains of New Hampshire, earn up to 35 community service hours working with Habitat for Humanity on the Catskill Mountains, explore the wilderness while canoeing and backpacking in the remote regions of Adirondack or build and maintain trails in Acadia, Maine.
Ages: 6 to 16
Location: Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, West Virginia (multiple locations)
Tell me more: http://frostvalley.org/
Sanborn Western Camps
Sanborn Western Camps was established in 1948 and is situated at the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The non-profit camp has counselors that aim at building confidence and independence. There are three types of programs. The Big Spring Ranch is for boys only, the High Trails Ranch is for girls and they have a Sanborn junior camp for children aged between 7 and 10. All three programs have certified staff members teaching campers various skills like mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking and assorted sports. A camper’s creative side is also nurtured with activities like storytelling, creative writing, pottery, weaving and photography.
Ages: 7 to 16
Tell me more: http://www.sanbornwesterncamps.com/
Other Kids Cycling Camps
|Durango Devo||Durango, CO||Teamunify.com|
|Wheel Kids Bicycle Club||San Francisco, CA||Wheelkids.com|
|Lumberyard Bike Park Summer Shred Academy||Portland, OR||Lumberyardmtb.com|
|Cascade Bicycle Club Camps||Seattle, WA||Cascade.org|
|Mt. Tam Bike Camp||San Francisco, CA||Mttambikecamp.com|
|Mountain Bike Adventure Camps||Grafton Ponds, VT||Graftonponds.com|
|Mammoth Mountain Bike Camp||Mammoth Lakes, CA||Mammothmountain.com|
|The Cycling Co||Victoria, BC||Thecyclingco.com|
|Sweetlines Dirt Shredders Camp||Issaquah, WA||Sweetlines.com|
|Cutaway Junior Mountain Bike Camps||Charlotesville, VA||Cutawaybikecamp.org|
|CCAP Junior Summer Mountain Bike Camp||Mansfield, CT|
|Avid 4 Adventure||Golden, CO||Avid4.com|
|Bike Camp!||Washington D.C.||Waba.org|
|Young Riders||Park City, UT||Youngriders.com|
This article is a guest post by John T Lyons. He grew up riding the canyons of San Diego on his single speed Huffy. After a stint working for Shelby American in automotive and then in the Aerospace industry, JT started Moment Bicycles. He developed a “better way to buy a bike” using his engineering problem-solving skills. Learn more at http://momentbicycles.com