Bike Camp! is returning for summer 2018. Bike Camp! 2018 will run much the same as in 2017, we will be posting full details and opening registration as soon as we are able to confirm dates with our host site.
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About the Program
Bike Camp! is a summer program for kids aged 8 to 14. It’s about team-building, fun, community, and discovery.
Each session runs from 9am-4pm, Monday through Friday. KIPP DC will host us at their ideally located Shaw Campus (421 P St NW, Washington D.C.)
Bike Camp! 2017 has four weeklong sessions in June and July.
About the sessions
City Explorers Camp focuses on route creation, group riding, and longer rides. Activities include:
- Riding every day (weather dependent), and as many as 20 miles per day!
- Riding to field trips and volunteer opportunities across the city.
- Learning basic bike maintenance.
This is a great camp for campers who want to see the city, visit new places, and help the community.
Read about our 2016 City Explorer’s Camp to get an idea of the fun in store for 2017!
Bike Build Camp focuses on mechanic training and mastery of bike parts. Activities include:
- Building a bike from the frame up under the guidance of Gearin’ Up Bicycles.
- Exploring the city on shorter rides.
- A hands-on visit to a local bike shop maintenance department.
This is a great camp for campers who want to work with their hands, make a bike that they can keep, and explore a little too.
All sessions will include these fun things:
- Bike rides, of course!
- Learning how to take care of their bike and make basic repairs
- Volunteering at local organizations around the city and give back to the community
- Mapping rides and tracking ride info
- Practicing team-building activities
- Exploring the neighborhood on their own two wheels
- Visiting local sites and go on field trips by bike
- Playing games, learning about DC, and having fun outside
Registration Informationbikecamp@waba.org or call 202-518-0524 x 222.
Hurry, space is limited and registration will close on Friday, May 26th 2017 or when full.
WABA will offer a limited number of partial and full scholarships each session based on financial need. Scholarship information is included in the registration packet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child ride on streets? How does that work?
We will ride on residential streets and trails, many of which have protected bike facilities. When necessary, we will ride on the sidewalk or walk our bikes. Campers will always be surrounded by instructors. We will always ride as a “bike train” — single file, with adults in the front and the back of the formation. For us, the best decision is always the safest decision, so our rides are designed first and foremost with camper safety in mind.
Do students bring their own bikes to camp? What if my child doesn’t have a bike?
Students are encouraged to bring their own bikes to camp. If your student will ride their own bicycle during camp, you must have the bike checked over by a qualified mechanic before camp starts. After registration, you’ll receive a Bicycle Inspection Form that you can use to have your child’s bike checked out by a qualified bike mechanic. If you don’t know how to find a bike mechanic, we can help.
Additionally, WABA has a small youth bike fleet. We are able to provide a limited number of bikes to students who do not have their own for the duration of the session. If you indicate that your child does not have a bike in your application form, we will do our best to match your camper with an appropriate bicycle to use during the program.
What should my child bring to camp every day, other than a bike?
In order to participate, your child needs to come to camp with the following items every day:
- Two full water bottles (at least 12 oz. each)
- A helmet
- A lunch
- A snack
- A backpack to carry their lunch or other items while biking
Who designed the curriculum?
Our Bike Camp curriculum was designed by WABA’s education staff in collaboration with our partner organization Gearin’ Up Bicycles. Gearin’ Up is a non-profit bike shop that teaches mechanics specifically to youth. Our education staff are League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) who have taught thousands of DC-area kids about better biking. Our Programs Director, Daniel, is an LCI coach, meaning he trains and certifies LCIs around the country.
This curriculum is informed by best practices from the League of American Bicyclists, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and by evidence-based program design at The Bike Depot in Denver and Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Bike Works.
My child doesn’t know how to ride a bike without training wheels yet. Can they come to camp?
No, unfortunately. In order to participate in camp, students must be able to ride a bicycle (without training wheels) for at least 30 minutes.
What age groups does this camp serve?
We accept students from 8 to 14 years of age. Different sessions of our City Explorers camp will be targeted to narrower ranges, i.e. 8-10 or 12-14. While students who fall outside of those ranges won’t be denied entry, it is strongly recommended that students attend the session targeted to their age.
Our Bike Build camp is for 8-14 year olds.
Is this a competitive sports camp?
No. Bike Camp! is an inclusive team-building camp that focuses on fun, imagination, and exploration. Our rides are designed with the abilities of the slowest rider in mind, and we aim to use bicycling as a vehicle for creativity, pro-social behavior, and civic engagement.
A whole camp devoted to biking sounds kind of monotonous. Do you really have enough bike stuff to occupy a full week of my kid’s time?
Yep. Because we’re teaching safe bicycling practices, bike mechanics, and going on lots of fun rides, we’ll have more than enough stuff to occupy our time. We’ll go on at least one ride every day (as weather permits). We hope this camp will just be a jumping off point for you and your child to explore the area by bicycle.
Who can I call if I have a question that’s not on this list?
Email is the best way to reach us. Try firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternately, give us a call at 202-518-0524 extension 222.
Most WABA activities are free or don’t cost more than 20 bucks. Why does this cost so much?
Between paying highly-qualified staff, providing safe bikes for kids to ride, maintaining insurance, and keeping the lights on in our work spaces, the expenses add up! The majority of our education and outreach programs are highly subsidized by local governments, foundations, and generous donors, allowing them to be priced the way they are. By contrast, Bike Camp! is fully funded by registration fees alone. Because providing excellent and accessible bike education is an important part of our organizational mission, we hope to be able to offer more scholarships to Bike Camp! in the near future.