Bike Camp! is back for 2019! This year, we are partnering with the Latin American Youth Center to host Bike Camp! at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center at 14th and Clifton NW. Week long sessions will run from July 1st through August 2nd.
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, starting and ending at the Rita Bright Family and Youth Center, located at 2500 14th St NW, Washington DC 20003
Bike Camp! 2019 will have six one-week sessions from the end of June, through July and into August.
About the sessions
City Explorers Camp focuses on, well, exploring the city by bike! We also cover map reading, route creation, group riding skills, and riding long distances. 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.
Each session is one week long, with a targeted age range.
- July 1-5 (No camp on the Fourth of July!) — 8-9 year olds
- July 8-12 — 10-11 year olds
- July 15-19 — 12-13 year olds
- July 22-26 — 8-11 year olds
- July 29-August 2 — 12-14 year olds
Read about our 2016 City Explorer’s Camp to get an idea of the fun in store this summer!
All sessions will include these fun things:
- Bike rides, of course!
- Learning how to take care of their bike and make basic repairs
- Helping local organizations around the city and giving 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
You will also need to sign and return this waiver.
WABA will offer a limited number of partial and full scholarships each session based on financial need. To request a scholarship, send an email to email@example.com with the following details
- Student Name
- Are you requesting a full or partial scholarship?
- Briefly explain your financial need or special circumstances.
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 our counselors, WABA staff, and/or volunteers. 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. Our education staff are League Cycling Instructors (LCIs) who have taught thousands of DC-area kids about better biking. 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.
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 camps will be targeted to narrower ranges, i.e. 8-11 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.
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 do provide both full and partial scholarships to attend Bike Camp! Details are in the scholarship section above.