ADVENTURE RIDING CAMP
Week-long bicycling adventure and exploration. Adventure Riding Camp is for independent riders age 6 and up. ARC kids are exposed to a variety of bicycle-based activities – daily bike rides, riding skills instruction, bike maintenance, on- and off-street safety skills, share-the-road etiquette, wayfinding, and lots of having fun and messing around on their bikes. Some ARC camps offer a weekly out-of-town field trip to exciting local destinations, while every day at ARC is basically a field trip to somewhere. We’re always on the go, exploring, learning, and having fun.
TWO WHEELERS CLUB
Week-long learn-to-ride camp. Two Wheelers Club is for kids 5 through 8 who want to learn to ride or improve on their fundamentals. The emphasis of TWC is obtaining the balance and coordination needed to ride on two wheels, and to master the fundamentals of starting, stopping, and controlled forward movement. But, it’s not bootcamp on wheels. TWC riders have plenty of off-bike fun at camp and on local walking field trips. And, by the end of the week, they’re often ready to take a bike ride around the neighborhood.
COACH IN TRAINING
Leadership and Bicycling skills for middle schoolers. Coach In Training is an opportunity for rising 7th through rising 9th graders to learn group leadership and coaching skills as well as more advanced cycling skills from our professional staff. CITs assist Wheel Kids coaches in managing and leading teams of riders on their daily camp adventures, while also assisting during off-bike programs at our clubhouse, field trips, and during breaks in each day’s adventures. As part of the leadership development process, a CIT must submit a written application and be interviewed. Successful CITs will have priority status for future Volunteer and paid Counselor positions.
When school’s out we ride! One-day camps are held on most school holidays and by request for other school closures. The format and location of one-day camps can vary – it may be a ride similar to a typical summer camp day or it may be something entirely new – but they always are bicycling adventures. One-day camps are for kids age 6 and up and are for independent riders only (Advanced Beginner and up).
Holiday school breaks provide kids an opportunity to get out and forget about their studies for a while. Our holiday camps offer daily bike rides, instruction, programs, and fun. Depending on the length and format of the camp, holiday camps may be open to riders 5 and up (if we offer a Two Wheelers Club option) or 6 and up (if it’s more like an Adventure Riding Camp or mini-camp program). See our locations for specifics.
One-on-one bicycling skills instruction. Learn to ride or improve riding skills with Wheel Kids instructors. Lessons are available for one to two kids for all aspects of youth cycling. Many kids prefer the personal instruction of private lessons while learning to ride, while others want to work on specific skills that may be outside the standard curriculum of a class. For ages 5 and up, any skill level.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BICYCLE SKILLS
Enhanced street & bike skills for middle schoolers. MSBS offers children (11 to 14) and their parent a bicycle safety skills class taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor. Class begins with classroom discussions, then onto bikes for skills practice on a nearby protected blacktop, and finishes with a neighborhood ride, putting those newly learned skills to practice. We cover basic: traffic laws, bike & helmet fitting; common types of bike crashes and how to avoid them, positioning on the road, proper hand signals and more.
YOUTH RIDING CLASS
Learn to ride and skills development. Kids age 5 and up can become cyclists or better cyclists through our Youth Riding Classes. Training wheel riders will learn the skills needed to become independent riders – balance, pedaling, starting, stopping, and forward momentum. Once that skill is mastered, we have higher level classes to help kids achieve the skills needed to ride in one of our camp programs, all the way to street skills instruction for older and more advanced cyclists. Class programs vary by season, demand, and staff availability. See our locations for specifics.
Balance, coordination, socialization, and fun. Preschool classes emphasize early childhood gross motor skills development through games, obstacle courses, and structured and unstructured playtime astride balance bikes. Participants aren’t expected to learn how to ride, but the use of balance bikes introduces kids to the fundamentals of bicycling so they’ll be ready to roll as they get older. Parent-participation and kids-only classes for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2 ½ to 5. Class programs and schedule vary by season, demand, and staff availability.
School-based skills and safety instruction. We enlarge our BikeCircus concept to work at your school. Weekday programs that fit into a PE or afterschool program, or weekend events that can be held in the morning or afternoon, our Bicycle Academy emphasizes development of bike handling skills, safe riding practices (“street smarts”), helmet fit, and bike prep.
LOS GATOS • PALO ALTO • SAN FRANCISCO • WALNUT CREEK