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30 May through 30 August

What is Adventure Riding Camp

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. Each week of ARC offers an out-of-town field trip to an exciting local destination, while every day at ARC is basically a field trip to somewhere. We’re always on the go, exploring, learning, and having fun. ARC is for Advanced Beginner riders and above. For our learn-to-ride camp, check out Two Wheelers Club.

Different Skills, Different Teams

Each week Adventure Riding Camp is organized into two or three teams of riders based on cycling ability and, to a lesser extent, age. Each team’s activities during the week is determined by the abilities of its members. In general, Team A consists mostly of Advanced Beginners and will engage in shorter, less challenging rides with limited on-street riding. Teams B and C typically have Intermediate and Advanced riders and will ride farther, seek out appropriate challenges, and spend more time on the street. The skill level of our teams varies week by week and your child may not be assigned to the same team if she attends more than once during the summer. This isn’t necessarily a promotion or demotion – it’s just a reflection of the team make-up for that week. We assign riders to a group based on the information you provide us at registration and after observation.


  • FULL-DAY Adventure Riding Camp is a full-day camp. Hours are 8:30 to 4:00 daily. Afternoon extended camp available from 4:00 to 5:30. Lunch option available.
  • GIRLS-ONLY Week 5 is our Girls-Only week in both Adventure Riding Camp and Two Wheelers Club.
  • DAT-AT-A-TIME During Week 13 most schools are back in session or begin fall semester mid-week. We offer one- to three-day enrollments this week.


Adventure Riding Camp follows a general schedule daily and weekly, but these schedules may change if we find unforeseen opportunities awaiting us. While every day is different a typical camp day includes:

  • 8:30 to 9:00 Arrival and check-in.
  • 9:00 to 9:30 Bike and helmet check; review the day’s activities.
  • 9:30 BikeCircus, ride to a nearby destination, enrichment program, or first leg of full-day ride. On Mondays we review the Club Rules for safe riding and good camp behavior. Snack stop in mid morning.
  • 12:00 to 1:00 Lunch.
  • 1:00 to 3:30 The afternoon may feature another ride to a nearby destination, a continuation of the morning’s ride or activities, or a series of short rides where we practice various riding skills. On Fridays we make sure we have plenty of time for a bike clean-up to wrap up the week.
  • 3:30 Return to clubhouse.
  • 4:00 Pick-up.
  • 4:00 – 5:30 Extended Camp. Activities may include short rides, riding skills development, games, reading, or working on bikes.

Our weekly field trips and other special events for this summer’s sessions are listed below*. As additional events are scheduled they’ll be listed here.
One day each week we take a field trip out of town. Field trips are taken by bus (a truck follows along with our bikes). Field trips occur on Thursdays, unless noted otherwise below. Note that Week 13 does not include a field trip – see details below.

Week 1 (May 30 – June 2)

  • Field trip destination: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach. This trip offers off-road riding on the bluffs overlooking Mavericks, and beachcombing and tide pool exploration (depending on tides) at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
  • Holiday: no camp on Monday, May 29. Happy Memorial Day!

Week 2 (June 5 – 9)

  • Field trip destination: China Camp State Park, San Rafael. At China Camp we’ll receive a docent-led tour of the village visitor center followed by off-road riding through oak woodlands along the Shoreline Trail.

Week 3 (June 12 – 16)

  • Field trip destination: Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont. The day will include opportunities for bird watching, nature studies, a visit to a 2,000 year old Ohlone Indian village site, and some awesome paved and unpaved trail riding.

Week 4 (June 19 – 23)

  • Field trip destination: Baylands Nature Preserve & Shoreline Park, Palo Alto. This trip features off-road paths through environmental art installations, wildlife viewing areas, and amazingly fun bike bumps, jumps, and berms.

Week 5 (June 26 – 30)

  • Girls Only week: featuring girl-centered speakers, workshops, and activities focused on self-confidence and leadership skills for girls.
  • Field trip destination: Rosie The Riveter National Historical Park, Richmond. This day provides an opportunity to learn how women influenced U.S. history during and after WWII. The day’s ride will include segments of the Bay Trail along the Richmond waterfront and conclude with a visit to the Rosie The Riveter WWII Home Front center.


Week 6 (July 10 – 14)

  • Field trip destination: Hellyer Velodrome, San Jose. Hellyer Velodrome is one of only six velodromes on the west coast, and our trips there offer a unique experience for kids to ride the track. Riders can ride their own bikes, and those who can fit the single-speed track bikes also can experience real track bike riding. Due to increased fees at the velodrome a $10 activity fee must be added to this week. This is a Wednesday field trip due to other scheduled events at the track. Happy Bastille Day!

Week 7 (July 17 – 21)

  • Field trip destination: Marin Museum of Bicycling, Fairfax. Explore the history of bicycling and particularly mountain biking, invented on the slopes of Mt. Tam. If we’re lucky we’ll get to meet one of the creators of mountain biking while touring the museum in downtown Fairfax. Following our museum visit we’ll ride through central Marin for pickup at Ross Common. Advanced riders have an opportunity to ride part of Mt. Tam en route to Ross (this optional route features challenging climbs; a minimum 24″ mountain bike with full gearing is required. Participation in this option requires Wheel Kids staff approval).

Week 8 (July 24 – 28)

  • Field trip destination: Shorebird Park Nature Center, Berkeley. There’s so much to learn and do at the Nature Center we hope to have enough time to ride! From learning about the Center’s sustainable architectural design to learning about local ecology to exploring Adventure Playground, we’ll be quite busy. We’ll be sure, though, to ride around the yacht harbor and the two adjacent parks. Intermediate and Advanced riders looking for an extended ride may have the option to visit the NICA headquarters down the road in Berkeley.

Week 9 (July 31 – August 4)

  • Field trip destination: Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline, Pt. Richmond. This day offers a chance to ride the flat trails along the shoreline of Miller/Knox or the hillside trails overlooking this historic terminus of the transcontinental railroad. It also features a visit to the Red Oak Victory ship in the Port of Richmond.

Week 10 (August 7 -11)

  • Field trip destination: Coyote Hills Regional Park, Fremont. The day will include opportunities for bird watching, nature studies, a visit to a 2,000 year old Ohlone Indian village site, and some awesome paved and unpaved trail riding.

Week 11 (August 14-18)

  • Field trip destination: Half Moon Bay. This trip features paved paths along the Coastal Trail, beachcombing, and off-road riding through the trees and fields south of Half Moon Bay State Park.

Week 12 (August 21 – 25)

  • Field trip destination: Ross to Corte Madera, Marin. There’s a lot to see in central Marin, from creekside trails to beautiful parks to interesting new bicycle infrastructure. Our routes will depend on the makeup of our teams: we may go directly from Ross to central Corte Madera; some teams may make a loop through San Rafael while others may divert toward Larkspur Landing to check out the bike tunnel and bridge; advanced riders may have an opportunity for a Mt. Tam lakes loop. (This trip originally was planned for China Camp but erosion has our main trail still closed)

Week 13 (August 28 – 30)

  • One-day camps: Many schools begin mid-week. Wheel Kids offers one-day camp options this week; sign up day-at-a-time for one to three days. No out of town field trip this week.

* Schedule and events are subject to change. Minimum registration of 24 participants per week is required. Registered participants will be notified of cancellation due to insufficient registrations; a full refund will be provided. See Refunds page for refund policy. A waitlist will be available once registration is full.

Adventure Riding Camp Extended Camp
Standard week: $450
Holiday weeks: $415
Day-At-A-Time (Week 13 only): $95/day
Standard week: $45
Holiday weeks: $36
Single day: $10/day

For Weeks 1 – 12: a $20 transportation fee will be added to the registration fee due to increased transportation costs.
For Week 6: a $10 activity fee will be added due to increased costs at the velodrome.

Discounts & Financial Aid

  • Register for 3 or more weeks (weeks need not be consecutive): 10% discount
  • Sibling enrolled during the same week: 10% discount.
  • Limited reduced price registration / financial assistance may be available. Please contact us for details.


Click here for our refund policy.

Transfers & Changes

Changing weeks after you’ve registered is possible if space is available. Changing to a week that’s full will result in your name being placed on the wait list in the order it was received – if space does not open in this case, no refund or credit will be provided. After May 1, changes to open weeks will be assessed a transfer fee of $40, payable before transfer is confirmed.

Friends & Siblings

We will try to accommodate friends or siblings who wish to ride together. However, for safety’s sake we need to make sure everyone is riding in the best team for their ability or that more advanced riders know that they won’t be riding to their full potential if they want to stay with a friend or sibling who’s a less skilled rider. If you’re registering along with a friend for the same week(s) and wish to ride together, please let us know on your registration form.

Wait List

If your desired week(s) fills prior to your registration please proceed with the ActivityHero registration process; once you’ve filled in the information you’ll be added to the wait list. Open spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We don’t know if openings will become available. However, if a space opens we will begin contacting wait list families immediately, in order of registration. If you decline or respond after 24 hours of notification you will be removed from the wait list for that particular week.

Enrollment & Attendance

We ask that every effort be made to have your child attend on the first day of the week when we review rules, get acquainted, and assess the skill level of all our riders.

Age Limits

We cannot make exceptions to our age limits.

Our friends at Angelina’s Deli-Cafe can provide a bag lunch for Wheel Kids riders. The daily menu includes a sandwich (turkey, cheese, or pb&j; gluten-free option available), fruit, and chips. Angelina’s will deliver lunches to our clubhouse daily before we get started on our rides.

  • Sign up for the lunch option when you register for camp.
  • Sorry, no substitutions available. The sandwich type you choose will be provided each day.
  • Cost: $40/week ($32/week for holiday weeks)
  • We still recommend including a few snacks in your kid’s backpack. No camp eats like Wheel Kids!



  1. Do you have the right camp?Kids 5 – 8 who can’t ride or aren’t confident: Two Wheelers Club.
    Kids 6 and up who can ride: Adventure Riding Camp.
    Not sure: see our rider skills categories.
  2. Paying for the lunch option?
    Payment occurs on the first screen of the registration process. Not taking the lunch option? No need to indicate a sandwich preference on the registration form.

Registration closes five days in advance of the event date.

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