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WINTER BREAK CAMP

19 – 23 December 2016

Winter Break Camp offers riding opportunities for all skill levels.

ADVENTURE RIDING CAMP: For independent riders age 6. 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, an out-of-town field trip, and lots of having fun and messing around on their bikes. ARC is for Advanced Beginner riders and above.

TWO WHEELERS CLUB: For kids 5 – 8 (must be in or above K in 2016-17 school year) who wish 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 starting, stopping, and controlled forward movement. But, it’s not bootcamp on wheels. TWC riders have plenty of off-bike fun. And, by the end of the week they’re often ready to take a bike ride around the neighborhood. TWC kids also will participate in the week’s field trip. TWC is for Novice and Beginner riders only.

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

Morning

  • 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 Monday we review the Club Rules for safe riding and good camp behavior. Snack stop in late morning.
  • 12:00 to 1:15: Lunch

Afternoon
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 Friday 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 Hours. Activities may include short rides, riding skills development, games, reading, or working on bikes.

Field Trip
On Thursday we’ll head to Half Moon Bay, one of our favorite field trip destinations. Don’t worry: we don’t ride our bikes there. A bus and truck drives us and our bikes there and back.

Groups
ARC riders ride in skill-based groups. All participants must be Advanced Beginner level or higher. If you’re not sure of your child’s skill level please contact us so we can be sure she/he is properly registered and grouped.

Hours are 8:30 to 4:00 daily, afternoon extended hours available from 4:00 to 5:30. Each day of the week provides a mix of on-bike training and practice and off-bike opportunities to play and forget about learning to ride for a while. The day’s schedule is flexible, allowing the kids and coaches to figure out what’s best at any given time – some groups of kids are eager to ride as much as possible, while others are more comfortable with a more relaxed pace.

The framework for a typical day is:

  • 8:30 to 9:00: Arrival and check-in.
  • 9:00 to 9:30: Circle time – “ice breaker” games to make sure everyone’s comfortable and ready to get started.
  • 9:30 – 12:00: Each day’s bicycling activities begin with a bike and helmet check. The rest of the morning is spent in 30 to 45 minute skills training sessions, with snack, restroom and play breaks between each session.
  • 12:00 to 1:00: Lunchtime and playground play.
  • 1:00 – 3:30: During the afternoon we’ll usually leave the clubhouse area for an adventure in the neighborhood. There are many things to discover nearby, including other area parks, nature trails in the Presidio, or even destinations accessible with a quick Muni ride. There’s also the possibility of learning more about bikes inside the clubhouse, from mechanical features to maintenance to even a little bit of mathematics.
  • 3:30 – 4:00: Story and play time. Each day ends with a quiet period devoted to reading a bike-themed story with the group and discussing what was learned during the day. The remaining time is devoted to free play until pick-up.
  • 4:00: Pick-up.
  • 4:00 – 5:30: Extended Hours. This is an opportunity to practice riding skills, play games, read, or work on bikes with the coaches.

Field Trip
On Thursday the Two Wheelers will join the ARC group on a field trip to Half Moon Bay. Don’t worry: we don’t ride our bikes there. A bus and truck drives us and our bikes there and back. Half Moon Bay offers fun and easy riding opportunities for Two Wheelers who are already riding by this day, as well as riding practice and beach time for kids still working on their basic skills.

Skill Level
TWC is for kids 5 – 8 (must be in or above K in 2016-17 school year) who don’t yet know how to ride: Novice to Beginner level. If you’re not sure of your child’s skill level please contact us so we can be sure she/he is properly registered. To keep our riders safe and our ARC groups manageable, we can’t move up a TWC to ARC if her/his skills are beyond TWC level. We encourage 5 year olds who can ride to join us in ARC after their 6th birthday.

Adventure Riding Camp Two Wheelers Club
Camp: $445
Extended Camp: $45/week; $10/day
Camp: $445
Extended Camp: $45/week; $10/day

Note: due to increased field trip transportation costs a $20 transportation fee will be added to the total when registering.

Discounts

10% sibling discount. Applied to sibling(s) of first registered child. Applies to both camps.

Refunds

Click here for our refund policy.

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 group for their ability or that more advanced riders know 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 and wish to ride together, please indicate this in the registration form.

Wait List

If camp 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 contact 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 Monday 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.
  • Week-long option only; day-at-a-time option not available.
  • Cost: $40/week.
  • We still recommend including a few snacks in your kid’s backpack. No camp eats like Wheel Kids!

REGISTRATION

BEFORE YOU REGISTER:

Do you have the right camp?

Kids 6 and up who can ride: Adventure Riding Camp.

Kids 5 – 8 who can’t ride or aren’t confident: Two Wheelers Club.

Not sure? See our rider skills categories.

Registration closes five days in advance of the event date.

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