The Best Bike Ride in America

Bike Camp for Kids

The Community Cycling Center will again be partnering with Cycle Oregon to offer the Bike Camp for Kids. Campers will explore the Weekend Ride routes, make new friends, and improve skills with the support of trained bicycle safety instructors. The Bike Camp is a fun opportunity to enjoy the route and connect with other kids of the same age.

All activities and rides will be geared to the unique needs of each age group. To ensure safety and maximize fun there will be a 6:1 student to instructor ratio and all groups will have three adults out with every group. Instructors emphasize cooperation and teamwork. The routes and rides are adjusted to suit the skill level of each group.

Daily Camp Hours:

Drop off and before camp care: 7:30 – 9 am
Bike Camp:  9 a.m. – 3:30 pm
Pick up and after camp care: 3:30 – 5 pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday
Camp closes: 5 pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday

Hubs

Ages: 6-7
Distance: <5 miles
Gear Requirement: Two-wheeled bike and helmet (no training wheels)

The Hubs will enjoy time with new friends on a bike scavenger hunt adventure. Hubs will navigate new terrain while exploring unchartered territory.  Hubs will build skills and gain confidence on short rides and have a blast learning new games. Rides are designed for campers who are learning how to ride a two-wheeled bike on the road. Campers should feel comfortable starting, stopping, and riding in a straight line.

Spokes

Ages: 7-8
Distance: 2-6+ miles
Gear Requirement: Two-wheeled bike and helmet (no training wheels)

This camp is suited for kids who enjoy pedaling their way to adventure by spending time at parks, learning new games, riding bikes, and connecting with kids their own age. Camp activities will include short rides around the Cycle Oregon campsite and fun group games.  Rides are designed for campers who are building their skills riding a two-wheeled bike on the road.

Wheels

Ages: 8-9
Distance: 5-12+ miles
Gear Requirement: Two-wheeled bike and helmet (no training wheels)

Wheels camp love excursions! Campers will enjoy fun bike adventures along with time for playing games and enjoying the sun. Camp activities are interactive and hands-on, encouraging teamwork and a sense of accomplishment. Rides are designed to help riders build skills and confidence on the road.

Derailleurs

Ages: 9-10
Distance: 5-15+ miles
Gear Requirement: Two-wheeled bike and helmet (no training wheels)

Derailleurs camp is for adventurers.  Campers will enjoy connecting with kids their own age on a fun bike exploration. Camp activities are designed for campers that have confidence on the road and are ready to ride to new destinations. Activities will include visits to parks and lots of games. Instructors will review safe group riding etiquette before getting on the road.

Distance Riding

Ages: 11 and up
Distance: 15-25+ miles
Gear Requirement: Multi-geared bike with handbrakes and helmet

Do you like biking through the rolling hills of the Oregon countryside?  Campers will enjoy riding miles of Oregon’s beautiful rural roads following the short Cycle Oregon course.  With support from the Community Cycling Center instructors, campers will work together to set the pace.  Rides are designed for campers that are confident on the road and looking for a challenge. Instructors will do a quick review of safe group riding etiquette before getting on the road.

FAQs

How do I register?

Pre-register online or register at the event on Friday, July 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. Space is limited and camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there a fee for the camps?

Yes, there is a $35 charge per day per child for the Bike Camp. Kids must be registered for the Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride to participate in the Bike Camp.

Is this a good camp for my child to learn how to ride a bike?

No, for these camps, it is important that your child is comfortable starting, stopping and riding in a straight line on his or her own, without training wheels.

What if my child is unable to complete the route?

Campers must be able to complete the average daily distances listed with the camp. In the case that a camper is unable to complete the route, a course SAG van will transport the child back to camp, where he or she will be supervised by Community Cycling Center staff. We ask that an authorized adult be available by cell phone during the camp day so Community Cycling Center staff can get in contact in case of an emergency.

What will my child need to bring?

  • A properly functioning bicycle
  • An up-to-date helmet
  • A backpack to carry water, snacks and lunch
  • Comfortable attire (no bike-specific clothing necessary for any of the camps)
  • Closed-toed shoes – no flip-flops or other sandals