Do I sign my child up for the grade they are in now or the grade they’ll be in next year?
Camp age groups are designated based on the grade that the child will be entering in the fall of next year.
How do I sign up for a wait list? (or How do I get off of wait list?)
When a camp session is full, a wait list link will appear in its place. Select this wait list and proceed all the way through checkout. There is no charge for the wait list. If a spot should open for you, we will contact you by phone and email to confirm whether you’d like to enroll in the camp. We fill open camp spots from our wait lists in the order in which the registrations were received. If you would like to be removed from a wait list, please contact our Assistant Camp Manager, Kelley Goodwin, by phone at (503) 288.8864 ex.321 or by email at email@example.com.
Do shorter camps have a reduced fee?
Yes! Camps which are less than five days have their tuition reduced accordingly.
Do you offer payment plans?
We ask for one third of the cost of camp up front, and the full cost no later than 45 days prior to the camp’s start date. If you’d like to discuss setting up a payment plan, please contact our Assistant Camp Manager, Kelley Goodwin, by phone at (503) 288.8864 ex.321 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I apply for a scholarship?
This year we are offering individual scholarships at our camps on Alberta and in Sellwood. We have a limited number of scholarships that we offer to families that qualify for free or reduced lunch at school. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out our online form here. We are also partnering with Regence Boys and Girls Club in New Columbia and Rigler School to offer all-scholarship camps.
Can campers attend multiple sessions of Bike Camp throughout the summer?
Yes! Just as Bike Campers love to return year after year, many choose to attend multiple sessions throughout the summer. It’s a great way to hone skills and reinforce knowledge. Plus, it’s fun!
My child can’t ride a bike yet – is she/he eligible for Bike Camp?
Our camps are designed for kids who already know how to ride a bike. Campers do not need to come to camp as already strong riders (that’s what Bike Camp is here to help with!). However, for the group to be able to ride, campers must be able to start and stop unassisted and ride in a straight line. The most common scenarios that our camp cannot accommodate are when a rider: needs a push from an adult to get their pedals going, isn’t able to start and stop their bike consistently, or isn’t able to ride in a line with the group.
Can I register my child outside their age group if they are a strong/inexperienced rider or want to be with a friend?
We strongly encourage families to sign their child up for their own grade level. Part of this is based on physical ability. We want to make sure that groups share similar riding levels so that everyone in the group feels challenged but comfortable. Our instructors are great at helping groups find a pace that works for everyone, but this process works better when all campers are in the same grade level.
The other consideration is social. Typically, we’ve found that even when campers are a little on the strong or inexperienced side riding-wise, they tend to form the strongest social connections to their peers. And often it is the friendships and sense of team camaraderie that make the experience so special. For this reason, we advise families to register their children in their grade level even when their riding level might let them keep up in another group.
If you have questions about what group might be best for your child, please get in touch with us!
Getting Ready For Camp
When and where can I get my pre-camp bicycle safety inspection?
You can get your pre-camp bike safety inspection done anytime during the three weeks preceding the start of your child’s camp. This safety check is complimentary at our shop at 1700 NE Alberta St, however if repairs are needed, our standard bike service prices apply. You are also welcome to take your bike to your local bike shop but please anticipate that many shops will charge a fee for this check and all shops will charge for any repairs done. Inspections at our shop must be done no later than the Saturday before the child’s camp starts or they incur a $25 fee. The inspection form will be emailed three weeks before camps begin.
My child’s bike is brand new. Does it still need to be safety checked?
Yes, all bikes need to be checked. Some new bikes are not assembled by professional mechanics and every year we check brand new bikes and find stripped bolts, incorrectly installed handlebars and stems, bearings that are out of adjustment, chains which slip off the cassette, and cables that aren’t tensioned. In order to provide the safest possible environment for our campers, it’s important that every bike gets inspected and fit-checked. We offer this check for free, or you can print out the form (available 3 weeks before camp starts) and take it to the bike shop where you purchased your bike. Please note that other bike shops will have varying policies about the price of a safety check.
What should my child bring?
Campers will spend most or all of their day outside and should be prepared to bring the items listed below to camp. A more detailed list will be included with your Bike Camp registration packet that you will receive with the confirmation email. Keep in mind that your child will be carrying their own belongings all week while they ride. Pack only the necessities.
- Properly functioning bike
- Required Bike Inspection Form from a certified bike mechanic
- A properly fitting helmet
- Backpack or bag suitable for everyday riding. Campers are expected to carry everything they need for the day. Backpacks are preferable to shoulder bags which can make it harder to balance. Watch out for backpacks that hang too low and rub the rear tire.
- Sack lunch, a snack, and water bottle
- Comfortable and weather-appropriate attire (no bike-specific clothing is necessary for our camps)
- Closed-toe closed-heel shoes – no flip-flops or other sandals
- Please leave electronics and valuables at home
Where can I park?
Free street parking is available in the neighborhood around our bike shop, though spaces near the shop can be hard to find. We recommend carpooling, biking, and walking to pick up campers when possible, as the car traffic around the shop can be tricky to navigate. You may not sign-out your child from your vehicle. Please be respectful of our neighbors when finding parking.
Can my children check themselves out?
If your child is 11 years old or older and you allow them to sign themselves in and out of camp, they may do so. A guardian must approve this either on their registration or on the first day of camp. We ask that guardians still show up for the first morning check-in even if their child will be doing self-sign-out so that they can meet their child’s instructors.
Who can check my child in and out of camp?
On the online registration form you can list people you want to allow to check your child in and out. To add someone on the first day or during the week please check in with your child’s instructors.
Where will my child ride?
It’s up to the group! Part of the wonder of Bike Camp is setting group goals, including where to go. Groups will primarily ride to neighborhood parks. Our instructors pick destinations and safe, efficient routes during the first couple days of camp to gauge the ability level of the group. From there, campers are supported by their instructors in collaborating with each other to make decisions about routes and destinations. On our camp descriptions, you’ll find estimated mileage for each camp.