Bike Camp brings kids in grades 1-8 together for a summer of bike adventures, learning, and friendship. Campers learn how to ride safely and maintain their bikes in a supportive, hands-on environment. At Bike Camp, kids build confidence, skills, and a life-long love of biking.
Bike Camp General Information
Bike Camp Scholarship Application: Please fill out the following form to apply for a Bike Camp scholarship for the summer of 2018. (The form will take about 5-10 minutes to fill out) If multiple children from the same household wish to apply, please fill out a form for each individual. This form includes questions regarding eligibility as well as questions that assist us in identifying future funding needs.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Locations: We offer Bike Camps in two different locations:
- In NE Portland at our bike shop at 1700 NE Alberta St
- In SE Portland in partnership with Sellwood Cycle Repair at 7953 SE 13th Ave
- Please do not call Sellwood Cycle Repair with camp related questions, instead please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for participation: All campers must be able to start and stop unassisted and ride in a straight line to be eligible for Bike Camp. Camper bikes must pass a bike safety inspection prior to attending Bike Camp. Please see our Getting Ready for Camp page for more information.
Contact Us: Email email@example.com.
Our Refund Policy
The Community Cycling Center requires all camp cancellation and transfers to be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A $50 registration and administrative fee is non-refundable.
There are no refunds or changes within 30 days prior to the start of camp.
Our summer bike camp program has limited spots in each group to insure a 1:6 instructor to camper ratio. If someone cancels their registration, we still have the expense of them attending due to commitments such as paying our instructors. When a cancellation occurs within 30 days prior to the start of camp, it is often too late to find a camper to take their place as waitlisted campers have chosen another program.
Our Teaching/Learning Philosophy
The Community Cycling Center’s mission is to broaden access to bicycling and all its benefits. This includes access to the outdoors, environmental stewardship, and enhanced livability. We believe hands-on learning allows children to gain skills, knowledge and confidence, and the interpersonal skills of decision-making and problem-solving that prepare them to be healthy, active, and engaged citizens. Our instructor to camper ratio is 1:6 for all camps. We emphasize cooperative learning in a team environment. If your child has specific goals, please contact us in order to ensure that they are in the best camp.
Our Discipline Policy
Given that campers ride on the road with other vehicles, we have high expectations regarding safety. If a camper is not choosing to listen to directions and work with the expectations set at the beginning of the week, we will ask them to stay home for one day. This allows instructors to focus on the other campers who are choosing to participate in a safe and positive way. Group safety and quality camp experiences are taken seriously at the Community Cycling Center.
A Typical Week of Camp
First day: We start the week with an introduction to the essentials of riding safely on the road. A short ride to a nearby park will give us a sense of the group’s abilities. The first day tends to be a light riding day, as the group sets expectations, learns new skills, and gets to know each other.
Midweek: During the middle of the week, we will continue to learn and practice safe riding techniques and rules of the road, play games in parks, check out fun destinations, and learn a little basic maintenance. Activities will vary based on the age group and the theme of the camp.
Last day: After a morning ride, all groups converge to enjoy afternoon treats and games.
OMSI: Bike PDX and Overnight Camps
Grab your helmet and get ready to ride! Bike to neighborhood parks and learn basic navigation and maintenance skills this summer with OMSI and the Community Cycling Center. Traveling the city by bike has never been so fun as you build on your riding confidence and skills on the road. During the overnight camp, you’ll embark on a 30-mile ride to Stub Stewart State Park to enjoy camping, stories (and s’mores!) by the campfire before returning to OMSI the next day. To learn more about these camps, check out the OMSI Camps & Classes website.
Our Bike Camp prices for summer 2018 will be adjusted. Over the past 3 years, we’ve worked towards increasing our instructor wages nearly 30% to attract and retain a team of skilled, caring, and responsible instructors. Most of our camps take place on the road, where instructors are keenly aware of the group’s safety and responding to many different situations to insure that the group remains safe. This necessity of enhanced risk assessment on the road is a very important skill that we require from all of our instructors to continue providing a safe summer bike camp program that many of you have come to expect from the Community Cycling Center.
We understand that these increases can be challenging. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for supporting programming that encourages safe riding, healthy active lifestyles, and youth empowerment.
|Camps||Price in 2017||Price in 2018|
|Standard 5-day Camp||$320||$360|
|Food Cart Camps||$365||$400|
Special thanks to the City of Portland, Metro, and Kristin Lensen Consulting for supporting our summer bike camps and scholarship program.