I’m on a wait list for a camp. What happens now?
When a camp session fills up, an option to register for a wait list (at no cost) becomes available. If a spot becomes available due to a cancellation, we will contact you by email to offer the spot to your camper. We will let you know when you need to respond by before the spot is offered to the next person on the wait list. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for us to predict when and where cancellations occur. If another week of camp works with your family’s schedule we recommend registering for a different week, especially when coordinating registrations with friends.
If you would like assistance with finding another week of camp or would like be removed from a wait list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Yes! 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 email us at email@example.com.
How can I apply for a scholarship?
We offer individual scholarships at our camps out the Community Cycling Center shop and Sellwood Cycle Repair. We have a limited number of scholarships ranging from full scholarships to ¼ scholarships that we offer to families that qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
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.
My child can’t ride a bike yet. Is she/he/they 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 safely on the road, 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 with 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
My child’s bike is brand new. Does it still need a Bicycle Safety Check?
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 that 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 Bicycle Safety Check Form 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 and any repairs made will have its applicable costs (parts and labor).
Where can I park?
Due to the large number of kids in our parking area behind the shop during check-in and check-out, we ask that you kindly not drive through that area.
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/or walking to pick up campers when possible, as the car traffic around the shop can be tricky to navigate. Please be respectful of our neighbors when finding parking.
Who can check my child in and out of camp?
On the online registration form, you can list people whom you want to allow to check your child in and out. To add someone to the list during the week, please check in with the camper’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.