The temperatures might be in the teens outside, but here at the Clubhouse and Wheelhouse, we’re gearing up for spring and summer. One activity underway is tuning up bikes to put more people than ever on two wheels this year. If you are interested in helping, step right up.
We’re also preparing for more kids than ever in our spring and summer bike programs. After School Adventure Bike Club, Spring Mountain Bike, and Summer Bike Camp registrations are underway. Last year, we learned that safely calling young riders together for a few hours of outdoor adventure is a welcome relief for life’s challenges and stresses. Not only for the kids but for the adults who signup to coach them.
Recently, I reached out to one of our newest volunteer coaches from last year, Amy Strom, to ask her for some words of wisdom for anyone out there considering coaching. Her response makes me think of spring and puts a smile on my face.
I can attest that there is a place for any volunteer at Norte, regardless of their biking skills. Last fall was the first time I volunteered. I knew teaching mountain biking to older kids was not in my wheelhouse (pardon the pun), but I was thrilled to see that they needed assistant coaches for younger riders. I gave it a try and loved it!
I’m a novice on a mountain bike but an expert at advocating and promoting fun, safe activities for kids. Assitant coaching was a great experience. There is a need for more coaches, especially those who enjoy being the bike train’s caboose and purveyor of positive energy and encouragement.
Getting kids outside, interacting with each other, playing, exploring nature, overcoming fears, and developing new skills, both on and off the bike, is a gift to children and their families. It’s a privilege to promote and witness this as a volunteer. There are so many trails, parks, and beaches to explore, and it’s always better on a bike with a gaggle of giggling kids.
– Amy Strom
Amy is an active-for-life model citizen. You’re likely to find her out trekking with Milo (shown above) or out biking with her family and friends. Amy and her positive spirit are what we’re looking for in coaches and coaching assistants.
As we ramp up for our most ambitious year yet, we need over 120 coaches and coaching assistants. We have 12 trailheads spread across six counties, from Benzie to Charlevoix, and young riders in the hundreds are just biting at the bit for some adventure.
Are you interested? Check out our openings and apply today. If you have some basic bike skills and an interest in seeing more kids move, we have a place for you. I promise, seeing our young riders gain confidence and strength while having fun is pure joy. As Amy alluded to, the giggling is contagious.
Ty, Norte Excutive Director
P.S. We’re excited to hear from you. We need both paid coaches and volunteer assistant coaches, like Amy. Each position has unique qualifications and time commitments. If you have any questions, let us know.