Summer Bike Camp Registration Opens

Summer Bike Camp Registration Opens


Jan 13 @ 7:00 am
Summer Bike Camp Registration Opens

Registration for the 2021 Summer Bike Camp opens on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 am.

More Info and How to Register

Make your summer bike-tastic! Norte’s Summer Bike Camps are an adventure-based, week-long, half-day camp. It teaches elementary and middle school-aged kids urban bike safety skills and confidence through empowerment, education, and adventure. Many adventures!

In addition to making new friends, staying active, and having the best summer ever, all summer bike campers will:

  • Explore their town on their bike and discover its excellent places.
  • Discover abilities bike safely and bike smart around town with their friends.
  • Develop bike repair and maintenance skills. Knowing how to change a flat or adjust your brakes is powerful.
  • Transform into a bike handling ninja. 

COVID-19 RESPONSE AND BIKE CAMP

Norte is always committed to the safety and well-being of all our campers, guests, and staff. Read through our COVID policy at our Summer Bike Camp info page.

CAMP DETAILS

There are bike camp sessions for children in four grade-categories. Incoming 1st and 2nd graders, 3rd and 4th graders, 5th and 6th graders, and the oldest course for 7th and 8th graders. 

What’s required? A Positive attitude! And, students need to be able to comfortably ride 3-4 miles (1st – 2nd grade), 5-6 miles (3rd-4th), 7-8 miles (5th-6th grade), 8 miles + (7th-8th grade).

SCHEDULE

The first sessions begin the week after school and run weekly through August. Summer Bike Camp starts at 9:00 AM-Noon, Monday to Friday. All Traverse City sessions begin and end at the Norte Wheelhouse at the Civic Center Park. The orange building off of Munson Avenue. 

ALL CAMPERS RECEIVE

  • A super cool wicking Norte T-shirt
  • Already have a T-shirt from a previous season? No problem! We’ll provide you with a discount coupon to our online merch store when you register!

WHAT IS BIKE CAMP?

Adventure Camp is Norte’s tried and true model of riding bikes to explore our area and learn how to navigate. Some days we ride far, some days we find an awesome playground, park or beach, but each day the bike is our vehicle for adventure, and our legs are our engines! 

Off-road trails? Adventure Bike Camps may include some off-road riding on fun trails that are all within riding-distance from the park: Hickory Meadows, the Commons, the Vasa, and the Boardman River Trails. Depending on camper age and experience, Bike Camp may log up to 10 miles seeking adventure during a morning session, so campers should be prepared with a healthy breakfast, plenty of water in their water bottle, and pack some snacks!

Bike mechanics? Each day will include some exploration of real-life bike problems that can arise while enjoying our bikes. Whether it’s a daily ABC bike check or trying to figure out what that squeaking noise is, bike camp relies on bikes, so most of the bike fixes will take place in the field with our own bikes. However, Norte staff does not have the ability to fix every bike problem that comes up during the week, so PLEASE inspect your bike or take it to a shop before coming to camp to make sure:

  • it still fits the rider
  • the tires hold air
  • both brakes work
  • it changes gears properly, if applicable

No bike? Norte’s Youth Bike Library in Traverse City and Elk Rapids may be able to help with program bikes available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact a staff member at programs@elgruponorte.org or 231-883-2404 to get one reserved.

EXTRA FULL-DAY OPTIONS

We’re very excited to expand our full-day offerings by teaming up with the following amazing organizations:

BIKE & KICK WITH TRAVERSE BAY AREA YOUTH SOCCER

  • Full-day camp 9 am – 4 pm at the Civic Center Park
  • Learn more and register HERE

BIKE & SAIL WITH TRAVERSE AREA COMMUNITY SAILING

  • Full-day 9 am – 4 pm, pick up at the Cornwell Sailing Center at Hull Park.
  • Learn more and register HERE

BIKE & LEARN WITH NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE 4 KIDS

  • Full-day 9 am – 3 or 4 pm, depending on campus and class
  • Learn more and register HERE

BIKE & PLAY WITH PARALLEL 45 THEATRE

  • Full-day camp 9 am – 4 pm at the Civic Center Park
  • Learn more and register HERE

EXTRA HOUR OPTION

  • Extend the fun for an extra hour each day with supervised bring-your-own-lunch and free-play at the Civic Center
  • Camper pick up 1:00 pm instead of noon at the Norte Wheelhouse

COST

  • $120 for a week of morning Bike Camp only
  • $25 for supervised lunch and transportation to your afternoon activity (for full-day campers)
  • $25 for “extra hour” supervised lunch and play at the Civic Center
  • The cost of afternoon sessions varies depending on the activity. Cost for soccer, sailing, college for kids, and theater can be found at our partners’ website.

DISCOUNTS

  • 10% off Bike Camp when registering siblings
  • Discounts only apply for registrations that are purchased in the same order (i.e. as part of the same cart)

SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors, Norte is proud to provide scholarships to ensure that all families can participate in our programs. We have partial and full scholarships for every one of our programs available (One scholarship per child per season).  Contact programs@elgruponorte.org  (or 231-883-2404) to request a scholarship prior to registering.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • You may cancel for any reason two weeks before the start date of your camp session to receive a full refund.
  • If you need to cancel within two weeks of your camp, 80% of the registration fee may be refunded if Norte is notified at least seven days before the start date of your camp.
  • Cancellations made within seven days of the start date of your camp may not be eligible for a refund. 
  • Cancellation requests need to be sent via email to programs@elgruponorte.org

MORE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Give the gift of adventure with a Summer Bike Camp gift certificate. Have a gift certificate? Lucky you. Give the Clubhouse a call to sign up: 231-883-2404