Traverse City Summer Bike Camp Session Starts

Traverse City Summer Bike Camp Session Starts


July 27 @ 09:00 am
Traverse City Summer Bike Camp Session Starts

2020 TRAVERSE CITY SUMMER BIKE CAMP

 

HAVING A BIKE-TASTIC SUMMER!

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. We’re doubling-down on that effort with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic upon us. As Michigan continues to positively move through the MI Safe Start Plan and recovery, Norte’s goal remains the same – do our part to make it the best summer ever. 

To that end, this year’s bike camp requires us to make significant changes to protect the health of our campers, instructors, and their families. Registered families will receive further details as their camp session approaches. Some of the precautionary steps we’re taking include: 

  •  Social Distancing – Campers stick with the same small team of eight campers and two instructors each day. We limit the interaction between groups as much as possible during the morning camp. Physical distancing is required when we are stationary, and when we ride, we ride in a line and keep to the right. 
  • Masks – For the protection of campers and their families, our instructors must wear cloth face coverings when the teams are assembled. Campers are required to bring at least one mask, a spare if possible, to bike camp. They will wear them when groups are gathered. Instructors and campers may remove face coverings while engaged in biking. 
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting – Summer Bike Camp is an outdoor and in the community experience like no other. Our home base for camp is at the Norte’s Wheelhouse, which will be used primarily for bathroom breaks and lots of handwashing. The Wheelhouse will be cleaned and disinfected daily to ensure the safety of all bike camp guests. In the community, we visit places that allow us to maintain physical distancing, and we are strategic about passing-by areas for quick bathroom breaks and handwashing–we want to keep those hands clean
  • Monitoring and Communication – We require all staff and campers (looking at you, parents) to complete a health screen before camp begins every day. We will continue to communicate with camper families regularly with any future camp changes and updates. Also, we invite families to reach out if they have questions or concerns. Bike Camp instructors meet daily before camp to check-in and provide feedback on how to improve safety measures. 

Our COVID-19 Task Force will continue to stay abreast of the latest requirements and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Michigan, and the Grand Traverse County Health Department.

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 (June 15, 2020) and run weekly through August. Summer Bike Camp starts at 9:00 AM-Noon, Monday to Friday. All 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!

NEW FOR 2020! CAMP THEMES

When you enroll, you’ll have one of three choices. 

  • Adventure Camp! 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! 
  • Mountain Bike Camp! All of our summer bike camps include plenty of off-road riding. This week’s week is a 5-day focus on 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. Participants should have experience riding off-road trails up to 10 miles (less for the younger groups), and be prepared to push themselves on hills, skills drills, and trail navigation. 
  • Bike Mechanics Camp! Each day will include an in-depth exploration of real-life mechanical problems that can arise while riding bikes. Therefore, most of the bike fixes will take place in the field with our own bikes. Still lots of bike riding, but more breaks and discussions to try to understand our machines better. 

EXTRA FULL-DAY OPTIONS

After a successful partnership with Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer (TBAYS) last summer, we’re very excited to expand our full-day offerings by teaming up with Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) and Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) College For Kids:

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 NMC COLLEGE FOR KIDS

  • Tentatively unavailable for June. More details coming soon.
  • 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 at the Norte Wheelhouse instead of noon

COST

  • $115 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 your activity. Cost for soccer, sailing, college for kids can be found at TBAYS, TACS, and NMC respectively.

DISCOUNTS

  • 10% off Bike Camp when registering for multiple weeks
  • 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 hello@elgruponorte.org  (or 231-883-2404) to request a scholarship prior to registering.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • FULL REFUNDS WILL BE OFFERED TO ALL CANCELLATIONS  RELATED TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS NEEDED

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

Thank you, sponsors, for supporting the Traverse City Summer Bike Camp!