TC-Bike Camp

Traverse City Summer Bike Camp

We’re using Active Network for registration again this year. If you’re new to the program, registration is fast, easy, and secure. If you previously participated in a Norte program, then you already have an account created. Sign in at the top of the registration page (link above), and enter your email address username when prompted–no need to create a new family account for the new year!

A quick, little video that might help with Active Networks registration questions.


HAVE A BIKE-TASTIC SUMMER

Give your child a bike-tastic summer! Norte’s Summer Bike Camps are an adventure-based, week-long, half-day camp. It teaches 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.
  • Learn to 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

At this time, we’re planning on similar precautions and protocols used for 2020. Please review those guidelines and let us know if you have further questions:  COVID-19 Precaution Sheet

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 moves positively through the MI Safe Start Plan and recovery, Norte’s goal remains the same – do our part to make it the best summer ever.

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 young people 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.

For rising 7th to 10th graders who can’t get enough mountain biking, have a look at the Norte Shredventure weeklong trail-riding camp (new for 2021).

What’s required? A Positive attitude! And, students need to be able to comfortably ride 34 miles (1st2nd grade), 5-6 miles (3rd4th), 7-8 miles (5th6th grade), 8 miles + (7th8th grade).

SCHEDULE

The first sessions begin the week after school lets out. There are sessions available through August.

  • June 21 through August 27, 2021

Summer Bike Camp starts at 9:00 am and wraps up at noon, Monday–Friday. All Traverse City sessions begin and end at the Norte Wheelhouse (the orange building off of Munson Avenue) at the Grand Traverse Civic Center Park’s north side. 

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 a fantastic playground, park or beach nearby. Regardless, each day the bike is our adventure vehicle, and our legs are our engines! 

Off-road trails? Adventure Bike Camps may include some off-road riding on fun trails 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. Note, Norte staff cannot fix every bike problem that comes up during the week, so please inspect bikes or take them to a local bike 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 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 incredible organizations:

BIKE & KICK WITH TRAVERSE BAY AREA YOUTH SOCCER

BIKE & SAIL WITH TRAVERSE AREA COMMUNITY SAILING

BIKE & LEARN WITH NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE 4 KIDS

BIKE & PLAY WITH PARALLEL 45 THEATRE

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. This option extends the pickup time to 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. Price for soccer, sailing, college for kids, and theater can be found on our partners’ website.

DISCOUNTS

  • 10% off Bike Camp when registering siblings.
  • 10% off when registering for 2 or more camp sessions.
  • 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 before registering.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We know plans and circumstances change.  Please read through the Norte cancellation policy below.

Cancellations Initiated by a Parent/Guardian or Participant

  • Requests sent 4+ weeks prior to the camp session start date will be issued a 100% refund minus a $10 service fee
  • Requests sent 2+ weeks prior to the camp session start date will be issued a 75% refund.
  • Requests sent within 2 weeks of the camp session start will not receive a refund.

Cancelations Initiated by State or Local Authorities (ex. COVID-19)

  • If a Norte program cannot begin due to State or local policies, a full refund will be issued.
  • If a Norte program has already begun and continuation is prohibited by State or local policies, a prorated refund will be issued.

Cancellation requests must be sent via email to programs@elgruponorte.org

MORE CAMP LOCATION 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