2022 Summer Bike Camp Guide

Keep them riding all summer long. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

If you want cycling to be a bigger part of your kids’ summer, here are some area bike camps to consider. I’ve also shared a family bike camping trip if you’re looking to check that off your bucket list.

If there are camps I missed, please let me know in the comments. Summer, here we come!

Biking in the City

Pedalheads Bike and Trail Bike Camps

Pedalheads has a lot of options to fit the biking child in your life. Beginning with 90 minute learn-to-ride camps for tots as young as 2-3 years old, to more advanced skills camps for big kids ages 6 and up. Options for road biking and trail riding, depending on location. Eight locations around Portland, plus Lake Oswego and Beaverton. $240 to $299 for weeklong half-days or $420 to $525 for weeklong full-days (9am-4pm). More info here.

WashCo Bikes Saddle Up Summer Bike Camps

WashCo continues its commitment to help local kids develop their riding skills, and at a very affordable price. Camp locations on the West-Side: Forest Grove, North Plains, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Beaverton. Ages 8-13. $325 for Weeklong Full-Day 9am-3pm. Scholarships Available. More info here.

Learn to Bike

Bike First Camp and Quick Start/Refresher Course

From ABI Community’s Bike First: “People who experience a variety of disabilities have had success at the clinics—including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, extreme fear of falling, fine motor challenges, and developmental delays… Through careful research into the elemental physics of bicycle riding, Dennis Blong and his team designed and built a unique type of adapted bike that enables the rider and bike to function together as a system. Our new design uses air cylinders to gently cushion the rider while keeping the rider safely upright. As the rider’s skill develops over the course of the week, we gradually reduce the air pressure until the rider is on his/her own. Our bike mechanic and floor director make the necessary adjustments and guide the riders as they progress. Note: This is for individuals 8 and up with disabilities who need extra help learning to ride a bike. $150 for 3-day Quick Start / Refresher Course. More info here.

Trackers Earth Learn-to-Ride Camp

From Trackers: “Join the Road Rovers! Learn biking basics from our experienced instructors in a safe and fun outdoor environment. Learning to ride for the first time opens up a new world of adventure for your child. Biking gets them active and enjoying the outdoors! This camp mixes riding time with fun art projects, games, and adventures.” For biking newbies entering Kindergarten/First Grade. $455 for Weeklong Camp Full Days 8am-3pm; after-care available until 5:30pm. More info here.

Avid Learn-to-Bike Camp

From Avid: “Aspiring cyclists age three and a half to six learn the joys of self-sufficient cycling in our half-day Learn to Bike day camp. Nurtured by skilled, patient instructors in a supportive on-site environment, our pint-sized pedalers enjoy camper-to-staff ratios of 5:1 for lots of individual attention and personalized coaching.” For Pre-k through First Grade (For newbies who don’t know how to ride). $283 Weekly Half Day Morning Session 9-11:45am and $230 Weekly Half Day Afternoon Session 12:15-3pm. More info here.

Bike Clark County Summer Bicycle Skills Camp

Get all the basics needed to confidently navigate the neighborhood in these skills camps led by experts from nonprofit Bike Clark County in Vancouver, Washington. For ages 6-14, July 11 – 22nd. More info here.

Go Off Road

Avid for Adventure Mountain Bike Camp

From Avid: “Campers experience the thrill of learning mountain biking as they hit the trails in our Mountain Biking summer camp. With help from our seasoned instructors, campers spend the week practicing mountain biking skills, learning bicycle maintenance basics, and traversing the terrain in the area’s best parks and trails.” For kids entering 2nd-7th grades. $582 Weeklong Camp Full Days 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (additional charges for early drop off, after-care available to 6pm, and optional bike rental). More info here.

Mt. Hood Meadows Mountain Bike Camp

From Mt. Hood Meadows: “Come check out Mt. Hood Meadows’ most specialized summer camp, and join us for a week of mountain biking. Campers must be proficient in riding a bike. No mountain biking experience is necessary, but kids must have the drive to want to learn. Our full day camp focuses on core skills in skill progression areas, berms, pump tracks and lift accessed trails. With our experienced counselors, campers will learn the practical application of braking, balancing, tactics, basic maintenance & repair and how to master riding a mixture of downhill, trail and skills riding. When they aren’t ripping it down the mountain, the campers will get a chance to rest their legs with stand up paddling and rafting!” For ages 12-16. Aug 15 – 18 & Aug 22 – 25, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM Mon-Thurs
– $475. More info here.

Family Bike Camping

BikeLoudPDX Family Camping Trip

From Bike Loud: “Join us for a two-night, family-oriented (kids not required) bikepacking trip to Oxbow Regional Park, a 1,000-acre natural area near Troutdale along the Sandy River. We’ll begin at Woodstock Park in SE Portland, with scheduled stops for resting, playing, snacking, lunch, and other activities, and arriving in late afternoon to set up at our group campsite. We’ll have the whole next day to enjoy the park, nature play areas, hiking trails, old-growth forest, and river, including some optional planned activities. We’ll learn a bit about how Bike Loud PDX supports active transportation and creates safer streets. We’ll break camp and depart in the morning for the group ride back, but you can break off as needed to return to a different location or at a different pace.” More info here

We’ve excluded some camps that are already full and will try to get this together earlier next year. Please check back as we plan to add more camps as we clarify info and find out more.

These summer bike camps still have a spot for your kid

Bike camps teach riding skills, bike maintenance, safety, and friendship.
(Photo: Nat Shreffler for Community Cycling Center)

Portland has a wide variety of summer bike camps: Everything from learn-to-ride camps that ease kids onto two wheels to camps that teach advanced riding and repair skills. You might think it’s late in the game to find a spot in one of them, but most area bike camps still have spaces in some sessions.

My son attended his favorite bike camp back when he was five. He decided he wanted “bike racing camp” instead of “regular bike camp” and I found a new camp offered at a bike coaching facility. They started each morning of the week watching Danny MacAskill bike trick videos before pedaling off via multi-use path to a park where the instructor had stashed an obstacle course in the bushes. In addition to the emphasis on riding and tricks, he came home with more art projects from this camp (we still have a precious old bike cranks and duct tape creation) than from the larger, more traditional bike camps he’s attended.

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Looking for a summer bike camp? Check out these seven local options

Get those kids out of your hands and into the city – on bikes!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Summer in Portland means it’s time to make sure the young people in our lives get as much exposure to bicycling as possible.

It’s also a time when school is out and working adults need a place to plop the little ones while they work. That’s where bike camps come in! Since this is Portland, we have a bunch of great options.

Here are the details on seven local bike camps we’ve heard about…

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Your guide to summer bike camps for kids

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Summer means bike camp for the little ones.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Whether it’s doing Sunday Parkways or just riding to the store or a friend’s house, biking is a huge part of summer for many Portland families. So are summer camps. Fortunately you can combine the two and enroll the kid in your life in one of several bike-focused camps.

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From Sprockettes to singletrack: A guide to bikey summer camps for kids

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Sprockettes Kids Camp-6

Has your little girl ever dreamed of hanging out and dancing with the Sprockettes
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’ve got kids in your care, then there’s always a big question come summertime: What the heck will they do all day? For many people, the answer is some type of camp. Camps are a great way to keep the daily schedule in tact while allowing kids to gain new friends and new skills.

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This summer, treat your kid to a bike camp

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A day with the CCC

Kids love bike camp!
(Photos © J. Maus)

With spring almost here, many Portland parents find themselves trying to choose between the myriad choices of local summer camps. Among them are two camps that will introduce your kid to the mix of fun, function and fitness that only a bicycle can bring.

Here’s a bit more information on two great options. One comes from local non-profit stalwart the Community Cycling Center and the other from well-known youth biking instructor Gregg Lavender.

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A summer bike camp on two wheels (Slideshow)

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A day with the CCC

Seeing the neighborhood at biking speed.
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(Photos © J. Maus)

Last Friday I spent the day with the Community Cycling Center’s “Coasters” summer bike camp.

The camp is for kids 6-8 years old and the idea is to teach them how to ride on city streets, do basic bike maintenance (very basic), build confidence, show them around the neighborhood, and of course to just have fun.

My daughter is finally old enough to join so I went along with her on the final day of the week-long camp. After gathering at the CCC on Alberta and 17th, we rolled east via N. Going Ave. The street is slated to be a major bike boulevard and it’s easy to see why. It’s plenty wide, already has low traffic, and its just one block south of Alberta. Even biking with 13 kids, several of whom were fresh from the sidewalk and the watchful eyes of parents, was stress-free.

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Summer bike camps get rolling at the CCC

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visit to Community Cycling Center

Summer camp coordinator
Gabe Graff shows kids how to be safe.
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The Community Cycling Center (CCC) is always bustling with bikey goodness. But this time of year, the place is infused with a special energy.

With school out for summer and the sun finally following suit, tons of kids are flocking to their Alberta Street headquarters to join in the fun of their summer camp programs.

The CCC’s Summer Bike Camps started this week and by the end of the season, hundreds of Portland kids will have gained valuable skills. The camps teach kids how to work on their bikes, become more self-reliant, and most importantly they learn valuable lessons about riding safely on our streets.

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