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2019 Saddle Up Summer Bike Camp

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2019 Saddle Up Bicycle Summer Camp


2019 Registration will open February 1st

for kids 9-12 years old.



Saddle Up Summer Bike Adventures is a day camp based throughout Washington County presented by WashCo Bikes.



It's an Oregon based Bike Trip Day Camp. What that means is we bike everywhere, to all manner of activities from blueberry picking to creek walks to science museums to music festivals.


We offer many traditional camp activities – sports, arts, crafts, drama, music, hiking, jello wars, swimming along the way. The other emphasis is on bicycle skills, safety and basic mechanical knowledge - all woven into the week of  fun. Campers only need to know how to ride a bike. They do not need to be able to cover long distances fast. They do not need special clothing  and this is not a race program. We bike in a group to different programs and activities in 2- 5 mile increments.  Over the week they will build up their fitness level easily as they gain bicycle riding and repair knowledge. 

Our emphasis is on the arts, nature, science and safe, exciting project themed daily expeditions: Bicycling, day camp expeditions, that’s  our primary way of exploring.

  • We operate under American Camping Association standards.
  • Where is it based? Washington County, Oregon. We meet and leave from community centers, fire stations and church facilities in Hillsboro, Tigard, Wilsonville, Beaverton and Forest Grove.
  • Who is it for? Our programs ar for kids 9-12 who want a project based recreational experience while improving biking skills. We offer  a limited number of need based  scholarships. 

What is the Project Based Approach to Recreation and Experiential Learning? On top of having fun, building friendships, being in the moment and learning new skills, we want campers to have a project based approach. Project Based Education takes one theme and explores it from many angles  a sense of exploration, whimsy and fun in every activity we dive into and conquer.

Our bicycle trip camp will explore parks, watersheds and cultural sites in and around the communities in Washington County. We ride, and do art, environmental projects, interactive games, community building activities and learn to journal about the adventures as we roll - with professional artists and writers rolling with us throughout the week. Bring your own bike and we'll safety proof it before we head out for the week.


Camp overview:

  • There are six camps available, limited to 15 campers each- age 9-12.
  • Each camp will be held from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday.
    • Drop off and pick-up times 30 minutes before/after camp.
  • Campers will spend some time each day at the "base camp", working on skills, maps/route planning, etc.
  • Campers will spend much of the day on their bikes riding local neighborhoods  to fun destinations and trails.
  • Campers will need to bring a lunch, snack and water each day.


The cost of each camp is $295.00 per camper. Camps are for children ages 9-12.


Contact camps@washcobikes.org for questions.

Camp Details and Registration Information

The enrollment process has several steps:

  • Read and understand the basic camp requirements:
    • Each child must have a working bike (no training wheels) and be able to start/stop and ride in a straight line.
    • It is strongly recommended that the bike have several gears.
    • Each child must have a  properly fitted bike helmet.
    • No "open toe" shoes allowed.
    • The BTC will not provide food for the campers.  Each camper must bring a sack lunch and snacks, and a water bottle.
    • If a camper requires medications, he/she must be able to self-administer the medication.


Refund Overview:

60 days or more before the camp, full refund minus 15% fee 

31-59 days; 50% refund 

30 days or less, no refund allowed                                                

Camp Forms

  • Read and understand the Terms and Conditions, Liability waiver and Medical Treatment Authorization.

The following forms are needed to complete your child's registration.


  • Read, fill out and print or hit the submit button.
  • Mail or drop off at/to Bike Camps, 137 NE 3rd Ave., Hillsboro OR. 97124
  • Continue to the payment page from the registration form, where you may pay via "The Square" on a secure page, or indicate you will pay via mail or in person.
  • After payments are received by our office, you will receive a confirmation email.


The forms below are needed to be filled out for each child. 



1) Authorization to Pick up

2) Emergency Contact Form

3) Liability and Waiver Form (Please print and sign form)

4) Medical Treatment Authorization Form

5) Photo ID Badge Information Form

6) Pre-Camp BIcycle Safety Inspection Form (Please print and fill out form)

7) Special Needs Form



Bike Camp Scholarships

The amount of scholarships we offer varies from year to year and depends upon sponsor generosity.


To be considered for a scholarship you need to be referred by an agency or contact info@washcobikes.org

Qualifiers for a scholarship include but not limited to:

  • Your child receives a free lunch at school
  • You have an Oregon Trail card (you may be asked to show it)



Parents- Get Ready To RIde

Parents and Grandparents, you are invited to join us for a Family Ride on the last day of Summer Bike Camp.


We want you to see your child in action, showing off the skills he/she has learned during the week. The details of the ride are still in the planning stages but on Friday at noon or 1pm we will meet at the camp base with bikes, helmets, water bottles. The kids will plan out the route- so be prepared for an adventure. Along the way, they may want to stop and explain why it is they do a certain something ie riding single file vs 4 or 5 abreast. Feel free to ask question. Please allow 2 hours for the ride. When we return to the camp base- we will have a short graduation ceremony. 





2019 Bike Camp

Instructor's Corner


Bike Camp Instructors Application



Meet our Instructors


Bailey Givens

Bailey Givens is from the Big Island of Hawaii where she spent seven years teaching and performing for HICCUP Circus and Cirque ‘Ohana. Although she embarked upon her cycling journey atop a unicycle, Bailey has discovered the joys of bicycle riding and is gearing up for her first distance bike tour in August. She is planning on studying Outdoor Education at Northland College in the fall.



Anthony Carlton



I am a recently retired mechanic and ski/snowboard instructor, teaching mostly kids and people with disabilities. I work for The Street Trust as a bicycle safety instructor, The Community Cycling Center as a Bike Camp counselor, and now with WashCoBikes in the same capacity. I’m also a certified fitness instructor specializing in youth fitness and a Spin certified indoor cycling instructor. 
I’ve been an avid cyclist for most of my life as cycling is my passion. I have made it my post-retirement mission to educate, encourage and inspire kids to become cyclists, whether for fitness, fun, travel or commuting. 


Holly Haskell 

Holly says:
"I grew up in a rural town in Kansas riding my bike everywhere.  With college behind me, so went my bike for 38 years.  After 20 years of teaching in the Hillsboro School District a retirement goal was to participate in a triathlon.  To do that I needed a bike.  WashCo Bikes came to the rescue.  I bought my first used bike from them and started riding again.  The triathlon was a success finishing 3rd in my age bracket.  Last summer I grabbed onto an opportunity to teach bike camp for Wash Co Bikes and am ready for more this summer". 
Mitch Taylor (Forest Grove Instructor)
Mitch is a retired forester after 34 years, who commuted by bike the last 5 years... even in the snow!
"My love of cycling has been since I bought my first "stingray" bike for $32 in 1964 ."
Now a recreational road cyclist mostly for the sheer joy of it, but it's also good exercise.
"I have been an instructor for two years now.  I'm also doing self guided international tours in retirement. I did 8 days in Provence and a week in the Netherlands in 2018. I'm doing a 9 day tour on the east coast of Tasmania in April of 2019, as well as a few days in Gippsland, Australia.  
Mitch has been trying to start a bike share program for Forest Grove.

Sheilagh Griffin (Wilsonville Instructor)




 Sheilagh is enthusiastic about youth and biking! Her career background is working with youth in school programs. She has ten years of  experience with Safe Routes to School and eight of those were teaching and directing education programs in Portland Public Schools (as part of a team that taught Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education in 40 schools per - 5000 year). She began competitive cycling late in life and raced most all disciplines except for mountain biking. Cyclocross racing was her favorite, the combination of biking, running, going over barriers and getting muddy is awesome! She coached a High School cyclocross team in Portland for 4+ years. Sheilagh enjoys multi-day bike rides. She has been a volunteer and participant in Cycle Oregon off and on since 2001. She currently does not own a car and travels by walking, biking, and transit. She works for the City of Wilsonville as a Transportation Demand Management Technician, her focus is on Safe Routes to School programs.