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Washington County

Community Bicycle Center

 

137 NE 3rd Ave.

Hillsboro, OR 97124

503-844-9740

 

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Q: What do I need to register?

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.
    • WashCo Bikes 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                                                

Q: What are the logistics of camp?

  • There are 10 weeks of day camps available, limited to 12 campers per age group, 8-10 and 11-13.
  • Day camps will be held from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday. Drop off and pick-up times 30 minutes before/after camp. Day campers will need to bring a lunch, snack and water each day.
  • Overnight Family and Adult camps will be held Thursday 9am through Sunday 4pm.
  • In all camps, 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 through neighborhoods to fun destinations and trails.

 

Q: What Camp Forms do I need?

The following forms are needed signed (therefore in hard copy) for each child. 

  • Read, print, and fill out.
  • 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.  Your child will be considered enrolled only when all forms are received.

Q: My child doesn't turn 8 until the end of August- can he attend?

A:  If your child turns 8 after the date guideline, please contact us. We will handle this on a case by case basis. Regardless, of age, all campers need to be able to ride their bicycles (without training wheels). In addition to being able to ride their bicycle, the children need to be attentive and be able to take direction. Children who are constantly being disruptive will prompt instructors to have a discussion with the parents. This behavior is not fair to other campers and can be unsafe when the campers are out riding. 

Q: I want my child to attend camp- but we are leaving on vacation, can I get a price break?

A: At this time we don't have a rate for a partial week. 

Q: Do I have to bring my child's bike to camp every day?

A: No, we have pre-arranged to store the bicycles , helmets, locks, each night in the classroom. The classrooms are secured. 

Q: I don't get off work until after 3pm. What happens to my child?

A: All children need to be picked up between 3:00 and 3:30pm.  Sometimes special arrangements can be made with the instructors but if you are going to be late, you'll need to arrange someone to pick up your child.

We have a form you'll be asked to fill out stating who is authorized to pick up your child. If you have someone pick up your child and they are not on the list- your child will NOT be released. You need to notify the instructors of any changes and make notes on the forms. 

Q: Can parents ride with their children?

A: 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. 

Q: What do the kids do at camp?

A: A typical day begins at 9am when parents drop off the campers. Once checked in, the kids and instructors meet in the classroom to plan out the day. 

Monday, the instructors evaluate the kids riding skills, work on safe riding drills, and go for a ride to a park for lunch.

The rest of the week, the campers will go over drills, plan out what and where they are going and head out on an adventure. 

The campers will spend the better part of each day riding and exploring. During the week, they'll get introduced to mass transit and how to board your bike. Towards the end of the day, they'll head back to the classroom to meet parents for pickup. 

Friday, includes a wrap-up after lunch with a short test to find out what they learned during the week (this is for our purpose only). The kids all receive a goody bag and letter of completion. 

Q. Are there 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)