Mountain Biking Camp

Safely teaching the joy of mountain biking

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KANATA: Earl of March Secondary School: 4 The Parkway, Kanata, On K2K 2B6


Boys and girls ages 7 to 14 years
AGE-RESTRICTED CAMP: All campers must be 7 or older at the start of the camp week.

Dates and Rates

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In partnership with Bakker's Trailblazers, campers will receive Mountain Biking Instruction and do lots of riding in the morning and swimming/off-site activities in the afternoon.
This camp is suitable for both novice and more experienced riders as campers are assessed in the first couple of days and placed in appropriate-level groups at a ratio of 4:1. Campers will experience bike riding fun in an off-road environment, single-track and cross-country riding trails through the forests of South March in Kanata. We'll start with basic skills close to home for a couple of days and then venture further afield later in the week when our experienced instructors feel like the group is ready. Our awesome instructors will teach campers safety first and then how to have fun on your bike. Our experienced trail-riding coaches ensure that every camper gains confidence and enjoys success, regardless of their ability.

What you'll learn

balance, ascending, descending, controlling speed, pushing the limits safely, turning, basic bike maintenance and cleaning.

Campers must bring the following mandatory equipment to participate in this camp:

1. A properly-sized bike helmet

2. A properly-sized bike with gears and hand brakes. No coaster brakes allowed. Suspension is not necessary but could prove valuable on tougher technical rides.

3. Closed-toe running shoes. No sandals or flip-flops.

4. Water will be available at lunch but while we are on the trails, campers will need to carry their own water and snacks. A small backpack they can wear riding is the best way to go.

5. Wet weather gear (jacket and pants) is recommended as we will be riding if it is raining.

6. One extra properly-sized inflatable innertube for their bike. If they get a flat, we'll help them repair it on site and get back to riding. We'll have a pump.

Bikes must be in good working order:

We suggest taking the time to take your child's bike to your local bike shop and get it tuned up ready for the summer. Bike shops are very busy at the start of summer so make sure you leave plenty of time to get this done before your child starts riding.

Things to check for:

Brakes: are working well, your child should be able to pull the brakes levers easily to bring the bike to a complete stop when travelling at speed. Your child should be able to reach the brake levers easily.
Chain: is oiled and is free of rust
Gears: can be changed easily and do not skip
Tires: are not bald, have lots of tread left and are pumped up firmly
Bolts: all bolts and nuts should be tight and secure

Campers who forget the mandatory equipment will not be able to particpate in our mountain biking camp. They will instead join our multisport camp.

About Bakker's Trailblazers

Bakker's trailblazers is the dream of Osmond Bakker, former professional mountain biker, to safely teach the joy of mountain biking. He is responsible for designing and teaching the instructors and implementing the mountain bike program. It is his hope that after graduating through the camp program, you will have the necessary skills to enjoy mountain biking for the rest of your life.

About Osmond Bakker

Osmond Bakker grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario and quickly realized he had some potential racing bikes. By the time he was 15, he was on the Ontario Team and by 18 years of age, he was representing Canada in Europe. He turned professional in his mid 20's and started competing on the World Cup Mountain Bike circuit. Later in his career, he represented Canada at the World Cyclocross Championships finishing 78th.

He still competes in the top level of the sport, but has pulled back his training commitments to enjoy more time with his wife and daughter and to focus on the athletes he coaches.

Preparing for camp

On the Thursday before each week of camp you'll receive an email from us reminding you that you're registered for camp for the upcoming week. At that time, we'll also remind you to download this week's "Gator Tales". Gator Tales is our weekly publication which includes: a packing list, emergency contact information, afternoon outings schedule, lunch menu, theme day schedule and more.

Sample schedule

Each day is packed with special activities and every day and every week is different to accommodate campers who are with us for several weeks throughout the summer.

7:30 to 8:30am Pre-Camp DROP OFF (free of charge: children choose between supervised quiet time for reading and playing board games or sports activities and games in the gym)
8:30 to 8:45 am

Large Group Game: this helps the kids warm up before we take attendance.

8:45 to 9:00 am Attendance
9:00 am sharp Campers going off-site depart by school bus (eg. swim camp, horseback camp). On-site camps remain at the school.
9:00 to 9:40 am ROTATION 1:
Scatter: kids are divided into their specialty camps and start programming with their counselors.
9:40 to 10:20am ROTATION 2:
Specialty Camp Time (as chosen weekly)
10:20 to 10:50 am Snack Break (please send drinks/snacks with campers)
10:50 to 11:30 am ROTATION 3:
Specialty Camp Time (as chosen weekly)
11:30 to 12:00 PM Daily Optional Time: campers participate in gym activities of their choice to play with counselors.
12:00 to 12:30pm

Lunch (lunch plan available for a fee)
Buses return from off-site camp locations
12:30 to 1:30pm

Flagpole (camp dance, singsong, jokes) and prepare for afternoon activities.
1:30 to 4:00pm

Whole-camp activities: see schedule below (typically public swims, no lessons provided)
4:00 to 4:30pm

Snack (free Gatorade available, cash snack bar available)
4:30 to 5:30pm

Post-Camp - PICK UP (free of charge: children choose between supervised quiet time for reading and playing board games or sports activities and games in the gym)

Weekly themes

For a more detailed look at our weekly themes, emergency phone numbers, etc. please check out our Gator Tales.

Afternoon schedule by camp location

5 and 6 year olds DO NOT ATTEND OUR AFTERNOON SWIMS. They will instead visit local splash pads or remain at the school for afternoon activities including arts and crafts, movies, sports and cooperative games.

7 to 12 year olds will travel by school bus to some local-area swimming pools.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Longfields-Davidson Walter Baker Swim Gator Games (at camp) Kanata Wave Pool Walter Baker Swim Gator Games (at camp)
Earl of March SS Glen Cairn/Beaverbrook Pool Gator Games (at camp) Kanata Wave Pool Glen Cairn/Beaverbrook Pool Gator Games (at camp)
St Peter Catholic HS Bearbrook Pool Swim Francois Dupuis Pool Swim Gator Games (at camp) Bearbrook Pool Swim Gator Games (at camp)

* field trips subject to change based on availability and the size of each group.

Swim safety

Safety is our number one concern.
We understand your concern for the safety of young swimmers. Please be sure to read our complete "swim safety rules and policies."

Quest for the Gator Cup

One of the traditions we are most proud of is our weekly "Quest for the Gator Cup". Since 1996, this fierce, but friendly, competition has pit our Safari friends (Iguanas, Parrots, Treefrogs, Cheetahs, Elephants, and Gators) against one another in a week-long competition that we call the "Quest for the Gator Cup". Each team consists of campers of all ages and from all Specialty Camps and their counselors. At the end of each week, every camper receives a commemorative ribbon celebrating their participation in this one-of-a-kind event.

The Gator Cup is sure to be the highlight of every camper's week and something they will remember for years to come.

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