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Upcoming Mtn Bike Camp Information

What to Bring:   Packing Tips & List.2017

Where are you going:

Arrival/Departure Times

  • Arrival:  Friday, July 14th between 5-6p
    • Please note that the Group Dinner will be at 6pm however if you arrive later you can take your camper into the dining hall for a meal until 7:30pm.
    • If you are arriving later than 6pm – please let us know.
  • Departure:  Sunday July 16th between 1-2pm
    • We prefer that parents do not arrive before 1pm as it is very disruptive to the program
    • If you are going to be later than 2pm please let us know

Camp Rules/No Bullying

Tri Velo Series has a no tolerance policy for bullying and for breaking the rules.  There is a set of camp rules and it is expected that your camper follow them are we will call you to come get them.  We take the matter very seriously and ask that you spend time discussing the camp rules with your camper prior to arriving at camp.
Important:
  • Listen when others are talking – this is especially important when an adult/coach/Jr.Coach/Chaperone is speaking
  • Off Limit Areas – do not go to Off Limit Areas at anytime.
  • Stay with the group.  We are sharing with the camp with other groups and people so it is very important that campers stay with our group at all times.
  • Download Camp Rules

Mail Call/Visits

  • Mail Call  – We do mail call every Saturday night at Camp.  We find that the kids love getting the mail and it has helped with homesickness.  You can email me by Thursday 7/13  or bring it with you.
  • Visits: We don’t really encourage parents visiting as it is a short weekend but if you do come onsite other than drop-off and pick-up you will be responsible for arranging for a day pass from Snow Mountain Ranch.

    Email for Mail Call (By Thursday)

Medical Needs/Dietary Restrictions

  • We have a medical staff person with us at all times from Event Medical Specialists. They will be on site at check-in to discuss needs, concerns, accept medications.
  • The meals are at buffet style and there are vegetarian,vegan, gluten free and dairy free options available.  We do everything we can to accommodate all diets but if there is a severe allergy such as celiac please call so we can discuss
Other:
  • Want to Car Pool? Please post on our Facebook page
  • Housing Requests?  We house by gender and actual age. We will not take housing requests and we will not move campers so please respect our process.
  • Electronics: They cannot be used during any activities and we will not be held responsible for loss or damage.
  • We hold a clothing exchange at every Tri Velo Series Camp.  Here is how it works
    • If you have gently used youth sports attire you would like to donate – bring it to check-in.  You do not have to bring anything
    • We receive donations from different people and companies
    • Every camper can take 1 item but there may not be items that fit or work for them – we try to make sure they don’t take home clothes that don’t fit!

Jr. Coach Opportunity – Spring Training

SPRING TRAINING JUNIOR & FAMILY CAMP

Canyonlands Ranch, Monticello, UT
Sunday March 26 – Saturday, April 1

The Program:

  • Opportunity for everyone in family to start preparing for the 2017 Road Season
  • Professional coaching
  • Designed to provide base mileage and skills training
  • Each day serves up multiple ride options. Cyclists choose to ride as much or as little as they want
  • Focus on Road but there will be some mountain biking
  • Adults and youth will be in separate groups
  • Time to explore the area off the bike as well
  • Organized evening activities

Campers:

  • Sunday, March 26 – Arrive before Opening Dinner
  • Saturday, April 1 – Have Breakfast, clean your room and say good-bye!

Sr. Jr. Coaches/Jr. Coaches

  • Arrive: Saturday, March 25
  • Depart: Sunday, April 1 after camp is cleaned

AccommodationsCanyonlands Guest Ranch

  • Beds and mattresses with linens provided for all

Sr. Junior Coach Opportunities (4 openings available)

  • Oversee a youth group for 2 training sessions per day for 5 days
  • Responsible for creating one evening program for 1 of the evenings
  • Developing and implementing the program from start to finish
  • Participate in Off the Bike activities as needed to successfully run the Camp
    • Bike Maintenance (2 times during the week) check bikes with mechanic, clean as needed
    • Kitchen Duty (2 times during week) work with Chef Barbara to help serve a meal and clean up
    • Hydration Station (2 times during week) Set up hydration station
  • TVS provides lodging, meals, transportation in TVS van to Utah and $200 stipend (or certificate for community service hours in lieu of stipend)
  • A 4-hour Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certification course will be provided in February (Valued at $85)

Junior Coach Opportunities (4 openings available)

  • Assist a Coach with an Adult or Youth Group for 2 training sessions per day for 5 days
  • Participate in Off the Bike activities as needed to successfully run the Camp
    • Bike Maintenance (2 times during the week) check bikes with mechanic, clean as needed
    • Kitchen Duty (2 times during week) work with Chef Barbara to help serve a meal and clean up
    • Hydration Station (2 times during week) Set up hydration station
  • TVS provides lodging, meals, transportation in TVS van to Utah and $100 stipend (or certificate for community service hours in lieu of stipend)
  • A 4-hour Red Cross First Aid & CPR Certification course will be provided in February (Valued at $85)

To apply send an email to Deirdre (deemmoynihan@gmail.com )  by January 6, 2017

Value of Overnight Camp

Benefits of Camp: Psychological Aspects

 Camp And Youth Development Outcomes

Parents want the best opportunities for their children. They want them to have whatever it takes to be happy and successful – good health, ability to get along with others, thinking and problem solving skills, a good self-concept. Children need resiliency skills: self-esteem, life skills, self-reliance, and pro-social behaviors. The camp experience offers a nurturing environment away from the distractions and, in some cases, the hostile environment of the city.

Peter Scales, Ph.D., is a senior fellow with the Search Institute in Minneapolis. A noted educator, author, and psychologist, Dr. Scales says, “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs.”

In recent years camps have put a greater emphasis on what leaders in the child development field have been saying about the needs of children today. Camp activities and group living in a natural environment are the tools used to create camp communities that provide for successful, healthy development and a place where having fun is a daily criterion. In such a structured environment, children interact with positive role models who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect. They learn to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and self-reliance, and gain confidence. All are necessary steps on a child’s path to a healthy, productive life.

Advice from the Experts

The camp experience is recognized by child development professionals as valuable in helping children mature socially, emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically.

“The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, and contributing. Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these three vital areas and even beyond home and school.”
Michael Popkin, Ph.D., family therapist and founder of Active Parenting

“The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.”
Peter Scales, Ph.D., noted author/educator, and Senior Fellow, The Search Institute

“At camp, children learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase their self-esteem.”

Child Development Experts Endorse Concept of Camp as ‘Community’ for Children

Noted experts in child development have expressed their thoughts on summer camp as a valuable resource for giving children the value of belonging to a community of their own. This position is being forwarded by the American Camp Association, which believes that the critically important sense of community for children is rooted in enabling and empowering children to be belonging, cooperating, contributing, and caring citizens.

Bruce Muchnick, licensed psychologist who works extensively with day and resident camps, said, “Each summer at camp a unique setting is created, a community is constructed that allows participants to get in touch with a sense of life that is larger than one’s self. The camp community seeks to satisfy children’s basic need for connectedness, affiliation, belonging, acceptance, safety, and feelings of acceptance and appreciation.”

Bob Ditter, licensed clinical social worker specializing in child and adolescent treatment, added, “It is in the crucible of this community that children gain self-esteem with humility, overcome their inflated sense of self, and develop a lifelong sense of grace and wonder.”

Michael Brandwein, noted speaker and consultant to the camp profession, continued, “What makes camp a special community is its focus on celebrating effort. In this less pressured atmosphere, children learn more readily what positive things to say and do when they make mistakes and face challenges. Brandwein also said, “The traditions and customs of each different camp are like a secret code that allows those who know it to feel embraced by something unique and special.”

He continued, “Campers are urged to include, not exclude, others. They are praised for choosing new partners and not always the same ones. They are encouraged to respect the differences between people. In an increasingly sarcastic, put-down-oriented world, camps aim to be an oasis of personal safety where demeaning comments and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated, and children are taught responsible and positive ways to resolve conflicts.”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former chair of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, had his own perspective on the value of a summer camp experience for children: “It gets them away from a neighborhood or situation that may exist in their neighborhoods that isn’t healthy . . . It teaches them how to get along with other people – both other young people as well as adults. To give our children a safe place to learn and grow–camp does that.”

Excerpt from American Camp Association

Inspiring the Next Generation

Standing in the pouring rain in Austin Texas during the 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-CX National Championships, watching the junior races I was filled with such pride and joy.   It was a complete mud bath but it didn’t deter any of the Colorado juniors at all.  Many achieved great results but more than that they all finished with a great sense of pride and accomplishment.  It was a very hard race.

It was hard not to notice the community gathered to support these young racers and the camaraderie between the youth.   The young racers were supportive of each other regardless of the team they were on.  They cheered for each other and congratulated each other at the finish. The Tri Velo Series camps cannot take complete credit for their wins but it certainly played a role in the success of the day.  And I was so proud of helping build that community along with the coaches, the junior teams, the parents, and the racers themselves.

Tri Velo Series  is about taking that success and spirit to the next level, providing more opportunities to encourage youths to join the ranks of junior cyclists and to provide resources for those junior cyclists that are ready to take it to the next level.

Tri Velo Series grew out of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC)’s  tremendous junior development program.   Beginning with the leadership of Beth Wrenn Estes and Fran Summerhill, and continuing through the many leadership changes, BRAC has been dedicated to the Jr. Development Camp program, and it subsequently grew and became well known in the local and cycling community.

Tri Velo Series set out to accomplish the following goals before the end of 2017:

  • Offer Road, CycloCross and Mountain Bike Camps
  • Make the Rocky Mountain Jr. Cycling Challenge a nationally recognized Junior Stage Race
  • Serve as a resource to juniors and parents
  • Make cycling accessible to everyone by providing scholarships

It is important to get juniors on bikes – recreationally and competitively.  It is good for the juniors and it is good for the sport.

 

Some of the highlights:

  • A 9 year old came to mountain bike camp with a BMX bike and just regular shorts & tshirts. He is a child of a single hardworking mother of 3 who struggles to make ends meet.  He was surrounded by youth that had mountain bikes and cycling attire but that did not deter him.  With great determination he joined in on all trainings with a smile on his face.   At lunch we presented him with cycling clothes and he just beamed with excitement.  There was a noticeable improvement in his cycling that afternoon.   At the end of camp we presented him with a bike – a real mountain bike!  He was so excited and he has been riding trails every day since he got home!
  • Another young cyclist started with the camps at age 7 and now is frequently seen on the top podium.  He has sensory processing disorder and cycling has helped him focus.  In his words:  I liked riding my bike all weekend with new friends.  I love to ride my bike all the time. Riding my bike helps me be calm and work out my energy when my body needs something to do
  • Many of the campers have become National Champions at Cyclocross, Mountain Biking and Road Racing!  So cool!
  • Hannah J. called from Oklahoma about camp.  No one would let her participate because she wears a backpack with a G-tube – it is like a feeding tube that pumps a dextrose solution directly into her stomach. Other organizations felt it was too dangerous but we said come on!  Hannah is now an active, successful racer because we gave her a chance!

 

As they say:  Win Win!

Bike Skills

For some, especially those new to cycling, their skill levels don’t match their strength. But you can work on it. Bike handling is a key requirement, not just to staying safe on the bike but also to becoming a better rider.   TVS teaches bike handling skills through a variety of games, drills, road rides and practice races.

Basic bicycle handling skills

  • Turning/Steering
  • Descending
  • Moving in/out of the saddle
  • Braking Balancing on your Bike

More advanced bicycle handling skills

  • Clipping in and moving off
  • Clipping out
  • Looking ahead
  • Leading/Following
  • Keeping straight while looking around
  • Pedaling efficiently
  • Choosing an appropriate gear
  • Riding in a closely bunched group
  • Getting the maximum shelter when behind another rider
  • Riding through & off in a working group
  • Braking
  • Cornering
  • Descending
  • Dealing with obstacles/hazards on the road
  • Using one hand on the bars while eating or drinking
  • Collecting handed up food, bottles, clothing etc
  • Putting on or removing clothing on the move
  • Dealing with physical contact from other riders

Some of the favorite drills are Bump & Thump and Garbage Ball.  The games are so much fun they hardly know they are learning a skill!

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