Day Camps

CLT MTB CAMP is open to competent riders age *9 -12 years old. All participants are required to be able to ride their bike, use the brakes, shift the gears and have some experience riding trails. Riders should be on a mountain bike with 24" wheels or larger to ensure their ability to enjoy the rough terrain of mountain bike trails and maintain a speed comfortable for the entire group. Each camp session will be limited to 12 riders and will be supported by 3 staff members. Well, okay 2.5 staff members, as one of those is my 10 year old daughter, Matilda. 
*Younger riders (8yrs old) may be considered, based on ability and experience. Face it, we've all seen some 8 year olds who can shred.

We will meet daily from 7:30am - 6:00pm every-other week June 11 - August 24 at a Charlotte-area park with access to mountain bike trails, covered picnic area, bathrooms, and playground. Riders can be dropped off as late as 9:00am and picked up as early as 4:30pm. A complete schedule of our 6 scheduled camp sessions can be seen below. 

CLT MTB CAMP focuses on teaching and reinforcing the proper techniques of riding mountain bikes using  IMBA/BICP (Bike Instructor Certification Program, formerly International Mountain Bike Association) and PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association)teaching fundamentals to create a program that is suitable for young riders. We will also have a lot of fun off-bike enjoying a range of other age-appropriate activities!

$320 per Session  
15% sibling discount available (via promo code issued upon registration of first rider)

 PMBI Level 1 Certified

PMBI Level 1 Certified

 BICP Level 1 Certified

BICP Level 1 Certified

 American Red Cross CPR, AED, & First Aid

American Red Cross CPR, AED, & First Aid

 National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) - Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) - Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Sample Daily Agenda

*Offered as an example, this agenda will be updated with an exact daily schedule covering the whole weekly camp before June 1.

7:30am - 9:00 FREE PLAY / EARLY DROP-OFF

9:00 - 9:30 Meeting/Intros/Buddy System
Name Games
Daily Overview
Warm-Up

9:30 - 10:30 Skills #1 Instruction & Practice
Body Position: Standing
Pedaling While Standing
Neutral & Ready Positions

10:30 - 11:00 Break/Snack - Questions & Review

11:00 - 12:00 Skills #2 Instruction & Practice
Side-to-Side Bike & Body Separation
Turning & Cornering Basics
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH & CHILL

1:00 - 1:30 Review / Questions / Afternoon Overview

1:30 - 3:00 Skills #3  Instruction & Practice on Trail
Combine all 4 previous skills
Session Obstacles and Trail Features

3:00 - 3:30 Break/Snack on Trail - Questions & Review

3:30 - 4:30 Skills #4   Instruction & Practice on Trail
Combine all 4 previous skills
Session Obstacles and Trail Features

4:30 - 6:00 FREE PLAY / PICK UP


Progression

A total of 15 skills and techniques will be instructed each week. Daily instruction will review the previous days to create a strong foundation and build upon that foundation to develop a well-rounded rider with the fundamentals necessary to become an accomplished mountain biker.

Safety

At CLT MTB CAMPS, our top priority is the safety of our young riders. We focus a good bit of time each session making sure that our riders stay safe. This includes encouraging them to not take big risks on the trail, keeping both wheels on the ground as much as possible, staying on the trail at all times while riding, and staying on the lookout for hazards that could cause injury. Additionally, CLT MTB riders will be asked to choose a partner they stick with on the trail, never be alone anywhere at the park, always be close to a CLT MTB staff member, and we will always be in constant contact with each other on the trail using GMRS Walkie-Talkies distributed to each pair at the beginning of each day.

Nutrition/Hydration

All CLT MTB CAMP riders re responsible for bringing their own lunch, snacks, and hydration packs. We will stop regularly throughout the day for small snacks, so pack energy/granola bars, fruit gummies, nuts, and other nutritious snacks that riders can keep in their packs. Lunches will be stored in a gigantic cooler (with ice) that will be provided by CLTMTB, as well as some special sports drinks or juices that we will enjoy during lunch only, other than that we will be drinking water from our hydration packs all day. 

Bike Transport & Storage

CLT MTB can store and transport a camper’s bike throughout the week to alleviate the need for you to bring your rider’s bike back and forth to camp every day of the week. We have a 16’ enclosed, locked box trailer that we bring to every camp day that we will also use to secure our gear, bikes, extra clothing, etc. when it is not in use. Simply bring your rider and bike on Monday, and we’ll take care of the bike until Friday pickup. This service is offered as a courtesy and is NOT required.

Rain or Shine

CLT MTB CAMPS will be held rain or shine and registration fees will not be refunded due to rain. Each park has large parking lot areas where we can work on drills and skills if trails are too wet to ride (and if the parking lot isn't too slippery). Each park venue features covered picnic shelters which will allow us a place to get out of the rain. During rainouts, we will expand the time we cover on: bike maintenance, trailside repairs, off-bike instruction, first aid, calisthenics, and other things related to mountain biking and what mountain bikers do when it rains and you can't ride on the trails. Yes, Matilda wrote most of that.

Additional Skills & Instruction

In addition to the on-bike skills and instruction which will be the main focus of CLT MTB CAMP, we will also cover the following topics each week in the effort to teach our young riders how to be more well-rounded athletes and responsible human beings.

  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Basic Trailside First Aid 
  • Balance (Slackline, balance beam)
  • Physical Fitness (Basic Calisthenics)
  • Trail Stewardship
  • Outdoorsmanship
  • Bike Maintenance
  • Trailside Repairs
 

SUMMER 2018 SESSIONS

 

REGISTRATION FOR SESSION #1 IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHOOSE FROM ONE OF OUR OTHER AVAILABLE SESSIONS.

June 11 - 15 @ Colonel Francis Beatty Park

CLT MTB CAMP Session #1 starts off the Summer at beautiful Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews. Colonel Francis Beatty Park features a 5.75 mile singletrack loop with very little elevation gain. The mildly-technical terrain is perfect for developing young riders' skills. The first few days of the week will focus mainly on riding the outer loop around the park and identifying key areas/features where we will "session" obstacles which will help to reinforce the skills & techniques taught on flatland in the mornings. Later in the week, once all riders are comfortable with their new skills, we will venture to the more advanced terrain while always staying safe and avoiding the most advanced features and technical obstacles. Col. Francis Beatty Park also  features very nice playgrounds where we will take breaks and let our young riders play.

 
 

 
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REGISTRATION FOR SESSION #2 IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHOOSE FROM ONE OF OUR OTHER AVAILABLE SESSIONS.

June 25 - 29 @ North Mecklenburg Park

CLT MTB CAMP Session #2 continues at North Mecklenburg Park. North Meck includes a 3.5mi loop of tight single track. The terrain is not overly technical, but it's fast and fun to ride. There are plenty of obstacles and places where the terrain will challenge young riders, This is where we will "session" different areas, giving young riders the chance to try a new skill or technique over and over again until they get it just right. The first park of the week, we will focus on riding the "front half" of the trail which includes the least-challenging terrain. Then, once all riders are feeling confident with themselves, we will spend the second part of the week venturing out to the remainder of the course and will ride the full loop. North Meck also includes a huge covered picnic area, nice bathrooms, and access to a playground where we will take a break daily so young riders can play and just be kids.

 
 

 

REGISTRATION FOR SESSION #3 IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHOOSE FROM ONE OF OUR OTHER AVAILABLE SESSIONS.

July 9 - 13 @ North Mecklenburg Park 

CLT MTB CAMP Session #3 remains at North Mecklenburg Park. North Meck includes a 3.5mi loop of tight single track. The terrain is not overly technical, but it's fast and fun to ride. There are plenty of obstacles and places where the terrain will challenge young riders, This is where we will "session" different areas, giving young riders the chance to try a new skill or technique over and over again until they get it just right. The first park of the week, we will focus on riding the "front half" of the trail which includes the least-challenging terrain. Then, once all riders are feeling confident with themselves, we will spend the second part of the week venturing out to the remainder of the course and will ride the full loop. North Meck also includes a huge covered picnic area, nice bathrooms, and access to a playground where we will take a break daily so young riders can play and just be kids : )

 
 

 
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REGISTRATION FOR SESSION #4 IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHOOSE FROM ONE OF OUR OTHER AVAILABLE SESSIONS.

July 23 - 27 @ Colonel Francis Beatty Park

CLT MTB CAMP Session #4 brings us back to Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews. 

Colonel Francis Beatty Park features a 5.75 mile singletrack loop with little, if any elevation gain. The mildy technical terrain is perfect for developing young riders' skills. The first few days of the week will focus mainly on riding the outer loop around the park and identifying key areas/features where we will "session" obstacles which will help to reinforce the skills & techniques taught on flatland in the mornings. Later in the week, once all riders are comfortable with their new skills, we will venture to the more advanced terrain while always staying safe and avoiding the most advanced features and technical obstacles. Col. Francis Beatty Park also  features a very nice playground where we will take breaks and let our young riders play.

 
 

 
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REGISTRATION FOR SESSION #5 IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHOOSE FROM ONE OF OUR OTHER AVAILABLE SESSIONS.

August 6 - 10 @ North Mecklenburg Park

CLT MTB CAMP Session #5 brings us back to North Mecklenburg Park. North Meck includes a 3.5mi loop of tight single track. The terrain is not overly technical, but it's fast and fun to ride. There are plenty of obstacles and places where the terrain will challenge young riders, This is where we will "session" different areas, giving young riders the chance to try a new skill or technique over and over again until they get it just right. The first park of the week, we will focus on riding the "front half" of the trail which includes the least-challenging terrain. Then, once all riders are feeling confident with themselves, we will spend the second part of the week venturing out to the remainder of the course and will ride the full loop. North Meck also includes a huge covered picnic area, nice bathrooms, and access to a playground where we will take a break daily so young riders can play and just be kids : )

 
 

 

August 20 - 24 @ Colonel Francis Beatty Park

CLT MTB CAMP Session #6 completes the Summer back at beautiful Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews. Colonel Francis Beatty Park features a 5.75 mile singletrack loop with very little elevation gain. The mildly-technical terrain is perfect for developing young riders' skills. The first few days of the week will focus mainly on riding the outer loop around the park and identifying key areas/features where we will "session" obstacles which will help to reinforce the skills & techniques taught on flatland in the mornings. Later in the week, once all riders are comfortable with their new skills, we will venture to the more advanced terrain while always staying safe and avoiding the most advanced features and technical obstacles. Col. Francis Beatty Park also  features a very nice playground where we will take breaks and let our young riders play.