iCan Shine Bike Camp

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Twin Cities iCan Shine Bike Camp

Walker Fieldhouse, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Parent Orientation Sunday, August 3rd

August 4 – 8, 2014

About iCan Shine

During 2012, iCan Shine (formerly, Lose The Training Wheels) partnered with local organizations and individuals, we refer to as our program ‘hosts’, to conduct over 90 iCan Bike programs in 32 States and 2 Provinces in Canada serving nearly 2,500 individuals with disabilities. The impact of learning to ride a bicycle, and our high level of success in helping individuals with disabilities accomplish this feat, continues to drive demand for our programs and fuel our growth.

Approximately 80% of the individuals who participate in our iCan Bike programs ride a two-wheel bicycle independently by the end of our five-day programs. The other 20% of these individuals make tremendous progress towards this goal and leave our programs accompanied by parents and/or siblings trained as ‘spotters’ to pick up where we leave off!

Registration Information

Registration for iCan Bike – Twin Cities Bike Camp is based on balancing each camp session with individuals of varying ages and abilities. There is a large array of specialized bikes that are available during camp sessions, and a balance of campers is scheduled for each session to match the various bikes. The camp maximum capacity is 40 campers who meet the participant requirements and apply for camp.

Participant Requirements

An essential prerequisite to attend camp is the individual’s desire to independently ride a two-wheel bike and motivation to participate daily. Please take pause and reflect on your prospective camper’s readiness to ride a two-wheel bike prior to completing and submitting the application. Our goal is to help as many campers as possible to successfully achieve independently riding a two-wheel bike during the weeklong camp.

Indicators of success to consider

  • Is motivated and has the desire to learn to ride a two-wheel bike
  • Maintain contact with bike pedals
  • Maintain contact with handlebar
  • Keep head up and look forward
  • Has adequate strength to maintain riding speed
  • Has adequate stamina to ride 75 minutes daily with short breaks for 5 consecutive days
  • Follow basic instructions in a small group setting
  • Has a personal bike suitable for learning
  • Have the opportunity, immediately following the camp week, to practice bike riding

Participation Criteria (If all criteria are met, then the individual is eligible to participate)

  • Minimum age of 8 years old
  • Minimum inseam of 20” (to the floor)
  • Maximum weight 220 lbs.
  • Has a disability
  • Able to walk without assistive device
  • Able to sit upright independently
  • Able to sidestep to both sides
  • Able to wear a properly fitted bike helmet
  • Able to attend all five camp days

There are five, 75 minutes sessions each day. You will be asked to select the session that works best for your family. The sessions are:

  • 8:30 am – 9:45 am
  • 10:05 am – 11:20 am
  • 11:40 pm – 12:55 pm
  • 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • 3:35 pm – 4:50 pm

Download this registration information by clicking here.

Key Dates:

Application Confirmation and Acceptance:  Upon review immediate email/mail acknowledgement

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until camp is full or August 1(40 campers)

Parent/Guardian Orientation: Sunday, August 3, 2014

Camp:  Monday, August 4, 2014 – Friday, August 8, 2014

Scholarships

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please request consideration when applying for camp.

Registration Checklist

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Mac user and you would like to fill out your form on screen and email it to us, please fill out the application in Adobe Reader. If you do not want to install the Adobe product, please print off your form and mail or fax it in.

To apply for camp, complete and return:

  • Application Form (please save form to your computer and rename with your campers Last Name, First Name)
  • Registration fee payment – $250

Please submit the application document and payment via mail, e-mail (mary@dsamn.org), facsimile (651-603-0726) or in person to:

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN 55114
Attention: Mary Hauff – Twin Cities iCan Bike Camp Director

Individuals are enrolled based on achieving the right mix of age/abilities for each session on a slots available basis. Once the sessions are full, a waitlist by session for eligible applicants will be maintained based on the order the applications are received. If an opening becomes available, you will be contacted immediately.

Refund Policy

Before August 1, refunds are contingent on replacing the camper with a new participant.  All refunds are subject to a $25.00 administration fee.

After August 1, refunds are given for medical emergencies.  Such refunds will be prorated and subject to the $25.00 administration fee.

Camper Necessities

  • Good attitude
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Tennis shoes for bicycling
  • Water bottle
  • Bike Helmet
  • Properly fitted two-wheel bike

Each rider will be fitted with a bike helmet at the start of camp. If your rider already has a bike helmet, please bring it to camp.

Please note all campers need to have the bicycle that they will be riding after camp brought to camp by Wednesday, July 24th (Day #3). We suggest you watch the informative eight-minute iCan Bike video about how a parent or guardian of an individual with a disability should identify and customize an appropriate bicycle to purchase. There is additional bike selection information on the iCan Shine website – Parent section.

Here are the links: http://youtu.be/_82DWdVOvRw and http://icanshine.org/parents/

Preferred Bike Shop

We are pleased to partner with Penn Cycle as our preferred bike shop vendor for the 2013 bike camp. Additional information will be provided with the camper registration acceptance by March 1st.

For questions or additional information, please contact Mary Hauff at 651.603.0720 or mary@dsamn.org

Volunteer

We need spotters to walk/jog/run alongside a rider as they are learning to ride a bike during a 75-minute session (with short breaks) for 5 days Monday through Friday. You will provide encouragement and physical support, as needed.

Please note that we ask you to commit to working all five days during the camp for the session(s) you select. Riders bond with their assigned volunteers and rely on the same person to be there each day. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your session start time for a daily strategy/training session with Shine Staff.

Please submit thevolunteer registration form via mail, e-mail (mary@dsamn.org), facsimile (651-603-0726) or in person to:

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota
656 Transfer Road
St. Paul, MN 55114
Attention: Mary Hauff – Twin Cities iCan Bike Camp Director

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a Mac user and you would like to fill out your form on screen and email it to us, please fill out the application in Adobe Reader. If you do not want to install the Adobe product, please print off your form and mail or fax it in.