Summer Camp registration is CLOSED.
About Our Camp
Neighborhood Bike Works (NBW) has offered a Summer Cycling Day Camp since 2002. Our popular camp offers youth ages 8-14 the opportunity to recondition and earn a bike, helmet, and lock in just two weeks! Campers complete the Earn-A-Bike curriculum, participate in fun outdoor activities, go on educational field trips, and learn about safe cycling, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. Campers will explore treasured Philadelphia landmarks as well as the art, science, and history surrounding them! Click here to view a sample schedule from last year.
We travel to and from all field trip by bike. Campers must know how to ride a bike, and be able to ride for 20 minutes without a break. NBW will provide your child with a helmet and bike to ride until they have finished refurbishing their own bike. After completing Summer Camp, your child may participate in the additional programs available to all NBW graduates.
Friday, March 16: NBW will release the 2018 camp application online. Paper applications are availabe in our shop and office - 3939 Lancaster Ave.
The paper application consists of a:
- required "NBW Youth Application"
- required camp-specific application
- optional financial scholarship component
- required $50 deposit
Saturday, March 24: Join us for Summer Camp Open House at our shop, 3939 Lancaster Ave, from 2:30- 5:00 PM. Meet our staff, see our rad shop, fill out and turn in applications, make deposits and ask any questions you might have! This is an optional information session.
Saturday, April 7: Camp Registration Closes at 2:00 PM in person, and 11:59 PM online.
Monday April 16: NBW will begin notifying all families who have submitted an application on behalf of their child(ren). We'll let you know whether your child(ren) are enrolled in a camp session or have been placed on our waitlist by Friday April 20.
Saturday, June 2, 2018: Summer Camp tuition deadline.
Additionally, there will be one mandatory parent orientation in mid-June. After registration, two dates are offered, and a Parent/Guardian must choose which to attend.
2018 Camp Session Dates
Your child may join one of the four camp sessions offered. Each session is limited to 12 campers. Camp is Monday-Friday for two consecutive weeks, with a full day schedule of 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Campers can enroll in only one session.
Session 1: Monday July 9 - Friday, July 20 - a mix of rides and mechanics
Session 2: Monday, July 23 - Friday, August 3 - more mechanics themes, with some rides
Session 3: Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 17 - more rides focused, with some mechanics
$625, including the $50 deposit, which is returned if your child(ren) are not enrolled. Families applying for a scholarship spot will not pay the full $625.
The fee includes trip admission fees, a reconditioned bicycle, helmet, lock, t-shirt, breakfast and lunch. Although our after-school classes are always free of cost, Summer Camp carries a fee because of additional staffing and field trip costs.
In an effort to stay true to our mission we offer full and partial discounts to families who would otherwise not be able to attend camp. We reserve a certain number of spots in our camp for families who express a need for full or partial scholarship. This allows families to pay between $50 - $625 based on their degree of need. We depend on the discretion of the applicant to decide the degree of their need before they apply. Please remember that those who can pay - even a portion - will help make it possible for those who cannot. Whether or not you are receiving a scholarship, we ask that every applicant submit a deposit. The deposit will be returned to any family that is not enrolled in a camp session.
Neighborhood Bike Works is committed to providing youth bicycle education to all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, income, sexual orientation or identity.
How to Sign Up
We recognize that our past “first come, first serve” policy has made it difficult for all families to have the same access to camp, therefore, no enrollment priority will be given for early application submission.
Our Online Summer Camp application is available HERE.
Check out this video created by two very talented youth (shout out to Tajae and Asteria) who worked with us during summer 2016.