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.
Saturday, March 25, 2017: NBW hosts our second annual Open House at our shop, 3939 Lancaster Ave. from 2:30pm - 5:00pm. This is a great chance for you to ask questions, meet NBW staff, check out our space, and submit an application. Youth are welcome!
Friday, April 7, 2017: Registration closes.
Thursday, April 13, 2017: NBW will email all guardians 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.
Thursday, June 1, 2017: Summer Camp tuition deadline.
Additionally, there will be two dates of a mandatory parent orientation in mid-June for which all parents/guardians must attend one session. Details will be provided once your child is registered.
2017 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 3 - Friday, July 14
Session 2: Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 28
Session 3: Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 11
Session 4: Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 25
*NOTE: Session 1 will be 9 days total because NBW will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4, 2016.
Session 1: $575
Sessions 2-4: $625
A $50 deposit is required to reserve a spot in camp.
* Session 1 is less than Sessions 2, 3 & 4 because camp will be closed in observance of Independence day (July 4)
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.
Check out this video created by two very talented youth (shout out to Tajae and Asteria) who worked with us during summer 2016.