Center for Latino Progress/CPRF – Bikes and More Summer Day Camp
95/97 Park Street Hartford, CT
Ride takes place at the Hartford Riverfront
- Academic Enrichment
- Bicycle Training and Mechanics
- Educational Activities
- Environmental Learning
- Health and Wellness
- Social Programming
Ages Served:6-18 years old
Areas Served:All locations
Program Length:2 week sessions
Hours of Operation:9:00 am–3:00 pm, dropoff 8:30 am-9:00 am, and pickup between 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Monday - Thursday
More about our camp:
“Bike Life & More” is a summer camp for 10 – 14-year-old youth offered Monday through Thursday. The program will be offered under the latest CDC guidelines. There is ample space in our facilities for participants to have social distance, whether outdoors or using our computer labs for some activities. Some of the activities will take place across the street at the basketball court. We expect to serve 48 campers between the ages of 10 – 13. The sessions will be limited to 16 participants. During the day, the 16 participants will be divided into 2 groups of 8 with a team of 2 staff supporting their activities. There will be 3 sessions of 2-weeks per session from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Four days of the week. A half-hour lunch will provide with the Hartford Public Schools meal system. The camp provides two distinctive components Bike Safety course and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) activities from the School-Connect curriculum (https://www.school-connect.net), fostering open discussions and community projects with a focus on team activities and field trips to local landmarks and destinations. Youth also participate in career exploration. The goal is that youth will increase their sense of connection to their peers, family, school, and community, impacting school attendance and success.
Bike Life – 50% of the hours. – learn about bicycling in general, including health aspects, cost-effectiveness, environmental benefits, history of bicycles, and more, as well as participate in a certified bicycle safety class. They will learn STEM-based concepts and skills relating to repairing/refurbishing bicycles, including how to evaluate a bike’s safety, maintain the main systems of a bike, key terms of bike parts and systems, and how to use and identify appropriate tools. Campers will learn how to ride safely in an urban environment and use other modes of transport in conjunction with bike travel and research the cost of owning a bike vs. owning a car (with an introduction to budgeting). Problem-solving strategies and teamwork skills are incorporated throughout all programming, and students will demonstrate evidence of the knowledge and use of these competencies.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) – 50% of hours. Campers will participate in activities that help and encourage them to understand and manage their emotions, set, and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. This will include many team building and community-building exercises and activities to develop a “safe space” and comfortable self-expression (such as security circles). We possess 20 lessons from this curriculum, and our staff has experience implementing them with overall excellent response and participation. Lessons include Creating a Social Contract (day #1), Creating First Impressions, Using Active Listening, Being Aware of Emotions, Managing Emotions, Managing Stress, Forging Your Identity, and other valuable topics/lessons. This SEL segment of the program will include at least one workshop on adolescent mental health and well-being, provided by one of our partners.
Skills taught: Bicycle safety and riding skills, Bicycle mechanics, On-bike skill and technique training, Planning a bicycle ride, Social and emotional learning activities, Bicycle helmet fit and bike helmet art, Going on a group ride at the Hartford riverfront