Youth Mountain Bike + Adventure
Children ages 8-14 will learn the FUN-damentals and safety of off-road cycling including: starting, stopping, shifting, turning, pedaling, bike maintenance, trail safety, LNT principles and much more. We have the unique opportunity to ride some of the leading trail networks St. Louis has to offer while making some great new friends along the way!
+ Adventure Camp
After mountain bike camp we continue our day to explore the great outdoors. Campers will join in outdoor group games, scenic nature hikes, trail etiquette, orienteering, arts & crafts, challenging scavenger hunts and team-building activities. All this culminates with a fun cooperative adventure race that combines our bike skills with an orienteering challenge.
Our youth camps are intended for children ages 8-14. Participants must be able to ride a bike. "Riding a bike" includes but is not limited to comfortably starting, stopping, turning, and riding 3+ miles on pavement. We encourage children and parents to ride as much as possible before attending camp; from our experience, this sets a good base and helps ensure the best camp experience.
Private lessons: Available for riders of all ages and skill levels. We recommend them for children who do not meet the above requirements and need instruction on the basics of trail riding. This is a great way to prepare your child for future camps and get ready for trail riding.
Where we meet
Our Summer Camps Take Place at Castlewood State Park.
You will receive an email a week before your week attending camp with specifics for drop off location, time, and other details about camp.
What to bring
- Mountain bike which must be tuned up and ready to ride (front suspension and gears recommended; for safety reasons bicycles with coaster brakes will not be accepted).*Rental mountain bikes are available from us for a small daily maintenance fee.
- Water bottle (that can be carried on the bike) or Hydration Backpack
- A nutritious lunch and substantial snack for the day
Suggested items to bring:
*We also suggest every camper has eaten before coming to camp as we all know a hungry camper is not a happy camper.
Rain/ Heat Policy
We are an outdoor camp, so in the event of weather that prevents us from riding the trails, we may have to cancel. In the event of a cancellation due to heat or rain, you will be credited toward another week at camp if one is available.
If your child does not have a mountain bike or their current bike is not a proper fit, do not be discouraged. We offer sweet TREK Mountain bikes for rent in kids size 24” and adult small.
Your rental bike will be set up to fit your child properly by our trained staff on the first day of camp.
Five-day rental - $65
*Please visit our registration page to reserve your rental.
2019 Mountain Bike Camp Sessions
Below is the list of dates for Castlewood Stl Mtb Camps, Summer 2019.
5-day camp = Option 1: MTB + Adventure Camp 9 am - 3:30 PM (Bike skills and challenges in the morning, adventures and outdoor skills in the afternoon)
Option 2: MTB Only 9 am - 12pm
To ensure the best experience for our attendees, sessions will be limited to 25 campers per week. Camp weeks do fill up. Please plan accordingly :)
We have a 1:7 instructor/camper ratio for the Mountain Bike Camp and a 1:7 ratio for Adventure Camp.