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2024 Youth & Family

The Self Supported Ethos applies to each and every member of our community. What does that mean in terms of Adventure Bike Club? It means that if you sign up your child, we’ll expect that you prepare yourself and your child(ren) by reading our Youth and Family Adventure Team Handbook and our FAQ (below) so you can enter into the program knowing exactly what to expect and what is expected of you. We can’t ask our children to take responsibility for themselves in life if we don’t model that behavior, right?

Important 2024 Dates:
Volunteer Recruitment Begins: January 1, 2024
Background Checks: February 3, 2024
LMS Opens: March 1, 2024
Leading Adventure Summit Registration opens: March 1, 2024
Leading Adventure Summit: April 27 and 28, 2024
Adventure Team Registration: May 4, 2024
Orientation Dates: Refer to Chart

What’s new in 2024 for Adventure Team:

We’re adding an Adventure Team in Dickinson County, MI. This will be our 11th community to launch an Adventure Team! We’re kicking off with 50 youth and 25 volunteer leaders and we cannot wait!

What’s new in 2024 for Adventure Team Marquette County:

In 2024, we’ll be piloting our Adventure Running Club in Marquette County. Adventure Running Club will be for youth who are looking for a different way to experience adventure. Our mission isn’t changing, we’re just looking for more ways to impact the youth of our communities. Adventure is adventure, whether you’re on a bike or off. Let’s get more kids outside!

ADVENTURE BIKE CLUB 2024 TIMELINE

Delta County, MIDickinson County, MIEau Claire County WIGogebic County, MIGrand Rapids, MIGreen Bay, WIIron County, MILaCrosse County, WILansing Area - Burchfield, MILansing Area - Eastgate, MIMarquette County, MIMidland County, MI
Ride Day(s)Thursdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Mondays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Tuesdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Wednesdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Tuesdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Thursdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Thursdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Wednesdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Thursdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Tuesdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Mondays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-8)
&
Thursdays
6PM-8PM
(ages 9-17)
Mondays
6PM-8PM
(ages 5-17)
Start Dates6/136/106/116/126/116/136/206/126/66/46/136/10
No Ride7/4n/an/an/an/an/a7/4n/a7/47/27/4, 7/18n/a
End Date8/158/128/208/148/138/158/228/148/158/138/228/12
Cost$100$100$100$100$100$100$100$100$100$100$150$100
Primary Basecamp Days River PathwayTBDLowes Creek County ParkMiners Memorial Heritage ParkTBDReforestation Camp - Pines ShelterWest Iron County SchoolsUpper Hixon TrailheadBurchfieldEastgateTourist ParkMidland
City Forest
Area LeadsMary Feuerbach
Mickey Trottier
Jackie Halley
Sanj Peterson
Sharyn Moss
Nathan McCorckle
Tom Bergman
Vanea Gauthier
Gabe BerghuisKelsy Kellerman
Matt Berg
BenJamin Garcia
James Koch
Randi Pueschner
Isaac Pischke
Laurie DeYoungTeresa DeLisleTodd Poquette
Tara Gluski
Julie Cunningham
Darren Bartle

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have additional questions?

5:40 PM – Volunteers arrive at Basecamp
5:45 PM – Volunteer Pre-Ride/Pre-Run meeting
5:50 PM – 6:00 PM – Youth and parents/guardians arrive at Basecamp. Parent/Guardian escorts youth to their assigned station and waits until after the Volunteer Meeting to engage in an intentional exchange of custody. Arriving after 6:00 PM could result in your youth missing their opportunity to participate that night.
6:00 PM-7:50 PM – Adventure Bike/Run Club
8:00 PM – Parents/Guardians arrive at their youth’s station for an intentional exchange of custody.

Adventure Bike Club start and end dates are generally selected to line up with when school gets out for the summer and returns for the fall. Registered youth will participate every week on their scheduled night from 6PM-8PM (unless there’s a night their scheduled to be off or an inclement weather cancelation).  Check back for the exact start and stop date for your community. 

Attendance Policy: If you sign up your youth for Adventure Team, we expect that your youth will attend 80% or more of the rides. If your youth is in another sport and/or has several vacations planned, this might not be a good fit. Our program fills up each year and we want those spots to go to children who will attend each week. Reach out to us if you have any questions about our policy.

It could happen but it won’t be intentional. We don’t set groups based on requests or skill. We set groups based on age. Part of the ABC experience is allowing children to step outside their comfort zone and do hard things. Sometimes that means being in a group with other kids they don’t know… and we think that’s a good thing.

In addition to a bike and helmet (or running shoes), youth are required to bring a snack, water, closed-toe shoes, required meds, and their 2024 ABC shirt and 2024 ABC nameplate. If your child shows up without the required gear, they won’t be able to stay. We get asked a lot about the shirts… yes, we mean it. Nameplates and shirts create a sense of unity and community. And, having an identifiable shirt and nameplate acts as a huge safety measure for all participants. We expect all youth and volunteers to adhere to this requirement.

FAMILY HANDBOOK

Flip through or you can also download the pdf below.

GIVING TUESDAY

Empower Youth

We’re heading into our 10th year and we are ready to kick off the next decade of building youth resilience and empowerment. But we can’t grow without your partnership and financial support.