SkiDUCK is SUPER excited to begin working with Trips for Kids to provide summer mountain bike programs to SkiDUCK kids across the country! Together we'll provide the bikes, materials, moral support and inspiration for local mountain bike outings and environmental education programs for kids who wouldn't normally have these opportunities. The goal is to combine lessons in personal responsibility, achievement and environmental awareness through development of practical skills, all while being active and having fun outdoors! First year program areas include:
Bringing the joys of mountain biking and the outdoors to SkiDUCK kids!Trips for Kids Downeast Maine is a member of Trips for Kids International a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Marin County, California. Founded in 1988 and now operating in over 80 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Israel, Trips for Kids (TFK) International has opened the world of cycling to over 100,000 at-risk youth through guided mountain bike rides and job training/earn-a-bike programs. All TFK chapters, modeled on the foundation of the original TFK Marin program, are managed and operated independently at the local level but share a common goal. Their mission is to use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, fitness and environmental awareness through the development of practical skills and the simple act of having fun.
We would not be able to do the work we do without the generous support of our Trips for Kids National Sponsors and are proud to be working in partnership with these companies. Please join us in saying thank you by patronizing their business whenever possible.
On our outings, we'll provide the volunteers, mountain bikes, helmets, gear, and trails. The kids provide the laughs and smiles! We'll teach bike-handling skills on lively outings that encourage youth to recognize the beauty and value of the wilderness spaces in their area.
A typical ride starts on a weekend morning with volunteers helping kids find just the right size bike, helmets and gear. Group Leaders will provide an introduction to the equipment and trail riding protocol, courtesy and safety. Then it's off to a basic introduction ride, teaching skills-building activities. After the initial ride and light lunch, the day culminates with a longer, slightly more challenging ride through the woods or on single track trails.