We have one hour programs specifically designed to motivate and engage children aged 3-4. Please check out our Trikes ‘N’ Trainers classes for those using a bike with pedals and training wheels, or tricycle. For kids on balance bikes (a two wheeler without pedals), check out our Balance Bikers class.
Children turning 4 within the calendar year can register in Half Day, All Day and Combo Camp Programs with the exception of Ontario*.
* Exception to the above - Due to the NEW Ontario camp legislation this year. Kids registering for any of our Half day, All day or Combo camp options in Ontario, they are required to be 4 by the first day camp starts. If they are 3 and turning 4 in the calendar year, kids can participate in camp as long as they are accompanied by a caregiver during the duration of the program. For questions regarding this new policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1-888-886-6464.
It is very important for you to register your child in the level most suitable to their current skill set. If you are unsure of what to register for, please call our office at 1-888-886-6464 for assistance. If your child changes levels before the course, also be sure to give us a call so we can navigate through the options for you.
When a child arrives on site in the wrong level, our staff will do our best to accommodate him or her. To ensure the best experience for all campers, Pedalheads has specific class ratios for each level. Due to this, we may not be able to change your child into the level up or down if the class is full. However, with small instructor to child ratios, we will do our best to provide additional support or challenge your child within their registered class. If you have any concerns about this, be sure to chat with the on site manager during your camp, or call our office at 1-888-886-6464.
Since every child who enrolls in our camp is unique, we cannot guarantee that they will be able to ride in just one week. Factors that tend to affect the speed at which they master cycling include their age, exposure to biking, fears or having a cautious personality. Typically, if a child is brand new to cycling and doesn’t know how to pedal, we suggest enrolling for two weeks of Level 1 Newbees.
For more help with deciding on how many weeks to book, please call our friendly customer service team at 1-888-886-6464.
We have all the tools on site to remove your child’s training wheels. It is also beneficial for the instructors to see that the kids can pedal, steer and brake comfortably and effectively with the training wheels on before we take them off.
We run rain or shine! If it’s looking like it will be a wet day, please send your child with:
Extra set of clothes in a plastic bag
There is no indoor riding space, so all children will be riding outside. In the event of a particularly bad storm, we may opt to set up bike safety activities, practice off bike skills, or other fun games under cover as a break from the weather.
We run rain or shine! That being said, we take several steps to ensure the safety of our kids at camp on hot days:
Regular water breaks (10-20 min intervals)
Regular shade breaks for snack time and for off bike skill practice, like safety training
In the event of a heat advisory, we may move inside to do bike safety activities, bike related crafts or group games designed to continue improving the biking safety knowledge and awareness of the children.
Biking specifications vary depending on the stage of learning your child is at.
For all bikes, they should be structurally sound, with no broken parts or wires that may impair the safety of your child. Check the brakes and the steering of your child’s bike before coming to camp. Older kids who know how to ride may want to explore a bike with gears, which is necessary if they wish to participate in Level 5 Gearheads and up, or our Pedalheads Mountain Biking Intermediate levels.
Special tips for shopping for beginners (Level 1 Newbees & Level 2 Advanced Newbees):
Do not buy a bike they will “grow into”
While sitting on the seat, feet should be flat on the ground
Foot breaks are easier than hand breaks for smaller children to use
Absolutely! Your child’s safety is our number one priority. If your child arrives at camp without a bicycle helmet (please no hockey, football, or other sport styles), or with a poorly fitting one, we won’t be able to have them ride in our care. We do mandatory helmet checks on the Mondays to ensure each child is riding with a safe helmet.
Pedalheads endeavors to include everyone in our programs. Our classes have small ratios of students to instructors and we offer private lessons for those who want one-on-one attention. However, while our instructors are well trained in skill development, safety, class management, and overall program delivery, they are not specifically trained to handle children with special needs.
To ensure the best Pedalheads experience, some children require extra assistance to participate. If this sounds like your child, you will need to send an aide or other trained adult to accompany them at camp. We respect your ability to assess your child’s requirements and ask that you give us as much information as possible at the time of registration to better help us help your child learn and thrive.
We put together some questions to guide you in determining whether your child requires an aide at camp. If you answer yes to one or more of the following questions, your child likely needs additional assistance.
Does your child require an aide or special assistance at school?
Does your child require assistance using the bathroom?
Is your child triggered by boisterous activity or large groups?
Does your child need assistance to calm themselves if they are stressed or upset?
Does your child tend to run away or isolate themselves if they are stressed or upset?
If your child attends camp without an aide, and our site team determines that your child requires special attention, we will request that a parent or caregiver participate in class with them to ensure a safe and positive experience for all children.
Please do not hesitate to contact us so that together we can decide the best solution for you and your child. We completely understand that behavioural and developmental growth is dynamic and evolving with every child, and we would love to be active participants in your child’s learning.
Knowing is half the battle, so if it’s a concern for you, it’s essential for us to hear about it. Please be sure to indicate any and all medical concerns during the registration process, or add them on by calling our office to make a note on your child’s file.
Due to the increasing prevalence of nut allergies, we are a nut aware camp and request all snacks/lunches do not contain nuts. We apologize for any inconvenience to those who like nutty treats!
All classes will stay on site for the Monday to go over camp rules and safety procedures, as well as ensure children are in the best classes possible for the week. Although each level has a different lesson plan, you can expect to see the following on the first day:
Pedalheads does not have bike storage and recommends bringing your bike to and from each day. If you decide to lock up your child’s bike on or near our site, we cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property.