Castine Center Mandeville 
63350 Pelican Drive
Mandeville, LA 70448

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Hosted by UP21 Foundation and YMCA Children's Unified Benefits and Services 

Be a “spotter” for the same rider for each of the 5 days of camp and experience the thrill of giving the gift of riding a bike!  … it just may be the most rewarding exercise and emotional experience you’ve ever had!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for our bike camp scheduled for June 17-21, 2019 with an orientation Sunday, June 16th at 5pm at the Castine Center. Volunteers must be 15 years of age or older.

Click the below link for access to the iCan Bike website for more information and to view a number of short videos of the iCan Bike camp:   


To give you an overview, we will have approximately 30 riders in the total camp with up to 8 riders for each 75-minute session each day.

Each rider attends the same 75-minute session for each of the 5 days (M – F) and is assigned two volunteers that will work with the rider throughout the week.  This works great because bonds are formed between the volunteers and riders helpful for encouragement and motivational purposes throughout the week.   It is important for our riders to work with the same volunteer each day building a trusting relationship as they go through the intensive week.  

Finally, it is very rewarding for the volunteer to have spent the whole week with the rider to see the fruits of their labor on the last day when the rider finally rides independently. The final day is magical!

Daily Volunteer Session Times (These session times include a 15 minute briefing before the rider begins). You will choose one session or more sessions.

Session #1   8:15 am - 9:45 am  

Session #2   9:50 am - 11:20 am 

Session #3   11:25 am - 12:55 pm

Session #4   1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The riders will be riding a specialized bicycle designed to teach them to balance appropriately for the entire 75 minutes each day while being accompanied by their assigned volunteers.  Additionally, camp staff will provide fun motivational teaching on a specially designed tandem bike that is generally well received by most riders.  

The first two days of the bike camp (Mon & Tues) will take place solely inside on adapted roller bikes.  Beginning on the third day (Wed), some riders may graduate to a two-wheel bike and transition to riding outdoors spotted by their assigned volunteers.  As riders graduate from the roller bikes to a two-wheel bike between Wednesday and Friday, they will transition to the outdoor riding area. 

I hope this provides you with helpful information about the program.  


UP21 Foundation & YMCA Children's Unified Benefits and Support