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‘Lose the Training Wheels’ Camp Cruises Back for a Third Year

by Margaret Doyle July 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm 3,241 12 Comments

Kids with disabilities can learn to ride two-wheel bikes on their own at an upcoming camp co-sponsored by the Lose the Training Wheels organization.

This week-long camp for children between the ages of eight and 18 uses trained staff and adapted bicycles that can be modified as riders develop more skills and self-confidence. The success rate is high, as most riders are expected to begin pedaling independently by mid-week.

This is the third year that the Arlington Department of Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Office will be teaming up with the non-profit Lose the Training Wheels organization. The camp will be held at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road), from July 30 to August 3.

There will be five sessions during the day: 8:30 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:35 p.m. The cost for a camper to attend five daily 75 minute long sessions is $265.

A short awards ceremony will wrap up each session on August 3.

Dr. Richard Klein, founder of LTTW and the designer of the adapted bikes that are available at the camp will be present as well as the organization’s executive director, Lisa Ruby. The camp is co-sponsored by the Ballston Holiday Inn hotel, Red Top Cab, Arlington Kiwanis, and John D. McClelland and family.

For more information call Michael Swisher, the camp director, at 703-228-4738, or call the Registration Office at 703-228-4747.

Photo via Arlington County

  • WeiQiang

    Confusing …

    “most riders are expected to begin pedaling independently by mid-week.” and …

    “The cost for a camper to attend one of these 75 minute long sessions for five days during the week is $265.”

    Do you mean one of these sessions (the same one?) each day for five days?

    Seems like a good cause.

    • We’ve clarified the language a bit.

      • WeiQiang

        Rog. Thx.

        • MSS

          You’re just excited the guy’s name is Swisher.

      • NGlebe

        Nice to see things like this getting coverage. Thx.

  • MB


    • JohnB2

      Indeed! It’s great to see stuff like this available to people with disabilities.

  • Hank

    I sent my son to this last year and it was really a great experience for him. He is not special needs, but he just couldn’t learn how to ride a damn bike by himself and he doesn’t listen when I tell him things. Best money I spent all summer to get his ass out of the house.

  • Wilbur

    Cant say that our experience with Parks and Wreck has been very good in this department.

  • ArlingtonNative

    While this is a great program, I just can not fathom how with four sponsors ( Ballston Holiday Inn hotel, Red Top Cab, Arlington Kiwanis, and John D. McClelland and family) – it can still cost $265 per child!?
    It’s great that these organizations and individuals are donating their resources towards this – but somehow the economics just seem to be off?

    • Josh S

      I don’t know, my back of the envelope calculations come almost exactly to $265 per child ($280, actually):

      10 staff @ 40 hours per week @ $15 per hour = $6000
      Insurance, facilities, equipment, overhead, fudge factor = $3000
      Equals= $9000
      Minus $2000 sponsorship = $7000
      Divided by 25 kids = $280.

  • GTWheels

    The future is here.


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