About Ayr Academy:

Here at Highland, we understand how important choosing a summer camp experience is for you and your family. Ayr Academy is a weeklong mountain bike summer camp for youth ages 11 to 17, led by professional riders and Highland’s dedicated coaching staff. No matter your ability level, if you like to ride, we can teach you to do it better–regardless of your ability level.

Details:

  • Located at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, NH — an hour and a half drive north of Boston
  • All-inclusive overnight camp: food, lodging, transportation, lift access, instruction, and lifetime memories
  • Overnight and day camp options available
  • For campers ages eleven through seventeen in the summer of 2020

Highland Mountain Bike Park Facilities:

  • Many premiere lift-accessed trails, ranging from beginner to pro lines
  • Multiple skill-building areas
  • Multiple jump parks
  • 50X50ft Ayr Bag
  • HTC (a 9,100 square-foot indoor facility)

Coaches:

Part of what makes Ayr Academy so special are the guest pro coaches. These are some of the worlds’ best riders, who have experience coaching and a strong interest in camp. They have traveled the world and know what it takes to be the best, and they are here to pass on some of that knowledge. Guest coaches work alongside Highland Camps’ dedicated staff coaches, who also have years of experience riding and coaching on Highland’s terrain.

Accommodations:

Off the mountain, the quality camp experience continues!

The Ayr Academy partners with a local private academy, the Tilton School, to provide accommodations for overnight campers. Tilton’s campus is located a short van trip from Highland Mountain. Campers will live in the Ayr dormitory and have access to top-notch school facilities including the gym, dining hall, basketball court, sports fields, lounges, and more.

Food & Beverage:

The Ayr Academy camp price includes lunch, beverages, and snacks. Plate or bag lunches are served slope-side at Highland Mountain in designated camp dining areas. Breakfast and dinner are included with the overnight option, and are served in the school’s dining facility across from the Ayr Dorm. 

Activities:

When not riding on the mountain or in the HTC, there’s plenty of off-slope entertainment. Can’t sit still? Jump into one of many Ayr camp dodgeball games, knockout or foam pit drop sessions. Overnight campers will be able to kick back in one of the school’s lounges equipped with pool tables, ping pong, foosball, and air hockey.

Make sure you come to camp well rested!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does a typical day look like?

8:00am–8:30am — Breakfast at the school dining hall
8:45am–9:00am — Bus over to Highland Mountain
9:30am–12:00pm —Riding skill of the day instruction
12:00pm–1:00pm — Lunch break at Highland
1:00pm–5:00pm — Ride Mountain*
5:30pm–5:45pm — Bus back to school
6:00pm–7:00pm — Dinner at school dining hall
7:00pm–9:00pm — Evening activity/downtime
10:00pm — Lights out

*Campers who want to ride the HTC (indoor foam pit, resi ramps, video editing) can do so with a coach.

**Schedule subject to change based on weather and participants

Do I have to be an expert rider?

You don’t have to be an expert rider

We welcome all riding levels. Highland Mountain offers trails for a full spectrum of abilities. We’ve hosted first-timers to advanced riders with years of experience. Our coaching staff is trained to evaluate campers and group them into ability levels. Please refer to our skills assessment page when enrolling.

Practice makes perfect

Most of the Highland campers are intermediate riders who just want to improve their skills, learn to catch some air or hit a famous drop at Highland. Each day coaches teach valuable fundamental to their group and work on them throughout the day.

Cell Phone Policy

We would prefer that campers do not bring cell phones with them to camp. If your child does choose to bring their cell phone, it will be checked in with their counselor upon arrival. Phones will be kept secured and locked in their counselor’s room, and may be signed out for use during designated hours in the evening, certain nights a week.

Packing List

All campers should bring the following:

  • Full-suspension bike for downhill riding*
  • Dirt jumper (optional)
  • Full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads* (mandatory)
  • Riding gear: goggles, gloves, jerseys, shorts, appropriate footwear
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray

Overnight campers should also pack:

  • Street clothes
  • Bedding (twin-sized bed)
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries
  • Fan (a box fan will fit comfortably in the dorm windows)
  • Padlock to secure personal items in the dorms or Highland’s lockers (optional)

Any camper with medication must bring their medication with them to the Camp Health Center at check-in. All medications must be in their original container with a clear and legible prescription from a doctor.

Do NOT bring any of the following:

  • Energy drinks
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Drugs, alcohol, or related paraphernalia
  • Tablets, laptops, gaming systems, or other electronics

 

*Bikes and safety equipment are all available to be rented. Find more information here and feel free to contact us with any questions.

What if I have a special diet?

We can accommodate many dietary needs. Meals always have a vegetarian option. On your enrollment forms, there will be space to describe in as much detail as possible any dietary needs. Please contact us with any questions