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.

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 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of a camp up to 30 days prior to camp session start will be refunded less a $100 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Highland Mountain Bike Park. Cancellations made by phone will not be accepted.

Highland Mountain Bike Park reserves the right to cancel a participant’s enrollment for lack of payment, required camp forms or for failure to comply with the standards of conduct. If a participant does not complete the program, for any reason including personal injuries, friends early departure, bicycle failure, weather or distress, his or her tuition will NOT be reimbursed.

Cancellations within 30 days of arrival will not be refunded.

2021 Dates

SESSION 1: July 4th–10th
Coaches: TBA

SESSION 2: July 11th–17th 
Coaches: TBA

SESSION 3: July 18th–24th 
Coaches: TBA

SESSION 4: July 25th– 31st
Coaches: TBA

SESSION 5: August 1st–7th
Coaches: TBA

Get to know our coaches here.

2020 Pricing

All pricing is based on a single, weeklong session.

BASE CAMP PRICE ………………………………………… $1,385*
Monday-Friday. Includes lunch. Does not include overnight lodging, transportation, breakfast, dinner, or rental equipment.
*Enroll for multiple sessions and receive a 10% discount off your  Base Camp Price!

OVERNIGHT ADD-ON ……………………………………. + $585
Sunday-Saturday. Includes lodging, meals, and transportation. Does not include rental equipment.

KIDS BIKE RENTAL ADD-ON …………………………. + $285
Weeklong enduro bike rental for riders under 5′ tall. Includes bike, full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

ADULT BIKE RENTAL ADD-ON ………………………………….. + $510
Weeklong enduro bike rental. Includes bike, full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

UPGRADED DH BIKE RENTAL ADD-ON …………. + $610
Weeklong downhill bike rental. Includes bike, full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads. Please note that the premium rental is only available for riders who are 5’4″ or taller.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT RENTAL ADD-ON ……….. + $60
Weeklong safety equipment rental. Includes full-face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE – MANCHESTER …………… + $50
One-way shuttle from Manchester Logan Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH. (35 minutes away)

AIRPORT SHUTTLE – BOSTON ……………………. + $100
One-way shuttle from Boston Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston, MA. (1.5 hours away)

Overnight campers are dropped off on Sunday afternoon and picked up Saturday morning. A more detailed schedule will be included in the camp welcome letter.

A full-face helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads are required to ride at camp. Full-suspension bikes are recommended but hardtails are acceptable.

Parent Info

Here at Highland, we understand how important choosing a summer camp experience is for you and your family. That’s why we’re here to help make the adventure-seeking a little easier.

Highland Mountain Summer Camps offer multi-day and overnight programs for youth with a focus on mountain biking. There’s no need to be intimidated, we cater to all rider abilities. Whether a first timer on a bike or near pro, we can accommodate.

And the fun doesn’t end on the mountain. When not riding, campers have the freedom to relax in the camp lounges or participate in other activities such as dodgeball, basketball, pool, ping pong, and more.

We strive to select coaches and staff that ascribe to our values and want to spend as much time at camp as the campers. All our camp staff brings youth camp experience to the table along with CPR/first aid and Highland Camps training. On top of that, our coaches are respected professionals in the mountain bike industry; they have a vast knowledge of the sport and what it takes to succeed.

Take a tour of the site and feel free to contact us with any questions at camps@highlandmountain.com

Thanks for stopping by,

Dave Smutok
Highland Camps Director

 

SAFETY ◆ FUN ◆ LEARNING

At Highland Camps safety is our highest priority, both physical and emotional. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that everyone on and off the mountain not only feels secure but that they are protected by our strict protocol.

Medical/First Aid
In the base area, we have a full-service nurses office dedicated to camp and able to address injuries, illnesses, and regular medication administration. Highland Mountain has a Patrol team on duty at all times campers are riding the park. Patrollers are well training in emergency response and rescue throughout the park. Everyone at Highland — staff, public, and campers — are constantly under the watchful eye of Highland Patrol.

Supervision
Highland Camps staff-to-camper ratio ensures a high degree of safety. Campers are always accompanied by coaches or counselors on the hill, in the dorms, on the camp shuttles, and during evening activities.

  • Coach-to-camper ratio is 1:6
  • Counselor-to-camper ratio is 1:10

 

Camp Safety & Rules
From the moment campers arrive, our staff of experienced coaches and camp counselors ensures they are having a safe and fun experience. We do this by maintaining a strict safety protocol along with:

  • Low camper-to-coach ratio
  • 24/7 adult supervision
  • Highly trained Patrol staff
  • Full-service First Aid Base
  • NO drugs or alcohol
  • NO weapons, violence or abusive language
  • NO theft or vandalism
  • NO bullying
  • NO aggressive and dangerous behavior
  • Campers are not allowed to leave camp boundaries

Campers are expected to follow both Tilton School and Highland Mountain Bike Park rules and treat everyone at camp with courtesy and respect. Rules are strictly enforced, and violations will result in parent notifications and potential camper expulsion. If your camper is expelled from camp they will be removed from all activities and a immediate action for pick up must be communicated.

 

Coaching
The Highland coaching staff comes from varied backgrounds – including everything from classically trained musicians to childhood development majors. They are all amazingly talented riders and passionate about sharing their knowledge of the sport with new riders.

Camp begins every Monday with a skills assessment and goal evaluation. Campers are then broken up into groups based upon their skill set and riding goals. A 1:6 coach-to-camper ratio helps maximize safety and ensure a great camp experience.

 

Arrival Information

Campers traveling by car should arrive on Sunday of their camp session at Highland Mountain Bike Park at 4pm for bikes and riding gear check-in. After gear drop off, campers and parents should head to Tilton School with the rest of their luggage for final check-in 4pm – 5pm.  Once at Tilton School, campers will check into their rooms and say their goodbyes.  Camp will start at 5pm with camper orientation and a welcome dinner at 6pm

Departure Information

Camper pickup is at  10:00am at Tilton School on Saturday following their session. Once room checkout is complete parents and campers make their way to Highland for final checkout and bike pickup.  There is no camper signout without a parent or guardian present. Campers are not allowed to sign themselves out early and ride Saturday.  They are able to ride Saturday once checked out by a parent/guardian. 

Campers traveling by air will be dropped off at their airport 1.5–2 hours before their scheduled flight time.

Traveling by Air?

Airline Travel Info
Campers traveling by air can fly into either of these two airports, shuttle fees apply.

Manchester Logan Airport (MHT) in Manchester NH, 35 min away – $50/round trip
Boston Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston MA, 1.5 hours away – $100/round trip

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 — FreeRide 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 Highland Training Center (indoor foam pit, resi ramps, video editing) can do so with a Coach.

**Schedule subject to change based on weather and participants

My son Nathan has attended Highland’s Ayr Academy Camp for two years in a row. It has become one of the highlights of his year, and he starts looking forward to it months in advance. As parents, we have had the utmost in confidence in Highland’s ability to run such a physically active camp. The staff and coaches are always personable, and take a genuine interest in seeing Nathan’s biking level progress while having as much fun as possible in the process. If your kids love biking, making new friends, and having a lot of fun, then we would highly recommend Ayr Academy!     

Tom Ingersoll

My son starts looking forward to the next summer’s camp the moment I pick him up. It is always the highlight of his summer. Not only has he learned some serious riding skills, but he has made some of his closest buddies through camp at Highland. The counselors and coaches do an absolutely fantastic job. This past summer my son had a couple of very specific goals and the coaches went way above and beyond to help him achieve what he was hoping, but also keeping it fun and safe. We LOVE Highland! 

Rosanna Dude

OVERNIGHT

Highland Camps partners with a local private school to provide overnight campers with room and board, including breakfast and dinner meals. Tilton School’s expansive campus is located just a short bus trip from Highland Mountain.

Ay Academy

Campers will live in the Ayr Academy dormitory and have access to top-notch school facilities including the dining hall, gymnasium, basketball courts, sports fields, lounges, and more.

With the combined amenities of Highland Mountain Bike Park and Tilton School, Ayr Academy Overnight boasts a world-class venue both on- and off-mountain.

The Ayr Academy Overnight price includes three meals a day, beverages, and snacks. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the school’s dining facility, while lunch is served slope-side at Highland Mountain in a designated camp area.

Summer Ride

Campers will live in the Summer Ride dormitory and have access to top-notch school facilities including the gym, dining hall, basketball court, lounges, and more.

With the combined amenities of Highland Mountain Bike Park and Tilton School, Summer Ride Overnight boasts a world-class venue both on-and off-mountain.

The Summer Ride Overnight price includes three meals a day, beverages, and snacks. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the school’s dining facility, while lunch is served slope-side at Highland Mountain in a designated camp area.

Take a virtual tour of Tilton School’s campus here.

Parents interested in a tour of the facilities should contact camps@highlandmountain.com

Dorm

Summer Ride Dorm