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ABOUT HIGHLAND CAMPS

What better way to spend those long summer days than ripping and shredding at America’s Bike Park? Take your riding to the next level by learning alongside Highland’s expertly trained coaching staff during one of our multi-day summer camp programs.

Details:

  • Located at Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, NH — about a 90-minute drive north of Boston
  • Day camp and overnight options available
  • All programs include lift access, coaching, food, and a lifetime of memories

Highland Mountain Bike Park Facilities:

  • More than 30 premier lift-accessed trails, ranging from beginner to pro lines
  • Multiple skill-building areas
  • Multiple jump parks
  • HTC (9,100 square foot indoor training facility)

Summer Ride is a three-day camp for youth ages 8 to 13 who are interested in downhill mountain biking. Our Summer Ride sessions are designed to introduce riders to Highland Camps and help them feel prepared for the more rigorous Ayr Academy. Campers of all abilities will learn new skills, develop more confidence, make new friendships, and take their riding to the next level. Riders have the opportunity to focus on specific freeride and downhill skills with an emphasis on safety and rider etiquette.

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. Ayr Academy caters to both experienced teenage riders and young rippers who already have a solid skill base. No matter your ability level, if you like to ride we can teach you to do it better.

ENROLLMENT FOR 2022 IS NOW OPEN!

Early Bird Discount: Enroll during the month of December and save $100 off your camp session.
Pay in full at the time of your enrollment and you’ll receive an additional 5% off your base camp price!

Create a family account and be added to our mailing list here.

 

2022 Session Dates

Session 1 | July 3 – July 9
AYR ACADEMY: SOLD OUT!
Guest Coaches: TBA

Session 2 | July 10 – July 16
SUMMER RIDE: SOLD OUT!
AYR ACADEMY: SOLD OUT!

Guest Coaches: TBA

Session 3 | July 17 – July 23
AYR ACADEMY: SOLD OUT!
Guest Coaches: TBA

Session 4 | July 24 – July 30
Guest Coaches: TBA

Session 5 | July 31 – August 6
AYR ACADEMY: SOLD OUT!
Guest Coaches: TBA

 

HIGHLAND CAMPS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: 

The Highland Camps scholarship program was created to help assist a handful of motivated, passionate young riders for whom summer camp may represent a financial hardship. Highland Camps is pleased to be able to offer the following scholarships for 2022:

  • Ayr Academy Full Ride: Covers one session of Ayr Academy, including optional overnight and rental add-ons. Awarded to one applicant.
  • Summer Ride Full Ride: Covers one session of Summer Ride, including optional overnight and rental add-ons. Awarded to one applicant.
  • $500 Camps Scholarship: Can be applied to any available Summer Ride or Ayr Academy session. Awarded to two applicants.
  • $250 Camps Scholarship: Can be applied to any available Summer Ride or Ayr Academy session. Awarded to two applicants.

The Highland Camps Scholarship Application can be submitted via the “Forms” tab of your parent dashboard. Applications are due on February 6th. Winners will be notified in late February.

You do not need to make a deposit in order to apply for a scholarship, and being actively enrolled with not affect your consideration. Scholarships may be applied toward any available session. (Eligible sessions may become limited as enrollments increase.) Scholarships are non-transferable and have no cash value.

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 just starting to explore the park or near pro, we have the programs to help your child build their skills to the next level.

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 select coaches and staff who uphold 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-trained 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 1:8

 

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 are all amazingly talented riders and passionate about sharing their knowledge of the sport with new riders. Our coaches are more than just great riders: they come from a variety of backgrounds that range from classically trained musicians to childhood development majors. Their skills and passions off the bike add another layer to the overall camp experience at Highland.

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.

Meet our Coaches

 

OVERNIGHT

Off the mountain, the quality camps experience continues! 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.

Campers will live in the Highland Camps dormitories 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, Highland Camps boasts a world-class venue both on- and off-mountain. 

In the dorms, we maintain a 1:8 counselor-to-camper ratio. Our counselors come from a variety of different backgrounds, but all are passionate about riding and especially about summer camp. Counselors lead all activities on campus and provide additional support and supervision at the mountain.

The 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

 

FAQ

What does a typical day look like?

8:00am–8:30am — Breakfast at the school dining hall

[8:30am-9:00am — Day camper drop-off at Highland]

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*

[5:00pm-5:30pm — Day camper pick-up at Highland]

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

*Coaches may also choose to take groups to ride the dirt jumps or HTC (indoor training center)

**Schedule subject to change based on weather and participants

COVID Policy

At this time, we are working under the assumption that we will be operating under similar requirements and guidelines to summer 2021. As a licensed NH camp, we are required to follow State of NH Dept of Health and Human Services guidelines. These will continue to evolve over the winter and early spring, and we will be sure to keep you updated. 

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 permanent

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

What is the Protection Plan?

Purchasing the Highland Camps Protection Plan will allow you to receive a prorated refund or credit for any camp days missed due to injury or illness.

  • In the event of a cancellation due to injury or illness prior to your arrival at camp, a full refund of your base camp price will be issued. (Highland Camps may request a doctor’s note before issuing a refund.)

  • In the event of injury or illness during camp, you may be issued a prorated refund or credit for any riding days missed after you depart camp. (Campers who do not ride but remain at camp will not be refunded or credited for full or partial days spent at camp where staff supervision or meal services are utilized.)

This protection plan must be purchased at the time of enrollment. It costs $50 to protect a Summer Ride session and $100 to protect an Ayr Academy session.

This protection plan only applies to your base camp price paid, and does not cover any add-ons (such as overnight or rentals). Highland Camps does not provide a protection plan for add-on items. If you would like coverage for add-ons, we recommend purchasing travel insurance independently.

If you opt out of purchasing the Highland Camps Protection Plan, our standard Cancellation Policy will apply to your camp session and you will not be eligible for a refund or credit in the event of injury or illness.

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. Camper cell phones will only be returned during their camp session  in the event of an emergency. Dorm staff, camp nurses, and camp coordinators will be accessible via mobile phone for any parent questions or concerns during camp. 

Any camper found to be using a cell phone will be considered in violation of their Standards Conduct Agreement and are subject to loss of riding privileges and/or being sent home.

Is this policy the same for day campers?
Yes. Day campers’ phones will be checked in with staff in the morning at drop-off and returned in the afternoon at pickup. Phones will be kept secured in the Camps office.

What if I need to get in touch with my child?
Parents can always call the main Camps phone at (603) 731-1499 if they need to convey information to their child. We can also be reached at camps@highlandmountain.com
In the event of an emergency after hours, you may reach the Head Counselor via the dorm phone. The camps nurse will also be available to parents via the nurse’s phone. These numbers will be provided to all parents prior to camper arrival.

What if my child needs to get in touch with me?
In the event of an emergency, Camps staff will always contact your camper’s parent(s) first. If parents are unavailable, we will then reach out to the emergency contacts you provided upon enrollment.
If your camper is experiencing homesickness to a degree that warrants a call home, staff will help them discreetly use the camps phone to get in touch with you.

 

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.

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.

Traveling by Air?

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

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

Departure Information

Summer Ride camper pickup is at 5:15 at Highland on Wednesday evening. Campers will pack up their dorm room in the morning and bring their belongings with them to the mountain for a one-stop pickup.

Ayr Academy 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.

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