The iCan Bike Camp has grown in its second year to 40 kids with disabilities learning how to ride a bike with help from other young people.
Last year, the first iCan Bike Camp at Tuscarora High School brought together the nonprofit iCan Shine, Tuscarora’s Husky Buddies club, the Arc of Loudoun, and 35 kids with disabilities learning how to ride on specially designed bikes that provide more stability and a handle for helping hands. This year, 40 kids came to camp—along with volunteers from Serve Camp, who stepped up at the eleventh hour to help fill the ranks of volunteer helpers.
Campers attend 75-minute sessions each day for five days, supported by the same two volunteers through the course of the camp. After starting on special roller bikes with a wide, paint-roller-like wheel on the back, riders hop on a two-seater bike with a volunteer outside. And once they’re ready, they take on a one-seat bike on their own—with a handle attached to the back just in case they need a hand.
The camp’s sponsors this year include The Leesburg Moose Lodge, The National Conference Center, NOVA Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, and Legacy Orthodontics. Some sponsors are also volunteering at the camp Monday and Wednesday.
Nationwide, iCan Shine, the nonprofit that created iCan Bike and the special roller bike, hosts over 100 camps each year in the U.S. and Canada. More than 3,000 people learn to ride a bike each year at the camps.