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Kids Summer Mountain Biking Camps

Updated: May 26, 2019 08:31 PM

The kids might be getting out of school soon for the summer, but that doesn't mean they can't learn something new. That's where mountain biking comes in.

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"Even though we are connecting with nature and we are learning how to mountain bike, we are also learning about our surroundings and how we care for each other as a community," Bobbie Larson told WDIO News. Larson is the Summer Program Director for Marshall Schools. She also works with Ski Hut, COGGS, DXE and Spirit Mountain to give kids the opportunity to participate in summer camps.

These organizations have come together in creating these camps for kids to get outside to enjoy the beautiful Northland Summers.

"It's different than when we were kids," Larson said. "For us to create opportunities that are getting kids outside like all day, away from the phones, away from the computers, away from their Ipads so that we can connect with nature, but also connect with each other."

Larson says that included within the many summer camps and programs offered is the Share The Shred opportunity. "The kids range from ages 2 to 16 for Share The Shred, but the coolest part is that it is free to anybody and we will provide bikes to anybody that needs them so it is not limited if you don't have a bike for that program."

And if you miss out on the Share The Shred, there is another opportunity coming up in June. "The mountain biking program at Marshall School is two different weeks. One in June and one at the end of June," Larson said. "We have several other programs that we do at Marshall, but the mountain biking program is just two weeks long."

No matter where the children are found biking across the many trails Duluth has to offer, Larson says there is an acronym called "HEROES" they are all implementing.

"HEROES stands for heart, equity, respect, outstanding, encouragement, and safety. That is just a philosophy that in our camp what we try to do is to teach some social responsibility. We can utilize that acronym to teach kids to be kind, to be encouraging, to remember everyone has different experiences."

Larson says parents don't have to look far to get their kids signed up for these adventurous summer camps. "Ski Hut is a great location to come down to, we have flyers for the camps, we have flyers for share the shred, i'm there several nights a week, so there is a lot of knowledgeable people there as well, so if you don't know where to go, you can stop into the store."

You can find more information on how to register at COGGS.com, and Marshall School's website, as well as the Ski Hut and COGGS Facebook pages.

Join WDIO News at Ten every Thursday to get the latest tips and tricks you need to enjoy the trails in the Duluth area as well as updated trail conditions.

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