November-December-January-February
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NYC Brooklyn
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Woohoo! Winter is here!

And so is the winter BHT kids camp! So, we are planning to keep the kids busy during their after school program all the way throughout the winter months as well! That way, we will remain supporting the current community of families with a small group of kids and provide them with as much outdoor fun as we possibly can! We promise it will be super fun!

We all know winter also brings colder temperatures and shorter days, which in turn reduces our choice of outdoor activities in the afternoon. For that reason, we knew we had to come up with something big, that will help us combat the winter days!

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New location: 299 Spot

That brings us to this news. We finally have our own indoor space, located in Gowanus, at 299 3rd avenue, also knowns as, “299 Spot by BHT”. We will all be together at 299 Spot when the weather gets bad. The indoor space is great for those cold and super wet days when spending time outside is a bit more complicated, and also allows kids to improve their sports skills in so many other ways too. So, the 299 Spot indoor space is a great addition to our program, however, we still encourage outdoor activities whenever possible.

Winter camp’s program details

Basically, we will all be together at 299 Spot when the weather starts to get rough, but we want to make the most of the day. On the other side, when the weather looks nice, we will split the group in two, most likely by the level of knowledge of certain sports. One-half of the group will go outside (mountain biking etc.), while the other half will have organized sports activities indoors. The next day we will rotate the group with the other half going outside. So, the kids will always be outside at least a few times per week.

An additional outside activity during this winter camp is also organized ski days. So, we plan to go on ski trips two days/per week and every Saturday morning. Please remember that places are limited, so please remember to book your spot in advance!

Date Availability

You can opt to join our winter outdoor & indoor after school activities program in NYC starting with the last week of November. These outdoor & indoor activities will run all the way through the winter.

Age & Group Size

Winter outdoor & indoor after school activities program in NYC is suitable for preschoolers aged 4 to 6 and kids aged 6+ to 9 years.

For each separate week, we are aiming to combine two separate groups depending on the age. There is a min 3 and max 5 preschoolers per week and a min 3 and max 5 older kids during the same week with a 5/1 of children/caregiver ratio.

* Ski days

We decided to pinpoint the information regarding skiing days, which will allow you to plan your kid’s days more precisely and in advance.

Camp Ski Days in short:

  • 2x a week (Tuesday and Thursday) exact time TBD*

  • Every Saturday morning

  • January through April, depending on conditions

  • Max 5 campers per group/day

While thinking about the location, we decided it would be best for everyone, to have one resort chosen for our ski trips all winter long. We selected Mountain Creek ski resort, which is fairly close to the city, as it takes between 1hr 15 mins to top 2hrs driving. On top of that, the resort also offers a great range of slopes for beginners, intermediates, and advanced skiers/snowboarders to enjoy a perfect ski day. What is more, it also offers one of the best snow parks in the area, which should definitely be super fun as the children progress on the snow!
By choosing one resort, we avoid any unnecessary complications with traveling times and provide more clear information for you as well.

Schedule:

January, February:

  • 3x per week all levels: typically Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning

    • Weekdays: 1 pm*

    • Weekends: 9 am

* Exact hours for ski days will also be communicated once the resort confirms operating times. We will very likely depart from Brooklyn at 1 pm to maximize the afternoon.

Group size:

  • Weekdays: Min 3 kids, max 5 kids per day

  • Weekends: Min 3, max 8 kids per day

Location

Every day, we will meet at 299 Spot and go from there. Either, we will all stay in the indoor space, or we will split the group in half. While one-half of the kids will stay indoors and practice their skills, the other half will be outside either mountain-biking, skiing, snowboarding, or sledding. We will plan the activities according to the bookings. We will discuss the exact pick-up location in NYC after the booking (we can adjust pick up location to individuals).

We will communicate all the exact locations of the individual activities a week in advance. Activity spots will be chosen in adherence to the state recommendations.

Activities 

Right now 299 Spot has:

  • Balance practice requisites

  • Mini Skate park
  • Zipline

  • Slackline

  • Mini gymnastics spot with a trampoline

  • Art corner

  • Many more to come 🙂

In combination with some outdoor activities:

  • Mountain biking
  • Skiing / Snowboarding

  • Sledding

Safety precautions

In light of the current climate that continues to be present in our lives, we will continue to have a group of individual professionals that will make sure the activities are a blast while also adhering to the safety and precautions standards to keep us all healthy.

So, a couple of rules for kids attending camp at 299 Spot:

  • temp check at arrival 
  • indoor shoes (we’ve set up marked bins were they can store them)
  • masks on at all times during camp
  • frequent hand washing encouraged
  • hand sanitizing station for all campers

There are a bathroom and water available, the space is heated and allows us to quickly air it once or twice a day by widely opening the front to maintain good air quality.

 

Weekly outdoor topics

Starting with this camp, we will be introducing a weekly topic, that will help the kids focus on learning about important outdoor environment phenomena and our responsibilities to maintain it available for future generations to enjoy.

In between physical activities, we are going to take a break for some group discussions while sharing interesting ideas and topics. Some popular subjects so far: mountains, weather (snow, ice, wind, fog), ski, mountain bike etiquette, ski, and snowboard equipment, avalanches, big mountains expeditions etc.

Transportation

Daily commutes are organized in air-conditioned private transportation, stocked with endless versions of kids’ favorite songs, will be carrying up to 5 kids per vehicle. We’ve decided that in an effort to try to maximize the limited time we have with the kids in an after school program that we should have one designated pick-up/drop off location. The comfortable ride home is a great time for kids to nap as well.

Price

There is an option to book daily activities or week-long activities outdoor camp.

(Camp from 2 pm to 6 pm)

  • 1 day: $140 per child**
  • 10 days (non-consecutive): $1100 per child
  • 1 week: $570 per child 
  • ski day: $140/per day (including transportation & ski/snb lesson)*

*Additional cost per ski day:

  • ski pass
  • kids ski/snb rental: $10/day

Children that are in camp 4 or 5 days per week with a weekly or 10-day package can attend ski days without any extra payment. This option is exclusive to our long-term campers (30 weeks), who also have priority for ski spots over those who will opt to book individual ski days.

**Sibling Discount: 

  • 2nd Child 15%
  • 3rd Child 20%

NOTE: We suggest buying a multiday ski pass or a season ski pass for those, planning to ski more (also whole families), as this is the most budget-friendly option. Also, this way, there is no reservation needed for a ski pass and we will be able to always access the resort easily despite the covid rules.

You can purchase lift tickets directly at the ski resort website, however, we warmly recommend purchasing a Season pass for the kids that are likely going to be spending more than 10 days on snow this winter. In this case, you can also use it if you want to go there on other days on your own.

If you are not going to ski that much we recommend the campers to have a “triple-pass” which is another price-friendly option that will allow us to have all lift passes sorted in advance.

More info: https://mountaincreek.snowcloud.store/menu/92bc1c3f-a4cf-4e29-80b7-40f80840494f

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Each participant must agree to our terms and conditions in their entirety in order to participate in any Bike Hike Tours Inc. trip, camp, activity, or holiday.

NOTE: We advise families with members from sensitive health groups (including diabetes, asthma, etc.) NOT to join the activities due to precautionary reasons.

For more information feel free to send an email to bostjan@bikehiketours.com or text: +1 (917) 436 5175. I’ll be happy to answer any questions and figure out the best set up for your child.

This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.

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Attendance in outdoor activities in early childhood has been proven to have lasting positive effects on the psychological development of the child. Promoting important life values while playing outside with peers can facilitate a child to learn the basics of good behavior. On top of that, physical activity in nature has been associated with decreased rates of depression, attention disorders, and obesity. In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, our job, as camp organizers, is to carefully think of the necessary measures in order to create a safe interactive space, where children can play with each other while minimizing the likelihood of the spread of the virus. With that in mind, we are constantly following all required local and state health department policies and requirements regarding communication and prevention of the outbreak at a camp. Read the full pediatricians guidance for camp attendance  HERE
Each child that will join our activities program will receive a BHT water bottle and a washable mask by us. Masks are made in child sizes and from soft material. Teachers and guides will encourage kids to wear masks and practice other safety and hygiene practices (keeping distance and washing hands) at all times.
All locations will be carefully chosen based on criteria to keep our children safe and to be able to practice social distancing. All outdoor locations allow us to keep a safe distance from any other people there, we will go to parks and beaches that are less popular and crowded, while indoor spaces will always be separated and reserved for our group only. We will be encouraging and teaching children why it is important to keep a distance from others. All the indoor locations that we work with are required to keep their facilities clean according to the CDC recommendations.

The group will be small, max 10 children. Staff is required to check their temperature daily and stay home if showing any symptoms while we require the same for children.

The activities will take place in any weather conditions. In case of rain, we have a flexible schedule to switch locations and activities for those taking place indoors or in covered facilities where rain is not a problem.
The staff will be making sure that kids wear masks during transportation and wash their hands regularly. Snacks and lunches will be monitored to prevent food sharing while provided snacks will be individually packaged to ensure safety.

Despite the fact that activities do not necessarily require tight physical contact, we cannot guarantee that there will be zero contact. However, staff will be intervening to ensure children are practicing sports activities safely and correctly. If your child or anyone in your close family household is in the high-risk group we do not recommend your child to participate in the camp to avoid any unnecessary risk.

Don’t worry if your child is not a “sporty” type! Our after school program is suitable for all skill levels, as all the activities are taught by certified and experienced safety instructors, who know how to work with a group of active little schoolers. No previous swim/surf/bike/skate/climbing experience is needed.
A proper meal is not included in the price, but snacks and water are. Just pack your child something, as you would sending them to school.
While offering safe, fun, and active daily adventures into the great outdoors, we suggest bringing comfortable and protective sports clothes and a backpack with a snack, disinfectant, hat, and sunscreen.
Yes, we offer flexible schedules and you can sign up for individual days, but with a minimum purchase of 3 days (nonconsecutive). 

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