Thursday, March 5, 2015

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SolPlay is excited to partner with Phoenix Bikes to provide a unique opportunity for youth mechanics to participate in a week long biking and camping trip.

Through generous donations, we will sponsor two Phoenix Bikes Youth Mechanics!
C&O Canal Bike Camp
A camping adventure on wheels
July 12-17 (6 Days 5 Nights)
SolPlay Campers will bike the length of the C&O Canal providing an excellent opportunity to explore original Canal Era structures, including locks, lock houses and aqueducts, which serve as reminders of the canal's role during the time of America’s young government.  The canal's remains illustrate many stories of American history, including western expansion, transportation, engineering, the Civil War, immigration, industry and commerce.  The canal's towpath provides a nearly level, continuous trail through which we will experience the history and nature of the Potomac River Valley.   

In addition to participating in camp activities, Phoenix Youth Mechanics will have an opportunity to develop leadership and other life skills.  Mechanics will have responsibility for:

  • Performing pre-camp bike check for all SolPlay Campers.  Mechanics will make recommendations for repairs, canal trail suitability,etc.
  • Leading a discussion regarding bike safety on the trail at C&O trail head
  • Making repairs as need during daily rides and assessing camper bikes each evening and repair/adjust as needed.
  • Leading one bike repair clinic each during the camp on a specific topic (eg - changing a tire).

Make donations at and contact Laura Novak at or Meg Rapelye-Goguen at so that we may earmark the funds.