Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training

6-month leadership development program

Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 PM, February 21 – August

  • 9th-10th Graders
  • Monday (initially) and Wednesday  3:30 – 5:30 PM
  • Program Fee: $1,500 – SUBSTANTIAL scholarships are available (APPLY HERE!)

Program Description:  

The BOLT (Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training) Program is a 6-month program for young adults in 8th-10th grade who want to develop in the areas of bicycle maintenance, outdoor skills, and community service. Through a series of workshops, classes, overnight campouts, field trips and outdoor adventures, students will gain valuable skills in bike maintenance, outdoor living, and leadership. Students will be provided with all of the equipment, tools, transportation, and knowledge necessary for the adventures and challenges that will be presented. The program culminates with a week-long bike-packing trip that will be planned and executed by the students. The program fee for the BOLT Program is $1,500, however, substantial scholarships are available.

The program will meet twice a week, Mondays (for the first two months) and Wednesdays, after school from 3:30 – 5:30pm. After the second month, students will replace their Monday session with 2 hours of assisting in one of the Gear Hub’s other programs or areas (i.e. Youth Apprenticeship, Youth Wrench, Women and Trans Wrench Night, Gear Hub shop/retail, volunteer nights, etc.). There will be three weekend overnight campouts during the course of the program (March, May, July) and a week-long bike-packing trip in August.  By the end of the program, the leaders will ride away with a deep understanding of bike mechanics, maintenance, and traffic safety; mountain bike riding skills; an introduction to bicycle industry opportunities and will be certified as Junior Maine Guides.


 – Applications Due Feb 7 –


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