Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training

5-month leadership development program

  • 9th-10th Graders

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Program Description:  

The BOLT (Bicycle Outdoor Leadership Training) Program is a 5-month program for young adults in 9th-10th grade who want to develop in the areas of bicycle maintenance, outdoor skills, and community service. Through a series of workshops, classes, overnight camp-outs, 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 fee for the BOLT Program is $1,500, however, substantial and full 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 camp-outs 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 in CPR and other wilderness first aid skills.


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Quimby Family Foundation

The Portland Gear Hub received a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to support this program.  Without these start-up funds, this program would not have been launched.  Thanks, Quimby Family Foundation!

The Quimby Family Foundation, founded in 2004, is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation that reflects the deep philanthropic interests of its founding family.  The mission of the Quimby Family Foundation is to grow human wholeness by fostering stronger relationships between people and nature.  As written on their website, “We envision thriving Maine communities empowered by reciprocal relationships with nature. We see people connecting with, eating from, and ultimately caring for Maine’s farms, woods, and waters.”  

Surly Bikes

Surly Bikes, an industry leader in the manufacturing of beautiful steel bikes has graciously supported us by providing reduced-priced bikes for the students of BOLT to use during the program.  Thanks to their generosity, the students will get to ride high-quality steel bikes that will continue to propel the program for years and years.  This improves the quality of the riding they will do and contributes greatly to their learning and understanding of bike mechanics.  Thanks, Surly!