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BLOG: Bear Camp 2009

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on August 17, 2009 at 2:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:10 AM

Bear Camp Freedom Riders

Last week, an incredible thing happened in the foothills of Boise. Bear Camp 2009! Bear Camp gives refugee kids in our area (ages 10-18) the chance to hit the trails and learn to mountain bike in the great outdoors. 35 kids took part in the week long camp - learning all about teamwork and building self confidence.

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30 volunteers donated their time to help out - people like teachers, firemen, even college students. They spent the week giving the kids much needed biking skills... skills they can use on our trails and on our streets. Organizers say it was hard to tell who was having more fun at camp, the volunteers or the kids!

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The camp is completely run on donations, and the best part is the kids got to keep the bikes they used at camp! They also were given a basic bike tune up, a helmet, water bottle, and a t-shirt to remind them of the incredible week long experience.

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The camp is sponsored by Sustainable Community Connections of Idaho (SCCI) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). If you want to help out by volunteering or donating to next year's camp, please call 208-424-6665 for more information. As you can imagine, this camp is always in need of donations and BIKES!

PS: You can also check out the BearCamp Freedom Riders on Facebook! More pictures can be found there, and you can also read amazing stories of the camp experience...

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