The Mountain Bike School is hosted at Camp Thompson, the Carlisle Family YMCA’s summer camp facility. With ten group cabins, a dining hall, bath house, a beautiful sprawling campus, and immediate proximity to some classic East Coast mountain biking, this is the perfect venue for us to hone in our technical riding skills.
Summercamp-style lodging is available to all registered camp participants free of charge. Each cabin sleeps 10. There are single size mattresses on these bunks. There is electricity also. There is NO heat in these cabins. There are also no linens. Bring a heavy sleeping bag, pillows, and plenty of extra blankets. My favorite set up is a fitted sheet, sheet, 2 pillows, big fluffy down blanket, and an over blanket just in case. It gets cold at night!
You can choose a specific cabin when you pre-register just by SELECTING WHICH CABIN you will be staying in when prompted. That way your friends can reserve the same cabin with you. We always do some last minute swapping during check in to make sure everyone is as comfortable as possible. If you forget which cabin you are in, log in to your bikereg profile to review it.
If cabins are left in an unacceptable manner, every occupant of that cabin will be charged an additional $15 cleaning fee for the weekend.*****
Tent camping and RV’s are not permitted on campus. Sites are available within 10 minutes at the Pine Grove Furnace State Park Campground.
Off Site Lodging
You can also stay off-site at a hotel in Carlisle, PA or Shippensburg, PA if group cabins are not of interest. There’s no discount given for staying off-site.
Sleep Inn Carlisle
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Carlisle
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Shippensburg
There is a large bathhouse with hot showers in individual stalls, lots of sinks, and plenty of toilets. There are two sex-specific sides to the bath house, respect other users and stay on the appropriate side. There are also two single occupancy bathrooms located in the dining hall.
We strive to offer balanced and high quality meals at the camp. Generally, the main fare will try to provide gluten free and vegetarian options.
Friday Dinner- Baked Pasta and mixed salad
Saturday Breakfast- Waffle Bar and Continental Offerings
Lunch- On trail Sandwiches and Snacks
Saturday Dinne-: Salmon, Cous-cous, and Roasted Vegetables
Sunday Breakfast- Eggs in a Basket and Continental Offerings
Sunday Lunch- Taco Bar and Vegan Chili
Other Facility Information
Campus is a safe location and bikes are typically stored on the porches of your designated cabin. Bring a cable lock if it a main concern to you. A bike wash is available on the side of the dining hall. Bring your own washing products if you have a favorite.
There are 4 fire rings already in the camp, please limit any fires to these areas. Plan ahead and maybe pick up some dry split local wood on the way in. The camp wood supply is sporadic. Please don’t bring in foreign wood, to prevent the spread of invasive species.
You’ll see a couple of our dogs running around, but we ask that you leave your pets at home for the weekend. Believe me, I get it…..my trail buddy goes everywhere with me, but too many pooches becomes a distraction for the group and can cause collisions.
Ya’ll Means All
We try hard to provide a welcoming and safe environment to teach mountain bike skills in. Safe spaces and respect for privacy is very important with so many riders together in a resident program. Creating safe spaces starts with respect for each other, and we do not entertain acts of disrespect, intolerance, or invasion of privacy. Know that we will do our best to help mediate and resolve any concerns.
Camp is located at the northern end of Michaux State Forest
, which is known for its rugged and technical single track. You can expect narrow ribbons of rolling single track, steep ups and downs, endless options of rock gardens, boulder features, and plenty of roots. This is a technical mountain bike mecca.
Trails are chosen to match the groups maneuver needs and time constraints. Coaches will be leading all trail time in a controlled group setting. Camp time is not about getting a trail ride in, but we do encourage you to come back and ride at a later date!
Infield and Controlled Obstacles