2014, a make or break year

January 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We had a rough year in 2013, many factors conspired to make it so. Three rides were conducted for 23 kids. We are dedicated to improving our performance in 2014, and we are looking for new clients. Over the winter with the help of TFK National, Quality Bicycle Products and the Pedal Pusher, we will be upgrading our bike inventory.

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Second year results

April 17, 2013 at 7:42 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We completed our second program year on August 8 with Danzante. We served the Boys and Girls Club, Harrisburg Recreation and SciTech High School,  taking sixteen trips with a total of 94 kids. We rode with the SciTech High School students in the spring before the school year ended.

We are planning to serve the same organizations this summer, and hoping to operate more like clubs with the same kids from the Boys and Girls Club and Harrisburg Recreation.

Summer Program Concluded

September 11, 2011 at 2:16 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We completed our first summer program on August 11. We served multiple organizations taking twelve trips with a total of 97 kids. In addition, we learned a great deal with each trip about how to make our trips more successful.

Our focus is now on starting an after school program for the Harrisburg School District. The program is to serve the high school kids.

Week #6 is a roaring success

July 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For the first time, a TFK group completes the entire trail around Harrisburg!

Tuesday brings eight kids from the City Recreation Program, and four make it the whole way around, 18.5 miles. Then on Wednesday, six kids from Danzante repeat the feat.

Thursday brings ten boys from the Boys and Girls Club, three miles out and three miles back. This truly was a great week.

Weeks #4 and #5

July 24, 2011 at 12:56 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

All dressed up and no place to go… there were no rides in week #4. This was the result of misunderstanding and scheduling conflicts among the participant programs.

We had a good ride with 10 kids on Tuesday, July 19, although it was extremely hot. Mother Nature then turned up the heat. Faced with record temperatures and heat indexes of 110, we reluctantly cancelled the ride on Thursday, July 21.

Let’s hope next week brings more moderate temperatures.

Weeks #2 and #3 present some challenges

July 11, 2011 at 10:06 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Tuesday, June 28, we made it halfway around before heat, hunger, and exhaustion ended the trip. Counter clockwise from Reservoir Park, we made it to Front and Maclay Streets. The next two trips were ended before we made it out of the park for different reasons. Then on Thursday, July 7, we rode clockwise from the park all the way to Cameron St before turning around to return to the park. This trip was not trouble-free. Two kids had to be picked up before we started because they were not confident in their ability. Two more were picked up for flat tires, and the trip ended in Penbrook Park where we took shelter from a nasty thunderstorm.

Changes are being made to address the challenges presented these past two weeks. These changes and perseverance in the face of adversity will ensure a better experience for all involved.

Week #1 of summer program completed

June 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

On Tuesday we completed the first ride for the Harrisburg City Recreation Program. The ride included 12 kids, and two staff members, graduates of Sci-Tech High School. Despite a valiant effort, the ride ended before the completion of 20 miles. We ran out of time, but plan to make adjustments to the schedule and try again next Tuesday.

On Thursday, the weatherman said it was going to storm, so we postponed the first ride for the Boys and Girls Club. It did not storm… so we tried to makeup on Friday. After a brief rain delay, we completed the ride on Friday. Ten kids participated in the ride from Reservoir Park to the Rutherford House in Paxtang.

We are off to a great start!

Summer Ride Schedule

June 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harrisburg’s Recreation Program scheduled rides every Tuesday at 10:30 AM beginning June 21 for seven consecutive weeks.

Boys and Girls Club rides scheduled rides every Thursday at 1:00 PM beginning June 23 for nine consecutive weeks.

Danzante scheduled rides on Wednesdays, July 27 and August 10 at noon

First ride completed

May 25, 2011 at 9:20 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The first ride in the history of Trips For Kids of Harrisburg was completed this afternoon. The trip was arranged by Harrisburg Inner City Outings, and served eight kids from SciTech High. Everyone had a great time.

Kelly O’Neill from ICO said, “Gary La Belle and I went with eight SciTech students and Scott on the Greenbelt, and the trip worked very, very well. Scott made sure that each kid had a bike and helmet that were adjusted to fit, and provided information about what we were seeing along the trail.”

Press Release

May 19, 2011 at 3:46 PM | Posted in Announcements | Leave a comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Scott Shepler
Trips for Kids
717-236-0261
scott.shepler@verizon.net
tfkofharrisburg.org

–Harrisburg, PA — May 19, 2011 —  The Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania and Trips for Kids (TFK) are proud to announce the formation of Trips for Kids of Harrisburg. TFK is a non-profit providing mountain bike outings and environmental education for kids who would not otherwise be exposed to such activities.

Trips For Kids of Harrisburg will provide bike trips to Harrisburg area youth ages 10 to 18 in conjunction with other local non-profit and government organizations that serve our children. “The objective is to build body, mind and spirit, increase respect for self and the outdoors, and by all means to have fun” said Scott Shepler, Director and founder.

Trips will occur primarily on the Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20 mile walking and biking trail around and in the City of Harrisburg. Trips will last approximately four hours and begin in Reservoir Park.  Participants will begin each trip with a bike and helmet fitting and a safety overview that includes safe riding tips and rules of the road.

Trips For Kids of Harrisburg is sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club with the support of Yvonne Hollins, Executive Director, and James Jones, Program Director. Other local supporters include Recycle Bicycle of Harrisburg, the Capital Area Greenbelt Association, PA Walks and Bikes, Jaguar Harrisburg,  American Steel and Aluminum, Eshenaur’s Fuels, Joe Gravino Body & Paint Shop, Holmes Cycling and Fitness, and the Harrisburg Bicycle Club.

Five bicycles for TFK have been donated by Trek and helmets have been donated by the national Trips for Kids organization.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the chapter would be greatly appreciated.

For more information visit tfkofharrisburg.org, or to schedule a trip, please contact Scott Shepler at 717-236-0261 or scott.shepler@verizon.net

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