Important Life Skills Learned at Genesis: Pathways to Success Kids Bike Build Camp


Students built their own bikes and learned about bike maintenance, safety and rules of the road.

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(Milan, Ind.) – Genesis: Pathways to Success, an initiative of the Ripley County Community Foundation, launched its first summer camp, Kids Building Bikes Camp, this week. This camp is the first to launch Genesis’ newest initiative, A Summer of STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics), which is designed to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to to develop and improve their soft skills.

Led by Nine13sports, the Kids Building Bikes Camp took place over four days (June 14-June 17) and offered students a hands-on learning opportunity to gain more experience with bikes. Students worked in a mobile bike lab where they assembled their own bikes and learned about bike maintenance, rider safety skills and rules of the road.

“The camp was a great success thanks to all the help and advice from Nine13sports. It was so rewarding to watch each student’s skills grow and expand over the days,” said Clarice Patterson, Director of Genesis: Pathways to Success. Patterson further noted, “These eight students learned important life skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and self-awareness, through which they will be able to apply these skills in real-world scenarios. .”

With newly cultivated skills and bikes assembled, the students concluded the camp with a scenic bike ride through Milan. A stop was made on the bike path at the Milan ’54 museum to give students a brief history lesson on the local Milan high school basketball team that unexpectedly won the state championship in 1954. A second stop was made for a festive ice cream treat. from the local Dairy Queen.

Matty Bennett, Director of Kids Building Bikes at Nine13sports, said: “Our mission is not just about building bikes. It is about teaching teamwork, building self-esteem and employability skills. Bennett added, “Children these days don’t always have the same life skills. They know how to touch and sweep, but we want to teach them how to push and turn.

To learn more about this summer camp or if you have any questions, please contact Clarice Patterson by emailing, calling 812-933-1098, or stopping by the office at 13 E. George Street, Suite B, Batesville, IN, 47006.


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