RXCSF Summer Programs 2016
Overview: The Youth Summer Program will offer a variety of outdoor activities on most Saturday mornings from June 25 to August 13 for kids of all ages and families, as well as optional rollerskiing for more experienced youth skiers one evening per week (usually Tuesday or Thursday). The main goal is to keep skiers (and families) active and having fun together in the summer, and to develop our love for outdoor activities like trail running, biking, paddling, and hiking. Ulterior motives include developing athleticism that will build a foundation for better skiing, and for those who love ski racing, and an introduction to the dryland activities that help build success in upper-echelon BKL racing and beyond.
For older skiers (U14 and up) who are serious about racing competitively, the Junior Racing Program offers a more comprehensive training plan focused on fitness, strength and technique to provide a path for youth program graduates and others to succeed in high school and junior skiing (more details below).
Program Details (Calendar and event details for all programs are on the Schedule):
• Youth Summer Program: Saturday multi-sport activities are the mainstay of the program and will include trail running, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking, swimming and more. Some sessions will combine multiple activities into events such as the Into The Woods Boot Camp, Dirty Duathlon, and the season-finale RXCSF Adventure Race. The focus here is on fun, and activities are appropriate for all ages - come out for these whether or not you have interest in the weeknight ski-specific sessions.
Weeknight rollerskiing is an option for experienced / advanced BKL skiers who are interested in developing their ski technique and strength. Skiers can be new to rollerskiing but should generally have several years of skiing experience (for more info, see the Guide to Rollerskiing). Rollerskiing will be in areas with limited or no traffic, and will include work on agility, technique and specific strength through drills, video analysis and games in addition to logging asphalt K’s.
The youth program is primarily for ages 13 and under, but we welcome any older skiers who'd like to join. Sessions will run from Saturday June 25 to August 13 - you don't need to come to all the sessions, so sign up (for not much more than the cost of the included t-shirt) and come when you can! Parents plan to stay and join the fun - unless you can make arrangements with another parent (who is not coaching) to be responsible for your child, please do not plan to drop off and leave.
• Junior Racing Program: a comprehensive training program for skiers U14 and older who are serious about competitive junior and scholastic racing, with a focus on developing fitness, strength, speed and technique. Skiers will train together at 3 sessions per week (Tues or Weds and Thursday evenings, and Saturday) from mid-June to August and will follow a training plan for workouts on their own on other days. They'll keep a training log, develop a year-round training plan, and will be introduced to nutrition and rest/recovery for health and peak performance. Activities will include rollerskiing, ski bounding, running, biking, hiking and strength exercises (Saturday sessions and many weeknight rollerski sessions will run in conjunction with the youth program, with activities adapted as appropriate). In addition to rollerskis and equipment listed below, all Junior Program skiers should have a sport watch (with stopwatch and timer) at all sessions, and are strongly encouraged to use a heart rate monitor to train most effectively.
We expect that skiers in this program will ski for their school teams in the winter, but plan to offer additional fall/winter technique sessions and race support at select non-scholastic races to complement scholastic racing and training.
• HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ROLLERSKIING, ROLLERBLADING AND BIKING, NO EXCEPTIONS.
• Bring your own water and snack. A waterbottle belt is a good idea (especially for rollerskiing), and Camelbacks are OK too (if you want to look like a mountain biker!).
• Bring running shoes to all practices.
• Biking: provide your own bike and helmet. Any bike will be adequate for the range of activities in our program (bike path, mountain biking). Instruction will be provided for those unfamiliar with off-road riding. Those interested in additional opportunities for mountain biking and instruction are encouraged to consider Single Track Academy and the Fat Tire race series at Camp Arrowhead.
• Canoe/Kayak: can be rented at Bay Creek Paddling Center if needed.
• Rollerskiing: provide your own rollerskis, boots and poles and helmet. Because many skiers have skate-specific skis, we’ll focus on skating and double poling most of the time.
RXCSF Summer Camping Trip: The 8th annual RXCSF camping trip will be from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17 at Lake Luzerne campground in Luzerne, NY (southern Adirondaks this side of LakeGeorge). Come Thursday evening for the whole shebang or Friday after work if you can. Activities will include hiking, biking, swimming, paddling, talent showing and hotdog/marshmallow roasting, and there are nearby options for whitewater rafting if you're interested. You do not have to register for the summer program to go on the camping trip. Reserve your spot online before the campground fills up (sites #83-109 will be closest to the rest of the group).