As the Camp’s chapel bell rings, so will start the Annual Saint Andrew’s Camp Bike Ride (SACBR). The bike ride is a charity event in an effort to support the camp. Each year the Ride is held on the 4th Saturday in August. This year the Ride will be on Saturday, August 25th, 2018. Archbishop Michael has long rallied to “train up” our youth. His recent appeal to support the Camp was clear: “Saint Andrew’s Camp remains an invaluable way to link Orthodox Christian children to one another…”
The SACBR is a fun and active event that supports this appeal. Participants with various levels of abilities; from never before bike riders to experienced cyclists; young and retired! Those in the faith and friends have met at the Camp in late August for SACBR.
Past participants have included: Doug Schwarz from Saint John the Baptist Church in Rochester NY, Marie Goikas, (2013, 2014, 2015), from Saint Basil Church in Watervliet NY, David Goikas. John Bober travelled in from Akron, Ohio after reading about the ride on the Camp website! John was a camp counselor in 1976! The ride provided the perfect opportunity to revisit the Camp and recall fond memories. Erin McGuinness , formerly from Syracuse NY, was another camp alumnus . She has completed three Metric Century rides to date! Other participants have included: Liz Lynch and Sandy Jakubowski who traveled from Boonton NJ on their way to visit relatives in Utica NY.
Brenda Geloff, from Saints Peter and Paul Church in Syracuse NY, is the ride coordinator. The ride is also a favorite for a local cycle group: The Central New York Cranks.
Participants can choose from among three distances; 12 mile, 30 mile or metric century 62 mile route. Each route travels over fairly flat to rolling terrain. Route selection can be made on event day. Each route starts and ends at the camp with designated rest stops providing water bottle refills and food.
Delta Lake provides a beautiful rest stop for metric century riders. Experienced bike riders buddy along with new riders so no one rides alone! A SAG provides access for extra gear and supplies as it travels along the routes and rest stops. A delicious barbecue awaits the riders upon their celebration at the finish.
The Ride provides an opportunity for parishioners to form fellowships from within their church community and among sister churches. Consider asking a fellow parishioner to become a biking buddy and form a CHURCH TEAM! Perhaps a Church club can sponsor the TEAM with fund raising events that involve the whole congregation. Challenge or unite with a sister church to enter the event.
Call former camp mates from years back and form new Camp memories. The Ride can be a fun way to introduce the Camp to our non-Orthodox friends, as well. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers to bike with you and use the Ride as a weekend get away.
Overnight accommodations in the girl’s dormitory are available Friday and Saturday nights for a nominal cost on a first come first serve basis. RV and tent camping on the grounds are free. Cyclists staying overnight enjoy a free pasta dinner Friday night. Showers are now available for participants who cannot stay overnight to get cleaned up before leaving.
The Camp is conveniently located within a few miles of many attractions providing activities for non- cycling family members (golf, shop, beaches, amusement park, museums).
Visit the Saint Andrew’s Camp website: StAndrewsCamp.org
and click onto the Bike Ride.
Click onto the TIPS link for “training tips” and be ready to pedal for the camp. Registration is easy.
New this year is the ability to make donations to the Camp independent from participation. Just follow the BikeReg registration link (but biking to support the Camp is more fun)!
For additional information about the Bike Ride, please contact the Camp at SaintAndrewsCamp@aol.com
Volunteers are always welcomed!
Get Ready ... Get Set ... and RIDE