What is Little Bellas all about?
Our goal at Little Bellas is to create an experience where girls are smiling and having fun on their bikes. We strive to help girls find a sense of empowerment and self-confidence through interacting with positive mentors, conquering obstacles, and mastering a skill. In addition to amazing mountain bike mentors, the girls will have an opportunity to meet professional female cyclists, who are performing at the top of their sport.
What is the program?
The Little Bellas program is a non-competitive program offering week-long half and full day camps, weekly program sessions, and event camps for girls ages 7 to 18 years old. Our mentoring model allows girls to have fun on trails and play games in an uninhibited environment that encourages them to be themselves.
What does the program cost?
We offer financial assistance based on each individuals families need, so cost is not a barrier to participation. Our program cost the same in every geography across the country. Our sponsors generously help keep program cost low for all girls by subsidizing each participant entry fee on average of $50.
How do I apply for a Financial Assistance?
We've provided financial assistance to every girl in need since the program started in 2007. If there is space in the program, we do our best to more than accommodate anyone's need. To apply for financial assistance, simply register for the program and click YES when the asked about financial assistance. After submitting an application while registering, we will be in touch to discuss the financial assistance and retroactively charge the card on file if appropriate.
When can I register my participant?
Our programs registration pages typically open at 9am local time at various times depending on the program launch date. Click here to learn more about for more information about specific program.
What does it mean to Pre-Register my Participant for the 2021 Season?
In 2020, Little Bellas was able to run close to 50% of our programs with Covid protocols in place to keep our communities safe. As we move into the 2021 season, we feel confident that we can continue to safely get more girls on bikes. We also recognize that there are inherent uncertainties ahead of us. With this in mind, we’ve adjusted our registration process to a more flexible approach. For all 2021 programs, registration will serve as a way to reserve your participant's spot without charge. Registration fees will not be charged until 90 days prior to the program start date. This will allow us time to critically assess the continued impact that Covid is having within your community.
What is your cancellation policy?
If for any reason you need to cancel your Little Bellas registration, we offer the following refund minus a $10 non-refundable processing fee. Once a participant is registered, we order gear and supplies specific to each Little Bellas participant as such we utilize the follow-up rubric:
12 weeks prior to launch date – 100%
8 weeks prior to launch date – 75%
4 weeks prior to launch date – 50%
2 weeks prior to launch date – no refund
To handle registration change requests in the case of medical emergencies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I pay for the program by the day instead of a whole camp or session?
It’s perfectly normal for the girls to miss a few days of the program, and we designing our curriculum so each girl will be successful regardless of missed days. We do not take payment by the day under any circumstance. It would be a huge organization challenge and burden on the organization at large. Our expenses for a camp or program are not based on daily expenses. For example, we have to pay for insurance as if she attended every day.
How do we mentor the participants?
We mentor on the trail by developing a level of trust with the girls and implement a planned curriculum to focus on a skills progression—accomplishing skills and building confidence. We have found girls will bring some of their life challenges with them and work it out through riding with their peers and with their mentors. This all happens organically. We do not plan a curriculum addressing body image, positive self-talk, bullying, fear/anxiety, however our mentors are coached on how to work through these issues if they arise.
What kind of bike should my participant have?
We have a wide variety of bikes at the program. We do not allow coaster brake bikes at the program. They are dangerous for mountain biking. All Little Bellas participants should have bikes with hand brakes and mountain bike tires.
Why do most of our programs focus on 7 to 12 year olds?
We found these are formative years in which girls are still receptive to adult influences while beginning to experience peer pressure. We've also seen girls in this age bracket are more likely to drop out of sports. For these reasons, these girls particularly benefit from a positive team environment, positive mentoring, and learning the values of physical activity.
Why do you continue to offer programs for 13 to 16 year olds?
We have found that a lot of girls want to continue riding with the program after they are 12 years old, and we want to continue to offer programming for them. In these programs, we have been able to dive deeper into curriculum to explore female specific nutrition, challenging mountain biking terrain, racing, and becoming a mentor and role model to others.
Who can participate in Little Bellas?
The Little Bellas is an all-female mentoring program, meaning all who are female identified are welcome to mentor and participate. We are a very inclusive program. We have and welcome males in the program in non-programatic roles.
Who are our mentors?
We have a diverse group of active women in each chapter who absolutely love riding their bikes and spreading a love for the outdoors and physical activity to girls. In addition to these consistent volunteer mentors, we also have a number of professional female cyclists who strive to meet and mentor every girl in the program.
Want to start a Little Bellas in your area?
We are growing and getting more girls on bikes than ever before! We are currently expanding our programming with a deliberate approach to ensure quality in each new location. If you are interested in helping to start a new chapter, please fill out this form. We would love to hear about your area.
How can I become a mentor?
We are always looking for new mentors! We have an interview and screening process for all of our mentors. Please fill out this interest form.
What does it mean to be a mentor?
We have an amazing network of women who participate in our programs. We recognize you most likely have a busy schedule, and we want mentors who are engaged in their communities and have an adventurous lifestyle. With this in mind, we expect you can volunteer for 75% of the scheduled program days, (For example, 6 of 8 of the weekly two hour sessions.) Consistency is very important to building a successful bond with the girls in the program. The quality of our program depends a great deal on the commitment of our mentors. As a mentor, you are one of our greatest assets, and this role is extremely important to us.