Campers must come to camp with their own equipment. The reason we prefer that everyone has their own scooter is simple; it’s much easier to learn how to scoot when you are comfortable using your own equipment. This is important for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced campers.
Equipment Needed (detailed descriptions of all equipment can be found below):
These are available in our SHOP
Skateboard specific- these are available in our SHOP
Knee and Elbow Pads:
Mandatory for campers 15 and under- these are available in our SHOP
Clothing and Accessories:
Skateboarding or flat shoes are best
Jeans or shorts
Hat and Sunscreen
Towel and Bathing Suit
How do we choose the right size scooter?
Campers can use a scooter of any size, but that doesn’t mean it will be safe and fun. You should never choose a larger scooter, hoping your child will grow into it. A large scooter will hinder your child’s progression and at times it can also lead to unnecessary accidents.
You want to make sure your child is comfortable on their scooter. Take it for a quick cruise around the shop and see if it’s easy to control get on, off etc.
Big No, No
Whatever you do, do not by a scooter that folds into two. We don’t recommend these scooters. They can be quite dangerous. For cruising around on your driveway or street they are ok. For camp these scooters are not recommended.
How Do You Know What Scooter To Buy?
There are several variable when choosing your childs scooter for camp.
A decent to advanced scooters range from $99 to $450+. Price will range depending on brand, and level. In most cases you will get to choose from intro, intermediate and advanced.
As a rule of thumb scooter bars should sit around hip to waist height when standing on the deck flat footed. If bars come up above waist height then the rider will have more difficulty in controlling the scooter and could ultimately lose control.
Type of bars:
Steel bar: Stronger compared to aluminum bars, but also weigh more.
Aluminum bar: Lightweight construction, and depending on the quality, pretty durable too.
Diameter: Please note if the outer diameter of your bar is oversized or standard, as this will determine what clamp will fit. You should also note the inner diameter to determine which fork will fit, e.g. with or without HIC.
Width of bars: Scooter riders have different preferences when choosing a width. A good hint is to choose a bar with the same width as your shoulders. If you`re mostly into technical tricks like barspins, choose a narrow bar. And if you`re more a big air and no hands tricks rider, then choose a wider bar. (Remember you can always choose a wide bar and cut it to your preference! )
Height: Stunt scooters are usually lower than standard scooters. Choosing a height is also a matter of preference. Skilled riders often choose lower bars to gain stability and better control. A tip when choosing the right height is to make sure the bar reaches somewhere between your thighs and hip. Avoid making your bar wider than its height as this is considered unstylish by skilled riders and can be uncomfortable for transportation.
Thread: If choosing a bar with thread you should also have a fork with thread. Most bars without thread will fit on forks with & without thread. Most new bars are without thread for added compatibility.
SCS: You cannot use a bar with a cutout with SCS, since the SCS clamp will have nothing to tighten around. You can cut your bar, this will however void warranty.
If a bar is without the cutout, we call it SCS ready.
The more basic scooters come with 100mm or 110mm wheels for a low, stable center of gravity, pro riders tend to ride with 110mm. Most Scooters are made of similar materials to each other and have similar design and construction.
Wheel hardness is measured in durometers. Lower numbers indicate a softer wheel and higher numbers indicate a harder wheel. Durometer is denoted by the suffix “A” (example – 82A). The typical Scooter wheel is 82A. The hardness of Scooter wheels are most suited to indoor riding and outdoor, providing they are used on a smooth surface.
Bearings: Bearings are the seven or eight balls at the center of each wheel. Each bearing has an ABEC rating that indicates the precision of their manufacturing.
The general ABEC range is ABEC-1, ABEC-3, ABEC-5 although bearings are not always measured in ABEC’s.
Bearings don’t need to be cleaned after every use, but if they become wet, they should be cleaned and dried.
Never lubricate the outside of a bearing because that will attract dirt and contaminants.
Deck: This is where you stand and balance yourself while riding your pro scooter. Most decks have a measurement of 4″- 4.5” wide by 19″ – 21” long. Be sure to choose the right size of deck for your scooter. Generally the smaller the rider, the smaller the deck within the above sizing parameters.
Visit our SHOP or drop by our shop to choose from a wide variety of scooters.