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Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew

HISRA’s Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew program will focus on giving campers the tools needed to transition from the classroom to the world of employment. They will learn fundamental employment skills as well as specific skills needed to be employed in a coffee shop environment, with a program ratio of 1 staff : 4 campers. The program will be taking 2-3 field trips each week that will be both social and educational in nature, and fun, of course! This program will be divided into 3 years, with 8 sessions per year, spanning 8 weeks in June and July. Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew is a community based camp, and is held at Bicycle Safety Town in Peoria.


Age: 14 – 21

Days of the week: Monday through Thursday

Pick up/ drop off times: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Location: Bicycle Safety Town

Camp type: Community-based

Highlighted activities: Vocational and jobs skills learning, educational field trips, barista training, fun and games, on-site work experience

Camp Dates

The dates for Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew are as follows:

Week 1: 6/3 – 6/6

Week 2: 6/10 – 6/13

Week 3: 6/17 – 6/20

Week 4: 6/24 – 6/27

Week 5: 7/1 – 7/3**

Week 6: 7/8 – 7/11

Week 7: 7/15 – 7/18

Week 8: 7/22 – 7/25

**Week 5 is a short week, with camp running Monday – Wednesday.

Camp Fees

The fees for Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew are as follows:

  • Week 1: R $156/ NR $203
  • Week 2: R $156/ NR $203
  • Week 3: R $156/ NR $203
  • Week 4: R $156/ NR $203
  • Week 5: R $117/ NR $152
  • Week 6: R $156/ NR $203
  • Week 7: R $156/ NR $203
  • Week 8: R $156/ NR $203

Fees are divided by Resident and Non-Resident Fees. A participant who resides within the Park District boundaries of one of our Member Districts (Peoria, Chillicothe, Morton and Washington Park Districts) is considered a HISRA Resident. A HISRA Non-Resident is a participant who resides outside of our Member Park District boundaries.

Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew Objectives

  1. To create and implement a job skills curriculum that will teach the program participants the needed professionalism to be successful in any place of employment.
    1. During the entirety of the program, participants will be required to use the app “Sling” to clock in and out of their daily shifts. The participant’s success in this measure will be evaluated based on the time sheet report collected by the program coordinator.
    2. During the entirety of the program, participants will have the opportunity to hear from local business owners and employees with the content focused on entering the workforce.
    3. During the last week of the program, the program coordinator and leader will conduct performance evaluations with the program participants. Success will be measured using a pre-made rubric that mimics that of the organization’s part-time staff evaluation. The evaluation will highlight strengths as well as suggested strategies for growth.


  1. To teach the program participants how to safely and effectively utilize the equipment to take orders, fulfill orders, take payment, and give appropriate change when needed.
    1. During the first week of the program session, participants will learn how to safely use the drip coffee maker, roaster, grinder, and espresso machine. This will come in the form of an I do, we do, you do lesson. The leader will show first, the leader will assist the participant, and finally the leader will watch and monitor the participant’s equipment use on their own.
    2. Program participants will help create the menu at the beginning of the program so that they know what items are offered when they are taking orders.
    3. During the entirety of the program, participants will be informally assessed via anecdotal notes and given verbal feedback on equipment use and skills from the program staff with the understanding that everyone is learning and growing each day.


  1. To teach the program participants how to effectively manage the cafe budget and inventory.
    1. During the first session of the program, participants will learn the concepts of expenses and revenue in order to begin to create a balance cafe budget. They will utilize a pre-made template via excel to track budgetary items with the oversight of the program leader.
    2. Throughout the entirety of the program, participants will keep track of the items being used most frequently and reporting to the program staff what items and supplies are in need of replenishing.

Anticipated Outcomes

  1. By the end of the program, each participant will be able to successfully navigate professional employment opportunities.
  2. Each program participant will leave the program with the skills necessary to be successfully employable by a cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant by the end of the end of the program.
  3. After 2 years of implementation, this will be a fully sustainable program that, while staff provides oversight and accountability, is completely managed by the program participants.

Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew Goal

The goal of Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew is to help transition young adults with special education transition plans out of the classroom and into competitive employment opportunities.

Participation Guidelines

  • Participants must be at least 14 years of age and no older than 21 at the date of the program that they are registered for.
  • Participant must have a diagnosed disability. 
    • This camp is designed to meet the needs of individuals with a multitude of disability levels, however, please understand that this camp is not appropriate for all disability levels. All campers must be able to meet camp eligibility requirements, with or without special modification. HISRA does not have other options available. Contact the administrative office at (309) 691-1929 for further information.
  • Participant must meet health eligibility requirements.

Camp Pick-Up and Drop-Off Information

  • We encourage that all participants arrive on time, as activities begin at the start of camp. 
  • All participants and parents/ guardians must enter through the front doors. No access will be granted through any other doors. Parents/ guardians will not be permitted to walk back to the group spaces. Group staff members will accompany the participant and walk them back to their group space.
  • If participants are late, the HISRA management team will determine if the participant can be accommodated in another group. If the late participant cannot be accommodated, we will ask them to return promptly the following camp day. 
  • On field trip days, groups will depart at their scheduled times. Buses will not wait for late participants.
  • A $10.00 late fee will be applied to the participant’s household WebTrac account for every 10-minute interval that the participant is either dropped-off early or picked up late. Late fees will be charged per participant. The clock at the facility will be used to determine the time. Please understand that dropping participants off early or picking participants up late places an unfair burden on staff and the agency and may result in temporary or permanent suspension from camp.
    • Example: Camp ends at 3:00pm. A late fee of $10.00 will be charged at 3:10pm. A late pick up falling any time between 3:11pm and 3:20pm will equal a late fee of $20.00, etc.
    • Please understand that our participant/staff ratio is an important factor in maximizing participant safety. For this reason, and under ordinary and usual circumstances, we do not permit participants in the facility during non-camp hours.
    • Please contact HISRA as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.
  • Anyone picking up a participant must drive or walk to the front doors and wait for their participant to come outside. They may call or text the previously established phone number to alert staff of their arrival time to ensure that their camper is ready to leave upon their arrival.
  • Parents/ guardians must list everyone that is authorized to pick up the participant on the Annual Information Form. If the participant is using organized transportation (i.e. CityLift), this must be listed on the Annual Information Form.
    • Any person that is listed on the pick-up permission portion of the Annual Information Form will be allowed to pick up the participant during any time during camp hours. It is important to list only those people who would have permission to do so. Picture ID can and will be requested for those names listed on the pick-up form. This is to ensure the safety of the participant.

Camp Absences

  • Parents/ guardians must notify the camp by 9:30am if the participant is going to be absent on a given day. Please do this by calling the main office at (309) 691-1929.
  • Refunds or credits will not be given for days missed.
  • Participants, who receive HISRA scholarships, will be charged for all missed days of camp, regardless of the reason.


  • Parents/ guardians must provide HISRA with their phone number to assist them in contacting you quickly in the event of an emergency.
  • Parents/ guardians must notify HISRA if their phone number, address or email address changes. Please make sure that contact information is current and correct throughout the camp season.
  • Daily communication will be sent home. Please make sure to check backpacks and Class Dojo to review all information. If there are items requested for the next day of camp, please promptly send them with your participant the following day.
  • Class Dojo will be utilized to communicate with parents/ guardians and share programming updates.


  • Parents/ Guardians are responsible for arranging transportation and all related transportation costs. 
  • Contact CityLift at 497-3340, WE Care (Morton) at 263-7708, WE Care (Woodford County) at 1-800-538-6906 or Rural Peoria County at 697-3305 for transportation.
  • HISRA will not provide door-to-door pick ups or drop offs. 
  • Transportation from school districts will not be arranged by HISRA. It is the parent/ guardian’s responsibility to arrange for such transportation with the school district or any third-party agency.

What To Bring To Camp

  • A cold lunch and a drink that is clearly labeled with the participant’s name. Due to field trip schedules, campers will need to bring lunches that do not require heating, as most days they will not have access to a microwave.
    • If a participant has dietary needs or restrictions, please communicate that to HISRA staff at the time of registration and on participant’s Annual Information and Personal Care forms.
  • Deliver all medications in the original prescription bottles. Provide written directions to staff regarding specific instructions for medication via the medication authorization form.
    • Medication will only be dispensed with Medication Dispensing Form.
    • Medication Dispensing Forms must match assigned assigned prescription bottles.

Camp Attire

  • Participants are encouraged to wear closed toe shoes for comfort and safety purposes.
  • Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable play clothes that can get dirty. No midriff shirts please.
  • Participants wearing a dress must be accompanied by shorts underneath.
  • Please send swim attire on swim days and dress appropriately for various field trips.
  • Please label all bags with participants names.

Camp Activities

  • As this camp is fully community based, participants and staff will be out-and-about in the community learning job skills, shopping for supplies, and going on field trips.
  • Communication will be sent home to inform parents/ guardians of activities done throughout the day and what is coming up in the week through Class Dojo. Please be checking your participant’s bag on a daily basis.
  • Scheduled activities are subject to change when necessary.
  • Please advise the staff on any special needs that the participant may have regarding sun and heat exposure as many days can get very hot during camp. Include this information on the Annual Information Form.


  • Parents/ guardians may pack snacks for their participant to eat during passive activity time.
  • Participants with special dietary needs are encouraged to pack their own snacks. Please note special dietary restrictions and allergies. Include this information on the Annual Information Form.


  • Our Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew staff is made up of seasoned HISRA staff members, and each has had previous experience working with youth.
  • All staff are subject to background checks prior to employment with HISRA.
  • The group will have one Camp Leader and several Camp Aides in order to keep appropriate participant/staff ratios. 
  • Each HISRA camp employee has gone through online and/ or in-person training prior to working at camp.

Field Trips

  • Bicycle Brews Transitional Crew participants will be going on many field trips during camp season, including but not limited to; getting job experience at cafes, going supply shopping, going on educational field trips, etc. 
  • Field trip locations and frequency will vary from day-to-day. Weather forecasts will be taken into consideration when planning field trips, and alternative plans are made in the case of inclement weather or other conditions.
  • Communication will be sent home to inform parents/ guardians of trip locations. It will also state what items participants will need to bring on particular field trips.