Student Hosteling Program 2010 Trip Catalog : Page 2

Winter: Student Hosteling Program Summer: 305 Hulmeville Avenue Langhorne, PA 19047 1354 Ashfield Road Conway, MA 01341-0419 shpbike@gmail.com www.bicycletrips.com 800 343-6132 215 757-2427 Welcome to Adventure! “I had just completed my Fresh- man year of high school and I decided that I wanted to do something with my summer. Teen tours looked intriguing, with their brochures containing pictures of smiling teenagers posing together. Exploring new places by means of bus and plane was an attractive idea, but it just seemed too easy. I continued searching the internet for teen trips and one day I stumbled upon the website for SHP. Their brochure was also illustrated by pictures of smiling teenagers posing together, but these seemingly cheerful teens were dirty, sweaty, and most prob- ably smelly. I was intrigued. I decided to sign up for the trip. I spent the first three weeks of my In This Brochure The Trips Application Form On Our Extensive Website! The Trips Application Form Equipment - what’s provided bicycles what you need to bring Clothing lists Transportation to and from your trip SHP leaders Frequently asked questions A typical day The value of an SHP trip Age/grade groupings Traveling with a friend Trip cost information Trippers tell about their trips Information about European trips Camping and hostels Food Information for parents Check out all the details on www.bicycletrips.com summer worrying about my trip. “Would the other kids be nice?” “Would there be a lot of hills?” “Would I like the food?” Finally, Judgment Day arrived and I hooked my bike to the back rack, threw my duffle bag in the backseat, and buckled my nervous self into the pas- senger seat. So here I was, having minimal bik- ing experience, a past record of severe homesickness and picky eating, and having camped out once prior to this trip, setting out for two weeks of biking and camping in Vermont with a group of teenagers, none of whom I knew. This group of teenagers from around the world soon became a small family. I became so wrapped up in my newfound friends and sense of accomplishment and independence that I didn’t write to my parents or call home until the last days, to clarify where they were picking me up. At the end of the trip, we gave hugs and promised to keep in touch. It was at that moment that I realized how much that trip had been worth. I cried to stay with the people who made me feel at home. We didn’t need a roof, we shel- tered each other. You can’t do anything about the length of your summer, but you can do something about its width and depth.” Simone Burke, tripper

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