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What is the purpose of this contest?

Everyone can benefit from sharing stories. We will use the videos collected in various ways. Footage excerpts of a video may be eventually used in a longer different video format. We may share your stories with our sponsors and/or supporters. They could be shown on our social media channels. Trips for Kids would like to showcase the individuals who make up our Trips for Kids family. 

What do you need me to do?

 Chapters will be asked to create 30-second or less amateur video answering one or more of the following questions:

  • Why I became a Trips for Kids Director.
  • Why I started a Trips for Kids chapter in my area.
  • What Trips for Kids means to me.

Qualifying Videos

  • Videos can be filmed using a variety of simple devices such as iPhone, Smart Phone, Kindle, iPad, etc.
  • Videos must be 30 seconds or lessSound on video should be clear with limited background noise. For example, you could film at a park with kids playing in background; however, the person speaking should be heard clearly above any background noise
  • Video subject should be clearly visible without shadows
  • Videos outside next to or on bikes are preferred; however, videos filmed at various locations are fine as long as they are not filmed in front of a plain white wall

What if I do not want to be the one on video?

Directors who may not do not feel comfortable answering these questions themselves may choose to ask the following questions instead to youth participants, parent's of participants, ride leaders and/or volunteers.

  • What Trips for Kids means to me.
  • Why I became involved in Trips for Kids.

Is there a format we should follow?

Yes, please use this format to share your information:

  • Begin with sharing the individual's name (first name required, but a participant does not have to disclose full name unless they feel comfortable doing so.)
  • The Trips for Kids chapter's name they are representing
  • The location of their Trips for Kids chapter
  • Followed by the answer to a question or questions provided.

How does the contest work?

Your chapter will receive one entry for each 30-second video you submit. For example, if you submit (5) individual 30 second videos (participants could be the director, a volunteer, two youth, one parent, etc.) you would get five contest entry slips with your chapter's name on it.

How do we submit our videos?

To submit your videos, please either email them to Amy directly with the subject line reading "Trips for Kids (your chapter's name) Contest Video" OR you can choose to create and upload your video(s) to an individual folder on Google Drive or Dropbox and share them with Amy. Make sure to title your folder at  "Trips for Kids (your chapter's name) Contest Video". Two entry names will be drawn on June 1 and will be notified directly after to determine prize preference.

For each video you submit, we will need a basic description about the video. For example, if you send in a a video, make sure to include the person's name who is being filmed along with their association to the chapter. "This is Amy Carver, she is the chapter and marketing support manager with Trips for Kids and has been with our program for seven months."



This example video above is of Trips for Kids Midcoast Maine Director Cary Huggins and was filmed using a fourth generation iPhone outdoors.

What will I win?

You will have your choice of the two fabulous prizes! 

You can choose between a Trips for Kid jersey OR this unique metal "more kids on bikes" sign made by one of our newest chapters,  Trips for Kids Tulare County!

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What will I need to make my 30-second video?

You can use your computer's video camera or film from the convenience of your own video camera. You'll also need someone who can speak clearly and have the ability to answer the question or questions effectively. 

How do I create the best presentation?

Remember, amateur videos are called "amateur" for a reason. We do not expect them to be perfect; however there are ways to increase the opportunity of good footage and sound by filming in an area that does not have have a great deal of background noise or is to sunny.  Filming outdoors in front of your program participants or bicycle is possible too. If you are filming in a sunny environment, you may want to choose a spot where lightening shines from the front side, not directly in front of or behind you. You may want to consider wearing a branded Trips for Kids t-shirt, jersey, or hat if you have one.

Most viral videos were filmed by someone with a handheld camera so don't put to much stress on yourself, just have fun with the video.


Please make sure that individuals you are filming have signed video waivers allowing for their image and information to be shared. 

When and how will we know who wins?

Two chapters names will be drawn on July 3. It is possible for your chapter's name to be drawn twice. Winning chapters can choose between two prizes which are a Trips for Kids Jersey, or a unique metal sign created by our new Trips for Kids Tulare Chapter which reads "more kids on bikes". If your chapter's name is drawn twice, you will automatically receive one jersey and one metal sign. If two different chapters win, they will each have the option of choosing which prize they want.