Youth Camps

Upcoming Youth Camps – Check out what 2019 has in store!

Along with our ever popular Summer Dirt Camp Series, WORCA will be offering a High School Ride & Race Camp, Pro-D Day Camp and Advanced Ride Camps this year.  Keep reading to learn more about the programs offered.

Following suit with past years, registration for all 2019 Youth Camps will be available through a link on this page on April 1st, 2019 at 9am.

 

Ride & Race Camp

This program is offered to the students of Whistler Secondary, and is structured to compliment the High School Mountain Bike Race series.  That being said the sessions are open to all athletes wether they are race focused or are just looking to ride their bikes in a coached setting a couple times a week.  The program takes place April 4th – May 23rd, Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.  The WORCA coaches will meet the kids outside of the school on those days.  Please click the link below for the detailed schedule and costs of the program.

Schedule & Program Fees Purchase Membership Here

Pro – D Day Camp

Friday May 10, 2019 is a profession development day for schools, and what better way for your child to spend a non school day than on their bike!  Kids from ages 6 -12 are eligible to register for this one day program.  Drop off for the day is at 9am a the Myrtle Philip School with pick up at 3pm at the same location.  The kids will start their day with a bike safety check, a warm up on the field and then break into riding groups to trail ride for the rest of the day.

Pro D Day Camp Parent Info Register Here

Advanced Ride Camps 2019

This a co- ed camp for kids ages 12 – 16 who are strong intermediate to advanced riders looking to expand their skill and explore new terrain.  Along with riding more of the advanced trails Whistler has to offer, we will be venturing out to Pemberton and Squamish to explore their amazing network of single track!  Click the link below for program details.

Camp Information Register Here April 1st

 
Summer Dirt Camp Series 2019

During the summer months WORCA holds youth dirt camps, fully coached and supported for three different ages ranging from 6 to 15. The focus of the Dirt Camps is safety, fun,  and skill development, in that order. Your son or daughter will be set up in an encouraging environment that will promote our three focuses.  Each camp will be capped with a 5:1 kid to coach ratio. Dirt camps run from 9am until 3pm from Monday to Friday and campers meet at the Waldorf School at the Spruce Grove Ball Diamonds. Arrive early on the Monday to meet the coaches, kids should be ready to ride by 9AM

The weekly fee for 2019 Camps is $389, there is a $100 discount for children attending all Whistler and Pemberton schools and second home owners in Whistler (proof required).

NOTE: Registration for 2019 camps opens online on April 1st at 9AM. All children are required to be WORCA members to take part in a camp and should be bought when registering for camp. Note that where there is significant demand we endeavour to add coaches to camps to create more space so please add your kids to the wait list so we can gauge interest in specific camps; places in camps are released to participants in the order that they are added to the wait list.

 

2019 Dirt Camp Dates

Camp#Date RangeAgeStatus
Camp 1July 1-5Youth/TeenRegister Here
Camp 2July 8-12ChildRegister Here
Camp 3July 15-19Youth/TeenRegister Here
Camp 4July 22-26ChildRegister Here
Camp 5July 29 - August 2Youth/TeenRegister Here
Camp 6August 5-9ChildRegister Here
Camp 7August 12-16Youth/TeenRegister Here
Camp 8August 19-23ChildRegister Here
Camp 9August 26-30Youth/TeenRegister Here

Ages:
Child (Age 6-9 or entering Grades 1-4 in September 2019)
Youth (Age 10-12 or entering Grades 5-7 in September 2019)
Teen (Age 13-16 or entering Grades 8-11 in September 2019)

Cancellations $25. No cancellation refunds within 2 weeks of camp start unless we are able to find a replacement from the waitlist.

Youth Camp Checklist Parent Information Pack

 

Dirt Camp Entry Level Requirements

For the beginner groups, our camps provide an introduction to off-road cycling, therefore, basic cycling skills are required. Your child must be comfortable using hand brakes and gears, then they are ready to make the progression from the road to the trails! If you are concerned whether or not your child is ready for our program, please email your query to camps@worca.com.

From Beginner to Expert

Beginners will use trails specific to their level of riding, examples are: Bear Trail, Tin Pants, Molly Hogan , Gee I like your pants, Son of Mr Green Jeans, Disco boys & much of the crushed gravel double track within Lost Lake.

Below is a link to a video of the higher end youth riders who have progressed through the WORCA Dirt Camps, they are riding Yummy nummie – golden door – jeff’s trail – sea2sky trail:

View YouTube Video

The components of our camps are:

  1. Skill Development

Setting the foundation for many bike years to come is WORCA’S main objective.  Our qualified coaches will use exercises and games in a controlled environment to teach balance, cornering, front wheel lifts and a number of other skills necessary to navigate the off road challenges our trails have to offer.

  1. Trail Exploration

Campers will get plenty of opportunities to put their newly honed skills into practice on Whistler’s incredible trail network. Trail selection will be well thought out in accordance to ability.  For example beginners will gain experience in the Lost Lake Network, on entry-level trails such as Molly Hogan, Tin Pants, and the Sea to Sky Trail.  Progressing to the entry level single track such as Gee I Like Your Pants, Son of Mr. Green Genes and Disco Boy, etc.  Intermediate riders will find themselves exploring the blue single track of Lost Lake, Emerald Forest, River Runs Through etc.  Advance riders will tackle trails on the Westside (aka Stonebridge), Blackcomb and the No Flow Zone (aka Emerald).

  1. Trail Etiquette/Stewardship

Participants will be introduced to trail etiquette during their time at camp and will be encouraged to practice what they have learned while riding outside of camp. Where suitable, groups may be given the opportunity to meet the WORCA Trail Crew and discover what goes into making and maintaining the fun trails we ride.

PMBI_Alternative_Logo_on_WHTWORCA Youth Dirt Camp coaches are PMBI Level 1 certified (Professional Mountain Bike Instructors), certified by Whistler’s very own ZEPtechniques.

 

ZEP LOGO1ZEP supports WORCA and its programs by providing courses for all WORCA coaches and guides. ZEP offer PMBI instructor courses all over the world and they are North America & Australia’s most widely recognized certification program. For more information on ZEP and their programs, check them out at www.zeptechniques.com.