Youth Camps

Youth Camps 2017

Given the current poor air quality and forecast, WORCA is cancelling this week’s Dirt Camp Monday 7 August – Friday 11 August. Our priority is to keep all participants and coaches safe. The current air quality advisory recommends avoiding strenuous activities outdoors and that children should avoid outdoor physical exertion. Parents will be reimbursed for the cancelled days.

WORCA has a new online registration partner for 2017 so no need to remember any old log-in details, parents/guardians will set up a new account as part of the registration process. If you have any questions/issues about registration please email the Dirt Camp Coordinator.

Register for a 2017 Dirt Camp

2015 WORCA Dirt Camp #1 Group PhotoDuring 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 mountain bike skill development, in that order. Your son or daughter will be encouraged to develop in all three of these areas. 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 2017 Camps is $349, there is a $100 discount for children attending all Whistler and Pemberton schools and second home owners in Whistler (proof required).

NOTE: Registration for 2017 camps opens online on April 8th at 9AM (not April 1st as previously advertised). 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.

2017 Dirt Camp Dates

Camp#Date RangeAgeStatus
Camp 1July 3-7Youth/TeenRegistration closed
Camp 2July 10-14ChildRegistration closed
Camp 3July 17-21Youth/TeenRegistration closed
Camp 4July 24-28ChildRegistration closed
Camp 5July 31 - August 4Youth/TeenRegistration closed
Camp 6August 7-11ChildCamp cancelled due to poor air quality
Camp 7August 14-18Youth/TeenRegistration closed
Camp 8August 21-25ChildRegistration closed
Camp 9August 28 - Sept 1Youth/TeenRegistration closed

Ages:
Child (Age 6-9 or entering Grades 1-4 in September 2017)
Youth (Age 10-12 or entering Grades 5-7 in September 2017)
Teen (Age 13-16 or entering Grades 8-11 in September 2017)

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

Testimonial from local family whose kids have participated in the Dirt Camps from the first year of operations and are now too old to attend:

I can’t tell you enough how much we have appreciated all of WORCA’s absolutely AMAZING coaches over the years. Munny [Head Coach] runs an excellent program and the boys have loved it so much. They have looked up to Munny since day 1, and have really enjoyed spending time with him either on the trails or at the fire hall – he has certainly been a great influence on them over the years for sure. It’s sad that the dirt camp days seem to be over for this family, but I will absolutely be telling every young family I know about how amazing they are.

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 coach@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. Skills and Drills

Skills and drills are the foundation of our program. In a safe environment, our qualified coaches will develop the participants’ ability in: balance, cornering, front wheel lifts and a number of other skills necessary for navigating off-road features.

2. Trail Exploration

Placed in groups based on skill level, and guided by WORCA’s qualified coaches, all participants get plenty of opportunities to put their newly honed skills into practice on Whistler’s incredible network of trails.

3. Trail Etiquette

Participants will be introduced to trail etiquette during their camp, they will learn how to use the trails responsibly. Where suitable, groups may be given the opportunity to meet the WORCA Trail Crew and learn basic trail maintenance skills first-hand.

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.