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The Phoenix Centre is excited to bring an exciting change to this years’ Ashes to Dust Mountain Bike Camp. This year, the camp will include both male and female participants! It’s time to bring the ladies out and see what they are made of!

Now in its fifth year, the camp has transformed the lives of 65 vulnerable young men by providing skills and resources. They were each were given the opportunity to experience the mountain bike trails and develop a passion for the sport with local mountain bikers. And now heading into our fifth year, we are excited to bring those same experiences to some deserving young ladies in the community!

We are grateful to continue our partnership with the Kamloops Bike Riders Association. The KBRA is a community interest group that has a mission to advocate for diverse, sustainable and sanctioned trails, promote their stewardship and connect the mountain bike riding community. Each participants receives a membership to The KBRA so they can continue their healthy lifestyle after the camp.

"Connecting with our community is very important to KBRA. A healthy active lifestyle creates positivity and vibrancy in our community," says KBRA secretary Ted Morton.

Last year we added a day of trail building to the schedule. This year we will be keeping the camp as a two day event, but still including trail maintenance at Juniper Bike Ranch. Ted Morton said it best last year, which is why we still wanted to keep it as an important element of the camp moving forward - "We are excited about the trail building workshop this year," says Morton. "We hope the youth take ownership and pride in their contribution to the community. An important piece of the workshop will be the connection between the youth and KBRA; our members will give them a very sincere welcome into the riding community. The trail building will help them understand the value of sanctioned trails within managed areas."

Applications are being accepted for the camp, which takes place Sep. 14th, and 15th, 2017 at the Juniper Bike Ranch. The camp is for all youth age 14 – 25, who don’t have access to organized sports, or who may experience other barriers in their life.

"The deadline to apply is Aug. 8th, but we expect the camp to fill up fast, especially now that we have opened it up to deserving female youth as well" says Deanna Moncion, Youth Outreach and Event Coordinator. "We will be at Twin Rivers Education Centre Wellness Fair on Feb. 22nd, 2017 to help promote healthy living and meet potential participants for this year's camp. Spaces are limited to 15 new participants - each is gifted a new bike and riding gear upon completion of the camp. We also have space for up to 10 participants from past camps, but they won't get a new bike or gear."

Applications for the camp can be found on the Phoenix Centre website www.phoenixcentre.org/ashes-nominate-youth and must be completed by a nominator - a supportive adult who can act as a point of contact with the youth and will support them through the camp to make sure they arrive prepared. 

Email A2D@phoenixcentre.org for more information. We can also be found on Facebook and Instagram for more updates @AshesToDustKamloops

To catch a glimpse of some highlights, and to appreciate the depth of the event, check out previous year's videos below (coming soon: 2016 Ashes to Dust Video):

2013 Ashes to Dust video 2014 Ashes to Dust video 2015 Ashes to Dust video 2016 Ashes to Dust video