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Dirt Camp is located in the heart of the Eastern Townships at Ski Bromont, 82 Rue des Pentes Bromont, Quebec, J2L 1R4. We are steps away from both the chair lifts and the water park and a 5 minute bike ride to the BMX track and the Pump track.
We have a great building commonly referred to as Dirt Camp Lodge. The lodge accommodates 20 campers and 4 supervising staff members. The kids sleep on bunk beds with real mattresses but campers are required to bring their own sheets or sleeping bags.
Be advised the water park is a part of the daily schedule. Campers are not obliged to participate in this activity but it is strongly recommended that all campers purchase access to the park. Most campers agree, it’s just about the perfect end to a long hard day on the trails.
Dirt Camp is an English Immersion camp, The staff at Dirt Camp is mostly English speaking. We all speak French too but the camp is an opportunity to learn English while learning to mountain bike; why not.
Inherently the sport of mountain biking is English. Because so much of its roots come from the US, much of the pros are either English from England, Australian, Canadian and again American, the sport, the equipment, the magazines and the coverage are of the most part English. When we say Immersion, we mean that we speak in English as a group, at meal times and in the field. More specific instructions are given in both languages to make sure the campers understand important information. In the Shop, Phil Lemaistre who is English, isn’t shy to use his native tongue to explain repair methods, to instruct his clinic or simply to get people out of his way.
The Goal here is to take the opportunity of mountain biking for kids to learn English. Dirt camp is a place where amazing things happen everyday and the language is an easy thing to go with it. We mix the French and English so much, sometimes we forget what language we’re supposed to be speaking. We mix the two as a way to introduce words, to get kids going on a basic vocabulary. We use expressions and jokes to break through. Then they start hearing the same words over and over again and before you know it, they are using them too. Eventually, they will ask a question in English because they really need their bike fixed and often, Phil will not accept the request in French. HA!