SCUM Academy


For junior riders that want to improve their MTB skills.

Applications are NOW CLOSED for Term 1, 2020 ... keep an eye out for future Terms.  We'll announce who was successful soon


Eligibility and Terms & Conditions (T&C's):


To be eligible for the Academy riders must meet all criteria:

  • Be a full Race Member of MTBA with SCUM nominated as your club
  • Aged between 10-13 years old (note: junior age range)
  • Have a well maintained mountain bike and an Australian approved helmet
  • Have participated in at least one SCUM event in the past
  • Be able to commit to the full term program, attending one session per week*
  • Be able to independently get to SCUM events
  • Be keen to take your Cross Country MTB skills to the next level

*Sessions are from 5:15pm - 6:15pm Mondays, Term 1, 2020 and will be held at the SCUM Cabbage Tree Lane trail.  The First Session will be Monday 3rd February.  Your coach will be Lynne Vaughan.


Directions: Cabbage Tree Lane is easy to find ... it's just off Yalwal Road, West Nowra, about 1 km down 'Cabbage Tree Lane'.  There's a MAP on our Social Scene Page and a Google map link is right here


PARENTS - If you're keen to help in this or in future academies - please also let us know.  Shoot us an e-mail to 

Have fun Juniors!



Active Kids Program





SCUM is now registered with the NSW Government's Active Kids Program.  Vouchers can be used for club and MTBA membership; unfortunately they cannot be used for individual events entry fees.




To use a voucher please contact the SCUM Committee via email or catch up at an event - it is a bit of a process and requires some paperwork.  Vouchers cannot be used online.


James Williamson Junior Development Camp 2019

Applications have now closed for 2019. SCUM is super pleased to support a number of junior riders to attend.


The Camp is a great opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s highest level mountain bike riders; think skill sessions, rides and discussions.  You’ll gain experience with all aspects of riding as well as some mechanical know how, training tips and competition tips.  All whilst having a whole lot of fun.


To be eligible for SCUM assistance you must be:

  • A financial member of the Club; both now and for the duration of the camp (i.e. a MTBA member with SCUM as your nominated club).
  • Aged between 13-17 years.
  • Able to demonstrate previous ‘race experience’ at a SCUM event and potentially other events.
  • Keen to take your Cross Country mountain biking skills to the next level. 
  • Able to provide a written reference from the club (we’ll help out with this one).


  • Participating in trail building days and assisting at SCUM events would be advantageous.

How to apply?  NOW CLOSED

  • Complete the application form found here.  SCUM will provide you with a written reference.
  • Post or Email your completed application form to Meg Patty by 7th Sep 2019 (as outlined within the application form).

A full description and details of the requirements of the camp can be found at this link.


When will I find out if SCUM will assist me with funding?

If you are successful in gaining a place in the Willo Camp, please advise SCUM via e-mail to as soon as you are aware. Once the SCUM Committee know how many junior members will be attending, we will advise how much we can contribute. Our aim is to support all riders as much as possible. 

Please note: The Willo organisers will determine who attends the camp. Places are limited and a reference from the SCUM committee does not guarantee your acceptance.


Novice / Junior riders

Novice events cater for anyone new to Mountain Biking.  If you want to get out there and have a go without feeling the need to 'race' then this style of event is right for you.  Previous participants have included mums, dads, brothers, sisters, young and old; anyone that was keen. 


Novice events coincide with each of the XC events and take in some of the best bits of each trail.  They are short and sweet with a few of the bigger lumps and bumps excluded.  Each Novice event runs in a marathon style with the course closing after the 30 minute mark, riders can do as many laps as they want or can in the allocated time (the overall riding time can therefore vary - can be up to approx 45 minutes).


Kudos to Mason Mawer & Scott Woods for coordinating the Novice events, plus all of the extras that regularly lend a hand; we can always use more help though so don't be frightened to put your hand up.