What We Do

Who We Support

Snow-Camp support and empower inner-city young people, aged 13-21, through snowsports to provide life-skills sessions, qualifications and vocational training.

We work with a range of young people across the UK: the young people we work are aged 13-21 and might be failing in school, or have dropped out altogether, they might have committed juvenile crimes and now struggle to find employment or they’re on a negative life-path and need support to change their direction. The young people might have emotional and behavioural needs or be NEET or at risk of becoming NEET. They could also, simply, just need someone to believe in them. We work directly with youth projects and youth service providers to ensure that we are working with those who are most in need of our support. 

Our Programme Journey

Motivating young people to fully engage is the key to successful youth work and the young people we work with are traditionally hard to engage. However, we have found that snowsports are incredibly attractive to inner-city young people, despite being out-of-reach for many. The opportunity to participate in snowsports acts as the tool with which we can effectively engage young people and maintain a positive involvement with them. This is achieved through our Programme Journey, which takes place at artificial and indoor snowsport centres in the UK.

Our programmes run from July-June each year. All young people must start at the beginning on First Tracks and have no prior snowsports experience.

First Tracks

Introductory Training in Skiing and Snowboarding: This is an exciting time for the young people as they clip on or tie up their boots for their first experience of snowsports. On the programme they also participate in life-skills sessions focusing on independence, responsibility, confidence and self-esteem and, upon completion of the programme, young people gain an accredited Snowsport England/Scotland/Wales Snow Life Award.

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Graduate

Higher Level Snowsports Training: This programme offers young people the opportunity to further develop their snowsport skills over 6 weekends. Young people attend life-skills sessions focusing on vocational opportunities with presentations from industry representatives. Upon completion, students gain an ASDAN Level 1 Youth qualification in Sport and Fitness.

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Excel

Advanced Snowsports Training: When a young person reaches the Excel Programme they are motivated and ready to pursue a career in the snowsports industry. Over 10 weeks young people train to become qualified Snowsport England/Scotland ski or snowboarding instructors. They also experience their first trip to the mountains; broadening their horizons on a personal and on an educational level.

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Apprenticeships

We provide 5 young people, who have completed our First Tracks, Graduate and Excel Programmes, with full-time employment for 1 year with Snow-Camp, which incorporates work placements with snowsport industry partners alongside an NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership and a BASI Level 1 Snowsport Instructor qualification.

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Youth Forums

The Snow-Camp Youth Forum (SCYF) in each city provides young people with volunteer opportunities to get more involved in our work. It enables young people to have their say on the development of Snow-Camp’s programmes, support Snow-Camp fundraising events, discuss any issues they face in their communities and 2 young people work alongside our Board of Trustees each year.

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Where We Work?

Snow-Camp London

Our London programmes have been running since 2003 and offer young people the opportunity to get involved in our full Journey of Programmes: First Tracks, Graduate and Excel as well as our Apprenticeship Programme and Youth Forum. The programmes operate at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Gavin Hanmer.

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Snow-Camp Scotland

Our Scotland programmes have been running since 2012 and currently offer young people the opportunity to get involved with our First Tracks, Graduate and Excel Programmes as well as the Youth Forum, with plans to offer the Apprenticeship Programme in 2018. The programmes operate at Snow Factor and Bearsden Ski & Board Club in Glasgow. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Laura McIntyre.

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Snow-Camp Midlands

Snow-Camp Midlands launched at the start of 2017 with our First Tracks Programme, which will also be running this summer. We also have plans to run our Graduate Programme in 2017 along with the Excel Programme and Youth Forum in 2018. Our programmes run at the SnowDome in Tamworth. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Chris Walsh.

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Snow-Camp Bristol

Our Bristol programmes have been running since 2016 and currently offer young people the opportunity to get involved with our First Tracks Programme, with plans to offer the Graduate Progamme in 2017 along with the Excel Programme and our Youth Forum in 2018. Our programmes run at the Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Andrew Kimber.

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Snow-Camp Cardiff

Snow-Camp Cardiff launched at the start of 2017 with our First Tracks Programme, which will also be running this summer. We also have plans to run our Graduate Programme in 2017. Our programmes run at the Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre. For more information or to register your interest, please contact Andrew Kimber.

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Our Impact

Snow-Camp are committed to being able to effectively justify the positive impact of our programmes. We have implemented an evaluation framework to capture the impact of our activities on the young people we work with and at the end of each programme year we quantify our outcomes. At the end of the 2015/16 programme year, we found that our work had a transformational impact on the young people who completed our Journey of Programmes:

0% were more determined
0% were more motivated
0% felt they had achieved something positive
0% had made new friends
0% wanted to stay involved with snowsports
0% gained nationally recognised qualificaitons
0% had improved confidence
0% have gone on to employment, training, further education or other positive destinations

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Do you work with young people and want to get involved?

Snow-Camp programmes can be a life changing experience for young people. If you work with inner-city young people and would like to get them involved in our programmes, we'd love to hear from you. Please fill in the contact form below and one of our Programme Managers will be in touch.

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