Who We Are

About Us

Snow-Camp is the UK’s only registered charity using a unique combination of snowsports, life-skills sessions, qualifications and vocational opportunities to support inner-city young people.

Since 2003, our small, dedicated team have been passionate about delivering an alternative approach to engage young people by providing a year-long Journey of Programmes at artificial and indoor ski slopes in the UK.

The time the young people spend on the slopes with us is further enhanced by our bespoke life-skills sessions which have been designed to help young people reflect upon the skills they are demonstrating whilst learning to ski or snowboard. In addition to the life-skills learnt, young people gain accredited qualifications at each stage of the programme journey, improving their CV, their qualifications and employment opportunities. Throughout our Journey of Programmes we provide a number of vocational opportunities and training, from industry talks to volunteering and work placements, we give young people the best chance at turning their lives around to create a positive future for themselves. 

Why We Started

Our Founder and Director, Dan Charlish, was inspired to start Snow-Camp by the young people he was working with on a grassroots youth and community project in London in 2003. This is his story:

“I started Snow-Camp because I recognised that young people growing up in inner-city London had very low aspirations around education or employment, had a lack of opportunity to participate in any sport or leisure activity and were at a high-risk of becoming involved in the negative activities that were surrounding them. In 2003, we took 13 kids from 10 to 19 years old on a life-changing week in the French Alps. We had a lot of experienced youth workers with us and there was just something profound about the mountains and the way that snowsports impacted on the young people. We just knew we had something really special. There was something about the shift in environment from where the young people were living day to day to somewhere beautiful that had a real impact.  There was nothing else out there that was offering young people that kind of opportunity.”

Our Vision

It is our vision to see Snow-Camp transform into a national charity with our full Journey of Programmes operating in 5 UK cities by 2018.

From the outset Snow-Camp has strived to support as many young people as possible and to expand our programmes to enable this whenever possible. Year on year we have successfully increased our fundraising and therefore the number of young people we reach in line with our vision. We are now at the point where everything is in place, with exception of the funds, to substantially expand our activities and replicate our full Journey of Programmes, currently being delivered in London, across the UK.

Our Aims

Engage

youth by providing a young people friendly journey of accessible programmes

Teach

young people the skills they need to raise their aspirations and gain employment

Improve

levels of accessibility and participation in snowsports for inner-city young people

Provide

an environment where young people can thrive, develop and have fun

Our Objectives

To Develop Life-Skills

Learning to ski or snowboard requires perseverance, commitment, patience, overcoming fear, teamwork and determination - all essential life-skills for inner-city young people.

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To Broaden Horizons and Break Down Barriers

Taking young people from different areas out of the city to a neutral environment where they can thrive, challenges the territorial bias in gang culture today. Attitudes can be changed and cross-borough friendships made. Snowsports are also out of reach for many young people: We make snowsports accessible to those who would never normally have the opportunity to learn how to ski or snowboard.

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To Promote Qualifications

Each Snow-Camp Programme delivers nationally accredited qualifications, including: Snowsport England/Scotland Snow-Life Award, ASDAN Youth Qualification in Health and Fitness, Snowsport England/Scotland and BASI Instructor Qualifications and NVQs in Activity Leadership.

To Achieve Positive Change

Enabling more young people, who are not in training or employment to participate in targeted work experience, vocational training and apprenticeships, as well providing employment opportunities across the snowsports industry and beyond.

To date, Snow-Camp have supported

0 inner-city youth to date
(January 2017)
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“I love the way Snow-Camp uses my sport to support young people who wouldn't ever get the chance to get involved in snowsports – and beyond that, to enable them to get qualifications and access to employment in the snowsports industry. I’m so honoured to be on board as a patron, as I am committed to seeing positive opportunities for young people in snowsports across the country.”

Jenny Jones Sochi 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist and Snow-Camp Patron
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“I've supported Snow-Camp for a number of years because they have had a real positive influence on young peoples' lives. The personal growth I have seen in the people going through the programme has been stunning. The positive impact of snowsports is incredibly powerful and Snow-Camp have harnessed it brilliantly.”

Dougie Crawford British Downhill Ski Champion and Snow-Camp Patron

Our Awards

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Apprenticeship National Award 2015 logo

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