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Snow Camp are a groundbreaking service for youth organisations in London, the North West, the Midlands and Scotland.

Run by national youth charity Switch180, Snow Camp deliver an accredited journey of snowsports courses to young people most in need. We do this in partnership with youth projects and youth service providers.   

Our Courses

Our courses are unique and attractive to young people, taking them from beginner to qualified snowsports instructors in one year with volunteering and apprenticeship progression routes available at the end. Alongside learning to ski or snowboard, young people also have access to life skills training and mental health support. Find out more about each course below.

First Tracks

The first course in our series of courses, which provides young people with their first experience of snowsports combined alongside life skills training.

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Graduate

After completing First Tracks, young people can join Graduate where they will further develop their snowsports skills over 6 weekends. Young people attend life skills sessions, a mental wellbeing workshop and gain an ASDAN certificate in Sports and Fitness.

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Excel

Excel supports young people who wish to pursue a career in the snowsports industry and achieve a Level 1 Instructor qualification. After completing Graduate, young people train for a further 10 weeks on Excel and have access to mental wellbeing workshops and 1-1 counselling sessions.

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Apprenticeships

Our newly qualified Excel instructors can gain employment for 1 year at Snow Camp, which includes snowsports industry work placements, an NVQ in Activity Leadership or SVQ in Sports Coaching and a BASI Level 1 Instructor qualification.

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Youth Forum

Volunteering and training opportunities for young people who have attended Excel. Young people also have access to mental wellbeing workshops and 1-1 counselling sessions.

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We run programmes in London, Scotland, the Midlands and the North West.

Check out our latest Impact Report

Read how we were able to have a positive impact on thousands of young people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Impact Report

Working in partnership with Snow Camp we have been able to provide disadvantaged young people across our Youth Zones with experiences they will never forget and enables them to achieve more than they ever thought was possible, raising their aspirations, learning new skills and developing a strong sense of self belief. It’s a partnership we value hugely and we hope will grow and flourish into the future.

Kathryn Morley CEO, OnSide Youth Zones
Laquan Circle Website

If I hadn’t got involved with Snow Camp I would be in a lot of trouble for doing the wrong things with the wrong people. Not because of who I am but because of the influence on the the estates. With no real direction or ambition it’s easy to get sucked into a lifestyle so many people around you are living. Snow Camp has helped me to have a positive future and now I have a full time job in the snowsports industry!

Laquan Snow Camp Youth Volunteer
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I have Asperger's Syndrome and a chronic illness called CFS/ME. Snow Camp has been a life changing opportunity that has completely changed how I see myself and I have learnt that I can push myself further than I ever thought possible. Snow Camp is a welcome respite from my responsibilities at home, both physically and emotionally. I have discovered a profound passion for snowboarding, and I can’t wait to further develop my skills.

Ashleigh Snow Camp young person
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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.

Jenny Jones Sochi 2014 Olympic Bronze Medallist and Snow Camp Patron

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