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We give young people from inner-city communities across the UK positive futures through snowsports.

Our mission is to engage young people through skiing and snowboarding to provide life-skills training and mental health support, while enabling them to gain qualifications and employment in the snowsports industry and beyond.

Our Story

Snow-Camp have been successfully supporting young people since 2003. In our last programme year the young people we worked with transformed their lives.

0% gained one or more new nationally recognised qualifications
0% said that learning to ski or snowboard had improved their confidence
0% said that they had my friends with someone from a different estate or area
0% said that they had learnt new tools to look after their mental wellbeing day-to-day
0% of youth workers said that our programmes delivered positive outcomes for their young people and added value to their ongoing youth work

Check out our 2019/20 Annual Review

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

Read it here

Our Programmes

Motivating young people to fully engage is the key to successful youth work and 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 indoor snowsports centres in London, the North West, the Midlands and Scotland. Watch this short video to find out more about us.

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. Find out more about our programmes below.

First Tracks

Providing young people with their first experience of snowsports combined with life-skills sessions over 2 action packed days.

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Enabling young people to 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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Supporting young people who wish to pursue a career in the snowsports industry and achieve a Level 1 Instructor qualification. Young people train for 10 weeks, which includes a 1 week residential trip. Young people have access to mental wellbeing workshops and 1-1 counselling sessions.

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Employment for 1 year at Snow-Camp, which includes snowsports industry work placements, an NVQ in Activity Leadership or SQL in Sports Coaching and a BASI Level 1 Instructor qualification. Apprentices take part in mental wellbeing workshops and have access to 1-1 counselling sessions.

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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.

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
Matt Conroy Circle Website Image

Every young person should get the opportunity to join Snow-Camp – it’s fun, it’s exciting, it’s challenging and most importantly, it is tailored expertly for young people from a range of challenging situations and communities, including those affected by gang and knife crime. XLP have been referring young people to Snow-Camp for several years now and we can’t recommend their programmes enough.

Matt Conroy XLP Youth Worker

Through Snow-Camp I have gained so many skills that have helped me find employment in the snowsports industry. Now I don't avoid my responsibilities and I love returning to Snow-Camp each year as a volunteer, instructing the new young people joining the charity. I’ve really grown in confidence and I feel like I can take on any task in the future.

Hamza Snow-Camp youth volunteer
Ashleigh Circle Headshot for Website

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

Our Awards

Volunteer Friendly Award
National Apprenticeship Awards
Not A Red Card Awards
Princess Royal Training Awards
Community Sport and Rec Awards
London Youth Gold Quality Mark
London Youth Silver Quality Mark
Apprenticeship National Award 2015 logo
community sport award logo

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