Snow Camp Young People Shine In 2023

The 2023/24 Snow Camp year was always going to be a special one with our 20th anniversary celebrations. As we enter the winter season, we’re shining a light on this year’s cohort of young people who are already making this year even more special than we could have wishes for.

In October & November alone, over 1,700 hours of skiing and snowboarding were delivered to over 170 Snow Camp young people in London, the Midlands, the North-West and Scotland; with a high percentage now looking to progress onto the advanced 10-week Snow Camp Excel programme in the new year.

Not only have ‘the class of 23/24’ blown us away with their commitment, perseverance and dedication during their 5-week intermediate programme, but they’ve been inspired by more than 50 youth volunteers from previous years who’ve returned as role models to give back and support this year’s cohort progressing through the Snow Camp journey.

With our Snow Camp Apprentices included, we can’t wait to see how the rest of the 2023/24 Snow Camp programme year develops, culminating with our annual Excel residential trip in April.

A few more highlights from the past few months:

Royal Encounters

Last month, Snow Camp Apprentice Rumai plus Youth Forum Member Thoiba had the honour of meeting Prince William as part of their involvement with The Hideaway Youth Project; a Manchester-based youth project who we’ve been proud to partner with for over 3 years, with more young people than any previous year experiencing the Snow Camp programmes in 23/24.

During the princes visit to announce additional funding to help Hideaway improve their services, Rumai and Thoiba were able to share their Snow Camp stories with the prince whilst hearing about his wish to learn to snowboard as well as ski.

Rumai said “it was really exciting. He asked us if we could teach him to snowboard one day as he has only ever skied before. He was really down to earth and it was a honour to meet him.”

Thoiba said “it was really cool to speak to him about the impact Hideaway and Snow Camp has had on us! I was really excited to meet him and he was so easy to chat to.”

Thank you to everyone involved with The Hideaway Youth Project, and to Prince William of course who had such a positive impact on Rumai and Thoiba.

Holiday Activities and Food Success

Since 2018, the Department for Education’s Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme has provided support to children in receipt of free school meals throughout holiday periods; tacking the holiday experience gap for children from low-income households.

During our summer First Tracks programme in the Midlands, Snow Camp were proud to have played our part in the government’s agenda by teaming up with Streetgames and their game-changing BringItOnBrum programme to support 18 young people.

With nutritious food supplied by BringItOnBrum for every young person who joined us at Ackers Activity Centre, this collaboration has addressed 3 key trends experienced by children from low-income households, including being less likely to access organised out-of-school activities, more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health, plus more likely to experience social isolation.

With inclusion being at the heart of every Snow Camp programme, we want to acknowledge and thank BringItOnBrum for the newly launched partnership and collaboration, and look forward to many more programmes together looking ahead to 2024.

South East National Apprenticeship Awards Winners

Snow Camp were honored to attend the regional National Apprenticeship Awards ceremony on Wednesday 18th October 2023 where we were announced as winners of the Social Justice Apprentice Employer category; regognising organisations who support people into and through apprenticeships who are disadvantaged or under-represented.

Read the full news piece here.

Thanking our Youth Volunteers

Skating in the Midlands, Karting in Manchester, kicking around the Cairngorms and loving life in London… our Christmas get-togethers are a chance to thank every young person who’s completed the Snow Camp journey in previous years and returned to inspire and support the next generation coming through our programmes. To every young person who’s generously given your time and energy back to Snow Camp in 2023, we can’t thank you enough for your support. Thank you.

Bring on all that’s to come throughout the rest of our 23/24 Snow Camp programme year!