SNOWBIRD OUTFITTERS INC

Rating: 4.93 stars   665 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Religion, Sports

Location: 75 Mae Johnson Way Andrews NC 28901 USA

Mission: To see students transformed by the saving work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and through the centrality of this Gospel to disciple students in such a way that the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will conform them to the image of Christ.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm amazed by the positive & life changing impact Snowbird Outfitters, Inc. has had and continues to have on the lives of today's youth. Their love for Christ and commitment to confront students with the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through teaching, recreation and personal relationships is unbelievable. Both my son and daughter attended camp this summer for the first time and I can say without reservation that they returned changed. They keep talking about their experiences and can't wait to return next summer. Thank You Snowbird for your commitment to Christ and obedience in serving him in the camp ministry.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with Snowbird was in 1998 when I volunteered for a week of land clearing and construction. I could sense right away that this place was marked by God and chosen for a special purpose. I continued going back each year to visit and volunteer, having just a small part in this great work always brought great encouragement to me. My volunteering eventually lead to being asked to serve as a board memeber. This new role has brought on new tasks and opportunities which are often very challenging but always worth it, it's been a great pleasure to serve and work alongside so many who are commited to Jesus Christ.

Looking back now I'm amazed to see and reflect on how God chose a few ordinary and faithful people, gave them an undevelped creek bottom and a vision for youth ministry and then worked faithfully through them to do such big things. AWESOME!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witnessed and heard people's testimony on how God has saved them and then healed their brokeness and given them purpose and meaning in Himself. Personally, the friendships I've gained through my time spent as SWO has been so encouraging. Working alongide others who are passionate about what God has done/is doing has been very good for me. I'm so thankful to God for blessing me with such great friends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

One challenge I see for SWO now is the strategic planning for the future. As with any new org. so much happens so fast in the early years that it's difficult to keep up in all areas. While I think SWO has managed this quite well, now is the time to "settle" a little and work on a plan to insure that SWO remains healthy and strong in the years to come. This is an area both mngmt. and the board are working on now and I'm pleased with many of the accomplishments already.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Friend

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To see students transformed by the saving work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and through the centrality of this Gospel, to disciple students in such a way that the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will conform them to the image of Christ.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To see students transformed by the saving work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and through the centrality of this Gospel, to disciple students in such a way that the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will conform them to the image of Christ.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird Wildernes Outfitters continues to excel at impacting the lives of teenagers. Their dedicated staff creates environments where teenagers are challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually. They truly desire to relate to students on a one on one basis for development. I have never experienced an organization more able to remain passionate and intentional in developing today's teens.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird Outfitters is an incredible organization focused on challenging teenagers physically, spiritually, and in leadership. Snowbird has impressed me through its emphasis on relationships. It maintains a low, staff to client ratio which allows for more 1 on 1 mentoring to develop students. They also commit to maintaining these relationships through personal contact; email, facebook, texting, etc, well after your visit. This is well above the normal expectation for this type of organization.

I have attended many other youth development programs but none have provided such a wide array of opportunities to reach large numbers of students. Each student is at a different level of maturity, has different interests, and learns in different ways. Snowbird works hard to provide something for everyone to connect all students with an experience. Whether, high-adventure, relaxing times, recreation, drama, music, or teaching there is something for everyone. These are provided in a high-quality format which does not compromise the focus.

The most impacting thing about Snowbird Outfitters is the personal impact they have had on my family. My children love Snowbird and are even interested in becoming staff members there. Their counselors remain in contact with them, 3 years later, and have even invited them to weddings. I know that whatever has Snowbird's name attached will be quality, relational, and impacting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the long term impact on my students and my family. I allow my students to decide where they go to Summer Camp. Unanimously they pick Snowbird every year. And, I know that each year the students have grown more and more.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want them to expand. I think counselors should have better accommodations than renovated broken-down school buses.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Long term relationships built for growth

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to Snowbird Wilderness two times as a chaperone with out church's youth group, and my husband has been twice as a chaperone. Snowbird is a wonderful place!!! The staff cares about each and every child, and the youth feel they are loved and valued. The youth make life-long friends with the staff and stay in touch. There is always plenty to do at Snowbird; they definitely keep you busy the whole time. The worship experience is awesome!!! You can definitely feel the God's presence at Snowbird! Many youth make the decision to follow Jesus Christ by going to Snowbird. I highly recommend Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters! I plan to chaperone again soon if I am able.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a great nonprofit organization for youth. The leaders and counselors take so much time with the kids to get to know them; they truly love each and every child who comes to these camps. My daughter is a special needs child who looks so forward to going to Snowbird each year. My daughter can be a handful because she gets so excited, but these counselors are wonderful with her. They are so patient and understanding, and my daughter feels loved and accepted. The leaders and counselors are sharing the love of Christ, and I know His love is in each and every one involved with Snowbird.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I went as a chapperone with our youth group in January, 2011, and I am planning to go again as a chapperone this summer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't see any changes I would make. What SWO is doing is fantastic!

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I've been going to Snowbird since I was in youth (17 yrs old)...I am now a 31 year old youth pastors wife & youth leader :) There is no other camp like Snowbird. The staff are exceptional, they take the time to get to know our students and push them past their comfort zones and after the week is over still have an interest in their lives! It has become a sanctuary for our students who don't "fit" in like the rest of the kids and meets students right where they need it! I recommend Snowbird to every person inquiring about a place to go where God is made real, not only to students, but adult leaders as well :) Their t-shirts are pretty stinkin awesome too ;)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own life has radically changed from my encounters with God at Snowbird :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Sell kids t-shirts!!! I have 4 of my own kids and we'd buy t-shirts for them every year if they were available!!!

Rating: 5 stars  

There staff is fantastic. They take time to know each and every person who comes through there doors, and remembers them when they come back. They live for Christ and don't just talk. They do exactly what they say they will. Brody Holloway is absolutly amazing and keeps everyone and everything fun and organized.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My spritual life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing to change it.

Rating: 5 stars  

thanks to brody and others at snowbird i have grown alot in my walk with Christ. and some of the things i once feared have left me. there outlook is awesome. i love that they support misssions 110%. LOVE U GUYS LOTS. Eric Crisp

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The holy spirt move in huge ways

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing its not my place

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird was AMAZING. God really spoke to me about the things I did and the way I was living my life. Deffinitly a life changing experience and I reccomend it for anyone who's up for a good time. (:

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

nothing

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird is honestly the most life changing experience I have ever gone through. The leaders there build relationships with every camper that come through the camp. As soon as my church arrived there we were greeted with smiles and met many leaders that would be with us the entire visit. They talked about our personal life our relationship with God and other things. They even sat with us at meals and got us over our fears of the different events available to enjoy at the camp. The messages were all relatable and they did many skits and amazing worship services! The Snowbird staff even visits our church atleast once a year to vivsit with our youth. My church has been going to this for camp for five years now. There is an activity for everyone there and after all these years i still enjoy every visit more and more

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My walk with Christ

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Love for them to have more cabins and bathrooms for the may campers that come through it gets crowded.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have three children that have been involved with SWO. My two oldest sons have gone on to become preachers and my youngest daughter has spent the past four years at camp. She hopes to become a camp counselor this summer. Over the course of 20 years that I have raised my four children, this has been the best influence by far. I cannot express how much this organization means to my life and the life of my children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My children have grown into adults who continue to follow the Lord in thier daily lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I have no desire to change this.

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have went to Snow Bird summer camp for several years. It is the only camp I consider bring my students to. It is the most impactful camp when it comes to spiritual break through and disciplship. The leaders there are pasionate and genuinly love our students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing my students grow and mature in their walk with Christ.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the payment method for deposits making it somehow more flexible to add and drop students.

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