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February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

SWO is a great organization. What they have been able to do with the small amount of funds and staff they have is incredible.....but this is a testament to their passion for their Lord and that those who arrive at their camp know Him as well!!! They're devoted to proclaiming the Truth and equipping students to grow in their relationships with Christ. They're high view of God's Word is something that is seen from the top down, from Brody down to the servant team volunteers. As a staffer, I was always challenged in my walk with Christ. The Summer Staff is what sets SWO above any other camp. They have high standards and the relationships built at SWO will be long lasting and fruitful. I had the privilege of working with Sam, the Cook, even he was encouraging in his walk with Christ.....the staff here is the key. They are not perfect and don't claim to be but the Lord uses their humility and faithfulness.

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

The relationships that i build with you has been altered to my time at Snowbird. My walk with Christ was absolutely strengthened and it helped increase my love for the Gospel.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase their funding.

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

This place helped change my life....I would not be where i am today doing what God has called me to do without the help of the amazing families that run this place. they give kids a chance to be kids..to do things that most kids never gain the opportunity to do. And they challenge kids to become contributors to the kingdom of God. To actually make a difference in the generations coming after them. This place will always have a piece of my heart, I am a part of their family now.

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

the two summers that i spent working with these people

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

SWO is amazing. Not only is the staff very involved with the students that come in, the full-time staff takes time to invest in the summer staff. Once someone goes to Snowbird it is a life changing experience. I consider myself better for not just being part of SWO but being around some of the most amazing and godly people I have ever met. I can not count the blessings I received by working at Snowbird. People are truly moved when they visit. Had I not spent as much time there as I did I am scared to think about what my life would be like now. There is ALWAYS someone there that is willing to listen and help you with whatever trouble you may be having. While I do not work there anymore the people of SWO will always be considered my family. I thank God for the incredible blessing of letting me work at Snowbird.

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

I've become so much closer to the Lord since working there. I now have a godly wife whom I met through camp, and have godly influences in my life. I know I can look at the parents at SWO and build my parenting around there examples

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

SWO is amazing the way it is. I can't imagine anywhere that changes can actually be made. As long as the leadership is the same as it was when I was there ( which it is) the camp is is wonderful hands.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

SWO is a great organization. They're devoted to proclaiming the Gospel and equipping students grow in their relationships with Christ. They're high view of God's Word is something that is seen from the top down, from the people in charge down to the servant team volunteers. As a camper, I was always challenged in my walk with Christ. The Summer Staff is what sets SWO above any other camp. They have high standards and the relationships built at SWO will be long lasting and fruitful.

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

Seeing lives changed. Learning about Biblical Ministry. Long lasting relationships.

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes needed

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is unmatched in youth ministry. I grew up in a military family. My parents would get me to church wherever we were located at the time and they would take me to Sunday school. I distinctly remember pitching a fit every time I had to say goodbye to my mother and hating that particular Sunday morning hour with a passion. I remember my teachers would always send home some type of assignment to work on for the next week and to me it was worse than homework. For a long time I had a bad view of church. I had no relationship with God so of course what we did in church made no sense to me. I was bored.

In 1997 Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters was established in the small town of Andrews. A small group of people began clearing land by hand with a vision in their minds and a passion in their hearts for this area. By 1999 Snowbird had made its way into the school system and began meeting and building friendships with the students and faculty in the county. I just happened to be a sophomore at Andrews High School when the first ever Athletes Day took place on the campus of Snowbird. We spent the day participating in team building activities with breaks in between to hear a variety of people speak to us about being role models in our schools, our communities, and even within our own families. We heard people speak about relationships, abstinence, and leadership. Most importantly, we heard about God and what it meant to have a real relationship with the creator of the world and how this would affect every area that we had heard about during the daily sessions we sat through. At this point in my life I would have told you that I was a Christian. I gave my life to Christ when I was thirteen years old on a Sunday morning in a local church, but once again I had no real relationship with God like these people spoke about. I experienced no discipleship by those who were around me and I had no idea that there was more to being a Christian than just walking down the aisle and saying a little prayer. I found my identity in sports, girls, and good grades and thrived on the attention and popularity it all brought me. This was my life. This is what I lived for. The topics that were discussed at this Athletes Day confused me but sparked my interest at the same time. I wanted to know more.

It wasn’t long before I heard about a Monday night Bible study that Snowbird was about to begin at The Rock, a local Christian youth center. This Bible study was like nothing I had ever experienced in my life. I heard a different kind of message than I heard in my local church. Not only does Jesus save, but He wanted to have a daily real and personal relationship with me. I heard a different kind of music that I had never heard before and I learned how to worship. I met a group of people who had a desire to see me grow and who loved me without even knowing me. I began to discover my identity in Christ and how to experience joy in Him. Over the next couple of years I became more involved with Snowbird. I began attending Bible studies regularly, going to the camp when groups were in on retreats and sitting and listening to services without my mother making me go, and I quickly found myself spending all my free time around the staff who really showed an interest in me and my life. These people came to my school and ate with me, they attended my sporting events and supported my team and encouraged me when they saw me later in the week. I love talking and they listened. I knew this place and these people were different.

Snowbird has completely changed my life. Snowbird has changed the lives of my closest friends. It has renewed and grown my friendships with these people like I could have never imagined. Because of Snowbird I now have a real relationship with God and I desire to live my life to honor and glorify His name. I now understand that my Christianity didn’t end that morning in my local church. The practical teaching and love that those staff had for me shaped who I am spiritually today. I was challenged to establish what I believed and to know why I believe it in order to defend my faith. I had a desire to learn about other religions so that I would have a better understanding of where they are coming from if I ever had the opportunity to sit down and share with someone who believed differently than me.

Our community is so blessed to have Snowbird and its staff as our friends and neighbors. They have such a desire to see our community grow together and discover a holy God. In my time as a supporter of Snowbird I have seen nearly two hundred local students attend the camp with the help of the scholarship fund that Snowbird has set up specifically for them. They come with no leaders so the staff that are from Andrews stay in the tents with them and build relationships with them during the week that we hope and pray will last much longer than just their week of camp.

When I moved off to college I didn’t know what to expect. I came to find out that many of the ministries on my campus had turned into social clubs. It was very difficult to find strong Christian fellowship while I was away. Snowbird continued to affect my life even at this point. I approached a full time staff member at Snowbird, and asked him if he had time to meet with me every now and then during the week to encourage one another and establish some accountability in my life when I wasn’t at Snowbird. He didn’t even hesitate and responded, “We can meet at least once a week and I can even drive all the way to your school if you can’t meet me somewhere.” Snowbird has a passion that isn’t circumstantial. It doesn’t meet the needs of only certain age levels. The staff at Snowbird have loved me, encouraged me, held me accountable, and taught me for a very long time. They have taught me what real fellowship is, and what a real relationship with God is, and although I mess up a lot, it has changed the way I live my life.

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

My own life, my spiritual growth, my leadership and relationship skills.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do nothing. The way they treat those who attend their organization is first rate, organized, and professional.

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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

How did you find this group?

Local resident

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Snowbird is an amazing camp to go and find god and learn about the wonders that he has and will do for us. The love that he has shown us, and the love that he will constantly show us is so powerful that no one can grasp it. The instructors there work with everyone to help them obtain a greater understanding of what god has planned for us and what he has done. They explain how Jesus will come back for us, and he will take us with him. They helped me realize that Jesus will always be with me no matter how tough life gets. So my review for snowbird is a positive one, and snowbird is a highly recommended Camp. Thank You!

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

I have gone to the camp for two consective years and i plan on going back. This camp does wonders for the doubters and they are so positive about what the say and do.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the times for the stays, i only got to stay for a week at a time. I would love to have a longer stay.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

In 2007, I attended SWO as a youth pastor with my students. The week we spent there was one of the greatest years of my life. The staff was great in being very intentional with myself and the students. The changes that happened that week caused me to reevaluate my direction in my life. Two months later I moved my family to Andrews to be apart of the ministry as a volunteer. I currently still reside in Andrews and My wife and I now work in the ministry. The growth in our life is continuing as we continue to learn and then share the knowledge with others.

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

My personal walk with Christ and with the growth of my family.

Ways to make it better...

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

leave it the way that it is.

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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

How did you find this group?

Word of mouth from other youth pastors.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Holy and Righteous living exhibited by sacrificial living directed at helping others in our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I worked at Snowbird this past summer on summer staff and it was one of the most amazing summers of my life. I had no idea what to expect when filling out the application, but at the end of the summer I was so thankful for the opportunity to serve with such a Godly ministry. The leadership was wise, the preaching was convicting and overall they just really know what they're doing and submit everything to the Lord!

The Great!

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

getting to make a lot of new friends that I never would have known other wise and being able to encourage them/get encouraged by them in our walk with Christ!

Ways to make it better...

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

give them the Winter 2011 GuideStar-KIMBIA Nonprofit Giveaway!

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Snowbird is a wonderful nonprofit organization. They really care about spending time with kids, getting to know them, and helping them with things going on in their lives. They bring groups of students all the time and it's a great time for the kids to get away from home and just be loved on by an amazing staff! I know several students in particular who's lives have been radically changed as a result of Snowbird. They are very focused on sharing the gospel with students and helping them recognize their need for Christ. I love Snowbird and I love volunteering there. I don't think i would ever want to work at any other camp.

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

I attended camp at Snowbird when I was in middle and high school and now I volunteer my time there as well whenever I can. I have personally experienced the results of this organization in my own life, in the lives of friends, as well as in the lives of different campers I've had the joy of ministering to.

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

nothing.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I am a Youth Pastor and I have taken my youth groups to Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters off and on for the last 10 years. Their staff and facilities are the best that I have ever seen. They are truly making ad difference in their community and in the lives of thousands of teens and adults every year. I would give them a definite 10 on a scale of 10!!!

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

Youth Camps and volunteering there.

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

Leave it just the way it is!

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