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.
Results: Snowbird Outfitters, Inc. became an accredited member of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) in April 2011. Snowbird Outfitters' programs have all seen an increase in booking through the years- Summer Camp, Fall and Spring Retreats, Ski Retreats, Marriage Retreats, Men's Retreats, the Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School- summer and semester programs, and Snowbird Missions and Outreach- year round. The OLD School semester program received college accreditation through the Baptist College of Florida in 2009. In fall 2010, three OLD School semester students were the first students to utilize the program's college accreditation for credit hours. This fall, five of the 12 students are enrolled to take the semester for college credit.
Target demographics: Middle and high school students- youth groups, individuals, group homes, Christian school groups; adults- marriage retreats and men's retreat.
Geographic areas served: Generally the southeastern part of the U.S., but have had groups come from states well outside of the southeast
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 58-2273703
828-321-2210
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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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!

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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.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

SnowBird is a wonderful christian camp that is a safe place for kids to get away from the stress of life and grow closer to Jesus. At Snowbird there is a wonderful staff that is always willing to help and it is a wonderful experience. Snowbird has lots of fun activities that you can participate in, and there is never a dull moment at SnowBird!

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

I have personally have been touched by the wonderful staff and have had so much fun everytime i have been. (I have been to the summer and winter retreat)

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

Increase funding :)

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was a youth parent when I first attended summer camp with our church's youth group. This was before Snowbird even had real bathhouses-porta pottiess work but ugg. Anyway, the Bible studies, the lessons for the students were wonderful. The skits either crack you up or tear you up depending on their motive. My own children loved it. Once we were stuck in St. Maarten in the Carribean because a volcano had errupted and no planes could fly, but all my children could think about was that they were suppose to be at Camp Snowbird and they were missing it! Awesome leadership, sincere teachers of the word, and crazy fun is what I think of for Snowbird.

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

as a camp leader 3 different stays at Snowbird as well as to visit the marriage retreat with my husband in the fall

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

make the beds a little more comfortable, have small group nature areas for the youth groups to individually meet in the evenings or mornings.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have visited Snowbird on one ocassion for a men's retreat and immediately made plans for my next trip, which is coming up on March 11, 2011. The facilities were very nice, the grounds were clean and beautiful. I received great spiritual encouragement anf have seven friends returning with me this year. The break out learning sessions and recreational events were extremely powerful and relaxing.
I would refer any of my friends or youth groups to this camp.

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

Spiritual growth and continued friendships made at this facility.

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

Make it a little larger so more folks could enjoy it. It booked full last summer before we could make reservations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SNOWBIRD has been an extraordinary blessing to me and to those I serve. By going above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of those they are serving, they have affectively raised the bar—setting a new high standard for how an organization should be run, and how people should be served. In ever aspect of their service, they have one simple and simultaneously daunting goal: Meet as many needs of as many people in as many ways as possible.
SNOWBIRD has been a vital part of what I do as a student pastor. They not only provide the students with top notch facilities and quality activities, but they make the planning process as stress free as possible. Taking students out of state is the most stressful part of my job, but my workers and I relish the times at SNOWBIRD. It is a time where we can be refreshed and connect with our students. Not enough can be said about SNOWBIRD WILDERNESS OUTFITTERS. It truly is a joy to spend time with people who not only love what they do, but that love the God and people they do it for. At SNOWBIRD everyone is family.

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

All areas.

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

Give them a larger budget.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have attended a couples weekend for the past three years and we absolutely love it. I am impressed with how the staff loves the Lord and it shows in everything they do. The teaching is biblical and practical for my marriage. The staff really cares about helping in every way for my marriage to work and go beyond. The atmosphere is wonderful and the sleeping arrangements are good too. We are well taken care of when if comes to food. I enjoy the skills/fun time with my wife. I feel safe and that they are competent in what they do. I can't wait to go back each year and take more people with us.

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

my marriage with the truth and life giving teachings.

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

do nothing!!!!!!

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