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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

SWO is a great camp. The activities and recreation make this camp the most flexible and fun a student can have. The staff is what sets this camp apart from all other youth church camps. They hire a large staff to student ratio and that means that college students are trying to engage your students in conversation to help point them to Christ and help them understand the world from a Biblical perspecitve.

As a youth pastor I appreciate the logs that the staff fills out and the camp mails to me as a follow up. It helps me know understand and love my students even better.

Best youth camp I have ever been to!!

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

making a difference in students lives for the Christ. They help truthfully and in love point students to Christ.

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

I would consider expanding the worship space or limit the # of campers. The worship area is crowded.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Never in my life have I been involved with a ministry that challenged me to grow spiritually the way Snowbird did. Bunking the typical view of sedate Christianity the camp confronts you with the fact that being a believer is an adventurous, difficult, vivid life. The staff bears a compassion for the campers that is unrivaled, and the result is genuine, one-on-one relationships in which campers find themselves experiencing the radical love of Christ.
I attended the camp as a camper, a chapperone, and as a part of the staff. Everyone I've known who has been a part of this ministry has been impacted by Christ's work there.

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

My own life.

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

make the organization bigger, perhaps establishing another 'branch' of the camp in another location in order to make it more attainable to other youth groups.

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?

This camp confronts you with an unappologetic Gospel.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird Wilderness is truly second to none. They provide some of the best recreation in the country! But don't let the adventure fool you, the most important thing they offer is found in their leadership staff. All of the teaching is biblically sound and Christ-centered. Then on top of that they have a great leader to student ratio. Every student who attends is meaningfully invested in by one or more college aged students who dedicate their summer to serving youth. I think the highest compliment I can give Snowbird is that students who come back aren't just on a camp high... they are truly transformed by the gospel. What students experience in a week of camp has an eternal benefit on their lives!

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

seeing my students come closer to Christ in a tangible way.

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

figure out how to make the day last a few hours longer

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a fantastic organization that not only reaches out to people who come to take part, but people in the surrounding community, neighboring states and internationally. I worked at SWO for 5 years and in that time we helped over 65 families rebuild roofs, homes and restore healthy living conditions to families in need. They traveled to West Virginia to help build houses and every year have taken a trip to an Orphanage in Honduras to spend time with children and show them that there are loved and cared for. I was sponsored through SWO to move to Honduras and live amongst the people for a semester helping with any needs that might arise. I became a drum teacher and worked on the farm raising chicken and pigs so that the children would have their own source of food. It is because of SWO that this happened and changed not only my life but those who were touched through the work that was done. This could not have been done without the help of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters.

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

...in my own life, and the people I was able to reach out to and offer a helping hand.

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

I would... raise financial support so that more could be done.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Snowbird was where I spent two summers of my college career. I would not have traded the experience I received or the experience I was apart of for anything. The Lord's hand is on SWO because He is faithful to those who are faithful.

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

I have personally experienced results from SWO. I worked there in the past and still feel the effects on my life now.

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

I would not choose to change anything.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a MS/HS principal and the President of an organization serving 70 K-12 schools, I would like to say the Snowbird provides the best overall experience of any camp we have sent our students to. They have done a tremendous job of building a camp that is both full of things kids love to do, and takes advantage of the many opportunities available in the surrounding area (skiiing, white water rafting, caving, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, just to name a few we have participated in). Their staff has an incredible ability to instantly bond with teens, then lead them to begin or deepen their walk with Christ. The spiritual side of their program is life-changing. They truly have built an experience that excites students with FUN physical activities and ignites students in their spiritual walk. FIVE STARS!!!!

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

Seeing changes in the lives of students.

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

Get that waterslide open!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Snowbird is a camp dedicated to building solid Christian character in young men & women as well as the employees, volunteer helpers, and affiliates. Having worked for a camp such as theres, brought children there as campers, and myself working in the recreation field, I can confidently speak about the camp. Dedicated staff, great recreation, purpose beyond themselves, relationships that impact lives, and more are all hallmarks of Snowbird. I hope to be in a role like theirs in my lifetime.

I'm especially impressed at the staff's dedication to living what they teach. Areas for improvement might be getting staff to bathe in the Summer more frequently, but then, that's kind of hip at Summer camp.

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

it's influence on my own life and faith, in witnessing their influence on campers along with other employees and volunteers, and as a former staff member able to observe the consistency and character of current staff.

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

It's hard for college & high school students to step out of their cliques and typical-youth selfishness. As much as I respect the organization, it's not immune to typical social issues that we see in youth. I think it's a challenge for all young adults to grow in that area.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Nobody does camp as well as Snowbird. Nobody. They have more staff, and more fully equipped and qualified staff than any other camp I've been to in eleven years of youth ministry. We've participated in their Winter Camp, Summer Camp, and Summer Mission Camps, and every one has been amazing. They get it, and we are blessed every time we're there. They have also been an incredible partner in ministry during the whole year- checking on our students and leaders, keeping us up about camp, etc. We feel like family, and we love them.

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

Our students' faith and the depth of their faith.

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

move them closer to our town!

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?

the staff. incredible.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up going to this camp - and I am so thankful for that. They provide extremely solid Biblical based teaching that has helped me very much in my life. Also, the staff there are all some of the best counselors that I have ever met in my life, with the care that they have for each and every student. The recreation offered is also top notch, but as any of the staff will tell you - it's not all about the recreation, it's all done for the sake of the Gospel and to reach students with the truth.

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

My entire life. I have learned so many things here that effect every avenue of my life - namely, that my reason for existence is to glorify Christ and become like him.

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

Probably not make any, aside from letting more people know about it. There really isn't anything that I can think of that needs changes.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff are the strength of this program. The staff believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to work through their personal, exhaustive efforts to serve the Lord Jesus Christ by ministering to those who simply step foot onto the property. Even, if it means going to the ends of the earth, they will, and have done so, for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be proclaimed. The tremendous impact upon individuals for eternity, which marks this ministry, is primarily due to the great emphases placed upon each staff members ability to pour themselves out every hour during their 18 hour work days!

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

My own personally relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ has grown so much through my involvement in the summer programs, the OLD School semester program, and through off-season retreats.

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

Restructure their over all finances in order to provide reasonable salaries to those who are serving in roles that are deserving of such. This would not necessarily mean that volunteer positions would not be available, only establish some positions as paid, and accountable as such.

 
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