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February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I am a youth minister and took my group to Snowbird for a Winter Ski Retreat. What I didn't expect was to find a place of complete spiritual refuge. My group had an incredible time. The counselors made the Christian walk come ALIVE for many of my teens!!! We had kids with us from age 7 though college...WE ARE DEFINITELY GOING AGAIN!!!

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

My own spiritual life. I needed a time of renewal.

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

Hire me and my husband full time!!! I wouldn't change anything.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

Snowbird Outfitters is a breath of fresh air in a world of often stale and cheesy youth adventure camps. Their originality, quality of programing and truly caring staff sets them apart from others by leaps and bounds. Spend a few days at Snowbird and I guarantee you will be back for more.

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

many ways both personally and professionaly

Ways to make it better...

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

give them more money for more positive growth

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

Snowbird Wilderness OUtfitters gives students the opportunity to decide what and who they believe in and why they do so. The staff clearly presents the gospel then asks probing questions so that students have to respond with personal and scriptural answers. not depending upon the answers fo their peers, teachers, or parents.

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

My oldest son was lost, following the whems of whatever crowd he foudn himself involved. SWO staff challenged him on his actions, his words and his deeds.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ask them to communicate more directly with parents.

February 20, 2011

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February 20, 2011

I am a youth pastor & i have taken our high school students to Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters for 11 years now. The reason I do, is due to the incredible hearts of the Snowbird staff for the lives of students. I have seen hundreds of teens have their lives changed for the better; desiring to live for God, say no to drugs & alcohol, honor & obey their parents, be kind to their siblings & to others, & to begin blessing their communities. Out of all the places that I have taken teens, Snowbird has brought about real LIFE CHANGE in our students, Not to mention how it has helped our adult leaders as well as myself to be better leaders and family members. I can't say enough about the incredible positive impact that Snowbird has had in the life of our ministry to students year after year!

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

My greater dedication to God and to Student ministry. I have welcomed the support of the Snowbird staff with our ministry!

Ways to make it better...

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

Do nothing. they don't need changing!

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Great camp. Christ-centered. Community focused. Men and woman who love God and show it.

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

My personal life as well as the lives of many other students, adults, pastors, etc.

Ways to make it better...

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

Replicate this camp across the world.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

From the first time I arrived at Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters, I knew immediately that this camp was different. I had been to Centri-fuge camps, local camps, and church events for many many years at this point and from the first day at Snowbird I had this feeling that not only was this camp where I wanted to be, but it was where God wanted me to be. From the excitement and daily challenges of the recreation available for all the youth, to the intense skits and worship, Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a once in a century camp that people will be talking about long after we are all here. If and when you have the oppurtunity to experience this camp, please do. Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters has everything every youth minister should be looking for in a camp.

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

FIrst hand this organization is there to have a relationship with you. They want to know your story and from the second that they know your coming they begin to pray fro you and the prayer never stops from there on out.

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

Give them more room for cabins, a bigger coop (worship area), and a bigger cafeteria. The hardest thing about snowbird is how crowded it is because they are a small organization in the mountains of North Carolina. Everyone wants to be there, but with such limited space not everyone can.

February 15, 2011

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February 15, 2011

I've worked within a number of places like Snowbird Outfitters Inc., but never have I been around one that was so utterly selfless, so open-hearted, so individual oriented that it nearly drives me to tears. The hands on interaction that this company provides is unmatched. Most organizations like Snowbird Outfitters Inc. have their "higher ups" off somewhere in an office or in a building that is far away from the people they are helping. I found the opposite to be true with Snowbird Outfitters Inc. Even after they were done doing their traditional desk job work, their staff was found interacting with those they were helping on a person-to-person level. Much of the staff could still be found on campus at 11pm helping those in need of help. Not only that, but they care about the people so much, that their full time staff voluntarily does all of the manual labor on the campus. I've never been so amazed by an organization's kindness and generosity in a way that made me evaluate my own life as a true humanitarian. I strive to be like them in the way I care for me fellow man.

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

Every way imaginable. I have redifined what it means to truly help others, to put others above myself, to make life wonderful for those around me.

Ways to make it better...

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

improve its advertising and improve its funding.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

I am a Youth Minister and Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is the "Best," by far, Youth Camp we have ever attended! The leaders and staff take great pride in providing the best camp experience possible, by providing every opportunity to connect with Jesus Christ while there. Snowbird also provides enough staff to have an amazing student to staff ratio, so your Youth are getting the personal attention & accountability they need. All of this, on top of the fact that you will not find better recreation anywhere! Form paint-ball, whitewater rafting, canoeing, horseback riding, tubing and much, much more! Snowbird is an amazing organization that is making a powerful impact on students and leader alike!

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

leading my Youth to Summer Camp here. We have also invited them to come to our home church to lead Disciple-Now weekends.

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

I can't think of any.

February 16, 2012

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February 13, 2011

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 maint... more

February 16, 2012

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.
February 13, 2011

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

SWO (Snowbird) is truly one of a kind. I know of no other place that offers such excellent facilities, activities, counselors, teaching and opportunities for lifechanging experiences as SWO. Upon learning of my affiliation with SWO, people ALWAYS respond positively and enthusiasticly. I've gotten comments like, "It's SO awesome!!" "I can't wait to go back!"; "My life was changed at Snowbird."
Youth leaders often tell me things like, "It's amazing! We've never experienced anything like it"; "Our kids came home focused, with a sense of purpose for their future"; "All we had to do was show up, everything for a great week was right there." "The staff and counselors really loved our kids, it changed their lives!"
A dad told me, "Our son came home a different person, eventually I realized he had become the kind of person I wanted to be, Snowbird changed our entire family forever." I could go on and on.
I've been involved with SWO since it was just a dream in Steve's heart. It has been an amazing journey. One of the great things about SWO is how many other people Steve was able to get involved in that dream. People took their vacations to clear brush from a mountain lot, set up the first tents, dig holes for outhouses, build outdoor showers, build the first cabins, become the first "campers". They all "took ownership" of the dream. They feel like Snowbird is part of them, and it is. But not only them, somehow everyone who spends time at SWO comes away feeling like they are forever a part of it and it holds on to them forever too. It becomes a safe place to go home to. That is an amazing thing to have when you are a teen, especially if you are a teen in trouble.
That's another thing about the staff at SWO, they are always looking for ways to provide a "way out" for kids in trouble, not just emotionally, but physically as well. You'll never go to SWO that you won't meet someone who came there as a kid with "no way out" that is working there now because SWO was willing to be their "way out".
Snowbird is not just a ministry to those who come to a week of camp. The entire staff is actively involved in the community year round. They have "local missions" doing things like yard work and home repair for widow's and elderly people, and doing clean up at schools, parks and public buildings. Steve and Brody spend time with the local high school coaches and players and create activities just for them SWO. He is a friend and counselor to business and community leaders, pastors, youth workers, teachers, principles and coaches. All the SWO staff are highly respected and greatly valued members of the community.
SWO's impact is global as well. People come to SWO for the wilderness training and then go all over the world to work in "the bunga bunga" teaching English; building homes, clinics & schools; being the first to record a tribal language or giving medical treatment to remote tribes.
Snowbird's impact is incredibly far reaching. They deserve the $5000 prize for even one of these areas of impacting lives. But when you see the many ways they impact lives in so many places, you have to agree they should be the prize winners.

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

The joy of being affiliated with something that is having such a huge impact on so many lives. Seeing teens find purpose and focus for their lives. Seeing teens be able to break free from really bad activities and bad influences. Seeing entire families experience emotional healing and be restored to each other.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them find a way to fund a scholarship endowment.

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