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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Protestant, Religion, Sports, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

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

Programs: Summer youth campsnowbird outfitters offers ten weeks of summer camp where avery aspect of the camper experience is challenging and encouraging middle and high school students with the gospel of jesus christ. Each camp session runs monday through saturday and is packed full of high adventure recreation, gospel centered worship and teaching, bible teaching breakouts, and plenty of time to hang out together and consider their faithfulness in obedience to christ. You can do as little or as much recreation as you like, but since you only do this once a year, we remind you that you can always sleep when you get home. Total youth impacted for christ summer camp 2014: 3761

retreats and conferencesfor many student ministries the whole year resolves around summer camp and the affect that it makes on the group as a whole. Additionally, student pastors and leaders have a need for an outlet that will provide solidity and energy to what they are doing throughout the school year. Through a school year - year round camp of discipleship weekend, your students will be renewed and refreshed in their committment to jesus christ. We can build a program to fit whatever need you may have with the goal that you will dine. You know your students' spiritual needs. We want to use snowbird outfitters to get them there. Total adults and youth impacted for jesus christ through retreats and conferences: 3,003

outdoor leadershipoutdoor leadership is a semester long wilderness adventure discipleship program designed to foster a deeper relationship with jesus christ in the life of the students. Activities include hiking mountain passes, guiding class 4 rapids, everglade sea kayaking, rock climbing, and canoeing. Total students impacted for jesus christ through the outdoor leadership: 10

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in the field of helping and teaching students for 13 years. I have been taking kids to Snowbird for 12 and the difference they make in the lives of young people as well as adults is astronomical in the least. Words can not describe how they affect students with their off the cuff, Christ driven antics. The staff at Snowbird has one goal...to lead folks to Christ by any, ANY means necessary.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters, Inc (SWO) is a multi-branch organization. Based in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, SWO has made a positive on communities locally, regionally, and internationally. I have personally witnessed this organization serving under-priveledged families by renovating their homes. I have seen their personnel grow relationships with orphans in Latin America just to let them know that they are loved. They reach out with wilderness/outdoor recreation programs to both complacent and at-risk youth. And, everywhere that SWO has been, it has left a message and a hope with the people it touches: that the God Who created this world loves them very much and wants to have a relationship with them through His Son, Jesus Christ.
SWO does not mince words, especially when confronting tough issues that face American teens. They have helped countless students fight addictions to substance abuse, self mutilation, pornography, racism, self-centered pride, and eating disorders.

Review from Guidestar

Jon B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a youth pastor, I have taken several groups to Snowbird, both for summer camps as well as spring work trips. The number of activities, quality of facilities, and camp programs are among the best I've ever experienced, and you never know what they're going to come up with next!

The biggest reason that we are continually drawn back to Snowbird is the staff. You will never find a staff more committed to their mission and purpose than at SWO. From their full-time year-round staff right down to the short-term volunteers, they are all well-trained, energetic, and ever-encouraging. They model what it is to follow Christ day after day, and all who experience Snowbird leave changed because of it.

I have never experienced a camp that is so effective at reaching youth and adults alike for Christ, while providing so thrilling activities and memories that last a lifetime!

Review from Guidestar

Jason M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a high adventure youth camp in Andrews, NC. They have an outstanding role in their community that substantially benefits their neighbors. They offer extensive college and career opportunities for young adults seeking jobs in the realm of youth counseling. They provide specific internship opportunities, college course credits, life saving and medical certifications, and many more life skills the equip youth and young adults to be better contributors to their communities and society as a whole. Bottom line, they are good at what they do, and anyone that knows them benefits from them.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have over twenty-five years experience working with students. I have attended many youth camps. Most camps left our group wanting something more, that is until we visited Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters.

Snowbird far exceeded all our expectations and as we have continued to bring groups to this camp, they have continued to raise the bar. I have never experienced a camp that honors and brings glory to God like Snowbird. The biblical teaching is scripturally sound. The godly leadership is evident the lives of the counselors who are well trained and discipled.

I would not even consider going to another camp. I have seen God use Snowbird to change the lives of the students that we have taken to camp.

Words cannot express the experience that you will have at Snowbird. You will have a tremendous amount of fun but more importantly you will be brought closer in your relationship with God.

Everyone that I have introduced to this camp has come back saying the same thing, "I did not think a camp could be a great as you said, but now I know that you did not even tell the half of it."

Go take the Snowbird Experience - you life will never be the same!

Review from Guidestar