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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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters excels at purposeful investment in the lives of young people. both their campers and their counselors. They create an environment of community and mutual respect. The property itself is beautiful and well-maintained, but the primary focus one feels when on campus is the commitment to their purpose of loving, training, and developing youth.

Kathi J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nestled in the Nantahala valley of NC, SWO is a camp designed to disciple youth into a deeper relation ship with Christ. The permanent staff have a deep and well-articulated faith that they share with carefully-selected summer staff of 150-200 college and upper high school students. The training at this level is intense. These students, in turn, while growing in their faith, talk, walk, play, pray, cry, and nurture 300-400 middle and high school campers each week for nine weeks. It is a life-changing experience for staff and campers each summer. (And a lot of fun!)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird is a community of believers that help facilitate a place where you can grow in your faith, be challenged to be more than you are toaday, or take your first step on your journey of faith.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anne Tully is a really good friend of mine! The way she talks about SnoBird and how the Lord has impacted her life in drastic ways through her experience, is so encouraging to me!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the incredible opportunity to attend camp at Snowbird and it was a lifechanging experience. The people are so real and so encouraging, so ready to do anything they can to minister to you and help you in whatever way God wants them to. It was a really fun weekend with so much to do and be involved in, i not only enjoyed myself but also learned a lot. I was definitely impacted by the godly and Christlike attitudes of the people who make Snowbird possible.

Review from Guidestar

Kristin F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird is a wonderful camp that has touch the lives of many people. They have a beautiful setting in the mountains of North Carolina and do beautiful work serving the Lord.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was an experience I was first hesitant about. It was a different environment that I wasn't used to, but when I finally decided to go I never thought that I would enjoy it as much as I did. Snowbird is an exciting adventure from start to finish. Between the fun activities like rafting, playing on their gym-like equipment, and the hilarious skits, there is never a dull moment. The critical thing that people need to know about SWO is that it's not just about the fun activities you get to do there, but the people and events that help strengthen your relationship with God, or if your not already a believer, can help you become one. The sermons every morning, the breakout sessions, and the evening talks with the counselors all give the campers a chance to grow in their faith whether a young believer or someone who has been faithful for a long time. The staff makes you feel very comfortable, making you feel that you can share anything with them and knowing that they are there to answer an questions you may have is a great feeling. I went into camp thinking I was a pretty strong believer, and would end up helping others more, but it turned out I learned more things to help me. It helped bring about issues I needed to deal with and the staff was right there to help alleviate the emotional stress, and clear my doubts. After going to the camp, I think that had I not went I would've missed out on a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship with my friends and have fun in the summer, but also learn so much about the wonderful God we serve. It was an awesome adventure, and I can't wait to do it again!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have went to SWO for two years it was absolutely amazing. You can have fun by learning God's word at the same time. You can experience opportunites to do stuff that you may never get to do otherwise. It is a great place to be. I would reccomend it to anyone that has a youth member or when I have my kids someday I would want them to go here or somewhere like here. Its for all ages and for all different kinds of camps go on. Camp is awesome! SWO ROCKS!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had a great time at Snowbird. It is one of the coolest places on Earth. You get to learn about God and have an awsome time.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never felt so moved in my entire life. I really felt like I belonged more than I ever have in my entire life. The atmosphere and the people helped my walk with Christ so much. I have gone six years in a row and wouldn't take a year back.

Review from Guidestar