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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Scott R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Tai L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fun place to learn and grow in Christ.

Filled with activities that challenge in levels and ways that are far from the norm.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been to SWO for the Couples Marriage retreat and also our son has been there for summer camp as well. SWO is such an inspiring place to be challenged in your faith to do real work for God and also a place for discipleship, education and growth in The Word.

We feel so blessed to have access to a place that is working for The Kingdom!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a tremendous camp and I am so grateful for them. I have been bringing students to Snowbird for over 10 years. In 12+ years of student ministry I have seen tons of camps and none really compare to Snowbird. This camp is filled with solid teaching, tons of recreation, and well trained staff. Students are able to easily find recreation that appeals to them, and staff that are able to relate to them no matter where they are in life. This camp also communicates and partners with churches like none I have ever seen. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a camp!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird is the best place for young adults to create leadership and learn to walk with Jesus. I have been a guest at Snowbird several times and each time I come away witha renewed sense of Gods love for his creations. I recommend Snowbird to everyone!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has experienced SWO for two summers and both times came home hearing from the Lord and experiencing the Lord on an intimate level. That to me, as a parent, is priceless! I have known several youth then feel the need to serve during the summer when they came of age to volunteer. To me SWO has encouraged the youth to grow spiritually and to stand on the front lines for Him. I have seen tremendous growth coming from our youth due to the impact of SWO.
The added bonus to SWO is all the activities they provide for the children. It truly is an experience that they will NEVER forget!

Missy B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life has been touched by snowbird an so many ways!!! To see that there are Godly men and women out there that want to love on other teenagers in a purely Godly way, just blows my mind. They have the best youth and leadership!!! I have seen teens change thier lives from a week at Snowbird and have seen adults decide to give it all to Christ because of the work that they do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Members of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters have been blessing the children, staff and volunteers of Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras, for many years. Team members come with hearts ready to serve Jesus in any way asked of them. They particularly enjoy ministering to our teenagers by leading Bible studies, organizing exciting activities and leading worship services. Several team members have even returned to Emmanuel to serve as longer term volunteers. We are thankful for Snowbird's participation in our ministry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is absolutely amazing. My youngest son, Seth, attended a camp at SWO the summer of 2010. Seth has always been very quiet and reserved and was not at all interested in attending a camp where he did not know anyone. But in April 2010, his older brother, whom he was very close to, was killed in a tragic accident. Our family was devastated but attempted to trust God through our hurt and confusion. Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters invited Seth and his cousin to attend camp in May 2010. Seth was very apprehensive but attended with encouragement from our family. What he found when he arrived was an awesome team of caring people that loved the Lord and embraced Seth as if they had always known him. Seth's healing began the day he arrived at Snowbird and he came back a new teenager. He continues to grow in his faith and understanding and I can't begin to express the gratitude we have for Snowbird and their staff. They truly are dedicated and continue to practice what they preach.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Just wanted to take a minute to tell you about my experience with Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters. From the first phone call thru the final departure at SWO, the staff helped us. They made registering for camp a simple process. They helped us come up with funding ideas and then they worked with our youth daily to insure a great time at Snowbird. they made each of us feel special. I had the opportunity to spend time one on one with several staff members, just talking about our youth and what was happening with them.

David Coxe
Assoc. Pastor
Northside Baptist Church
Starke, Fl.

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Faith G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I chaperoned a youth group trip to SWO in summer of 2010. The entire youth group had an amazing experience. The SWO staff is knowledgeable, engaged, and energetic. The events, programming, and facilities are among the best we've ever experienced. Snowbird's policy of one on one interaction and small group involvement engenders an intimate setting for youth to open up, share, and grow in their relationships with Christ. We had five youth give their lives to Christ that week and many others come to a closer relationship with Him. I have recommended SWO to many others, and will continue to encourage my church to continue to attend this camp every year.

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