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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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Professional with expertise in this field

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.

Review from Guidestar

Matthew H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Racheal P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Brad B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Kate M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

John M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Jared P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar