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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: 5

thanks to brody and others at snowbird i have grown alot in my walk with Christ. and some of the things i once feared have left me. there outlook is awesome. i love that they support misssions 110%. LOVE U GUYS LOTS. Eric Crisp

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a leader among youth summer camps. I attended as a youth member in the late 90's and all I can say about my experience at Snowbird is wow. It's really amazing what God is doing there. They are changing lives of young men and women like I have never seen. My life was changed after a week there and I have never been the same. The staff work very close to the campers providing a fun atmosphere that glorifies God.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird is an amazing adventure of many sorts. Each staff member truly cares about impacting the lives of every individual. They are exceptionally passionate about reaching out to kids and enriching their lives. The devotion of the staff and the excitement and enjoyment of the camp's activities are, without a doubt, a life changing experience.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Snowbird several times for summer camp and once during Spring Break to help with missions projects. I can honestly say that I've never been to a camp like Snowbird before. The sermons, music, recreational activities, opportunities for fellowship, relatable staff, and awesome skits create an atmosphere that campers thoroughly enjoy and desire to partipate in. Any person, no matter where he is in his walk with Christ, can grow from Snowbird in some way. The recreational activities inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and trust Christ to help me complete tasks that I was truly afraid of, such as the Goliath Swing. I also remember we paired up with someone we didn't know and shared our testimonies with that person. I have gone to church my whole life, but I don't think I'd ever actually shared my life story with anyone like that before.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is all about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with young people who need attention, understanding, love and a Savior. My daughter worked as a counselor there one summer and grew more spiritually and in compassion for others than she had in all of her previous years I believe. While ministering to others full-time, she gained a lifetime experience that set the stage for the remainder of her life.
Our entire family visited the camp and saw first hand the extreme challenges and offerings that are given to the campers. My son has just become a youth minister in Virginia and has as one of his goals to get his "city-grown" youth to experience the growing process at Snowbird - soon!
We praise the Lord that ordinary people like the creators of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters have granted extraordinary experiences to so many children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got know Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters through my daughter who volunteered there for 2 years. I have had the opportunity to visit many times. I was truly amazed by the dedication of the staff and their families in serving the youth that attend there and to serving our Lord and Savior. The camp opens their beautiful camp grounds for so many to enjoy. The recreational activities are very adventurous and offer new experiences to many people, including myself. I am not usually one for much adventure, but was talked into riding their three man swing (which is a large, very high swing). I loved every min! The staff also does a wonderful job pouring their all into the worship, teaching, and making their skits very unique and powerful. Snowbird has definitely left a positive impression in my life and I have been able to see it positively affect others as well. Also, recently, I experienced a challenging time of illness. The staff and families at Snowbird supported me through love, prayers and encouraging notes and calls. Their care for me and my family truly meant a lot.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Attended a service that Brody Holloway spoke at and was blown away by his unyielding delivery of the Gospel. He is a great speaker with a true heart for God and the movement of the Gospel into the world.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our church's youth group got involed with SWO nearly 7 years ago, i think and it has changed many of their lives. I accuse my own sons of going to Mt. Sinai when they go to SWO because they come back with the radiance of the Lord. I think combining incredible sporting opportunities with intense Bible study and emphasis on personally knowing Christ is a genius idea. It is unique in drawing the male crowd which usually don't participate in typical "church camps." Keep up the wonderful work for the Kingdom, SWO.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a chaperone of my son's 8th grade class that went to Snowbird for several days. Wow. The hearts of the people there are tremendous. And they relate (deliberately) to the students in great fashion. I thought at first that maybe they wouldnt but they engaged with the students and made friendships and realtionships that revolved around Jesus in such unique ways.

Their skits and worship were over the top - really making you think and trust God. Watching 8th graders rasie their hands in worship brought tears to my eyes!

The fun parts were just as cool - rafting, jumping off a pole, swinging high in the air - I think I had more fun than some of the kids!

Great place!

Sarabeth K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters has played a huge role in my life. I attended camp at SWO for 5 years starting in eigth grade. Those 5 weeks I spent at camp help transform me into the person I am today. There are two main things that I love about SWO, the activities and the people. There are so many oppertunities to do awesome activities while at camp. I always chose canoeing, puddle jumping, and white water wrafting. But there are many more activities to choose from such as tubing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, reppelling, and many more. And the second thing that I love about camp is the people. SWO is filled with full-time and summer staff who are crazy about the Lord and are so excited to lead teenagers closer to Him. It was because of these people that I grew so much closer to the Lord each summer I went to Snowbird. And whenever the week of camp would come to an end, I wished I could just stay and never leave.

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