Why you should support Snow Camp

It’s likely that you’re supporting a number of different fundraising initiatives and charity projects at this point in your life. Here in the hills we like to support and encourage sustainability projects, community developments and health charities. For a fair while now here at Morzine Source Magazine we’ve also been supporting the excellent work of UK based charity Snow-Camp, and here’s a timely reminder of why…

It’s time to celebrate the successes of Snow-Camp’s 2013/14 programme year, in which the innovative charity supported over 350 inner city young people (in London alone) through the use of snowsports and life-skills programmes. With 350 young people accessing snowsports for the 1st time on the Snow-Camp London course back in the summer of 2013, 60 went on the Snow-Camp Graduate Programme, in which they received more intensive life-skill sessions and motivational appearances from inspirational pioneers in the industry. 15 members of this group then went on to attain the full Snowsport England Level 1 Instructors badge, with three trainee level 1 Instructors also through Snow-Camps Excel programme. 40 young people, not just from London but from Glasgow also, headed out to Italy in April 2014, gaining their first experience of the mountains in a week long residential. The charity also ran it’s first ever Snow-Camp Youth Forum trip to Tignes, during which 15 young people had the opportunity to improve their skills, thus becoming stronger instructors.

Snow-Camp also launched its very own Snowsports Apprenticeship Programme in 2013, which enabled four young graduates from the Snow-Camp programmes to join our team in a full time role for a year July 2013-July 2014. This will be the same in July 2014-July 2015 for five young people who have been through our full journey of Snow-Camp programmes. Keep an eye on Snow-Camps social media channels to meet the new recruits!

Just recently in May 2014, Snow-Camp launched a pilot course at the Cardiff Ski & Snowboard Centre in which 25 young people from Wales got a taste of the Snow-Camp set-up. The charity are also making waves in Leeds/Bradford with a pilot course coming online later this this year out of Sno!Zone Castleford.

As we speak Snow-Camp are gearing up for their summer intro courses, with a new group of between 350 – 400 young people experiencing skiing, snowboarding and accredited life sills course for the first time between July and August 2014 at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead.

And last but not least, the Youth Forum (in which any young person who has completed the year of programmes can have an influence in the direction of the charity) has been busy volunteering at snowsports events and setting up their own social enterprise designing and selling Snow-Camp sunglasses to raise money for the charity. If you fancy supporting the youth forum then head on over to Rock-Bear where you can get your hands on your very own pair of Snow-Camp sunglasses.

Good luck to all the Snow-Camp team and young people ahead of the 2014/15 programmes and we look forward to working together more closely for what will inevitably be a bigger and better year for Snow-Camp once again.

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