Snow Camp

Snow Camp: Engaging Young People Through Snowsports.

Snow Camp are a ground breaking programme for young people in the North West. Run by the national youth charity Switch180, they work with local youth projects and youth service providers to deliver an accredited journey of snowsports courses to young people at Chill Factore.

Their courses are unique and attractive to young people, taking them from beginner to qualified snowsports instructors in one year with volunteering and apprenticeship progression routes available at the end. Alongside learning to ski or snowboard, young people also have access to life skills training and mental health support.

Once a young person gains their instructor qualification with Snow Camp, they return the following year as volunteers and apprentices, teaching the next cohort young people joining the charity. Snow Camp is a community and young people stay involved with them for many years.

Find out more about them at www.snow-camp.org.uk.

Chill Factore have proudly supported Snow Camp for many years and earlier this year we even employed one of their fantastic volunteers. Read all about James here!

Young people can gain:

  • An accredited Snowsport England Snow-Life Award.
  • ASDAN in Sports & Fitness.
  • Safeguarding and First Aid Certificate.
  • BASI and Snowsport England Instructor qualifications.
  • NVQ in Activity Leadership through their programmes.

For every hour on the slopes the same amount of time is spent in their life-skills sessions. These sessions are there to aid young people and help them reflect on their newly acquired skills.

  • Perseverance and commitment.
  • Listening.
  • Patience and overcoming fear.
  • Learning how to respond to challenges.
  • Coping with peer pressure.
  • Setting goals for their future.

All of which are essential skills young people need to deal with the problems they may face in their everyday lives.

If you work with young people and would like to get them involved please contact the North West Programme Manager, Morv Bett: Morv@snow-camp.org.uk/07857694953.

More information about Snow Camp is available here: www.snow-camp.org.uk

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