Introducing Snow Camp.
With ESF in France teaching many 1000s of people to realise thier potential in a number of winter sport disciplines, the UK office of ESF is delighted to be able to support SNOW CAMP, a charity that has learning and support at heart.
Snow-Camp Youth Charity – A Summary
Snow-Camp is an innovative youth charity whose work with inner city young people has developed rapidly since being established in Lambeth in 2003. Our unique programmes change the lives of disadvantaged inner city young people by combining snow-sports and intensive youth work to engage, challenge and motivate young people – transforming their attitudes and behaviour and enabling them to develop key life-skills. We support young people aged 13-19 with over 75% of young people completing Snow-Camp programmes coming from BME backgrounds.
Our programmes have grown from supporting just 13 young people in Stockwell in 2003, to supporting over 2,500 young people across 16 London boroughs by 2014. We run a sequence of programmes each year which all combine snowsports and life-skills sessions. Young people progress through the programmes which are each individually accredited, and become increasingly vocational and lead to a Snowsport Instructor qualification. The life-skills and vocational sessions are designed to use to the learning experience of snowsports to help the young people reflect on responding to challenges, dealing with peer pressure, gaining self-awareness, confidence and self esteem and goal setting and planning for the future.
Summary of Snow-Camp’s Programmes
Snow-Camp's programmes enable young people to actively develop their talents as sportspeople and as young leaders, able to engage positively with their local communities. We broaden their horizons and support them to address the key challenges they may face: lack of confidence, self esteem, low morale and social marginalisation. We help them to transform their attitudes and behaviour, develop practical skills and make positive decisions about their relationships, education and employment.
Snow-Camp programmes have proven impact in raising confidence and aspirations, and the life-skills courses which are integral to each programme focus on developing communication, planning, team work and leadership. Furthermore, the goal of Snow-Camp is to expose young people who would never have the opportunity to ski or snowboard to these experiences – and in ways that will benefit their education and personal development. Each Snow-Camp course is accredited, from AQA, to ASDAN, to Snowsport England Level 1 Instructor qualifications. The young people who progress through to achieve the final instructor qualification, we then employ as trainee instructors for the next round of beginner programmes, enabling them to teach and motivate their peers.Instructor qualification. The life-skills and vocational sessions are designed to use to the learning experience of snowsports to help the young people reflect on responding to challenges, dealing with peer pressure, gaining self-awareness, confidence and self esteem and goal setting and planning for the future.
‘For more information about Snow-Camp and to find out how you can get involved in supporting their work, head on over to www.snow-camp.org.uk.’