Giving Back ... to People
For the past 18 years we have been passionate about helping people get away on the ski trip of their dreams. Closer to home, we've been looking for a way to give something back.
We wanted to get more people out on the mountain and participating in snowsports, particularly if they may not have had the opportunity to do so before. We found Snow Camp!
Snow-Camp is an innovative youth charity that uses a unique combination of skiing, snowboarding and life-skills programmes to support inner-city young people.
Through a combination of snowsports and life-skills, their programmes enable young people to grow in confidence and self esteem, develop as individuals and make positive choices for their lives.
Snow-Camp programmes also enable young people to reflect on the key issues impacting their day to day lives, and help them develop new skills to support their futures – particularly towards careers in the snowsports industry.
The charity has grown steadily from 2003 and now works with at least 400 young people each year across 12 London Boroughs. Their vision is to expand Snow-Camp to other cities across the UK and bring the success of their approach to benefit many more inner-city young people.
How we're supporting Snow-Camp
We're supporting two young people's journey through Snow-Camp's full programme over one life changing year. Tyler and Jeremiah have already completed the beginner programme, Snow-Camp London - a two day course based at Hemel Snow Centre, where they boarded for the first time.
Next they will progress through the Graduate and Italy programmes. The former is a six day progression course based at Hemel Snow Centre combined with life coaching. The latter takes participants to the mountains for the first time, allowing rapid progression and a wider understanding of the industry with a view to opening up opportunities for work experience, placements and employment. They finish with the Excel Programme, giving the opportunity to secure a Ski or Snowboard Instructor qualification.
Meet Tyler and Jeremiah!:
Tyler McBride, 16, Redbridge.
"The opportunity your company has given me to advance in my snowboarding career towards becoming an instructor, is unlike any other opportunity I have been given before. Without your funds I would not be able to be in this position with Snow-Camp. Today, down to your input I was able to progress in my boarding skills to make the next level and make it down the slope without falling! Thank you."
Jeremiah, 15, Lewisham.
"I just wanted to say thanks for giving me such a unique opportunity. Not many people get chances like this and I want to let you know that I am very grateful. So far, I have been making great progress in terms of my snowboarding all thanks to you guys! Thank you."
We will be supporting Snow-Camp's fundraising efforts which include a variety of exciting challenges from cycling to marathon running, from trekking the UK's 3 highest peaks to skiing or snowboarding a total of 150km over 2 days, plus many more! We will keep you posted of upcomimg events...
Snow-Camp (and Jeremiah!) on BBC Breakfast on 2 January 2013: