Skiing, snowboarding & life skills for young people.
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 the 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 snowsport industry.
Snow-Camp wants to expand to 5 cities in the next three years, see their film here
In 2017/18 The Myles Trust will be supporting Ellie Hearn.
Ellie joined Snow-Camp 2 years ago through the youth project Streatham Youth and Community Trust in Lambeth but having recently turned 16 she is now able to join the Bursary Progammme.
Ellie lives at home in Streatham with her mum and older sister and is currently at college studying hair and make-up. Snow-Camp was her first experience of snowsports and skiing is something she has developed a strong passion for and been determined to pursue ever since attending the 2-day introduction. Being a part of Snow-Camp programmes has given her the opportunity to not only learn how to ski but she has gained an insight into the snowsports industry. Together, this has increased her confidence and self-esteem both on and off the slopes and motivated her to do well at college too.
Ellie is looking forward to completing Excel this winter season, going to the mountains for the first time, making new friends and becoming a ski instructor. Lucy Chadburn, London Programme manager, says: Ellie really deserves this Bursary place and has shown commitment and dedication to the programme for two years. Through Snow-Camp her confidence is really growing and you can see how passionate she is about skiing. She is caring, helpful and supportive and we are so glad to be able to give this opportunity to her. We look forward to seeing where she will take it – I know she has already mentioned becoming an apprentice one day!
Next up for Ellie is Snow-Camp’s Excel programme beginning in February. Excel includes 10 days advanced snowsports training with assessment by Snowsport England which includes 20 hours shadowing their instructors during a 9-day residential to Pila in the Aosta Valley. The programme includes life-skills sessions throughout which will focus on career opportunities, working with young people and the theory of teaching snowsports. Students receive a Snowsport England Instructor Level 1 qualification and a First Aid and Safeguarding Certificate on completion of the course in April.
Ellie’s youth worker says: Ellie has been coming to SYCT twice a week since the age of 7. Without going into too much detail Ellie has been through a lot and we have had to support her through very difficult times. She has only recently seemed more like her old self and it would be good for her to have a focus, out of all the groups we have offered Ellie, I feel she enjoys Snow-Camp the most!
From Ellie Police are always in my area and I have seen the crime rate go up from robberies , knife crimes and now acid attacks. Thank you to The Myles Trust for this opportunity. Never in my life time would my mum be able to afford a holiday skiing. It has opened my eyes to different career paths for the future.