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.
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May 2017 update
With regards to her final assessments, unfortunately Savannah was given a job interview on the final weekend of the assessments. This was a very difficult decision for her, as she really wanted to take the assessments but also really wanted to secure a job so she can be employed. After talking with Snow-Camp’s Programme Manager, a decision was made to postpone her assessments so she could take the job interview and then go for re-assessment in the Summer. Snow-Camp are lucky that the Snowsport England Assessor they use, is also the Snowsports Director at Hemel Snow Centre. They are therefore able to re-arrange the assessment with him as he is on site. They are pleased that Savannah did get the job as an Events Assistant and the skills she gained in their life-skills sessions and her increased confidence has really helped her with this step into employment. Savannah is keen to stay involved with Snow-Camp and to be assessed in the summer. She also really wants to support the new groups starting out on the First Tracks courses and is going to be joining the Snow-Camp Youth Forum.
March 2017 update
Jonjoe featured on Ski Sunday and This morning
October 2016 update
Some fantastic news hot off the press – Jonjoe Boulter who The Myles Trust gave a bursary to a couple of years ago, has just won Highly Commended for the Intermediate Apprentice of the Year category at the the National Apprenticeship Awards. At Snow-Camp they are all so proud of Jonjoe’s achievements and The Myles Trust support has helped him get to where he is. Jonjoe gained his level 3 international ski instructing qualification earlier in the year and this winter will be working for the Warren Smith Academy out in Verbier.
March 2017 update
SAVANNAH SIMMS, 20, SKIER, PECKHAM
Snow-Camp Excel is a 10 day programme and a week in the Italian Alps. Over 10 weeks the young people (aged 16-21) train to become qualified ski or snowboarding instructors by participating in the full Snowsport England training programme. The skills which they are demonstrating on the slopes are also reflected in the classroom with life-skills sessions before and after each slope session. These sessions also include lessons on the foundations of the coaching pathway, lesson planning and live teaching tasks as well as the essential first aid and safeguarding courses.
In February James Sterry from Disability Snowsports UK came in to talk with everyone about how he works to make sure that anyone with a disability, may it be learning, sensory or physical, can ski or snowboard alongside other people. He then showed a film about sit skiing to expose the group to the Adaptive Instructor pathway, which some may want to pursue once they have completed the Snow-Camp Excel programme . The group have a live teaching weekend coming up in March, whereby the young people will have the opportunity to instruct volunteers who are all complete beginners. This will allow the trainee instructors time to practice what they have learnt so far on the course and come up with an action plan on areas to work on and develop. All of the current apprentices and youth staff are involved in supporting the Excel young people and share their past experiences of the Excel programme last year and give top tips—a valuable part of the course.
Savannah has just been issued an official blue Dare2b Snow-Camp Instructor jacket and mid-layers pictured above. This is a badge of honour for the group as they now all look like professional ski instructors, which makes them act and behave in a more positive way. Savanah also got to select a full snowsports kit so she is ready for the Snow-Camp Italy residential coming up – trousers, goggles, socks and gloves.
From Savannah: When I found out I had made it onto the Excel programme I was over the moon to have been selected over everyone else! I am most looking forward to getting all of the qualifications, first aid and safeguarding. Improving my own ski ability and maybe trying some freestyle. I’ve learnt that I can pursue and learn new things that I never thought I could do in the past. Snow-Camp has taught me that patience and persistence are key to becoming a ski instructor. There is so much more to coaching someone than I had first thought and this is a steep learning curve for me. I am really looking forward to getting out to Italy and doing my shadowing hours as this will be the first time I have seen proper snow and the mountains! Thank you so much to everyone at The Myles Trust, I am so grateful for this fantastic opportunity with Snow-Camp. I’ve found a new hobby I love, which could lead to a career!
Snow-Camp Italy Residential, Pila, Aosta Valley 8 –16 April 2017
Towards the end of the Excel programme the young people spend a week in the Italian mountains, shadowing Interski instructors and gaining valuable mountain experience. For many this is their first time abroad; broadening their horizons on a personal, as well as on an educational level. It helps the young people see they have the ability to do the job, and gives them the confidence to pass their final assessments.
In 2016/17 a bursary has been awarded to Savannah Simms, a 20 year old skier from Peckham.
Snow-Camp started the year with 300 young people from 28 different youth projects across 14 London boroughs attending their First Tracks programme. Since then, they have seen young people journey through the Graduate programme confirming their new found love for snowsports and learning essential life-skills along the way. Savannah was one of those young people who will now progress onto the Excel programme in the new year and work towards her Snowsport England Instructor qualification.
Savannah was referred to Snow-Camp by her youth project as they have a youth bus that stops in her local estate and provides activities for young people to get involved in. XLP started in Peckham, South London, in 1996 after a stabbing in a school playground. They needed someone to speak to the kids and address the issues they were facing. Patrick, a local youth worker, answered the call. XLP now serves young people in communities across seven inner-London boroughs. Savannah currently lives with her 36 year old sister and comes from a family with five brothers and four sisters, so she is one of ten siblings. She has spent most of her youth moving from house to house and is pleased to finally have a permanent base with her older sister. The Snow-Camp Programme Manager identified that Savannah was a contender for a bursary, as her youth project had revealed that there was a strong need for a positive focus in her life, which they felt Snow-Camp could provide. The first time Savannah tried skiing was on the Snow-Camp London First Tracks programme in the Summer which saw 10 courses delivered. The young people all completed the two day Introduction to Skiing and Snowboarding at Hemel Snow Centre. Savannah says that she is a shy person and this course helped her increase her confidence around other people she doesn’t know. The course has also made her not want to give up when things get tough on the slope, as it’s really hard learning a new sport. She really enjoyed being part of First Tracks and was pleased to have gained an accredited Snowsport England Snowlife Award in Skiing, which she was very proud of. The next stage was the Snow-Camp Graduate programme held over October-November 2016. Savannah has been developing her skiing skills and enjoying inspirational talks each week from snowsports professionals and industry representatives. This has included sessions from Victoria Bell a junior Winter Olympic Skier, Seb at SkiWorld about opportunities in the snowsports industry, video talks from Winter Olympian Jamie Nichols on the freestyle weekend and talks from Snow-Camp apprentices. All the young people have been in longer ski lessons each day, taught by Snow-Camp youth instructors, who inspire the group to achieve more. This process creates an attainable goal for those young people who want to progress with Snow-Camp, as they can clearly see what is possible from other young people who have done so before them.
The Life-skills sessions have also become more intensive on the Graduate programme and we are pleased to announce that Savannah achieved a Level 1 ASDAN award in Sport and Fitness on completion of the programme.
From Savannah: “Thank you very much to everyone at The Myles Trust for providing me with this bursary support. This is something I would not be able to do without your help. Snow-Camp has given me something really positive to concentrate on and I have found a new passion! I promise I will work hard on all the programmes and show you that I deserved to be chosen to receive your support! I am looking forward to learning more and progressing over the year”.
The next part of Savannah’s journey is the Snow-Camp Excel Ski Instructor programme starting in February 2017.