3 of our members have completed
a Snow camp course.
Jamie Wilson, Hayden Dyte and Brandon Chadwick undertook a 2 day introductory course during the summer of 2017. This was a “Taster” session to see if they wanted to do this and pursue further.
This was the first time they had experienced Snowboarding/Skiing, meeting other young people from other areas of Bristol. These Life skill sessions focus on determination, perseverance, communication, teamwork and motivation both in Snowboarding and more importantly everyday life. It gives them the chance to set themselves goals for the future, both on the slope and back at home. Over 2 days young people work towards the nationally accredited Snowsport England Snow-Life Award with a Snow-Camp certificate and Medal as well.
Jamie and Hayden carried on and then completed a 6 week course taking place over 6 days at weekends. The Graduate Programme focused on widening young peoples knowledge of employment and opportunities within the Snowsports Industry. Presentations and information, question and answer sessions from Industry professionals and athletes inspire young people to believe what is possible for themselves.
This years Snow Camp Bristol had presentations from representatives at Ellis Brigham, Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre, Kicking Horse Powder Tours (a Canadian ski tour specialist), Internationally qualified Snowsports instructors and a special guest appearance from Jamie Barrow, the UK’s fastest Snowboarder and Record Holder.
Over 6 days young people hone their skills on the slope and in the Life-skill sessions and work towards their ASDAN Level 1 in Sports and Fitness, a higher Snowsport England Snow-Life award, Snow-Camp certificate and Graduate Trophy.
Jamie Wilson has now completed the Excel Course which is a young persons biggest step in Snow-Camp. The course takes place over 10 weeks in the UK and a week long life changing residential trip to the Alps. Young people master their own skiing or snowboarding and are coached how to teach others to learn to ski or snowboard. Young people work towards their Snowsport England Level 1 Instructor Qualification, First Aid Certificate and Safeguarding certificate.
The Residential trip gives young people the chance to complete their 35 shadowing hours, assisting internally qualified instructors with their lessons in the mountains, necessary for the qualification. The Snowsport England Level 1 is fully employable at UK Dry slopes and Indoor Snow Domes and is just one pathway young people may want to take after the course.
This is partly financed by Snowcamp and Avon Youth Club. Jamie has participated in various fund raising activities, including a Swimathon and sponsored skiing laps.