Summer Camp FAQs

Where is Snowbird located?

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is located in the corner of Western North Carolina, just west of the Smoky Mountains. We are approximately two hours from Chattanooga, TN; Asheville, NC; Knoxville, TN; and Atlanta, GA. Get directions to Snowbird.

What ages attend Snowbird camps, retreats, and conferences?

Snowbird’s Summer Camp and all other student conferences are open to middle and high school students. SWO also offers several adult conferences, including the Be Strong men’s conference, Respond women’s retreat, The Marriage Retreat, etc. Our SMO Missions Camps are for middle and high school students.

Can we bring our own paintball guns?

You may bring your own paintball guns/materials; they will be checked in upon your arrival. You can not use your paint in Snowbird guns, but you can use personal paint in your own guns, or purchase more while you’re here.

Do the group leaders sleep in the same cabins as the students?

The SWO staff will be pursuing relational interaction with your students while they are here, until bedtime. Your chaperones are then responsible for your students. So, group leaders and chaperones will lodge in the same cabin as your students, but the SWO staff utilize separate housing.

What if my student/child has a special dietary need?

The SWO kitchen serves three hot meals a day, with a soup & salad bar offered as an additional option. If there is a specific need, we will do our best to accommodate your needs but might be limited by the large number of attendees. Please contact the SWO office for more detailed information.

Do we need to have experience in any of these activities to come to Snowbird?

Each recreation activity is managed by trained staffers. There is no prior experience needed, as staff will teach your students and facilitate the activities.

What forms do we need to have?

The required forms for your retreat are listed in your reservation agreement. Each person must have a medical history and liability form filled out completely to be on our property. Forms are also located on the registration page of the SWO website.

When are deposits due?

Deposits are due upon registration. Please see your reservation agreement for more details.

Do we need to bring any “extra” money?

Most Snowbird camps and retreats are all-inclusive. There is an extra cost if you wish to purchase additional rounds for shooting recs (paintballs and shotgun/AR-15) than are allotted. Horseback riding (except during summer) and rafting on the Ocoee River are also additional costs to recreation. You may also want to bring money to buy T-shirts, snacks, etc. at the Snack Shack.

What is the cost for additional supplies on the paintball course?

Each participant begins with a full hopper of paint (200 rounds). The cost afterward is $40 for a box of 4 bags (2,000 rounds), $20 for 1 bag (250 rounds), $10 to fill a hopper (200 rounds).

What is your lost and found policy?

Due to the number of campers we have each week, SWO can not be responsible for items left at Snowbird or any other off-campus location.  Skateboards, helmets, paintball guns, sleeping bags, jewelry, cell phones, cameras and the like will be thrown away or given to the local thrift store.  Please read below and inform your group/individual of this policy. It will be strictly enforced.

  • Snowbird is not responsible for any items lost, damaged or stolen while at Snowbird.
  • Do not keep things in black trash bags, they are “at risk” for being considered trash.
  • If a participant chooses to bring any of their personal recreation equipment (skateboards, paintball markers, etc), Snowbird is not responsible if they are lost, stolen, or damaged.

How can I reach someone in case of an emergency?

The SWO office is open MondayFriday (8:00 am – 12 pm, and 1–4:30 pm). If there is an emergency, please contact the student pastor or group leader with your students.

What should I bring?

View our What to Bring list for detailed information.

What if I’m not interested in high-adventure recreation?

Snowbird does a lot of high-adventure activities, but we also have several other options to participate in. From a water slide, basketball and volleyball courts, putt-putt and disc golf, to our everyday activities of swings and climbing elements, your students will always have something to do.

What is the programming like at Snowbird?

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a full-service ministry, providing biblical teaching, small group leaders, practical breakout sessions, meals and a plethora of recreational options. From giant swings, zip lines and paintball to mountain biking, white water rafting and hiking, our passion is to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. At the core of every ministry endeavor is the expository preaching of Scripture. This is what sets Snowbird apart from other student camps. Our passion is to share the truths of God’s Word and allow the Gospel message to impact lives. Whether our staff is teaching breakout sessions, leading recreation or hanging out in student cabins, our goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus continually and to serve as ministers of the reconciliation He offers us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Is there a registered nurse to administer medications and take care of injuries?

We do not have a registered nurse on our property, but many SWO staff are certified in first aid and CPR. All medications must be administered by group chaperones. In the event of an emergency, the nearest hospital is located 13 miles from the property.