The Camp

One free child place per country is offered, but a condition is that children benefiting from this have never skied or snowboarded previously and are, therefore, complete beginners.

The Nicholas Green camp brings together children who have had transplants from around the world, to participate in a camp where they have the opportunity to meet peers who have shared the same experience. The aim is for the children to develop their independence by trying new sports such as skiing, snowboarding, dog sleighing, etc. and to develop a support network to help their families and each other.

The camp provides an environment outside of the hospital to educate the children to comply with their post-transplant medication programme, promote good health and a fulfilling life and most importantly have fun! Camp rebuilds their confidence and shows them and their parents that they can live life independently, like others. It is also a unique way to educate and promote the positive results of organ donation and transplantation to transplant recipients, healthcare professionals and the general public. With the support of the media, the camp will show donor families the result of their “gift of life”.

The camp is truly international, with children and staff from all over the world having fun in a fully-supervised environment.

During the camp, the focus will be on learning to ski and snowboard. Every morning, our experienced camp counsellors will accompany the participants in small groups to the ski slopes, creating a fun learning environment, successfully balancing games and instruction in a safe, fully-supervised environment. Utilising modern approaches to sports education, they will instil confidence, working closely with those progressing more slowly, while challenging those whose skills are developing more rapidly.

After lunch, the participants will have the option of continuing to ski or taking part in a different activity, either in and around the village or at the camp. Activities on offer may include arts & crafts, ice skating, swimming and dog sledding.

After dinner and the famous “ding-a-ling” awards, age-suitable evening activities will be organised by our counsellors.

I realised how many people had been through the same as me. It’s nice to know you’re not the only one - Jodie, 16, UK, kidney transplant
The provisional schedule for the Nicholas Green camp is as follows
Saturday 6 JanuaryOptional arrival day Dinner will be provided today
Sunday 7 JanuaryOfficial start of the camp
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided today
Monday 8 - Thursday 11 JanuaryFully-supervised programme of ski instruction and activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided every day
Friday 12 JanuarySki super giant slalom – the “Nicholas Cup” Closing lunch Official end of the Games Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided today
Saturday 13 JanuaryOptional departure day Breakfast will be provided today