Camp Eclipse celebrates 10 years of safety and support for LGBT youth

August 22nd, 2018

4-day camp equips youth with leadership skills

Camp Eclipse campers work on their happy books, in which friends write positive messages. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Rudy Bartlett says Camp Eclipse saved his life.

"Camp is the first place where I really was able to be around people like me for the first time and to be able to feel loved and accepted and like my voice really mattered," he said. "It's been very formative for me."

This year is Bartlett's fourth year at Camp Eclipse, a summer retreat for LGBT youth and their friends. He now returns to help ensure that the camp continues to provide that safe, welcoming space for others — and for himself.

Everyone's here and everyone loves you, and everyone is going to accept you no matter what.- El Patey

"Coming back is like taking a big breath of fresh air for the rest of the year," said Bartlett, who is from Marysvale.

Camp is "addictive," said camper Devin Lowe, attending for his third year.

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Posted on August 22nd, 2018