Camp Tuttle is an outdoor ministry of the Episcoal Church of Utah nestled high in the Wasatch Mountains outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Our values are rooted deeply in the ideas of challenge, connection, and creation. Camp Tuttle provides a safe place for spiritual, environmental, social, and personal transformation. Our mission is to provide a positive and inclusive learning environment that celebrates spiritual enlightenment in the outdoors. Campers and counselors work to create a safe place to challenge comfort zones, societal norms, thinking patterns, and understanding of the life and world around them. Through this work, we provide abundant opportunities to connect with self, others, nature, and the Divine. Mountain peaks and rushing rivers root us deeply to God and call for action in protecting, sustaining, and nurturing the creation for which we are responsible.
Until you’ve been in the place I am it is hard to understand that in just six weeks,
Six unforgettable, life altering, confidence boosting weeks;
I go from barely knowing some people to loving them with my whole entirety.
To loving this place, with my whole entirety.
So I stay.
And I will stay because this place, these people… change MY WHOLE LIFE.
That will never change.
-Excerpt from “What Camp Means to Me” by Randee Martinez, counselor
In 1951 or 1952, some young people of the Diocese of Utah were hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon, through the area of our present camp, and discovered the ruins of a log lodge and several smaller cabins. They were interested in the origin of the ruins, and on checking around found that it was the remains of the old Girl’s Friendly Camp. They further discovered that the property had been leased to the G.F.S. by the Park City Mining Company on a 99-year lease. This discovery moved the young people to approach Bishop Watson on the possibility of renewing the lease and building a Diocesan Camp. Bishop Richard Watson responded with great interest, and rebuilding began. In the course of things, the mining company offered to sell the property rather than lease it. The company sold all but mineral rights to the church for the fantastic sum of $1.00! The property so acquired had been called “the lady of the hill claim” by the Park City Mining Company. It now became known as “Camp Tuttle” in honor of the first bishop of Utah, Daniel S. Tuttle.