Anytown: Leadership, diversity, friendships, skills, understanding.
For six days during the summer, students (i.e. delegates) dive into engaging exercises and honest dialogue to develop the self awareness, education, conflict resolution, and communication skills necessary to peacefully resolve prejudice and bigotry.
The camp schedule includes workshops, interactive activities, culture night, and many additional experiences. Delegates gain not only a deeper sense of their own cultural identity, and an understanding of others, but also the tools needed to speak their mind respectfully and peacefully in their communities, schools, and situations of conflict.
Anytown Utah is more than just a camp... it’s a way of life. Anytown offers the building blocks for young and old to deeply examine our society and discover how we can make it better for everyone.
UPDATED NOTICE: As of May 22, 2016 all applications will be put on a waiting list due to capacity limits. Please contact the ICCJ office for further instructions.
How out-doors is this camp?
At Anytown, we sleep in cabins with bunk beds, take showers in personal stalls with hot water, and use real toilets. We have electricity and heaters, and a wonderful chef to cater our meals. So, while you are in the mountains, and hikes are optional, you will not need to bring your tent or bear spray!
So, what do we do at camp?
We use experiential, interactive programming to generate discussion about today’s pressing issues. We are not big on lecturing (boring!) or making you carry around a binder full of “What kind of tree are you” surveys (blah). Instead, we use activities that have you moving around the room and using different ways to express your opinions and experiences. Our activities are hard to describe, but most people call them intense, fun, eye-opening, and engaging.
Ok, why is this called a leadership retreat?
Good question! Like we said before, our activities motivate you to share your opinions and experiences. But they are also designed to help you express yourself in a respectful, inclusive way. Through out the week, you will learn new skills. Anytown is a great way to boost your resume or college application (almost all the local schools have heard of us, or partnered with us directly)!
Can anyone go to Anytown?
If you are between the ages of 15 and 18, then you can come to camp...but, we ask that you decide with your family. Anytown covers serious and mature subject matter like gang violence, hate crimes and discrimination, so we want to make sure that you will feel safe and ready to handle these topics.
Alright, Alright… But what’s it gonna cost me?
Well that depends. The full cost of Anytown is $300.00. BUT we never turn anyone away because they cannot afford the full fee. We ask that you pay as much as you can afford, or even pay in installments, but you coming to camp is a lot more important to us than turning a profit. The Inclusion Center pays about $800.00 per participant, and we write grants to lower that fee to $300. But with help from participants who can afford the full cost, and donations from others, we manage to provide scholarships to anyone who requests it. So please, pay what you can, and make sure you come to camp!
How do I Sign Up?
You can contact Mario at 801.587.0823 or firstname.lastname@example.org and they will email or send one to you. Spaces fill up ‘first come first serve’ so don’t procrastinate!
WHO CAN ATTEND ANYTOWN?
Anytown is for teens between the ages of 15 and 18.
WHAT IS THE CAMPSITE LIKE? DO I NEED A TENT?
Camp Tuttle is nestled in Big Cottonwood Canyon, located just outside of Salt Lake City, and surrounded
by a deep forest, calm rivers, and unlimited crisp air. The cabins are set up bunk style, complete with
mattresses and electricity. There are showers and “regular” restrooms, so don’t worry about getting too
“back‐to‐nature.” Towels, soap, and shampoo are not available, so you’ll notice that they’re on the list of
things to bring, along with other toiletry items.
DO I GET MY OWN CABIN?
Uh, no. You will be in a cabin with 7‐9 other people of your gender. Respect is a BIG THING at Anytown,
so we practice living with different people and getting to know different cultures while also honoring the
need for privacy among young adults. There will be 2‐3 young staff members sleeping in each cabin and
one older staff member assigned to the cabin as an advisor.
WHAT DO WE EAT?
At Anytown, we have a chef who serves three, nutritious meals daily; and no, it’s not like the “average”
cafeteria food. In fact, the meals are one reason our volunteers love coming back so much! Yes, each
meal is scrumptious, indeed! We’ll even work with you if you have any dietary restrictions or
requirements. Let us know if you are vegan, vegetarian, have any food allergies.
ARE THERE RULES AT ANYTOWN?
Here are the rules you should know before coming up to Anytown:
1. Alcohol, tobacco, or other illegal substances are NOT ALLOWED.
2. Violence or violent behavior of any kind is forbidden.
3. No weapons or restricted items (see rule #1).
4. No hookups: romantic or intimate relationships are not allowed. Prior‐existing relationships should be handled with
CAN I LEAVE ANYTOWN TO GO TO A RELIGIOUS FUNCTION?
No, sorry. We realize that the retreat can fall on important dates for different faith groups and we will make
accommodations for you if you need time to pray, worship, or be alone.
SO I CAN’T GO HOME FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY?
Nope, sorry again. Anytown is a lot of fun and we are also busy doing intense activities all day. When someone
leaves, they miss too much and come back with their groove thrown off.
REALLY? NO IPOD'S?
Using music players/cell phones can be exclusive and take away from the experience. There will be a CD player
available for entertainment, as well as phones in case of an emergency or need. More importantly, the Inclusion
Center cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
WHAT IF I GET SICK?
We will have one assigned staff member who will collect all medications and prescriptions for safekeeping. If you are
not feeling well, they will also have extra medications, toiletry items, and other first aid materials. There are at least 2
certified emergency medical technicians at the retreat at all times, in case of an accident. If the need should arise, we
will take you to Alta View Hospital at 9660 South 1300 East in Sandy. Remember, we have secondary insurance (your
primary provider will be billed first) for you, even if you don't have any.
CAN PEOPLE COME VISIT ME?
On Wednesday, we will open up Anytown to friends and family for Culture Night. Gates open at 7:00 pm.
Visitors can get to the campsite by taking I‐215 to 6200 South, and following the signs for Big Cottonwood Canyon.
We are up the canyon, above the Solitude Resort and beneath Brighton Resort.