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YWCA St. John’s new partner in camp for 2SLBGTQ+ youth

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YWCA St. John’s has joined Planned Parenthood to put off the annual Camp Eclipse program for youth.

“Together with YWCA as a new partner, we look forward to another great year at Camp in 2018,” Nicole Smed, Board President with Planned Parenthood-Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre (PPNLSHC) was quoted saying in a news release on Thursday.

Camp Eclipse: OUT in the woods brings together youth between the ages of 16 and 24 for four days of workshops which, according to the news release, “take a solution-focused, and strengths-based approach to the issues faced by two-spirit, lesbian, bisexual, gay, trans, ace, intersex and queer (2SLBGTQ+) youth.”

This is the tenth year for the camp.

YWCA St. John’s executive director Wendolyn Schlamp said the organization is proud to take part in leading the camp.

“Given YWCA's mandate, support of sexual and gender diversity, and history of youth and leadership programming, this partnership will further support the high quality programming which this annual, empowering youth leadership retreat consistently delivers.”

The camp offers outdoor nature activities and networking opportunities and is open to any youth, regardless of their gender and sexual identity.

The new partnership with YWCA St. John’s will include guidance from PPNLSHC’s volunteers through the Camp Leadership Team.

Schlamp will serve as camp director for the 2018 program.

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