Eagle Mount celebrates 40 years of outdoors empowerment


BOZEMAN — Karla Cartwright and her son, Weston, didn’t know what to expect the first time they attended Eagle Mount’s Big Sky Kids Camp, designed for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, in 1993.

For 10 days, Weston spent time with other campers in the outdoors, rafting the Yellowstone River, exploring Yellowstone National Park and living beyond his cancer diagnosis.

“My son absolutely loved it and found a great strength from it. And I did too,” Cartwright told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “… You didn’t remember you had cancer. You didn’t remember you were sick. You didn’t remember traveling back and forth (for treatment).”

Cartwright and her son returned each summer to the ranch outside Big Sky, Montana to attend the camp up until Weston’s death in 2000.

“You grow, you learn, you feel cared about. You feel loved,” Cartwright said of her and her son’s time at the camp. “… It gives you this strength where you know you can keep going.”

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