LDS church ‘BASEcamp’ program for youth comes to Dixie State University

ST. GEORGE – A new LDS youth program geared toward the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held at Dixie State University, 225 S. University Ave., in St. George, July 27-31.

It’s been 40 years since the last week-long program for young men and young women was organized.  According to a press release issued by a representative for BASEcamp:

Given the significant changes that have taken place in the world and the Church, the timing for an experience created for this day and time couldn’t be better.  In this most remarkable era of the history of the Church, this time of hastening the work of salvation,  this time of 18 and 19 year old missionaries, parents need a remarkable tool to help them prepare their sons and daughters for their remarkable responsibilities and opportunities.

Enter;  BASEcamp, an acronym for Believe! Act! Serve! Endure! In collaboration with parents, youth, leaders, and young single adults, and under the direction of the former director of all of the “Especially for Youth” programs administered through Brigham Young University, comes a week-long interactive opportunity packed with both indoor and outdoor activities.

Based on the metaphor of mountain climbing, this new experience is designed to build confidence and courage in youth 13-18 years old as they gain additional skills, knowledge, and understanding through hands-on activities and workshops for their climb ahead.

Focusing on sharing the gospel, temple and family history work, and becoming better learners and teachers of the gospel, the press release stated, BASEcamp’s unique approach is in the doing, not just in the talking; youth teaching youth.

“Growth comes through active participation in the various aspects of the work of salvation,” the BASEcamp press release states. “Likewise, confidence and courage come through doing something with the gospel, not just talking about it.

“BASEcamp will help youth prepare for opportunities right now and set their feet on the path of continued conversion and service as they face the mountain of challenges ahead.”

The program aims to be affordable. In addition to a modest registration fee for the week-long program, BASEcamp offers a “family discount” – first child pays full price, each additional child pays half price – allowing parents to send multiple children to participate in this life changing experience, the press release states, and increasing the impact on the entire family.  Many other factors make this an opportunity unlike anything else.


  • To learn more about BASEcamp including costs click here

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  • Simone March 21, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Why is a cult errr religion allowed to hold a huge “camp” on the grounds of a public university when they have like 300 “churches” and a “temple” within a 3 mile radius of the university but a group of students who want to post a few politically charged signs are barred from doing it anywhere except a very small “free speech zone”?

    • Cami Cox Jim March 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      In reply to your question, DSU rents out its facilities to all manner of organizations. There have been anti-Mormon forums taking place at the campus because the organizers rented the space. At least, that is what the university told us recently. Hope that helps.

    • Brian March 21, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      To paraphrase Gandhi, “Be the inclusiveness you wish to see in the world”.

      • Mesaizacd March 22, 2015 at 4:02 am

        To paraphrase another…. Pffft shut up already

    • mesaman March 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Maybe you could contact the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion and ask them why they prefer the Burns Arena for their conferences. If you come out of your mental igloo long enough to notice there are all kinds of religions in this area and picking on only one indicates the load of baggage you are trying to carry and it must be very heavy.

      • fun bag March 21, 2015 at 10:35 pm

        mesaman being hypersensative, crying at the drop of a hat. must be off the meds again…

      • Mesaizacd March 22, 2015 at 4:00 am

        And people have the right to their opinion just as you do with all the ignorant baggage that comes out of your mouth

      • Simone March 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

        Maybe it’s because the Jehovahs Witnesses hold national conferences here and don’t have the luxury of like 500 million churches, a temple and a Institute of Religion” that could easily handle this “camp” within city limits. open your eyes Mesaboy, reality is here.

  • CaliGirl March 22, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Many churches in this area have something similar; it’s called Vacation Bible School. Granted, VBS is normally geared to 5-10 year-olds. Also, they usually hold VBS at their church instead of wasting money on renting a facility. This BASE program is a good opportunity for LDS a families and their children. If you’re not LDS but want to be involved or your kids to be involved, check your local christian church and choose what is best for your family and get them away from TV or videos for a while.

  • Lastdays March 22, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Before logging in and shooting from the hip some uninformed comment, I checked out the “click here” for info at end of article.
    This was very informative. This camp stresses LDS standards, but is open to all youth of ANY religion. Any effort to help our kids be positive and productive in today’s world is a worthwhile cause regardless of who is sponsoring it.

    • Simone March 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      So basically, it’s the Mormon bible camp version of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”?

    • ladybugavenger March 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Yep, that warren Jeff’s followers of think too and the Waco Texas incident with David koresh and his followers thought too

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