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What is BASEcamp?

BASEcamp: (bās’-cămp) n. a main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and protection; a place to obtain additional skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for the climb ahead, which is often the most difficult part of the ascent.

BASE is an acronym for Believe. Act. Serve. Endure. BASEcamp is a new LDS youth experience which focuses on a pattern of discipleship in an effort to help youth and families increase their courage and confidence to better respond to President Monson’s call to action in this time of Hastening the Work of Salvation: "Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together, to labor in the Lord’s vineyard to bring souls unto Him…" (Hastening the Work of Salvation Broadcast, June 23, 2013) With collaborative efforts from parents, youth, leaders, and young adults, this new program provides a refuge where young men and young women may focus their attention on the important work of salvation in these last days.

About Basecamp?

BASEcamp uses the mountain climbing metaphor to depict the importance of "building upon the rock of our Redeemer," as we climb to the mountain of the Lord and face mountains of challenges in these last days, "wheron if men build they cannot fall." Elder L. Tom Perry said, "This is the most remarkable era in the history of the Church. This is something that ranks with the great events that have happened in the past history, like the First Vision, like the gift of the Book of Mormon, like the Restoration of the gospel, like all the things that build that foundation for us to go forward and teach in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom." (Hastening the Work of Salvation Broadcast, June 23, 2013) As we come unto Christ, our efforts to participate in this time of hastening the work of salvation will increase and our lives will be filled with opportunities to bless and strengthen others.

Our emphasis is first, knowing and understanding foundational doctrines found in the scriptures and words of Prophets and Apostles, and second, becoming effective teachers of those doctrines and principles. Our tools include the scriptures, the current General Conference Ensign, Preach My Gospel manual, and a process we call "Learn to Teach" which helps the youth practice sharing gospel concepts in their own words. We strive to instill confidence and courage to share the gospel now while preparing to preach it full-time later as missionaries.

What to Expect at BASEcamp?

Our goal is to "experience the gospel in action." So, the youth will not be sitting around all day in a chair or desk. This is a "DOING" experience! BELIEVE, ACT, SERVE, and ENDURE are action words and require individual effort and energy. That’s why we will be up and "DOING!" We strive to adapt the agenda to include opportunities each location and setting may provide. No two BASEcamp experiences are exactly alike. In addition to personal gospel exploration and group discussions, youth will have time to interact with others and build lasting friendships. A challenge course provides opportunities to practice leadership skills and develop unity and teamwork. Role playing and other teaching techniques provide time to practice sharing the gospel and developing skills that increase confidence. Where possible, Family History and Temple work is completed. This includes activities in finding ancestors who need temple ordinances completed, posting photos, documents, and memories on FamilySearch.org, and participating in Indexing. Also, in the proximity of a temple, participating in baptisms and confirmations is included. Other engaging and learning activities include: For the Strength of Youth Film Festival, Service Activities, Family Home Evening, Talent Sharing, and more. Youth will not sit around and be lectured to! This is time for involvement--Believing! Acting! Serving! Enduring!

Believe.    Act.    Serve.    Endure.

BASEcamp Standards

This program is based on the teaching of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, youth of any religious affiliation are welcome to attend. All participating in these programs will be held to the high expectations of dress, appearance, and behavior as found in the gospel of Jesus Christ and other such Church standards. You can read more about standards and BASEcamp expectations here; however, BASEcamp staff and administration reserve the right to consider and address individual circumstances as needed.

Prepare yourselves spiritually, and qualify to enter into our Heavenly Father’s presence. Prepare now for the temple, the mountain of the Lord. Never allow the goal of the temple to be out of your sight. Walk into His presence in purity and virtue, and receive His blessings—even “all that he hath” (Luke 12:44). Within His holy house you will be cleansed, taught, and endowed with power, and His “angels [will] have charge over [you].” (D&C 109:22)

Elaine S. Dalton
Elaine S. Dalton
Come Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord, Ensign, May 2009