EFY 2011 - CES Youth Programs
EFY Provo - BYU Where Some of the Largest Groups of LDS Teens Meet...
UPDATE: Registration for Especially for Youth 2011 "BELIEVE. HOPE. ENDURE." is currently taking place. If you are interested in attending EFY this Summer, then you had better get on it NOW!
Especially For Youth, is an LDS Youth Program, that is run by the Church Educational System, (CES) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, for Mormon teenagers. These extraordinary LDS teens gather for multiple one-week sessions, scheduled to run throughout the Summer each year. What began originally on the BYU Provo, Utah campus, and which still plays host to the largest EFY groups week after week - has now spread to College Campuses across the United States and Canada. LDS youth who are able to register and get into a session, live on these campuses beginning Monday and check-out on Saturday morning. Mormon teens spend a great week away from home, their normal lives and routines and get to know other LDS youth. They are placed, according to age, in "companies" or groups with a balanced mix of both guys and girls. Experienced youth counselors are assigned to oversee these groups throughout the week and ensure a great experience for everyone attending. The focus of EFY is to strengthen LDS youth in their faith and understanding of that which has been taught to them in the Mormon Church.
What is the purpose of EFY for LDS Teens?
The mission of CES Youth Programs is to encourage youth to come unto Christ.. Our programs strive to:
- Create a setting where youth can grow spiritually.
- Provide exceptional leadership with teachers who:
- Live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who demonstrate the joy and happiness that comes from that living that commitment.
- Effectively teach the Gospel as found in the standard works and through the words of our prophets and leaders.
- Develop a well-balanced physical, educational and social environment.
- Unite youth who share similar values and provide them with opportunities to encourage one and another and to develop positive friendships.
- Have fun.
EFY Provides a Great Environment With a Variety of Activities for LDS Teens to Connect...
The successful growth of the now very popular EFY for LDS youth, is due to the overwhelming response of these amazing young people, choosing repeatedly to attend each Summer. The EFY cirriculum of positive experiences that are planned for these LDS teens to enjoy -- will almost always assure that those LDS teens attending a session of EFY, will considered this one week of their Summer, a major highlight of their entire teenage years. This only adds to the appeal for more LDS teens to want to be a part of EFY! Teenagers know how to get information out fast these days. Can you say text? Since they love EFY and many consider EFY the "Best Week of the Summer" - Summer is not Summer if EFY is not on the schedule!
The registration process to try to get into a session of EFY begins in mid January. Due to the popularity of EFY, sessions on many campus locations can literally fill up within hours of open registration. Unfortunately, the next process to try and find a session to attend for a Mormon teenager who really wants to go to EFY, is to wait for a second registration that opens approximately two weeks later.
If that doesn't work, going to the EFY website repeatedly and checking to see if another applicant has dropped out, leaving a single opening. If you are fortunate to check on a day when that happens... you can go to EFY! This can be very frustrating to many LDS teenager who really really want to go to EFY. Girls in particular have a difficult time getting into EFY, due to the fact that more girls than boys apply. Obviously, the boys that attend EFY don't seem to be bothered by the ratio whatsoever!
Developing new friendships at EFY is a definite highlight for LDS teens!
EFY is The Best Week of Summer -- Every Summer!
It is almost without fail, that upon returning from a week at EFY, these LDS teenagers will consider their experience to have been - the "Best Week of Summer"! The EFY program provides a variety of different types of experiences and activities that these Mormon youth participate in - - along with the many new friendships that they develop during the week. This is a powerful combination in helping LDS Youth to choose the right when they return home each Summer.
These facts, are the reason that so many LDS parents are willing to fork out the hundreds of dollars each year, that it cost to send their children to EFY -- and not get too freaked out because of the money involved. I have sent all five of my children to EFY multiple times over the years. My 16 year-old son, the last of five - just returned from attending his third session of EFY over the past three consecutive years!
He had a blast... as you can see in some of these pictures that I have posted. These show him and a few of the other LDS teens that he became friends with during the week... they even have a group on facebook so that they can keep in touch with each other, share pictures and strengthen one another! Very Cool:-)
EFY encourages and strengthens LDS youth to live the standards of the LDS Church.
The schedule for an LDS teen attending EFY is packed with good stuff!
While attending EFY, these LDS youth are kept so busy that there is very little time for sleep! Youth are expected to start their day early and join their group company for a brief morning devotional to set the tone for the day ahead. As soon as they finish, they grab some quick breakfast - and then head off for the long day of planned classes, games, speakers, field activities, etc.... This goes on everyday and into the evening, until these youth collapse with exhaustion! Well, some of them... Each day ends, by meeting back up with their "company" for family prayer, etc.
The energy of LDS teens is something that is palpable to all of them, when they are together in such large numbers. The youth learn throughout the week, through these various activities, how to work together and serve one another. Spending time with other LDS youth and discussing the gospel, helps these young people develop their testimonies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. These LDS youth are taught with power, the importance of following a prophet of God and the many blessings that come into their lives as they do so.
The best of LDS instructors and speakers are recruited for EFY at all of the sessions. These excellent teachers focus on gospel principles and inspire the youth to better understand the importance of staying strong and keeping the commandments.
Our youth today are faced with constant pressure to engage in those things that will ultimately cause unhappiness in life. LDS standards are emphasized throughout the entire week through every means possible to strengthen these LDS teens. Music is a powerful facet of EFY. Each youth returns home with a CD of the music that is used during EFY to teach and inspire them.
Uniting with other like LDS youth is powerful for these teens, as they go back to their "normal" lives - to face the constant pressures of the world that teenagers today, are exposed to daily - and must make choices in how they personally will respond to these pressures.
As these LDS teens have now been strengthened with a new resolve to stay strong and committed to living standards of; moral chastity, modesty, following the teachings of Jesus Christ, daily scripture study, personal prayer, serving others, etc... together with new friendships forged - they have increased a powerful support system, to now go forward in their own life with greater faith in Jesus Christ and His Plan.
These LDS teens are really good at keeping in touch throughout the year, through the use of texting and the Internet. The strong and powerful experiences of bonding at EFY, are relationships that these youth can now draw strength. These treasured friendships and memories that are created tend to last from year to year. Many teens after creating these bonds with other LDS teens, try to schedule future EFY sessions together again.
The pictures that I have posted here, show my son Alton, and a few of the other LDS teens that he became friends with during the week... they even have a group on Facebook so that they can keep in touch with each other, share pictures and strengthen one another! Very Cool:-)
Setting up a company "group" online is a very popular thing to do for LDS teens that have attended EFY. It helps them keep in touch, find each other online more easily and do what they refer to as... "taking it home" with them.
Update: This video C.O.W. Provo EFY is doing really well over on YouTube - please come on over and rate these guys and leave a comment, bookmark their video on Facebook or MySpace... whatever -- they love hearing from all of you and what you think about their EFY talent show debut. C.O.W. Lyrics are posted on YouTube as well. Oh, and the C.O.W. video also has annotations which is kind of fun too...
EFY Provo 0B1 - Talent Show "My C.O.W." Crush of the Week!
EFY supports the principles that LDS parents and leaders teach...
As a parent, who throughout these ongoing years of raising teenagers, I consider EFY to be, if possible - a definite must to have my own children attend each Summer. All five of my own children, as they attended the EFY programs of the Church, have benefited from those experiences greatly!
When we consider the many activities that youth today are involved with, and could engage in... it is a joy to know that so many youth would and do consider attending an EFY session and gaining strength to choose good in their lives... a cool thing. Truly these LDS teens, are extraordinary youth in the world today.
LdsNana-AskMormon: Acknowledgements and Requests -
If you enjoyed this hub, please give it a thumbs-up:-) Thanks.
Thanks to my son Alton, for enduring his mother posting his EFY pictures and video here on Hubpages:-)
Especially For Youth - A Strength to LDS Teens Today...
- EFY Youth Guestbook
Read what many LDS Teens have had to say about EFY after they have attended a session. Very cool!
- BYU - CES Youth Programs - Especially For Youth 2008 - Dates and Locations
Check the current availability for open EFY sessions Summer 2008
- Especially for Youth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A bit of history behind EFY
- LDS Living Magazine - The EFY Experience: Taking it Home
- LDS.org - News and Events Article - EFY: 30 and Beyond
Modest Bathing Suits and Tankinis Can Be Found!
Share your comments about EFY here...
ximena on September 26, 2010:
I just wanted to say how awesome is EFY. It is new in Spain and I attended last Summer as a counselor to our 2nd EFY ever. I feel very blessed for serving our Heavenly Father in this way and I cannot imagine my life without EFY now.
It is great to see so many youth being one in soul and having so inspired testimonies.
Thanks for sharing your experience and letting me share mine :)
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 03, 2010:
I'm so sorry, but I really don't know. You can always go to Deseret Book website and order the CDs:)
LOUIE on May 02, 2010:
Hey, i just want to know if EFY is also available in the Philippines? im a Return Missionary and before my mission i already heard about EFY but from RM's from our ward only, when i got to my mission last 2004-2006 in Philippines Quezon City Mission, i found out that most of the EFY CDs are from Missionaries coming from U.S. only,.. hope you guys have a distribution of your CDs here in Philippines too.. i really like EFY songs, i have EFY 1999,2000,and 2001 only, and they're just burned copies.
JisLDS on February 02, 2010:
WOW!! cool site!! I LOVE it how they have David Archuleta on here!!! IT IS SO COOL to see him in the LDS environment before he was famous!!!
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on May 04, 2009:
Mary - Hang in there! Everything will work out fine. Have a great time at EFY and come back and share with us:-)
Mary Woodruff on May 04, 2009:
I am sooo excited for efy!!! But wait here is a sad story... so i totally left all my contacts and everything at the college! I am so sad. Plus none of my friends have gotten hold of me. : (
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on March 24, 2009:
Go to the EFY website, and there is a list of what you will to pack. Enjoy!
future EFY participant on March 24, 2009:
is there any extra stuff that i should bring to EFY with me?
funji on January 30, 2009:
tnx for this site ...........
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on January 16, 2009:
That is a perfect endorsement of what EFY is all about, for LDS teens. I loved sending all of my own teenagers to EFY, for those exact reasons. Each time one of them would return from a session of EFY, it was evident - that they were standing with greater determination, to live the gospel, because they were choosing it.
Thanks for commenting.
Ryan on January 16, 2009:
I went to EFY twice at BYU and those were some of the best experiences in my high school years. They helped me to really identify and establish my own belief and commitment to the Gospel.
Super fun, super social (read: lots of really good girls), and super spiritual. Being "on my own" for a week, away so I can have spiritual experiences apart from my parents helped strengthen an individual conviction that I carried on until I served a mission.
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on August 17, 2008:
I have not heard anything different from those who have attended EFY, or had children that attended a session of EFY. In fact, my son wanted to go to a second session, and I told him that was fine - if he wanted to pay for it. He only went to one session of EFY and cherishes those memories:-)
ihenpecked on August 17, 2008:
My daughter had a great time when she went last year. Thanks for the article.
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 08, 2008:
I know what you mean about exercising chastity, not drink or smoke and choosing good music to listen to. I felt utterly 'weird' for being that a long time ago. Although I'm glad I don't feel that way anymore LOL I believe these are truly wonderful things to teach the youth Nana; and if one can have good, wonderful clean fun, kids stay out of trouble and indeed helps them make good choices in life. Oh it is utterly great! :) Thank you for brigtening my day with this hopeful words.
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on July 07, 2008:
Yes, it is wonderful that youth programs are created by good organizations. The LDS teen program of EFY is exactly what you suggest - that which inspires and empowers these LDS youth.
From a parent perspective - I am so grateful that the LDS Church provides a place where LDS youth can gather and be strengthened in that which is taught in the home.
In the world today, it is not the popular thing to exercise chastity, not drink or smoke, dress modestly, choose good music to listen to, etc... When these LDS teens are brought together with LDS youth from all over the nation - they realize that they are not alone in wanting to maintain these standards.
I love it, because when they come home - they have a more firm commitment to live the gospel. Most important -- they have a greater understanding of why. Oh how parents love it when their children develop their own testimony of truth and begin to direct their own lives accordingly.
When a teens own life is a product of their own good choices - parents have much less to stress over. lol
Thanks for commenting.
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on July 07, 2008:
Steady and Sure, I like that title...and esp. the picture of a ripple...that is one of my favorite pictures. Everyone seems to be having a grand time. Isn't it great how organizations are able to create youth groups that inspire and empowers them? Salute to you guys. Thanks for sharing.
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 30, 2008:
Hi Lexi -
I am so glad that you came by and took the time to comment about EFY! Alton had such a great time, and I know that it had everything to do with all of you that he met in Provo. I love EFY and had a lot of fun writing this Hub.
I hope that you will post this on your Facebook and encourage others to come on over and post a comment about EFY. I know that those who read this article will enjoy hearing from you guys most.
Also if you have any more pictures you would like me to post, you can email them to Alton over on Facebook.
I'm so glad you guys have your EFY group on Facebook. I know how cool it is for you all to keep in touch with each other throughout the year. You guys really help each other stay strong.
Alton's mom:-) lol
Lexi on June 30, 2008:
This is a really great article! I was actually in Alton's group at EFY and I really know that EFY is as awesome as this article says it is! This was really cool to read and to see our pictures on here too. I actually started the group on Facebook so I love how that was mentioned :) HOW FUN!! Thanks for writing this, I really enjoyed it!
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 04, 2008:
Very cool! I did not realize that CES had taken the program outside of the U.S. Do they run the full-week program? Are you aware of other sessions outside of the U.S.A.? If you have a link for CES outside of the U.S. I would love you to post it here.
Thanks for commenting and welcome to Hubpages.
JohnBee on June 04, 2008:
My kidswere at EFY in England, and loved it!! Great article.
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 03, 2008:
Hi Brittney -
Alton is sure to appreciate such a reference. LOL But yes, EFY is a great strength for LDS youth, but also a lot of fun!
Kathryn Skaggs (author) from Southern California on June 03, 2008:
I will pass that on to him! Thanks for stopping by doghouse:-)
Brittney on June 03, 2008:
What a little stud muffin Alton is! I always loved EFY, it is such a great thing for teenagers to have a place to go to where everyone has the same standards and beliefs. It's a break from every other day when the world tempts and sometimes mocks who you are for what you believe.
In The Doghouse from California on June 02, 2008:
What a darling boy! Go Alton go! EFY is a fantastic way to spend a week that will always be remembered! I loved the COW!