The summer of 2002 marked the 26th anniversary of the youth camp “Especially for Youth” (EFY). Over 34,000 teenagers from across the United States, Canada and several foreign countries gathered on thirty-one different college campuses to attend one of the sixty-four sessions of the five-day program. Since the first session in 1976, Especially for Youth has enjoyed steady increases in attendance and popularity. Beginning in the early 1980s, the program's success reached the point that applicants were turned away because there was not enough space to house all those who wanted to attend.
EFY is sponsored by Brigham Young University (BYU) Division of Continuing Education. Programs within the Division with a religious emphasis fall under the direction of the Church Educational System (CES).
This thesis is an attempt to gather basic, historically significant information about the first eleven years of Especially for Youth (1976-1986). Primary sources include Continuing Education administrators, former counselors and participants, and Division of Continuing Education Annual Reports.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Bytheway, John, "A History of "Especially For Youth" - 1976-1986" (2003). Theses and Dissertations. 4577.
EFY, Especially for Youth, history, CES, Church Educational System, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints