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Church announces changes for scheduling use of recreational properties

In 2024, Young Men will have increased accessibility for reserving camps, as well as larger stake groups

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced changes for how members can schedule use of the Church’s recreational properties. 

Young Women groups will continue to have the first opportunity to schedule Church-owned recreational properties in the United States and Canada. But starting in 2024, Young Men groups will have increased accessibility for reserving camps, as well as larger stake groups. Sites can also be reserved for stake youth combined activities.

Additionally, Church recreation camps can now be used for youth conferences, although it is not required or expected.

As part of the changes, these Church camp areas will now be referred to as “youth camps” rather than “young women camps.”

The changes were outlined in a letter dated Sept. 7 and sent to the following leaders in the United States and Canada: stake Young Women leaders, including camp specialists; stake Young Men leaders, including camp specialists; bishoprics and branch presidencies; Aaronic Priesthood quorum advisers and specialists; ward Young Women leaders, including camp specialists; camp managers and camp schedulers; with copies to General Authorities; General officers; stake presidencies; directors of temporal affairs; and Meetinghouse Facilities Department employees.

After youth groups have the chance to schedule stake and ward camps, use of the properties by other Church organizations is encouraged. 

“The primary purpose of the recreational properties is not for family reunions or other non-Church activities,” the letter said. “Members are only able to reserve the camps for family or personal use if there are remaining reservation slots available after all the needs of official Church programs are met.”

Units can begin scheduling reservations on Sept. 25 at camping.ChurchofJesusChrist.org (Church account login required). Leaders are encouraged to explore the website before their assigned registration week. 

Camp managers and camp schedulers facilitate operations and reservations at each recreational property. Names and contact information are provided on the property’s webpage. Any questions about campgrounds or reservations should be directed to them, the letter said. 

Who can make reservations and when

Sept. 25 — Stake Young Women presidencies may make reservations to their assigned camp.

Oct. 2 — Stake Young Men presidencies may make reservations to their assigned camp.

Oct. 9 — Stake Young Women presidencies may make reservations to any camp.

Oct. 16 — Stake Young Men presidencies may make reservations to any camp.

Oct. 23 — Stake combined youth presidencies may make reservations to their assigned camp.

Oct. 30 — Stake combined youth presidencies may make reservations to any camp.

Nov. 6 — Ward Young Women presidencies may make reservations to their assigned camp.

Nov. 13 — Bishoprics and priesthood quorum advisers may make reservations for Aaronic Priesthood quorums to their assigned camp.

Nov. 20 — Ward Young Women presidencies may make reservations to any camp.

Nov. 27 — Bishoprics and priesthood quorum advisers may make reservations for Aaronic Priesthood quorums to any camp.

Dec. 4 — The presidency of any stake or ward organization may make reservations to their assigned camp.

Dec. 11 — The presidency of any stake or ward organization may make reservations to any camp. 

Dec. 18 — All Church members, including families, may make reservations to their assigned camp. 

Dec. 26 — All Church members, including families, may make reservations to any camp.

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