Frequently Asked Questions

For the Strength of Youth (FSY) Conferences

General Information

What is FSY?

For the Strength of Youth (FSY) conferences are five-day events that include activities, devotionals, and classes designed to help strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and provide opportunities for youth to grow spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually. These events have been held extensively outside the United States and Canada for several years and are modeled after Brigham Young University’s Especially for Youth (EFY) conferences. Youth may attend beginning in the year they turn 14 and may be no older than 18 by December 31 of the year they plan to attend. Each stake will be invited every other year. See "FSY Assignments for Stakes in the United States and Canada" to see what year your stake is assigned to attend.

FSY Contact Information

The FSY hotline number is 1-801-240-3009. Please call Monday - Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. US MT.

  • Extension 1—for bishopric and stake presidency members
  • Extension 2—for general questions
  • Extension 3—for registration questions
  • Extension 4—for stake FSY representatives
  • Extension 5—for S&I area directors, session directors, and teachers
  • Extension 6—for summer leadership hiring questions

If you have a question regarding registration for a session in the United States or Canada, you can also email

If you have a question or request regarding disability or medical accommodations, email

Will BYU hold EFY for youth whose stakes are not assigned to attend an FSY conference in a particular year?

Several nontraditional EFY opportunities will continue to be offered through BYU. See for more information.

At what ages are youth eligible to participate in FSY?

Youth may attend FSY sessions scheduled for their stake beginning in the year they turn 14 and may be no older than 18 by December 31 of the year they plan to attend. Youth who are graduating from high school the year they plan to attend and are are no older than 18 by December 31 will register at a later date than other youth. Graduating youth can register for any session with available space and must provide their own transportation.

Will I stay overnight at FSY, or do will I go home at night?

FSY conferences will typically be held at college or university campuses. Youth and YSA counselors will stay overnight in the campus dorms.

Can I bring my cell phone to FSY?

Each family (youth and parents) should decide whether you should or should not bring your personal cell phones to FSY sessions. If you bring a cell phone to FSY, it may be used as a resource during any class, devotional, instruction, or discussion with the Gospel Library app, with the Gospel Living app, or as directed by counselors, staff, or teachers. Social media, picture-taking, or other nonrelated apps should be avoided until appropriate times, such as free time, during meals, or between activities and classes. You should always be respectful of others and yourself by what you view and when you use your phone.

How much will FSY cost?

Each youth will be asked to pay $75 USD ($100 CAD). In addition, the stake or ward will pay $75 USD ($100 CAD) from the local unit budget allowance (LUBA) for each individual. The bishop may also use LUBA to help individuals when necessary. If desired, wards may use the annual fundraising effort to help offset the cost (see General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [2020], 20.6.8, FSY is a high priority of the general leadership of the Church, and they have directed that FSY be available to all youth and will, therefore, cover the majority of the conference cost.

The cost of the conference covers:

  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from dinner on Monday to dinner on Friday
  • lodging, Monday night through Friday night
  • trained YSA counselors
  • travel to and from the conference, if provided by FSY
What do I do if I need to leave during the week?

FSY is contained within the campus where it is being held. Youth should leave campus only after following established policy and checkout procedures; otherwise, youth will be sent home from the conference. The safety of our participants is our highest priority.

When checking out a participant from an FSY session, either temporarily or permanently, the following documents need to be presented to the staff who is on duty at the site office.

Parent or legal guardian:

  • Driver’s license

Relative or friend, age 18 or older:

  • Driver’s license
  • Written consent from a legal guardian
  • Photocopy or picture of parent or legal guardian’s driver’s license (used to verify authenticity)

FSY will always call the parent or legal guardian listed in the primary or secondary emergency contact information to confirm the request. If the contact information provided is incorrect or the parent or legal guardian is not available by phone, the participant will not be checked out.

Youth must check back in with the site office before returning to any FSY activities. Documentation does not need to be presented to check back in; however, signatures do need to be provided, so please accompany your youth instead of just dropping them off.

When do I check in?

You will check in Monday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the location detailed in their pre-session email sent approximately two weeks before the session begins.

When do I check out?

You will be checked out on Saturday at 7:00 a.m.

What should I pack?

Printable Packing List (PDF)

FSY participants and staff are expected to follow the standards outlined in the For the Strength of Youth booklet, as well as any campus-specific guidelines (BYU–Idaho). Information regarding specific campus dress and grooming standards will be sent to participants in a pre-session email two weeks before their session begins. If youth are not appropriately dressed, they will be asked to change.


  • Nice pants, jeans, or shorts
  • Shirts
  • Comfortable shoes for walking (there’s lots of walking)
  • Closed-toe shoes (required for games night; encouraged for dances)
  • Pajamas


  • Slacks, skirt, or dress
  • Blouse or collared, button-up shirt and tie
  • Comfortable dress shoes for walking (heels are discouraged)


  • Linens and towels (varies by session; check your pre-session email)
  • Water bottle (important to stay hydrated)
  • Personal toiletry items (sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.)
  • Scriptures (hard copy or electronic)
  • For the Strength of Youth booklet (hard copy or electronic)
  • Pens/pencils


  • Journal
  • Snacks for free time and after evening activities
  • Spending money (for snacks, incidentals, or emergencies)
  • Variety show props, costumes, instruments, etc. for participants (bring at your own risk)
  • Shower shoes
  • Band-Aids, moleskin, etc.
  • Personal medications (prescriptions, cough drops, etc.)
  • Backpack (FSY cinch pack will be provided, but the straps are small and may get uncomfortable if a youth wants to carry heavy items)

We strongly discourage participants from bringing electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, gaming systems, etc. We cannot guarantee the safety of these items. In-line skates, skateboards, hover boards, and other athletic equipment are not allowed.

Label your luggage to avoid confusion and mix-ups.


  • Be neat, clean, modest, and appropriate in your clothing and grooming.
  • Avoid being extreme or inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, or behavior.
  • Footwear should be appropriate for the activity and worn in all public areas.
  • For activities where Sunday dress is required, wear clothing that will show respect for the Lord and yourself. Dress appropriately, as you would when attending sacrament services.
Mailing/Delivery of Letters or Packages

We recommend NOT sending letters or packages to participants. If essential medications or items are forgotten, please contact the session site office and make arrangements with the staff. Contact information is found in your pre-session email sent approximately two weeks before the start of the session. For birthdays or other special occasions, consider putting a note or surprise in your youth’s suitcase instead of sending a package or card. Delivering personal mail and nonessential, nonemergency items uses the valuable time of our staff and can disrupt the FSY schedule. We appreciate your cooperation. If essential or emergency items must be dropped off, please contact the site office for your youth’s session to make arrangements.

Does FSY have a lost-and-found?

FSY is unable to return or store lost and found items left unclaimed at campus locations. Every effort is made to return lost items to participants during a session, but  youth are encouraged to carefully check for all belongings, especially scriptures and electronics, before leaving.  Contacting the campus number listed under “Lost and Found” on the session-specific information page  may  be helpful in locating items left behind.

Medical Claims and Accident Insurance

If a member is injured while participating in a Church-sponsored activity in the United States or Canada, the Church offers Church Activity Medical Assistance (CAMA), which provides secondary medical assistance. This is designed to supplement, not replace, a person’s own health insurance (see General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [2020],, Those who have health insurance use it first, before using CAMA, which gives accidental injury help up to $15,000. We encourage all families to have health insurance. Those without the ability to have insurance will still have CAMA help. For any health issues, FSY will contact parents immediately regarding medical care for accident or illness. The activity and medical staff are also charged with recording and reporting accidents to FSY.

FSY-contracted university campuses or locations are not licensed ambulance or transport agencies. Law requires individuals being transported to the emergency room by an entity to be transported by a licensed ambulance. As such, FSY is required to call an ambulance when an FSY participant needs to be transported to an emergency room.

Obligation to Report Abuse or Self-Harm

Consistent with FSY policy and the requirements of many state laws, FSY personnel report to law enforcement or other applicable state agencies instances in which FSY personnel have reason to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect. FSY personnel may also report to parents, law enforcement, or other applicable state agencies instances where FSY personnel have reason to believe that a participant has engaged in self-harm.

How are the groups within FSY structured?

There are two main groups in FSY: counselor groups and companies. Counselor groups consist of approximately 10 youth and 1 counselor, of the same sex. Companies typically consist of 2 or 3 (male and female) counselor groups. Counselor groups and companies are formed by age-groups.

  • Group One includes those turning 14 to 15 years old in the calendar year.

  • Group Two includes those turning 16 to 18 years old in the calendar year.

Note that youth may select a different age-group during registration if their circumstances require it.

Roommate requests are authorized, but not guaranteed, in the same registration system when roommates are registered in the same session, same age-group, and same housing type (male or female).

Rules and Standards

What are the rules and expectations?

All youth who register for FSY agree to abide by the standards found in the For the Strength of Youth booklet.

  • Involvement in any of the following will result in your being sent home immediately (with no refund):
    • Participating in or encouraging immoral behavior of any kind, which includes breaking the law of chastity and viewing pornography in any form
    • Shoplifting, theft, or vandalism of any kind
    • Breaking the Word of Wisdom, including the possession of illegal substances and vaping
    • Possession of weapons or firearms of any kind
    • Doing anything harmful to yourself or others physically, spiritually, or emotionally

Please be advised that all crimes and incidents or pranks of a harmful or destructive nature will be reported to local authorities. Consequences resulting from actions taken by local authorities are out of our control.

What is FSY's weapons and other banned items policy?

Consistent with its commitment to promote and maintain a safe and respectful environment, FSY prohibits weapons or other banned items by all youth, volunteers, or employees.

Weapons include any device designed or intended to inflict serious bodily injury or death, including, but not limited to, firearms, knives (including swords, daggers, switch blades), clubs or night sticks, tasers, and explosives.

Other Banned Items include fireworks, pocketknives, chemical irritants (i.e. pepper spray), flammables (matches, lighters), sling shots, airsoft, pellet or bb guns, or other items that FSY, in its sole discretion, may from time to time prohibit.

If youth bring weapons or other banned items to FSY, the weapons or banned items will be confiscated, the parents of the youth will be contacted, and the youth may be sent home immediately at family’s own expense with no refund. To the extent possession of the weapon constitutes a crime, law enforcement may be alerted. Confiscated weapons or other banned items that FSY staff in their sole discretion determine to be too dangerous will not be returned directly to youth. Where lawful, FSY may make arrangements with parents of youth for the return of these items at the family’s own expense and only through secure methods.

FSY takes place in a variety of jurisdictions with their own laws related to weapons or other banned items. The partner institutions that host FSY often have their own related policies banning certain items. In addition to the obvious dangers these items pose to people or property, bringing a weapon or other banned item to FSY jeopardizes FSY’s partnerships and future scheduling with these host institutions.


Youth are expected to show respect for themselves and others. They are to be polite and kind to all campus employees and other youth. Bullying will not be tolerated. Youth represent themselves, FSY, their family, and the Church.


Participants’ health and safety are the first priority of FSY! Youth are not allowed to do anything to harm themselves or others, including climbing trees, doing flips and gymnastics, or jumping out of windows and over railings. As a general rule, your head needs to stay above your feet.


Participants and their parents are ultimately liable and will be responsible for additional cleaning or restoration charges and damage to rooms, property, or equipment.

What if my youth lost their room key?

Participants are responsible for returning their housing keys at checkout. There is no grace period for returning keys, as universities charge FSY the cost of rekeying immediately after each session. The charge for missing keys can vary from $10 to $150 per key, depending on the location. Participants and their parents are ultimately responsible for lost items, additional cleaning or restoration charges, and damage to rooms, property, or equipment.

Leader Information

Are stakes scheduled for FSY responsible to plan the FSY conference?

Ward and stake leaders are not responsible to plan the conference, to secure FSY locations, or to provide speakers. If occasional assistance is needed, area leaders may call upon local leaders. Ward and stake leaders are responsible for helping youth register and for arranging transportation to the FSY conference. Stakes are also responsible for planning stake FSY activities. These activities extend the FSY experience beyond the five-day conference by helping youth prepare and grow spiritually, create greater unity within the stake, and find joy in gospel living as they strengthen their testimony of Jesus Christ.

Stake presidents are responsible for calling a stake FSY representative, who will act as a liaison between the FSY office and the ward FSY representatives, YSA leaders, parents, and youth. They will communicate information regarding registration, session information, transportation, and other logistics. Bishops will be responsible for calling a ward FSY representative. They will communicate information to the YSAs, parents, and youth in their ward. More information is found on the Stake Presidency, Bishopric or Branch Presidency, Stake FSY Representative, and Ward FSY Representative web pages.

See "FSY Assignments for Stakes in the United States and Canada" to see what year your stake is assigned to attend.

Is it necessary for stakes to provide adult leaders to attend FSY conferences?

Young single adults will fill logistical and leadership roles at FSY conferences. A limited number of adults will attend FSY as session directors and teachers. The majority of the adults serving in these positions will be full-time seminary and institute employees. Area leaders will reach out to local leaders if their assistance becomes necessary.

A stake FSY representative and ward FSY representative should be called in each stake and ward, regardless of participation in FSY conferences in the current year. These individuals will act as a liaison between the FSY office and local units, YSA leaders, parents, and youth. They will communicate information regarding registration, session information, transportation, and other logistics but will not attend the actual session. More information is found on the Stake PresidencyBishopric or Branch PresidencyStake FSY Representative, and Ward FSY Representative web pages.

All local leaders are encouraged to prepare for and extend the FSY experience for youth in their area by conducting stake FSY activities.

Does FSY replace youth conference, Young Women camp, and Aaronic Priesthood quorum camp?

In the year that youth attend FSY (see "FSY Assignments for Stakes in the United States and Canada" to see what year your stake is assigned to attend), their stakes should not hold other large events, such as a youth conference or trek. Stake or ward Aaronic Priesthood quorum and Young Women camps and other regular activities should continue as normal. Camps should be scheduled at times that do not conflict with scheduled FSY conferences.

Do all youth from a stake or ward attend the same FSY conference?

Stakes will be invited to attend every other year. See "FSY Assignments for Stakes in the United States and Canada" to see what year your stake is assigned to attend.

Available sessions and dates will be communicated toward the end of the third quarter of the year before the summer stakes are invited to attend. Stakes that will have transportation provided by FSY will be assigned a specific session. Most other stakes will be allowed to choose from multiple sessions in their region. You may recommend that your stake or ward register for a particular session from that list, however, there is no guarantee that beds will be available for the entire stake or ward.

Youth will be randomly assigned a company at the FSY session. During registration, youth may request a roommate, but both youth must be attending the same session, be in the same age-group, and be staying in the same housing type (male or female). Counselor groups and companies are formed by age-groups.

  • Group One includes those turning 14 to 15 years old in the calendar year.

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  • Group Two includes those turning 16 to 18 years old in the calendar year.

Note that youth can select a different age-group if their circumstances require it.

Can my stake or ward request a specific week or year or request a week or year to avoid?

Due to volume and logistical complexity, the FSY office cannot take requests from stakes or wards for assignment preferences.

What are the guidelines for travel to the conference?

Individuals whose stake center is located less than 2.5 hours away from the conference will be required to provide their own ground transportation to the conference location. If a large number of youth from a stake will attend the same conference, stake leaders may arrange for commercial transportation, following the guidelines in the General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2020), 20.6.24,

FSY will provide transportation for those who live more than 2.5 hours from a conference. FSY staff will work with the stake’s FSY representative to arrange travel, as applicable.

What responsibilities do stake and ward leaders have for helping youth register?

Stake and ward leaders should encourage and help youth register for FSY. Youth will register individually online with their own account. Individuals who need assistance can call the registration hotline at 1-801-240-3009, extension 3. See the FSY leaders page for more detailed specific stake and ward leader responsibilities.

Youth from invited stakes register on the FSY registration website. They must be approved by a member of their bishopric before they can register. Bishoprics have the responsibility to approve youth, which can be done on the youth approval tool.

To make the approval and registration process easier, instruct youth to go to to make sure their membership record number is linked to their Church Account. If they don’t know their membership record number, they may look on their temple recommend or ask a member of their bishopric to assist them.

Have them register as soon as possible, as space is limited and sessions fill quickly. Registration officially closes two weeks prior to the start of the session.

Bishopric members should consider the financial circumstances of the youth in their ward and determine if there is a need to provide assistance so all who are eligible are able to attend an FSY conference.

How should I recommend YSAs to become FSY counselors?

Counselors have a major influence on the youth and play a pivotal role in the success of FSY conferences. As such, YSAs should be recommended as volunteer counselors primarily based on their ability to strengthen youth rather than solely as an opportunity for the YSAs to be strengthened. YSAs who support or promote any teachings, practices, or doctrine contrary to those of the Church or who are currently going through a disciplinary council should not be recommended to serve as FSY counselors.

Bishoprics have the responsibility to approve YSAs in their ward to serve as counselors for FSY. More information can be found on the FSY Bishopric or Branch Presidency page. To go directly to the approval tool, click here.

How much should wards budget for FSY conferences?

See the LUBA Billing Information page for information.

Youth Registration Information

How and when can I register for FSY?

Youth in stakes scheduled for an FSY conference will be invited to begin registering online during the first quarter of the year of the conference. See "FSY Assignments for Stakes in the United States and Canada" to see what year your stake is assigned to attend. Registration information will be sent after a member of the bishopric has approved them to attend.

Once registration is open for the invited stake and a member of the bishopric has approved the youth, they can register online on the FSY youth page.

How can I request a roommate?

Participants may request only a single roommate by entering their desired roommate’s registration confirmation number during the conference registration process. Two youth of the same sex and same age-group and who are registered in the same session may request to be linked as roommates.  Every effort is made in honoring roommate requests; however, they are not guaranteed. Counselor groups and companies are formed by age-groups.

  • Group One includes those turning 14 to 15 years old in the calendar year.

  • Group Two includes those turning 16 to 18 years old in the calendar year.

Note that youth can select a different age-group if their circumstances require it.

Participants who do not select a roommate will generally be assigned one. Occasionally participants will not be assigned a roommate, due to private rooms at select campuses or an odd number of age-group participants.

What do I do if the sessions I have been assigned to attend are full?

Keep checking the registration page for openings. If you see an available space but that space is gone once you attempt to register, that space has most likely been taken by someone who registered just before you. Please be patient and continue to watch for additional openings. Occasionally, campuses may provide additional beds. Those spots are posted as they become available. The FSY office can give additional guidance on these possibilities at 1-801-240-3004, extension 3.

What information do I need to register?

Registration for FSY programs must be completed online. You will need the following information:

  • Personal information: name, birth date, address, phone number, email address.
  • Your Church Account username and password.
    • If you are a member of the Church, go to your account settings and click Membership to make sure your membership record number is linked to your Church Account. If you are unsure of your membership record number, please contact a member of your bishopric.
    • If you are not a member, you do not need a membership record number linked to your Church Account, however, you do need a Church Account username and password. You can create a Church Account here.
  • Roommate’s registration confirmation number (if requesting a roommate who is already registered).
  • Parental release information: parent or guardian names and phone numbers, physician name and phone number, insurance provider and policy number.
  • Medical information: medications, special needs, or existing conditions.
  • Dietary needs and allergy information, such as celiac disease, allergies to nuts, and so on.
  • Credit or debit card information (if the ward isn’t covering the participant fee).
When does registration close?

Online registration closes two weeks prior to the first day of the session. If space is available, youth may register in-person on the first day of the session. See "Is it possible to register in-person on the first day of the session?" for further details.

Is it possible to register in-person on the first day of the session?

If space is available and the youth and parent/legal guardian come to the check-in location in-person, during the check-in period, they may register and make payment online using their personal mobile device or laptop. All required information and authorization agreements, including approval from a member of the bishopric, must be completed  before  a youth can be enrolled and allowed to attend FSY. Cash or check payments cannot be accepted.

NOTE: As we cannot guarantee a space at FSY for hopeful participants, please do NOT send your youth to register for an FSY session on the first day if he or she cannot easily get back home. There is a high possibility that he or she will NOT get into the session, due to limited space. Call the FSY office to learn about the possibility of registering in-person on the first day for your desired session at 1-801-240-3009, extension 2.

How do I transfer a registration from one session to another?

You may transfer from one session to another anytime during open registration until a session is full or closed. If space is not available in the session you want, keep checking back to see if a space becomes available.

To transfer to another session:

  • Log in to your account and follow these steps:
    • Under “Your Current Registrations,” select your FSY registration.
    • Click on Edit Enrollment.
    • Under “Enrollment Options,” click on Transfer. (Be sure to select Transfer rather than Withdraw.)
    • Follow the prompts on the screen to the very end to complete the transfer.
    • Please note that roommate information does not carry over when you transfer to another session, so you will need to re-enter your preferred roommate’s registration confirmation number. Your preferred roommate must be registered in the same session as you.

You should see a confirmation page indicating that your transfer has gone through with a new confirmation number. Make sure to use your new confirmation number when linking a roommate. Confirmation of your transfer will also be sent to the email address on file. If you do not receive a confirmation email or do not see a confirmation page, please call the registration office at 1-801-240-3009, extension 3.

PLEASE NOTE: If you select Withdraw instead of Transfer, you will be removed from the session. Once you withdraw, you may not be able to get your spot back. It is your responsibility to confirm that your registration is complete and accurate.

Withdrawals and Refunds

Withdrawals that happen 30 or more days prior to the start of the session will be given a full refund. The ward will not be charged the ward fee for this youth.

Withdrawals that happen within 30 days prior to the start of the session may be given a refund if the bishop confirms that it is due to an emergency situation. The bishop should call 1-801-240-3009, extension 1, to discuss the situation. The ward will be charged the ward fee for this youth, even if the situation is deemed to be an emergency.

How do I withdraw from a session and cancel my registration?

Log in to your account and follow these steps:

  • Select your FSY enrollment.
  • Select Withdraw.
Can I register to attend with a youth from another stake or ward?

If the youth from the other stake or ward is approved to attend in the same year and the same session as you, you may register for the same session. If the youth you are registering with is the same sex as you, you may request that youth as a roommate (see instructions above), but otherwise it is unlikely you will end up in the same group. You will still see each other at classes, dances, meals, and so on.

I'm registered. Now what?

You should have received a confirmation email. If you did not, call the FSY hotline at 1-801-240-3009, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. US MT.

Within 2 weeks of the first day of your session, you will receive an email with some specific information about your session including information about the check in and out locations, lodging, and session contacts. If you have any questions between now and then, call the FSY hotline or speak with your ward FSY representative.

YSA Counselor Information

Who will serve as FSY counselors?

Young single adults ages 19 by May 15 to no older than 30 by August 31 of the year they wish to volunteer may serve as counselors at one or more conferences. To understand the role of local leaders in identifying young single adult counselors, see the FSY leaders page. To understand the role of YSA counselors, see the FSY counselors page.

What are the qualifications of an FSY counselor?
  • Be a young single adult member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in good standing, capable of serving as a peer mentor and leader to youth participants and other staff.

  • Be a minimum of 19 years of age by May 15 and a maximum of 30 years of age on August 31 of the year of FSY participation.

  • Is not currently married and has no dependents in the home.

  • Have at least one year of college education, one year of work experience out of high school, or comparable missionary experience for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Pass a background check.

  • Complete all mandatory training requirements.

  • Serve a minimum of one week, though may serve multiple if schedule allows.

  • Arrive on campus Saturday morning for training, then continue until the youth check out the following Saturday morning.

    • If a YSA has already served a week that summer, they will arrive on campus Sunday evening, then continue until the youth check out the following Saturday morning.

  • Be responsible for own transportation and associated expenses to and from the session unless otherwise notified by the FSY office.

  • Exemplifies the following characteristics:

    • Organization and good time management

    • Leadership and good judgement

    • Professional communication and interpersonal skills

    • Reliability, self-motivation, problem solving skills

    • Teachability, accountability, adaptability, positivity

    • Reception to and action on feedback and direction from supervisors

What are the responsibilities of an FSY counselor?
  • Ensure the physical safety and promote the spiritual well-being of each participant attending FSY, especially the participants in the counselor's assigned group.

  • Effectively teach and lead formal and informal discussions that are consistent with the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Act as an exemplary leader, role model, and mentor for youth participants and fellow counselors.

  • Interact with, motivate, and discipline youth participants in a kind and uplifting manner.

  • Work well with a co-counselor and contribute as a team member.

  • Be able to walk for extended periods during the day, be energized and actively engaged with the youth, perform all duties, and participate in physical activities, including but not limited to playing games, walking up and down stairs, running, jumping, and dancing.

  • Exhibit the mental health and emotional stability necessary to safely engage with and be responsible for participants and perform duties effectively in stressful situations.

  • Read and study the FSY Staff Handbook prior to first week of service and continue study throughout service.

  • Abide by the standards taught in the For the Strength of Youth booklet.

Are FSY counselors paid positions?

FSY counselors are not paid positions, but housing and all meals will be provided for the week.

For more information about paid summer leadership positions, click here.

Can I serve as an FSY counselor anywhere in the U.S. and Canada?

You can apply to serve as a counselor at any session within your country of residence that has an open counselor position available. However, you will be responsible for transportation to and from the FSY session. Most counselors serve in locations near their residence.

What is the time commitment for FSY counselors?

For counselors, sessions begin on the Saturday morning before youth arrive on Monday for the week. Counselors will be given training over the weekend to help them be successful and prepare for their session. Counselors will continue to serve until the youth check out the following Saturday morning. If a counselor has already served a week that summer, they will arrive on campus Sunday evening, then continue until the youth check out the following Saturday morning.

Every counselor will serve a minimum of one week, but may volunteer for more, if desired.

Disability/Medical/Dietary Accommodations

What accommodations are available for youth with disabilities?
Where can I ask a medical question or discuss my youth’s needs or concerns?

During registration, please note any medical needs or concerns in the “Medical” field. You may also email with specific questions prior to the session. If accommodations are required, please note them during registration or contact the FSY office at least 30 days prior to the start of the session. Health coordinators are available during the check-in process to address medical concerns or needs.

Are there dietary accommodations?

Dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options are available at most campuses. Other dietary restrictions may also be accommodated depending on the campus. When youth register, they should note their dietary restrictions, and FSY staff will contact them if there are concerns.

These accommodations must be noted at least 30 days prior to attending FSY. This will allow time to determine the extent of our ability to reasonably provide the requested accommodations.

Parents who have requested an accommodation for their youth can also visit with health coordinators during check-in to review needs and concerns.