Here's what parents are saying about their youth's camp experience

“I wanted my daughter to learn about the difference between important and urgent. That book [7 Habits of Highly Effective People] changed my life view when I was 20 years old. I wanted her to see the advantage of incorporating these habits early. It is always better for that reinforcement to come from outside the family. I am a believer in this book. I was thrilled with the opportunity.

“My daughter has talked to me a lot about what she has learned. She even gave our FHE lesson last week on personal mission statements. Her quote: ‘All the things we learned were common sense but the classes went beyond telling us—they taught us! Everyone knows you should listen, they actually taught us HOW to listen.’

“I couldn't be more thrilled. Thank you for making this such a positive experience for Penelope.”

Karen Lake
Trabuco Canyon, California

"Colton is a great kid and is very bright, but we felt like he was allowing himself to cruise. He was getting tired of us telling him that we didn't feel like he was working to his potential. He is a big thinker, and I knew if he was open to this that he would love it, but never did I expect him to rave about it like he has. I texted during the week just to check in and asked how it was going. His standard reply was ‘AWESOME!’ Really? From my 16–year–old boy?!! If you asked him, he would tell you that the Habits for Life camp is ‘probably the best thing I have ever done.’ I can't even tell you how thrilled we are for him . . . and for us! I thought it would likely be a one–shot deal, but he says that he can't wait to go back again next year and learn more.... Alrighty then. Guess we'll see you next year! I see him not waiting till the last minute and being more thoughtful in his assignments. I see him being MUCH more proactive in his education and in setting up his studies and plan as the school year begins. One recent Sunday he went to his room to take a nap and a short time later reappeared. I asked him what he was up to, and he replied that he was lying there on his bed, thinking about what he could be accomplishing instead and hearing the habits run through his mind. ‘Is this sharpening the saw? Is this beginning with the end in mind?’ Chagrined, he said, ‘It's like everything you have been saying is now in my brain, only now it's my own voice. I HAVE BECOME MY MOM!’ We chuckled, I patted him on the shoulder and walked away....no need to say anything... YES!! Best investment EVER!"

Karen Freemantle
Novato, California

“I love the 7 habits books and we even have the one by Sean Covey, 7 Habits For Happy Kids. My teens read it to our little ones all the time. The three teens I sent are the oldest in our family of nine children and I really wanted them to have a chance to study the habits more thoroughly. They all want to serve missions. I want them to have skills that will help them to use their time effectively, to help others to do the same, and to be more effective adults when they come home. The habits teach them skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

“It was a wonderful camp and very valuable. I have recommended it to a few of my friends. Many teens have read the book, but going to the camp gives them a real–life opportunity to practice the habits with new friends. And when you have fun while learning, it always make you remember more! At least that's what I've experienced. My kids always retain things better when they are having fun learning it. Thanks for providing this camp and for sending out emails to let us know about it, or else I never would have known about it. We live in Canada, so I wouldn't have known own about it unless I got the email.”

Lisa Milad
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

“I chose to enroll my son in camp because he has very lofty goals, but trouble organizing himself and accomplishing things. He also has severe social anxiety. These two combine to attack his self-esteem and cause him a lot of grief, as well as making him feel 'different.' I have read a lot of Stephen R Covey's books and believe in his basic principles. I was hoping that BYU might be able to present it in a way that is in harmony with the way my son's teenage brain works. (They seem to be able to work yearly magic at EFY.) I was hoping he could process hearing someone else say these things to him instead of his mother!

“My son enjoyed the Habits for Life camp immensely. He does not normally express himself well, but he has been incredibly talkative since he got home. He is excited to set goals and do things better this school year, both socially and academically. I see him reaching out socially a lot more this week already! He has some social inhibitions and developmental things that hold him back. It's like somebody has brought him out of his shell! I have no idea what kind of magic the camp worked, but it worked for him!”

Ginger Wilde
Las Vegas, Nevada

"Our son Darren seems to be naturally drawn to leadership opportunities and is often selected by groups he has participated in as the leader—both by supervising adults and by peers. We thought this camp would help him see and think about what traits are important in being a leader; how to set goals and priorities as he thinks about what he'd like to major in; how to be a great mission companion; and how to function well in work, society, church, family, etc. We thought it seemed like a focus that he would particularly enjoy due to his natural interests and tendencies.

"Darren absolutely loved attending. He doesn't often reread books, but the workbook and materials he got from your camp have stayed on his desk and/or night stand throughout the summer and are often open to different pages. I think he is reading and pondering the material he was given and enjoys the format in which it is presented. That is definitely a change for him, and I'm grateful that he is thinking about the material he received before his senior year as he prepares for his mission. He talks about the camp frequently when we drive past BYU and tells his younger brother that he should definitely plan on attending the camp. This is not how he usually is—so you must have really done an amazing job to have him rave about it and encourage his brother to attend!

"Thanks so much for providing such a wonderful opportunity for our son. He has only had very positive things to say about it! In fact, if he hadn't had to work the rest of the summer he would have gone back again. He loved it!"

Kimberly Rowe
Heber City, Utah