Frequently Answered Questions
If you are between the ages of 14 and 18 during the camp, you are eligible to attend. We are sorry, but if you are 13, you will need to wait one more year. College students are not eligible.
Sessions usually fill soon after registration opens. The fill rate varies from year to year. We strongly recommend registering as early as possible.
Usually, 100 students attend each week. In a typical year, we will have 30 young men and 70 young women in each session.
Registration for the 2017 program opens in mid-December
The workshop is open until full. We recommend registering as soon as possible.
Yes. Please call our office at 1-801-422-7692 to be added. The Registration web page will be updated to show any spots that become available.
You can mail in a check and note with your (the participant’s) name, address, age, e–mail, and phone number. When they are received, you will be registered. The only risk with this method is that the program may fill before your check is received.
Once you have registered, a receipt will be emailed immediately to the email address you used during the registration process. Please check the receipt for accuracy. All prearrival information will be available on the Web page.
Discounts are not available.
We are committed to providing a learning atmosphere that reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified. Prior to registration, applicants with disabilities are invited to discuss the program content and available facilities with the program director. Those with disabilities who desire to register should call 801–422–7692.
Typically, the program is held in late June or in mid–July. Program dates are selected each fall.
BYU Young Ambassadors director Randy Boothe is the primary director of the workshop. Living Legends director Janielle Christensen and other BYU faculty assist Randy. Current and former BYU Young Ambassadors are the instructors of the dance classes.
Each day you will be in group dance classes and vocal classes, or in special workshops. In the afternoon you will work on your group numbers. Evening activities include a fireside, dance, performances, and other events to help you get to know your counselor and other YASE participants. On Friday you will rehearse for the Final Concert. Free time is very limited.
Typically, music pieces are from the Young Ambassadors’ repertoire. You will encounter a variety of music and dance–a fast–paced showcase of American musical theatre.
No. Although many of the participants do have some vocal and/or dance training, it is not a requirement. Remember, however, that dance classes are a big part of this camp, and you will be expected to participate.
Participants of all ability levels attend the workshop. Many of them do have some advanced training in dance and/or voice. Dance steps and songs are taught quickly, and there is not a lot of time for review. If you are willing to learn and try new things, you will have a great time.
On Monday, we hold placement auditions to divide you into five or six groups. You will rehearse with your group as you prepare for your performance in the Final Concert.
Yes. Activities may include a barbecue, a fireside and dance, the Entertainers’ Showcase, and the Final Concert.
The Entertainers’ Showcase is an optional opportunity for participants to perform in front of each other. You may choose a three–minute solo or group piece to perform. We recommend a piece from a musical, rather than something from the top 40. All participants may vote for their favorite 20 performers. The selected 20 performances will be included in the Final Concerts on Friday. Music and costumes must adhere to BYU Honor Code and For the Strength of Youth standards. Family and friends may attend; no tickets are required.
We recommend that you bring a costume (don’t forget the shoes!), and music must be on a CD or sheet music for a piano accompanist. We cannot be responsible for CDs and sheet music that are misplaced or not picked up. Click here for more information.
Every participant will perform in the Final Concert. The concert is similar to a variety show, with group numbers interspersed with songs from the Entertainers’ Showcase. Every participant will be in a group number, the opener, and the finale.
Yes, and there is no cost. Each participant is given ten tickets for family and friends.
Check–in is Monday morning at your residence hall between 9:00 and 10:45. More information is available by clicking on the pre–arrival packet link.
Participants must check out of their rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.
If you arrive after the orientation on Monday morning and you are registered for campus housing, please go to the assigned residence hall to receive your housing assignment (see pre–arrival information for the assigned residence hall) and then call (801) 422–7692 for instructions. If you are not staying on campus, call the number previously listed.
This is an individual decision. If you stay in campus housing, you will have a counselor (one counselor for every 10–12 participants). Counselors supervise activities and coordinate devotionals (song, prayer, and scriptural thought) each evening. Campus participants are not allowed to leave the activity/residence halls. Commuters need to be picked up by an adult after the evening rehearsals/activities.
Workshop participants eat in a BYU cafeteria. Those staying in campus housing are given a meal card for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Those who are commuting are given a meal card for lunches only. Commuters may buy other meals as desired on a day–to–day basis in the cafeteria. Meals range from $9.25 to $10.75. Partial meal cards are not available.
Campus housing is TBA. It covers double–occupancy accommodations in campus residence halls from Monday evening through Saturday morning, with bed and bath linen provided. Meals are provided from Monday lunch through Saturday breakfast.
Campus housing is usually located in Heritage Halls (subject to change). Housing is available on a first–come, first–served basis until the spaces are filled. Early registration is encouraged as spaces are limited. We can confirm availability of housing instantaneously if you register by phone or Web.
Residence halls are double occupancy with shared bathrooms down the hall. Single or triple rooms are not available.
To request a specific roommate, you must provide that roommate's name when registering. The roommate must also give us your name with his or her registration. If you register and choose a roommate but that person doesn't register for housing by the time it is filled or doesn't enroll, you will be paired up with another participant attending the program.
Participants will be paired with roommates of similar age (14-15 and 16-18). If participants from different age groups wish to share a room, they will be placed in housing designated for 16-18 year olds.
No. You must room with someone attending the same program.
If transportation scheduling requires you to arrive a day early, you may do so. You are responsible to pay a special housing fee that covers the cost of lodging and supervision until the program officially begins. Meals are available in the all–you–can–eat cafeterias for a moderate price. Contact BYU Student Auxiliary Services to make your early arrival arrangements at (801) 422–5671. Housing after the program is not available.
See PROGRAM QUESTIONS above.
Bed and bath linens are provided. Bring extra towels, alarm clock, soap, shampoo, slippers, drinking cup, bathrobe, and personal items.
If you would like your name to be on our mailing list, please firstname.lastname@example.org and include your full name, complete address, and email address.
Can you give me the names and phone numbers of other participants in my session so I can make car pool arrangements?
Unfortunately, this is confidential information that we are unable to give out.
Yes. Please see the Travel page for more information.
Participants attending the workshop are required to uphold guidelines as represented in the Honor Code. They must maintain the standards of Brigham Young University (i.e., high standards of honor, integrity, language, and morality; abstinence from tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and harmful drugs; and modesty in dress). Shorts and skirts worn on campus must be knee length; no sleeveless shirts, bare midriffs, or tank tops are permitted. Dress standards are strictly enforced. Participants found in violation of the Honor Code are subject to immediate dismissal without a refund. Parents are responsible for picking up a participant who has been dismissed and paying any costs incurred for transportation.
Our office does not operate the BYU Young Ambassadors performance group, only the summer camp. BYU YAs are managed by the BYU Performing Arts Management Office. Their auditions are usually held in the spring of each year. For additional information, visit the Young Ambassadors Web site a http://youngambassadors.byu.edu/ or call (801) 422–2563.
Participants may wear pants or knee–length shorts. You may wear dance attire in your dance classes only. You must bring a T–shirt and knee–length shorts or sweats to cover up after your class. The fireside requires Sunday dress (shirt, tie, and slacks for young men [no Levi’s]; dresses or skirts for young women). All clothing must adhere to the dress standards listed in the BYU Honor Code and For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.
The weather could be rather warm during the program. Average high temperatures in July are 85 to 95 degrees F; average lows are 65 to 70 degrees F. Come prepared for changeable weather and varying indoor room temperatures.
Program dates for 2018 will be announced the fall of 2017.