What's the motivation behind BASEcamp?

In these challenging times, parents and youth are concerned about successfully navigating the days ahead.  By following a pattern of "disciple-leadership", modeled by Jesus Christ, youth and families will develop confidence and determination to live a life of direction and meaning.


What is disciple-leadership?

Simply stated, is it being both a follower and a leader.  

The base camp of a high mountain is at least halfway up the slope.  It takes a certain level of determination, skill, and effort just to get to the base camp. At the base camp, each climber has an opportunity to learn and share from fellow climbers as well as expert Guides.

Metaphorically speaking, we recognize the abilities and knowledge the youth bring to BASEcamp and, with additional support and training from Guides, give them practical experiences to learn from and teach one another.  


why choose basecamp?

Consider these two ponts:

  • One, a quote attributed to Albert Einstein and used by other leaders:
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
  • two, the opportunities and challenges in our world today are vastly different than ever before.

Continuing to teach and train our youth the way we have "always done it" will not prepare them adequately. Providing programs and activities that worked even five years ago will not prepare them for the world they are living in today.  It's not enough just to know Christ's teachings, we must become Christ-like.  It takes more than just reading about Him, "we must be doers and not hearers only" (James 1:22) 


BASEcamp was founded in the fall of 2012 by Greg Tanner who directed the Especially for Youth Programs Department at Brigham Young University for nearly 13 years. During his leadership the EFY programs expanded from 35 sessions and 20,000 youth to 120 session involving 50,000 youth. He also helped pilot the international version of EFY for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, called FSY (For the Strength of Youth) in 2006 in Germany, Sweden, Mexico, and the UK. This international version is now in many countries throughout the world. Greg is married to the former Stacy Tanner—yes her maiden name was Tanner so she is now Stacy Tanner Tanner! Together they have four sons and one daughter. Greg served in the Thailand Bangkok Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and continues to serve in various positions his local units.  He received an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a masters’ degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Greg and Stacy reside in Cedar Hills, UT.