Wilderness Experiences for Youth (WEFY) FAQ's
Why go on a WEFY adventure?
WEFY is a great way to disconnect from the world and re-connect with God! If you love the outdoors and have a desire to grow spiritually then WEFY is the trip for you. We will spend the week backpacking through some of God’s most beautiful creations. Throughout the week we will create lifelong friendships with the other participants as well as with our counselors.
Who can participate in a WEFY trip?
The trip consists of 8-10 boys and 8-10 girls. The youth are ages 16-18. There is also a possibility of 2 parent guides. parent guides are parents of participants who register with their child to come on the trip. In addition there will be 2 counselor and a director on the trip.
Is the trip safe?
Anytime you enter into a wilderness area there is inherent risk. Safety is our top priority. In order to mitigate that risk, the director, along with other staff members, have been to this location many times and are very familiar with the area. Shortly before June the director will hike the route to ensure a safety plan is in place. We select great counselors who are CPR/first aid certified before the trip. There will be a satellite phone on the trip in case of emergency and we will never be further than 6 miles from the cars. In case of emergency the staff have been trained to ensure group safety. WEFY will contact families to update them about any problems that arise.
Is WEFY part of BYU’s EFY program?
While especially for youth (EFY) and Wilderness Experiences for Youth (WEFY) have very similar goals, WEFY is a non-profit organization. WEFY is not affiliated with EFY, BYU or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. WEFY strives to help its participants gain and/or strengthen their testimonies of God, Jesus Christ and his restored Gospel.
How old do I have to be to participate in WEFY?
Participants are 16-18 years old.
Can I come with my son or daughter?
There will be a possibility of ONE father and ONE mother on each trip. Registration will be first come first served. After the Parent positions are filled other parents will NOT be able to attend.
How many participants are there on a WEFY trip?
there will be between 18-26 people on the trip. 8-10 boys ages 16-18. 8-10 girls ages 16-18. 2 returned missionaries (one male, one female) age 21-25. 2 parents and the WEFY director.
Is the gear provided?
Tents, rappelling equipment, and food are provided. See the gear list for gear you will need to bring on your own.
Are the trips co-ed?
Yes. WEFY tries to organize the trip with a balance of boys and girls. One of our goals is to foster an environment where healthy relationships can be formed with both girls and boys. Each participant will agree to follow strict rules that will not allow pairing off. If a participant breaks these rules they will be sent home. WEFY arranges for separate sleeping areas for young men and young women.
Can I go on a trip without a friend or family member?
Yes. Many of the participants will be coming by themselves.
Will I be able to call home during the expedition?
There will be a satellite phone on the trip however it will only be used in emergency situations. Do not expect to contact your parents during the trip.
Will I be able to contact my youth during the trip?
There will be a satellite phone with the counselors and the director. However it is only to be used in case of emergency. Do no expect to have contact with your youth during the trip.
What's the cancellation policy?
50% of the trip is non refundable. 100% non refundable after February 1st