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BYU Foundations of Leadership Conference 2022

“Courage to Lead”

BYU's Foundations of Leadership Conference is an annual conference for incoming BYU freshmen focused on involvement, leadership, and connection. This conference, hosted by the BYU Student Connection and Leadership Center, is designed to be a launchpad for your years here at BYU. At this conference, you will be presented with the opportunity to connect with campus organizations, meet other incoming freshmen before the start of the school year, learn from the experiences of upperclassmen peer mentors, learn from hand-picked speakers, and have a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Students have the choice between two sessions this year: August 18-20 or August 22-24.

The Foundations of Leadership theme for 2022, Courage to Lead, is based on Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed..."




This year, students have the option of attending one of two conference sessions (August 18-20 OR August 22-24).

Registration opens on Monday June 1st, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. MST. Please review this page and the Frequently Asked Questions page (especially conference fees and housing questions) so you'll be ready to register at that time.


Every year, we have many applicants whose registration is marked as incomplete because they do not return to the survey after signing the waiver. When you get to the waiver portion of the registration, be sure to return to the registration survey and complete registration after signing.

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Conference Details

Conference Dates: August 18-20 OR August 22-24
Location: BYU Aspen Grove Family Camp (check-in and check-out at BYU North Fields)
Cost: $350 for Session 1, $375 for Session 2 (includes all meals, lodging, official conference t-shirt, round-trip travel between BYU and Aspen Grove, and all other conference programming)

How to Register

Because Foundations of Leadership participation is on a first-come, first-serve basis and the conference typically fills up quickly, we encourage participants to register as early as possible in order to ensure a spot. Payment will be charged directly to students' BYU Financial Center at the start of August after they have been accepted to the conference.

Two Sessions

During the registration process, participants indicate which of the two sessions they would like to attend. In the event that a student's preferred session is full by the time they register but there are still remaining spots in the other session, students can choose whether to be added to the waitlist for their preferred session (no spot guaranteed) or to attend the other session (guaranteeing a spot).

Financial Aid

In order to make the Foundations of Leadership Conference as accessible as possible for everyone, limited financial aid is available. To be considered for financial aid, please complete your FAFSA in advance. Financial aid decisions are made based off the Expected Family Contributions (EFC) number found on the FAFSA as well as expected scholarships and/or grants for the upcoming school year. The scholarship amount will be automatically deducted from the charge placed on students' accounts for the conference in August. For any questions or concerns regarding Financial Aid, please email

What Next

After filling out the registration, students will be contacted and notified if they have been accepted into a session and which session they will be attending. Participants will then receive follow-up information and updates, including packing and reading lists to review before the conference begins.

The Foundations of Leadership Conference offers BYU sophomores, juniors, and seniors the opportunity to volunteer as peer mentors. In exchange for guiding BYU’s incoming freshman, you receive free food and lodging throughout the duration of the conference, enjoy the nearly all the offerings of the conference, and of course free swag. Peer mentors are typically selected from the leadership of campus student organizations and previous Foundations of Leadership participants, but all are welcome to apply!

Peer Mentors must be available for the entirety of the session(s) duration they apply for, as well as one of the mandatory trainings discussed below.

What do Peer Mentors do?

As a peer mentor, you will have the opportunity to welcome and guide participants in their first BYU experience. You will lead them through the conference programming, facilitate group discussions, and help make the conference as fun as possible!

Conference Details

Conference Dates: August 18-20 OR August 22-24
Location: BYU Aspen Grove Family Camp (check-in and check-out at BYU North Stadium Fields)

Mandatory Training

Peer mentors are required to attend one of the following training dates before the conference. This training goes over expectations for peer mentors, lesson plans, the schedule for each day, and ways to help the participants have the most enriching experience.
Training Dates:
Tuesday, August 16
Wednesday, August 17
Saturday, August 20

How to Apply

A Foundations of Leadership Conference Director will reach out shortly after your application has been submitted and let you know if you have been accepted.

Please review the frequently asked questions found below.
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  • Q: When do I pay for the conference?

    A: After you register and have been notified what session you will attend, the conference fee of $350 for Session 1 and $375 for Session 2 will be charged directly to your BYU Financial Center at the beginning of August. Payment will be due at that time.

    Q: Is Financial Aid available?

    A: If the conference fee poses a financial hardship, the BYU Student Connection and Leadership Center offers limited aid to those who qualify. Within the registration application, there is a Financial Aid application for those who are interested. To be considered you must first complete a FAFSA. Please have your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA and the total amount of money expected from all scholarships and/or grants for the upcoming school year ready, as you will be asked to have that information in order to successfully fill out the application included in registration.

    Q: How do I apply for Financial Aid?

    A: Conference registration includes a section that participants can fill out if they would like to apply for financial aid.

    Q: How will Financial Aid be applied?

    A: If you are notified that you have qualified for financial aid, your financial aid amount will be automatically be deducted. The conference fee charged directly to your BYU Financial Center in August will reflect the financial aid amount you have received.

    Q: Is there a deadline to apply for Financial Aid?

    A: Yes, the deadline to apply for Financial Aid is June 31, 2022.

    Q: If I decide not to attend the conference, can I receive a refund?

    A: Conference refunds are available until August 1, 2022. After August 1, all payments will be non-refundable.

  • Q: I am leaving on my mission, so won't be attending classes this fall. Can I still come to Foundations Conference?

    A: We recommend attending the conference immediately prior your first fall semester in order to maximize the value of your experience. If you have conflicts with mission dates, please reach out to us.

    Q: My son/daughter will be returning from his/her mission and would like to attend. Can they register?

    A: Yes. Many returned missionaries attend every year. Returned missionaries will always be paired with at least one other returned missionary in their group. We recommend filling out the registration on their behalf if they are unable to fill out registration on their own.

  • Q: I am living off-campus. Can I still check in to my apartment early?

    A: Unfortunately, we cannot arrange for early check-in for students living off-campus. We encourage you to make your own arrangements for storing your belongings with your landlord, a short-term storage unit, a friend or family member, etc.

    Q: I am attending Session 1 (August 18-20) and will be living in Helaman Halls or Heritage Halls. Can I check into my dorm early?

    A: Students attending the first session will not be able to check-in prior to attending the session due to Education Week. However, you are welcome to sign up for a check-in date and time beginning any time after 5:00 p.m. on August 20. You should have already received instructions from housing on how to sign up for a check-in date and time.
    For Heritage Halls or Helaman Halls residents, August 20 and August 21 has a $15/night early arrival fee if you choose to move in on one of those days. You will not have a charge if you check in on August 22 or later.

    Q: I am attending Session 1 (August 18-20) and will be living in the Foreign Language Student Residence or Wyview Park. Can I check into my apartment early?

    A: If you live at the Foreign Language Student Residence or Wyview Park, there is a $15/night early arrival fee if you arrive earlier than August 22.

    Q: I am attending Session 2 (August 22-24) and will be living in Helaman Halls or Heritage Halls. Can I check into my dorm early?

    A: You may check in at no additional charge between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22. If you choose to check in on August 21 or after 5:00 p.m. on August 20, you will be charged $15/night for each of those nights. We recommend taking the free check-in opportunity on August 22 or moving in after the conference.

    Q: I am attending Session 2 (August 22-24) and will be living at the Foreign Language Student Residence or Wyview Park. Can I check into my apartment early?

    A: You may check in at no additional charge between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22 to drop your belongings off then attend the conference. You should still sign up for an early check-in date and time.

    Q: I am living in Helaman Halls or Heritage Halls. Can I check into my dorm early without signing up for early check-in?

    A: No. All students who want to check-in early must sign up for an early check-in date and time through housing so that their housing will be prepared for them. Students should also communicate their early move-in to conference directors later this summer (an email will be sent to all students living on campus to see who is planning to move in early so we can provide a list of early move-in Foundations participants to housing).

    Q: I don't have a car, and my parents will be gone. How can I get to the check-in location?

    A: We will provide a free shuttle service from both Helaman Halls and Heritage Halls to check in at BYU North Fields. This shuttle service will also be available after the conference to shuttle students back to the dorms. There will be a shuttle sign-up a few weeks prior to the conference.

  • Q: Is Aspen Grove wheelchair accessible?

    A: The majority of the central portion of Aspen Grove is paved and has ways to get around stairs, however there are certain activities that are not wheelchair friendly. We would love to work with and and all students who may have accessibility concerns. Feel free to call our office or pay us a visit in person.

    Q: Will there be a nurse/EMT present?

    A: Although we do not have a certified or registered medical professional with us at FOL, we do have a first aid kit complete with everything from ibuprofen to ankle wraps to tweezers. Any severe injury, reaction, medical emergency will be taken seriously and proper authorities will be contacted. If you need to take medication every day, make sure to list current medications in your registration form in case of an emergency.

    Q: Are service animals allowed at Aspen Grove?

    A: Service animals are not allowed at Aspen Grove

  • Q: Can I drive myself to the conference?

    A: No. There are very limited spaces at the check-in location. For liability purposes, students may not drive themselves to the conference location in Aspen Grove. If a personal emergency arises, you will need to arrange for someone to pick you up. In a medical emergency, transportation to a care center will be provided by conference staff.

    Q: Can I leave the conference at any time?

    A: Foundations Conference events and activities are unique and, if missed, may decrease the value of your experience. If an emergency presents, you may leave the conference. For liability purposes, if a students leaves the conference early for any reason, their time at the conference is complete.

    Q: My flight gets in too late to make it to check-in on time? What can I do?

    A: If you let us know ahead of time, we can have conference staff wait for you at the check-in location and drive you to the conference location at Aspen Grove. If this applies to you, you can email us at

    Q: I'm coming to BYU by myself. How can I get from the airport to BYU?

    A: You can take the Express Shuttle or the Frontrunner Train.

    Q: What time is check in/out for the conference?

    A: Check in will be 9:00-9:40 a.m. on August 18 for Session 1 and on August 22 for Session 2. Check out will be 12:00-12:30 p.m. on August 20 for Session 1 and on August 24 for Session 2.

  • Q: Where can I find BYU's most up-to-date Covid-19 policies?

    A: See BYU's announcement for Fall Semester here. BYU will post additional Covid-19 updates here as Fall Semester approaches.

    Q: Will I be required to wear a mask?

    A: This conference will follow BYU's Spring/Summer Semester 2022 guidelines. The conference will be in-person at BYU's Aspen Grove Family Camp. Masks and social distancing will not be required. This decision is subject to change depending on trends in disease prevalence and guidance from state and local governments. Individuals may choose to wear a mask in any setting.


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