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Written by Steve Knudsen   
Friday, 03 June 2011

Steve KnudsenThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints owns or manages over 150 properties dedicated for Young Women Camp. Although most of these properties are in the western United States, some are operated in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and other countries.

Some of these properties are immense, with thousands of acres and camping space for thousands of young women at a time. Some have large lodges, cabins, or dormitories, with indoor plumbing, hot showers and commercial kitchens. Many other properties are much smaller with simple improvements such as a covered pavilion, basic restroom facilities, an outdoor amphitheater, fire pits, outdoor water spigots, and picnic tables.

Although some of these properties have a web presence through sites developed and hosted by BYU and other sites, these websites are dated, and in many ways insufficient for the needs of the properties. Many properties have no web presence at all, and are therefore underutilized, especially on weekends and holidays.

The purpose of the Recreational Properties Project is to provide a common website for all recreational properties, which will facilitate greater utilization of these wonderful camping locations. The website will provide a Google Map function, with a tent marker showing the location of each property. Each property will have its own page with photos and descriptions of the facilities, activities, and camp sites, as well as information on camping capacity. Maps of the property, and directions to the property, will also be included.

Most importantly, this new site will provide an improved scheduling function supporting the priority scheduling of week-long Young Women camps, and Church sponsored activities. After Young Women camps and Church sponsored activities have been scheduled, families and groups will be able to use the site to search for available dates and locations when the properties can be used for a nominal fee. Payments will be made through the site, supporting unit-to-unit funds transfers for Church sponsored activities, and credit card payments for other group and family reservations.

The features of this new site will be implemented over the course of the next few months, with added features provided in several regular updates. The initial release will use a very basic brochure-type layout, with a simple property description, GPS coordinates, a representative photo of the property, and contact information for each property. This brochure will also provide a property announcements feature. Future updates will complete the brochure by adding additional details regarding individual campsites, facilities, activities, maps and directions.

Participants on this project will join an enthusiastic group of developers, testers, designers, and other tech-savvy members.


To get involved in the Recreation Properties project, sign in with your LDS Account in the sidebar, and then click Projects at the top. Click the Projects subtab to see a list of all community projects. Scroll down and click Recreation Properties in the left column. Then click Join.



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