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By Kent Larsen

Pres. Monson Dedicates BYU's Aspen Grove

PROVO, UTAH -- BYU's Aspen Grove, a camping facility above the well-known Sundance resort in Provo Canyon, was dedicated by President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday. President Monson used the occasion to remember his own childhood in Provo Canyon and the importance of having a place for families to retreat. The site was recently expanded to include the new Aspen Lodge Conference Center.

Aspen Grove has been part of BYU since 1911, when Eugene L. Roberts used the area as the starting point of the annual Mount Timpanogos hike. Ten years later it was donated to BYU, and established as a summer school for the University, but it was abandoned during World War II for war-related reasons. Raymond Beckham started approaching the University about using the site as a family camp in 1956, and in 1962 BYU approved the project, raising $1,000 each from 111 alumni to finance building a camp there. The Grove opened as a family camp July 13, 1963. It has now been in operation for 39 seasons, hosting about 80 families per week.

Now, BYU has added the Aspen Lodge Conference Center to the site. The new center will host up to 250 guests in its meeting room, and includes 20 guest rooms, each with two beds and a private bath.


BYU's Aspen Grove retreat dedicated
Deseret News 2Jul01 D3
By Rob Rogers: Deseret News staff writer
Families are the focus of Pres. Monson's talk

Aspen Grove Family Camp to be dedicated July 1
BYU Press Release 28Jun01 D3


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