The theme was chosen to reflect the obstacles that must be faced and conquered in the lives of these young people including securing a proper education, beginning a career and finding a spouse. Excellent teachers from all over Europe addressed these topics in morning classes. The participants spent their afternoons in workshops of their choice. They selected among origami, conference choir practice, basic photography, family history and a service project. They also enjoyed a visit to Bran Castle, a short distance from the hotel, and a hike in the local mountains.
On Friday, 24 July, the group participated in traditional “pioneer” activities to commemorate the entry of the original “Mormon pioneers” into the Salt Lake Valley on that date in 1847. Pioneer Day is celebrated throughout the Church, and is particularly meaningful for these young people as many of them are first generation members. They are true pioneers, responsible for creating the traditions that will be celebrated in their families for generations to come.