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July 26, 2009

Session 5 | Day 8

Wow. I don't even know where to start. I have just been told to summarize some of my experiences at Summit and the day's events, and I'll just be blunt and say that I have no idea where to start. On top of this, Sunday is the day that is considered by some as one of the most exciting, fun-packed days out of the two weeks and I'm now so tired I'm struggling with great difficulty to keep my eyes open while I'm writing this. Exceptionally the lobby is fairly empty, as all the students have gone to bed as quickly as possible. We today had the choice between going White Water Rafting, hiking Pike's Peak, biking down Pike's peak, or simply sleeping in. About half of us, me included, went White Water Rafting. Besides an accident that involved someone falling in the water in what was quite the dramatic way, everyone had quite the blast. The water was cold, yes, and the drive there and back was long (about two hours), but it was definitely worth it. ☺
From the feedback I received from those who went biking or hiking, they equally enjoyed their time, yet are also extremely tired. The bikers biked downhill for two hours, preceded and followed by vans for safety on the road. The hikers got to enjoy the beautiful Colorado scenery and, as you can imagine, got a pretty good workout at the same time. And finally, those who slept in, well, I don't believe there is much more to say besides the fact that I'm beginning to feel extremely jealous of the extra sleep they got this morning. The excitement doesn't end there though. After we had all returned from our various activities, we had some free time and then got the chance to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal the staff had prepared for us. A Thanksgiving meal in July, you heard me. No complaints. And, because this is Summit, after all, we had two lectures after dinner, one being one of doctor Noebel's famous talks on Worldviews. Doctor Noebel, who everyone here calls 'Doc', is one of the most admired speakers here, and the amount of knowledge he has is clearly visible and mind-boggling. However he keeps us laughing through the lectures, for example with his random pronunciations of the word "book", his comments on the cars, trucks or motorcycles that drive by or simply his easy-going, joking manner. I feel as though I should also put in a word for the staff. All the staff is extremely helpful here, I won't forget how nice and welcoming they were on my first day. They're always willing to help out, and there isn't that gap between staff and campers that you often find at regular camps. Also, all of us students have been split into small groups that are headed by one of the staff members. These small groups are lots of fun, and are groups in which we can share our struggles, our desires, or just be plain wacko. If you're a girl like me, this probably will mean talking, and talking, and...talking. Fun! ☺
A few of the things I've enjoyed here the most are meeting so many other Christians who are excited about making a difference for Christ, the worship services, and the town of Manitou in which Summit takes place. Manitou is a fun town full of hippies (yes, they're still around!), full of shops where we can go hang out during free time.
Now, my eyes are really closing. To conclude, I'd have to say that Summit is lots of fun, yet is also challenging. You have to come ready to learn a lot, and be challenged in your faith. If you take up these challenges, you will grow closer to God (personal experience), and you will have a blast. Guaranteed.

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