Blogs - Student Conferences - Colorado
July 29, 2010
Session 6 | Day 5a
Hey y’all! That’s right, I live in the South! Memphis to be exact . . . no, I’ve never met Elvis, and no, I do not eat BBQ every single day.
Well, this is my second year coming to Summit in beautiful, scenic, hippie-infested Manitou Springs, Colorado. I attended last year’s Session 5, completely clueless as to what this supposed “academic camp” would be like. Having never really been a great fan of schoolwork, I was wary that the two weeks would just be an exhausting whirlwind of boring lectures with brief hiatuses once or twice a day to choke down a breadcrumb or a small serving of porridge.
I was so wrong!
Yes, it is true that this is an academic camp, and yes, it is true that we do listen to lectures for a good part of the day. But I must admit, it’s pretty awesome! (And we have far better food than breadcrumbs and porridge!) The speakers here are not only challenging, engaging, and filled with vital knowledge about the Christian worldview, but they also honestly care about our education. Too often I find that adults look down at us high school and college students, assuming that we won’t understand them or want to listen to what they have to tell us. I find it refreshing to be in an environment where we are not dismissed as mere silly, indifferent teenagers.
If I were to describe Summit in a single phrase, I would say this: we learn. Whether it is learning how to refute evolution or frantically learning the names of all 186 students (plus staff members!), Summit is, indeed, a learning experience.
We start off every day with Bible Hour, taught by our own beloved Doc Noebel. His sarcastic witticisms combined with age-old wisdom make his morning devotions a much-anticipated favorite among us students. (i.e. “Girls, we need to talk . . . man to man.”—Doc)
Later on in the morning, Jeff Myers spoke on leadership and touching our world through channels of cultural influence like education, media, and the government. Immediately following, Chuck Edwards lectured on the overwhelming improbability of evolution and the need for an Intelligent Designer. After a delicious lunch of quesadillas, we headed back into the classroom for one more hour of speaking in which Dr. Paul Prentice, an economist, informed us about the startling differences between capitalism and socialism.
After that, we headed out to Bear Creek Park where the dark, menacing clouds forming over the mountains threatened to put a damper on our afternoon sports. It did end up raining (not even ten minutes into sports time), and the temperature dropped like 60 degrees, but the hard-core Ultimate Frisbee and Speed Volleyball players braved the weather and kept on playing until it was time to re-board the buses and head back to the hotel.
Right now I am sitting in the lobby, enjoying the peace of the afternoon lull. In the distance, I can hear the soft strumming of a guitar rehearsing for tonight’s worship service and the hushed voices of a deep theological discussion on the front porch. It has been yet another great day at Summit.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8