FAQ

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  1. How to I sign up for activities? Do I have to participate?
  2. How old do I have to be to attend Summit?
  3. What are the topics Summit covers?
  4. What does a normal day look like for a Summit student?
  5. What should I wear?
  6. How are roommates selected?
  7. Is technology allowed?
  8. Do you offer any financial assistance?
  9. What does it mean that the program is cashless?
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1. How to I sign up for activities? Do I have to participate?

All activity sign-ups happen once you arrive for your session. Daily announcements will be made regarding when each activity sign-up will begin. Most activities are not mandatory, though there are a few group activities that the entire student body will participate in. Should you have any physical limitations or moral objections/sensitivities/restraints which might keep you from any group activity, please discuss with your small group leader as soon as possible.

2. How old do I have to be to attend Summit?

Summit accepts applications for 16 year old students and above. If you are 15, you can apply for an age exception. Contact our main office (719.685.9103) to receive this form. Most students are between 16 and 25 years of age. Students of any age (above 16 years old) are welcome at Summit.

3. What are the topics Summit covers?

Summit aims every summer to include new and relevant topics impacting the Christian faith. Some major topics around Summit are worldview, apologetics, and leadership. Other staples of the Summit track include abortion, gender issues, biotechnology, media, religious freedom, politics, economics, and intelligent design.

4. What does a normal day look like for a Summit student?

Each morning begins with a yummy breakfast! Students then head to class for the morning. After lunch is another short session. Every afternoon is a little different, usually either free time (with optional activities) or a group activity. Dinner is a favorite time for students to discuss the sessions that day. Right after dinner is an optional Q and A time with the visiting speakers that day. It's a time for students to ask any questions from class that day or any other questions the student might have. The evening session starts at 7 PM and typically ends about 9 PM. After some free time, small groups meet from 10:00-10:45 (or earlier if the group and leader desire) and then lights out is at 11pm! Each day is packed, and students say the two weeks fly by!

5. What should I wear?

Tennessee is beautiful and hot in the summer, with refreshing AC indoors. Classroom attire is casual. There is no need to dress-up, but know that pajamas aren't acceptable in the classroom. Most students enjoy shorts and a t-shirt with a jacket in the Summit Tennessee classroom. Every afternoon is activity time at Summit Tennessee, so pack a handful of sports shorts and t-shirts for afternoon activities. Be sure to pack a nice outfit for graduation. Guys typically wear a dress shirt and tie, while girls wear Sunday dresses.

Check out our official Summit Tennessee Packing List below:

  • Bible and devotional materials
  • Classroom attire (jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, and shirts)
  • Sports clothes (don't forget your running shoes!)
  • A hat
  • Water bottle
  • Graduation outfit
  • Swimsuit (one-piece for girls, shorts for boys)
  • Bedding (with pillow)
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Laundry detergent
  • Gift card, credit card, or debit card
  • Paintball clothes (optional)
  • Performance Night items (optional)
6. How are roommates selected?

Unless you specify a roommate when you register, roommates are assigned randomly by age. Each room accommodates two students, so if three students request the same roommate, preference will be given to the roommates that have both requested each other. Roommate requests must be made at least one week prior to arrival, and last minute room requests cannot be accepted.

7. Is technology allowed?

We highly discourage students from bringing laptops for a variety of reasons. First, we want students to fully engage in the Summit experience and not be distracted by their laptops. For that reason, students are only allowed to take notes on their laptops in class if there is a learning disability that requires it (if you require a laptop to take notes, please let our main office know before your session). Secondly, students do not have access to WiFi while on campus (though an exception to this can be made if a student is currently enrolled in a college course during their session that require WiFi/computer use). Third, students are liable for any items they bring to Summit. Summit is not liable for any items stolen while a student is at Summit. Lastly, Summit students are not allowed to watch movies or listen to music on their laptops while at Summit.

Students are allowed to bring their smartphones or cell phones to Summit, but we encourage students to leave their phones off or in their dorm rooms during class so are not a distraction to for the student or those around them. Students are not allowed to watch movies or listen to music on their smart phones during their time at Summit. Social media is allowed, but we encourage students to limit their use during their session in order to fully engage in the experience of Summit.

8. Do you offer any financial assistance?

We do offer limited financial assistance. Please email us at registration@summit.org to receive the financial assistance application form.

9. What does it mean that the program is cashless?

Our summer programs are cashless which means students will need to pay for all books, activities, college credit, and other items through Summit with a credit card, debit card, or gift card. Students are still encouraged to bring some cash as there may still be a need for a small amount of cash for things (such as doing laundry onsite) while at Summit.