Have a question?
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 them with your small group leader as soon as possible.
2. How old do I have to be to attend Summit?
Summit accepts registrations for 16 year old students and above. If you are 15, you can apply for an age exception (please contact our main office for this form). We accept very few 15-year-olds per session that will be taking college level courses that fall. Summit was designed to be a college preparatory program and we have found that the information can be intense even for 16-year-olds.
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. Every other evening , each small groups meets after the evening session and then lights out is at 11pm! Each day is packed, and students say the two weeks fly by!
5. What should I wear?
California is beautiful and warm during the day, but it may get chilly in the early morning and evening. We recommend you bring a sweatshirt/sweater. Classroom attire is casual. There is no need to dress-up, but know that pajamas aren’t acceptable in the classroom. Most folks enjoy shorts/pants and a t-shirt in the Summit CA classroom. Sometimes the classroom may be rather cool so pack a few long sleeve shirts or hoodies! Many afternoons at Summit CA are activity afternoons, 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 and girls wear Sunday dresses.
Check out our official Summit CA Packing List below:
- Bible and devotional materials
- Classroom attire (jeans, pants, shorts, skirts, and shirts)
- Sports clothes
- Running shoes
- A hat
- Water bottle
- Graduation outfit
- Toiletries, washcloth
- Gift card, credit card, or debit card
- Swimsuit, Towel (we will go to the beach, one piece for women)
- $1 bills for laundry card dispenser
- Bedding/Linens, pillow (BIOLA campus does provide rental linens)
A few things NOT to bring :
- Tobacco, Alcohol, vaping or marijuana products
- Weapons of any kind
- Laundry Detergent (We sell it at the Summit CA Office)
6. How are roommates selected?
Unless you specify a roommate when you register, roommates are assigned randomly by age. Each room accommodates two to six students. 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 at the hotel. If they need to get WiFi they can go downtown during their free time to one of the many coffee shops. Third, students are responsible 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 welcome to bring their smartphones or cell phones to Summit, but we encourage students to leave their phones off or in their rooms during class so they aren’t a distraction. 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?
Yes, we do offer limited tuition assistance for those that have financial need. Please review the Tuition Assistance Overview Document. Please call for more information or if you have questions (866.786.6483)
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, or for off-site purchases.
10. Where can parents stay during drop off and graduation?
If you’re looking for a place to stay for a few nights before, during, or after our CA session, we encourage you to check out Biola University’s recommended hotels.
Holiday Inn La Mirada | Holiday Inn Buena Park