Summit Ministries is tracking the latest CDC recommendations and White House announcements. Our students and summer staff are our highest priority. As of today, Student Conferences in Colorado & Georgia will take place as planned. In addition, Summit will be adding a virtual worldview experience this summer. To receive the latest updates on this new program, click here.
How will the Coronavirus impact the 2020 sessions?At Summit Ministries, we feel a tremendous responsibility to care for students as if they were our own. Our goal is always that students will be just as safe at Summit as they would be at home.
- Our leadership regularly communicates with the department of health in each of our locations to have the most up-to-date information.
- We have an onsite medical team made up of registered nurses and emergency medical technicians, with oversight from a medical doctor in family practice.
- Every 12 hours we sanitize public areas within the student facilities.
- We provide ample cleaning products to students to clean their rooms with the oversight of our staff.
- We enforce washing hands before meals, after meals, after going to the restroom and throughout the day.
- We encourage limited physical touch (i.e. handshakes), discourage sharing of food and drinks, and regularly remind students to cough and sneeze into their elbows.
- We provide ample healthy food, time for a good night’s sleep, and regular hydration.
- We maintain strict adherence to health code practices in our cafeterias and kitchens.
What if my 2020 session is canceled?If we are forced to alter or cancel the session you choose due to COVID-19 CDC recommendations, we will let you know immediately. Also, you can be assured that Summit is committed to eliminating the financial risks. If any of our in-person sessions are canceled, you will have three options
- Receive a full refund
- Transfer to a session later in the summer
- Use your deposit toward a brand new virtual worldview training this summer. To receive the latest updates on this new program, click here.
What does it mean that Summit Student Conferences are cashless operations?Students will need to pay for all books, activities, college credit, and other items through Summit with a credit card, debit card, Visa gift card, or check. However, students are encouraged to bring some cash for laundry or for off-site purchases.
How do I apply for tuition assistance?Once a student has paid the nonrefundable $195 deposit, they are eligible to apply for tuition assistance. Review the Tuition Assistance Overview Document. Limited funds are available. If you have questions or would like more information please call our office
How do I sign up for activities? Do I have to participate?A Summit Student Conference isn’t just about classes; during our free time, we spend lots of time outside and adventuring! Every afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Several of those afternoons you will have the option to play soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, read, journal, or take a walk.At each location, Summit offers extracurricular activities that students can elect to participate in.Some of these activities will be an additional cost and are not mandatory. You can find out more information about the extracurricular activities below. You will be able to sign-up for activities once you arrive for your session, and daily announcements will be made when each activity sign-up begins. There will be group activities that the whole session will participate in together at no extra charge to the students.
Who can attend Summit Student Conferences?Summit accepts students between the ages of 16 and 25. Sometimes we are able to make exceptions for 15-year-olds, but any young student will need to complete an age exception application, please call for more information. We are not able to make exceptions for students older than 25 at this time but offer other worldview programs, explore them here. We encourage younger students to check out Summit’s curriculum for middle school. Find out more here.
What are the topics covered during the lectures at a Summit Student Conference?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.
What does a normal day look like for a Summit Conference student?Students start the day with a hot breakfast, followed by morning lectures. After lunch, there will be an afternoon class, and options for free time and activities depending on the day. After dinner, there is an open forum with visiting faculty, followed by worship, evening lectures, and small group time. Each day is packed, and our students say the two weeks fly by!
What should I wear during my time at Summit Ministries?Classroom attire is casual, most students wear shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Sometimes the classroom may be rather cool so pack a few long sleeve shirts or hoodies. Keep in mind, pajamas are not acceptable classroom attire. Most afternoons offer outdoor activities at each location. Students are encouraged to bring athletic wear. Each session ends with a formal graduation event. Guys typically wear a dress shirt and slacks (ties and jacket are optional) and girls usually wear dresses.A specific packing list will be provided to each student, according to the location of their Student Conference.
Is there anything I cannot bring with me to Summit Ministries?
- Valuables (Your room may not have a lock, so you are responsible for your own belongings)
- Tobacco, alcohol, vaping or marijuana products
- Weapons of any kind
Will I be able to have my computer with me at a Summit Student Conference?Students are asked not to bring laptops for a variety of reasons. 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).
- Students are responsible for any items they bring to Summit. Summit nor the facility in which the conferences are held will not be held liable for any items stolen while a student is at Summit.
- Summit students are not allowed to watch movies or listen to music on their laptops while at Summit.
How are roommates selected?Unless you specify a roommate when you register, roommates are assigned randomly by age. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, but we do try to accommodate those as much as possible. Roommate requests must be made at least one week prior to arrival, and last minute room requests may not be accommodated.
What can I expect for the day of graduation?Each session concludes on Friday night.
- 4:45 pm – Parents’ Meeting
- Parents and family of students are invited to join a brief overview of what their student has experienced over the last 13 days.
- 5:30 pm – Dinner
- Parents and guests are welcome to join their students for dinner. Students will need to let the Summit office staff know who is attending on the Thursday before graduation. Guests will pay onsite for their dinner.
- 7:00 pm – Graduation
- Students wear formal attire for this diploma ceremony. There will be seating for parents and guests, onsite.
- 8:30 pm – Dessert Reception
- Following graduation, all attendees are invited to attend this late-night celebration.