Please make airline reservations to arrive in Jackson, TN on the first Sunday of your session between 10:00AM and 5:00PM (check-in hours on campus are from Noon to 5:00PM). If arriving earlier or later at the airport, students may have to wait longer for a shuttle. If your flight is delayed, or you arrive after 5PM, please call the Summit front desk at 719.685.2866.
If you fly into Memphis, TN (MEM), Summit can pick you up at the airport.
If you would like to take the Summit shuttle, you must submit your transportation information three weeks before your session starts. Cost for the shuttle is $20 each way. Summit Staff will be in the baggage claim area at the Memphis Airport (MEM) between 10AM–5PM. If you do not see Summit staff in the baggage claim area, please call Summit Ministries at 719.685.2866.
If you choose to travel by bus, you can take a Summit shuttle from the Greyhound Bus Station in Jackson, TN to Union University. If you choose this option, please fill out a transportation form three weeks prior to your session.
If you drive your own car, please plan to keep your vehicle on campus throughout the conference. If you have trouble finding Summit staff when you arrive, please call Summit Ministries at 719.685.2866.
Note: In order to protect the privacy of attendees, we cannot provide names or contact information of individuals seeking to carpool. We suggest you visit our Summit Facebook page to connect directly with students driving from your area.
Please make arrangements to depart on the morning of the second Saturday of your session. Summit shuttle vans run from 4AM-10AM on that morning.
RECREATION & ACTIVITIES
Summit isn’t only about classes — we also plan plenty of fun adventures! Each afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to team up with your “tribe” in a variety of team competitions to help you beat the heat (and the other tribes).
You can also participate in optional off-site activities including the Tennessee Safari Park (a 5.5 mile drive-through animal kingdom where you can interact with and feed animals), Sky Zone trampoline park and two service projects designed to help others.
Students may sign up for these additional off-site activities once they arrive at our conference. Some of these activities require permission waivers to be signed by a parent. Please download and sign waivers on the Summit website for any activities you think you might want to do. Bring your signed waivers with you to the conference.
WHAT TO WEAR
The way we dress is a reflection of our personality, culture and background. At Summit, we encourage individual expression and creativity. However, we also have found that the following guidelines help set an atmosphere of respect for all of our faculty, staff, and fellow students.
Shirts & tops
Please do not wear spaghetti straps, halter tops, or tops that show midriff or cleavage
Please make sure all undergarments are covered
Please do not wear clothes containing offensive words and images
Shorts & pants
Shorts must have at least a 4-inch inseam
Leggings are acceptable, but your shirt should cover your rear-end
Dresses or skirts need to be at or longer than 4-inches above the knee
Classroom – bring casual or dress casual clothes acceptable for an educational setting
Recreation time – make sure to bring shorts, t-shirts and a swimsuit to get dirty and wet
Graduation – wear semi-formal or formal clothes (i.e. khakis, ties, blazers, dresses)
WHAT TO PACK
Bible and devotional materials
Classroom and graduation attire
Copy of your insurance card
Hat and sunscreen
Credit card, debit card, or gift card
Performance night props and instruments (optional)
Something plaid to wear
Towels, washcloths, bedding (twin bed XL), and pillow
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME
Weapons of any kind
Tobacco, alcohol, vaping, and marijuana products
Valuables – rooms can be locked, but you are responsible for your belongings
Laptop – please do not bring a personal computer since a notebook will be provided
The Union University kitchen staff can accommodate most food allergies including gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. Please contact us if you have other dietary needs.
Laundry facilities are available on campus. Please bring your own laundry detergent. Laundry cards may be checked out at the Summit office on campus. Bring your credit card to check out a laundry card at $3 a load of laundry.
COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY
Cellphones are permitted, though no texting or talking is allowed during classroom time. We also have an 11 pm curfew, so no use of phones is permitted after curfew.
To receive letters or boxes while at Summit, use the following address:
c/o Summit at Union University
1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, TN 38305
Summit is a “cashless program.” Please bring a credit, debit, or gift card to pay for activities, books, apparel, and other incidentals. $50-$100 is recommended for bookstore purchases. $100 is recommended for optional off-site activities.
Conferences conclude on Friday night of the second week. Our graduation schedule is as follows:
4:45PM — Parents Meeting
Parents and family of students are invited to join a brief review of what their student has experienced over the last 12 days.
5:30PM — Dinner
Parents and guests are welcome to join us for dinner. If you would like to attend, please have your student sign you up by Thursday of the second week. We will give Union’s kitchen staff headcount for dinner. You may pay Summit for your meal when you arrive on Friday afternoon.
7:00PM — Graduation
For those who are unable to attend, the Parents Meeting and Graduation are live streamed. Students may depart after graduation, although most students leave on Saturday morning.
The Summit Program Director reserves the right to dismiss any student whose influence and/or conduct is detrimental to the best interest of our staff or students. No refund will be made for absences, dismissals, or withdrawals before the end of your session, except on doctor’s orders, whereby the remaining tuition may be refunded.