FAQ


We are excited about our 2021 summer conference season and are doing everything possible to equip students with a biblical worldview. Please join us as we pray and plan for this summer.

The health and safety of Summit students are a priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking reasonable steps to prevent the spread of the virus during our summer Student Conferences. Over the past year, as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a team dedicated to creating a safe and healthy environment for in-person sessions. From staff training to additional cleaning protocols, our team is dedicated to providing an environment you can be confident in sending your students to.`

Along with the campus facilities team, Summit’s staff will be adding in additional cleaning procedures during daily activities, both in the classroom and high trafficked areas. Additionally, we have protocols in place to isolate, confirm, respond, and isolate any student or staff member with suspected COVID-19 or another contagious illness. 

We have learned to be flexible with the changing landscape of COVID-19 and are dedicated to adapting and adjusting our protocols and procedures as we follow the guidance provided by the local health departments and campus regulations, in our efforts to help keep our students, staff, and faculty safe.

Ultimately, the choice for your student to attend a Student Conference is a personal one, and you are in control of that decision. We are here to help answer any questions you or your students may have. We encourage you to call, email, or live chat with our team. 

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Is Summit hosting Summit Student Conferences in 2021?

At this time we are planning to host in-person sessions in Arizona, Georgia, and South Carolina. We will also be hosting two virtual sessions for the summer of 2021. Click here to see all 2021 dates

What are the COVID-19 restrictions in place for in-person Student Conferences?

For the most accurate information regarding campus-specific FAQs visit the Arizona, Georgia, or South Carolina webpages and follow the links to each campus webpage.

What is your refund policy in regards to COVID-19?

According to our end-user agreement, If for any reason Summit Ministries makes the decision to cancel a conference session, registered attendees will receive a full refund. Including the deposit.  If you choose to change your location or switch to a virtual conference, all payments made will be transferred. If you choose to cancel your application before the payment deadline for your session, you will receive a refund for all monies paid outside of the non-refundable deposit.

Why were the Colorado Student Conference sessions canceled?

The state of Colorado hosting students in the historic Grandview Hotel this summer will force students and staff to operate with restrictions that render our program unrecognizable. Social distancing being an important one. This would only allow 20 people in the dining hall, 30 people in the classroom, and most detrimental students will not be able to gather as a full community outside of their assigned small groups. We expect Colorado to change these rules in late September. 

Will masks be mandatory during the 2021 sessions?

Each location will be following the county-specific requirements regarding masks. Currently, wearing masks is not mandated at any of our locations, as of June 9th. This is subject to change, based on CDC guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are vaccines mandatory for students, staff, and faculty during the in-person sessions?

COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for Student Conference attendance.

What happens if someone tests positive for a contagious illness?

In the event of an illness – including COVID-19 – the Summit healthcare team will quarantine, confirm, respond, and, if necessary, isolate the impacted student or staffer. Of course, we will communicate with family members, and strive to handle any positive cases with compassion, care, and concern.

What is being done to ensure the safety of my student during their session?

All staff, students, and guests of Summit will be required to wear a Summit lanyard. Our staff is highly aware of who is coming and going in the classroom and interacting with students.

Is there medical staff onsite during the two-week conference?

YES, medical staff is always onsite. This year we have strengthened our team to include RNs. With new procedures in place to monitor students to ensure their safety and wellbeing, you can be confident that students will be cared for by highly trained professionals.

Can I request my roommate?

If you would like to request a roommate for your session, you can do this during the registration process.

How will students get from the airport to their session?

For the most up-to-date information about transportation, visit the Colorado logistics and Georgia logistics sections for details.

Will parents be allowed on campus during graduation ceremonies?

It is our desire for parents to be able to attend our graduation ceremonies. See the Colorado Logistics and Georgia logistics sections.

Is there a waitlist process for sessions?

Yes, we do have waitlists! If you create an application in our registration portal (click here) you can select any session. You will then automatically be added to the corresponding waitlists with no need to make a payment. If a seat becomes available, you will be emailed immediately with a time-sensitive link to accept and pay for the available seat.

College Credit & College Scholarships

Up to $10,000 in scholarships and 3 hours of college credits

Students may be eligible for college scholarships and credit hours!

Financial Assistance 

$400k in financial assistance is available for those who qualify. Financial assistance is available based on each student’s financial need and can be applied for after registering. Please review the  Financial Assistance Overview Document. Limited funds are available.

  1. Create an account (click here).

  1. Pay the deposit to reserve your seat for your Student Conference session.

  1. Apply for tuition assistance from within the registration system.

Refund Policy 

If we are forced to alter or cancel sessions, we will let you know immediately.  Summit is committed to eliminating the financial risks. If we are forced to cancel any sessions, you will have two options:

  • Receive a full refund (including deposit)
  • Transfer to another session in the summer

Colorado Logistics

What can I expect each day? 

  • Every morning starts with morning traditions: the pledge of allegiance, amazing grace, morning devotional, and prayer. This is followed by a morning spent in the classroom hearing lectures from top-quality teachers.
    Every afternoon students enjoy a few hours of free time and activities.
  • Activities include the Garden of the Gods trip, Porch chats with speakers, group outings, sports time, rock climbing, laser tag, exploring the town, community service options, hiking.
  • After dinner, each evening session begins with live worship and ends with a classroom session or small groups.

Full Activities List for 2022

  • Rafting, $120 (Waiver)
  • Rock Climbing, $50 (Friday) $70 (Sunday) (Waiver)
    • (Permit) Front Range Climbing Company is our guide. Take a screenshot. No need to print. This is only if a State Ranger stops our guides to ask if we have permits. 
  • Ziplining, (Waiver, check downloads folder) $75
  • Outdoor Laser Tag, $35 (Waiver)
  • Zoo, $25 
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Hiking Pikes Peak (Colorado 14er) 
  • Park Days: Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Spikeball, etc. 

Travel Plans

Arrival Times: Regarding proper flight arrival times, please make reservations to arrive at the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) on the first Sunday of your session between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM (check-in hours on campus are from noon to 5 PM.) If arriving earlier or later at the airport, students may have to wait longer for a shuttle. If your flight is delayed or if you arrive after 5:00 PM, please call the front desk at 719-685-2866.

Departure Times: Regarding departures, please make arrangements to depart on the morning of the second Saturday of the session by 10:00 am. (Shuttle service will be provided on this day with shuttles departing Summit at 4:00 AM, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, and 10:00 AM)

Airport Shuttle to Manitou Springs

Summit Ministries offers a complimentary shuttle from the COS airport. A shuttle can be secured for your student by updating the travel tab in your registration portal. Summit staff will be in the baggage claim area of the Colorado Springs Airport from 10 AM to 5 PM. If you have any trouble locating our Summit staff on the day of your arrival, please call Summit Ministries at 719.685.9103. Please note, if we do not receive your transportation form by the deadline, we cannot guarantee transportation for your student.

Summit Ministries can only provide transportation to and from the Colorado Springs Airport. Those arriving in Denver will need to find their own transportation (see Colorado Springs Shuttle Services) to the Summit Hotel.

Driving Information: Thinking of driving to Manitou Springs? We wish we could offer that as an easy option, but we don’t have any onsite parking for students attending a session.

What to Pack

  • Bible and devotional materials
  • Layers of clothing – Colorado temperatures tend to fluctuate being cold in the mornings, but very warm by the afternoon
  • Classroom and graduation attire
  • Sports clothes
  • Closed-toed shoes for some of our activities
  • Personal ID & copy of your insurance card
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Instruments (optional)
  • Laundry detergent
  • ENO type Hammock (optional)
  • Rain Jacket

Summit is a “cashless program.” Please bring a credit, debit, or VISA gift card to pay for activities, books, apparel, and other incidentals. $50-$100 is recommended for bookstore purchases. $100-150 is recommended for optional off-site activities.

What to Leave at Home

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Vaping and marijuana products
  • Valuables
  • Laptop — A notebook will be provided so we ask that you leave your personal computers at home
  • 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.

Dress Code:

We believe that how you dress is an opportunity to visually communicate your individuality and taste as a unique bearer of the Image of God. Understanding that we come from different backgrounds and cultures, we have found the following guidelines to be helpful in facilitating an atmosphere that communicates respect to the faculty, staff, and to each other.

Girl-Specific

TOPS:

  • No spaghetti straps, halter tops, or tops that show midriff or excessive cleavage.
  • Please make sure all undergarments are covered.
  • No offensive phrases.

BOTTOMS:

  • Shorts must have 4-inch inseam. Nike shorts are okay.
  • Leggings are okay, but your shirt must be long enough to completely cover your rear-end.
  • Dresses or skirts need to be at or longer than 4-inches above the knee.

Guy-Specific

  • No offensive phrases.
  • Shirts on at all times.

To receive letters or boxes while at Summit, use the following address:
[Student Name]
C/O Summit Ministries
941 Osage Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Food Allergies

Our Summit Ministries Kitchen Staff can accommodate most food allergies including gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. Please contact us if you have special dietary needs.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available in the Summit Hotel. Washers and dryers are coin-operated so please bring quarters for the machines. Laundry detergent is available for $2 at the front desk.

Graduation Friday

Will parents be allowed on campus during graduation ceremonies? 

Yes! It is our desire for parents to be able to attend our graduation ceremonies. The graduation celebration gives parents a glimpse into the two-week experience and ends with a night of dancing to close out the session!

Conferences conclude on Friday night of the second week. Our graduation schedule is as follows:

4:45 PM–Parents’ Meeting
Parents and families of students are invited to join a brief review of what their student has experienced over the last two weeks.

5:30 PM–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 our kitchen staff a headcount for dinner. You may pay Summit for your meal when you arrive on Friday afternoon.

7:00 PM–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.

Georgia Logistics

Our Georgia Summit has thoughtful lectures, open forum Q&A with our faculty, and small group discussions. Perched on top of Lookout Mountain, students experience the splendor of the panoramic mountain views of Chattanooga, TN as well as the Tennessee River and all the adventurous activities that accompany it.

What can I expect each day? 

  • Every morning starts with morning traditions: morning devotional, prayer, and Amazing Grace.
  • Every afternoon students enjoy a few hours of activities and free time. After dinner, each evening session begins with live worship and ends with a classroom session or small groups.
  • Activities will include on and off-campus options for students. If there is an additional cost for activities, this will be listed closer to the session dates. Students will choose and pay for each activity when they arrive for their session.

Activities

Summit isn’t only about classes. We plan plenty of fun adventures! Every afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others by playing sports, games, or going off-campus for activities like rafting, paddleboarding, rock climbing, and more! There’s something for every interest at Lookout Mountain. 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.

Summit is a “cashless program.” Please bring a credit, debit, or VISA gift card to pay for activities, books, apparel, and other incidentals. $50-$100 is recommended for bookstore purchases. $100-$150 is recommended for optional off-site activities.

Southern Belle Riverboat Trip

The Southern Belle Riverboat is one of the top attractions in Chattanooga, has fantastic Chattanooga weddings, and is still the only way to have sightseeing cruises, lunch cruises, and dinner cruises while cruising down the TN River and enjoying picture-perfect views of Lookout Mountain and all the beautiful nature this great city has to offer!

No charge for students

Travel Plans

Students may travel to Lookout Mountain, Georgia by car or plane. The closest airport is the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. However, Covenant College is located within driving distance of several other airports. Below is a list of those airports, and the approximate driving time between each city and Covenant College. 

  • Groome Transportation provides a shuttle service between Chattanooga and these other airports
  • Summit provides shuttle transportation to and from the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and the Groome Dropoff Location in Chattanooga

Flight Information: If you choose to fly into Atlanta or Nashville, the best option is to use Groome Transportation ground shuttle from one of the following airports to Chattanooga.

Airports Serving Lookout Mountain, Georgia

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport
    • ~30 minutes from Covenant College
    • Eastern Time Zone
  • Nashville International Airport
    • 2 hours 16 minutes from Covenant College
    • Central Time Zone
  • Hartsfield­-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
    • 2 hours 22 minutes from Covenant College
    • Eastern Time Zone

Arrival Times: Please make airline reservations to arrive at Covenant College on the first Sunday of your session between Noon and 5:00 PM. If your flight is delayed or if you arrive after 5:00 PM, please call the front desk at 719-685-2876.

Departure Times: Please make arrangements to depart on the morning of the second Saturday of your session. Summit shuttle vans run to Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport and the Chattanooga Groome Headquarters from 4:00 AM-10:00 AM on that morning.

Driving Information: 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 719-685-2876.

Phone Number: If you need to contact staff on-site, call 719-685-2876 to directly connect with our team.

What to Pack

  • Bring all bedding and linens (XL twin bed)
  • Bible and devotional materials
  • Classroom and graduation attire
  • Sports clothes and swimsuits
  • Closed-toed shoes for some of our activities
  • Personal ID & copy of your insurance card
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Performance night props and instruments (optional)
  • Laundry detergent
  • Towels and washcloths
  • ENO type Hammock (optional)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Bug spray
  • Towel and washcloth

Summit is a “cashless program.” Please bring a credit, debit, or VISA gift card to pay for activities, books, apparel, and other incidentals. $50-$100 is recommended for bookstore purchases. $100-150 is recommended for optional off-site activities.

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 — A notebook will be provided so we ask that you leave your personal computers at home

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:

[Student Name]
C/O Summit Ministries
at Covenant College
14049 Scenic Highway
Lookout Mountain, GA 30750

Food Allergies

The Covenant College dining services staff can accommodate most food allergies including gluten, dairy, soy, and nuts. Please contact us if you have special dietary needs.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available on campus. Washers and dryers are coin operated so please bring quarters for the machines. Also, bring your own laundry detergent.

Graduation Friday

Conferences conclude on Friday night of the second week. Our graduation schedule is as follows:

4:45 PM–Parents’ Meeting

Parents and families of students are invited to join a brief review of what their student has experienced over the last two weeks.

5:30 PM–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 Covenant’s kitchen staff a headcount for dinner. You may pay Summit for your meal when you arrive on Friday afternoon.

7:00 PM–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.

2021 Summer Highlights

We had a great summer with students online and in-person! To see highlights from 2021, click below!

How will students get from the airport to their session?

For the most up-to-date information about transportation, visit the conference location webpage for details.

Will parents be allowed on campus during graduation ceremonies? 

It is our desire for parents to be able to attend our graduation ceremonies. We are working with Anderson and Covenant to see if it is possible. For the most up-to-date graduation information please visit the Arizona, Georgia, or South Carolina web pages.

Is there medical staff onsite during the two-week conference?

During each Student Conference, medical staff is always onsite. This year we have strengthened our team to include RNs. With new procedures in place to monitor students to ensure the safety and wellbeing, you can be confident that students will be cared for by highly trained professionals.

Can I request my roommate?

If you would like to request a roommate for your session, you can do this during the registration process.

Are vaccines mandatory for students, staff, and faculty during the in-person sessions?

COVID-19 vaccines are not mandatory for Student Conference attendance.

What is the process of switching sessions or requesting a refund?

To view detailed information on switching sessions or requesting a refund for a Colorado session, click here.

What is being done to ensure the safety of my student during their session?

All staff, students, and guests of Summit will be required to wear a Summit lanyard. Our staff is highly aware of who is coming and going in the classroom and interacting with students. 

What happens if someone tests positive for a contagious illness?

In the event of an illness – including COVID-19 – the Summit healthcare team will Isolate, Confirm, Respond, and, if necessary, isolate the impacted student or staffer. Of course, we will communicate with family members, and strive to handle any positive cases with compassion, care, and concern.