Faith for Life
Students who choose this location will experience the classic location students have enjoyed since 1962. Located in Manitou Springs, students will experience life in the Grandview Hotel and enjoy the stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Manitou Incline. Off-campus activities allow students to see the beauty of God’s creation when students choose to zip line through the Rocky Mountains, raft the white waters of the Arkansas River, or simply take a gentle walk through the Garden of the Gods. The graduation celebration gives parents a glimpse into the two-week experience and ends with a night of dancing to close out the session!
Every morning starts with morning traditions: the pledge of allegiance, amazing grace, a Biblical Foundations class, 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, and hiking.
After dinner, each evening session begins with live worship and ends with a classroom session or small groups.
Q. Can I request my roommate?
A. If you would like to request a roommate for your session, you can do this during the registration process.
Q. Is there a waitlist process for sessions?
A. 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.
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 can I expect each day?
Full Activities List for 2022
What to Pack
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
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.
To receive letters or boxes while at Summit, use the following address:[Student Name]C/O Summit Ministries941 Osage Ave.Manitou Springs, CO 80829
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 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.
Q. Will parents be allowed on campus during graduation ceremonies?
A. 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’ MeetingParents 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–DinnerParents 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–GraduationFor 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.$60 (Friday) $85 (Sunday)
Don’t worry, a Summit Conference is not all work! There will also be a wide range of fun (optional) activities for you to choose from. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday afternoons we’ll have an organized “Sports Time”. We’ll go to a huge grassy park nearby and have all sorts of outdoor recreation for you to join in on including soccer, volleyball, flag football, basketball, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee along with 200 other students and staff! There are also nice hiking or running trails there and great shade trees if you’d just like to relax and read a book, take a nap, spend time talking with friends, etc. (here’s one of those times the guitar comes in handy). We will also have two cookouts at this same park.
The activity waivers can be found here.
Do you have more questions about Student Conferences? Fill out this quick interest form or call our office today.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM Mountain TimePhone: 719.685.9103