SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society invites high school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2018 to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 17–25 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. SUMMA Camp is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels, meet lifelong friends, and have a lot of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!
At SUMMA Camp, students of all faiths learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. No previous debate experience or formal theological study is necessary. Campers have a true collegiate experience, but camp is not all work! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun!
SUMMA camper Abby tells her story!
At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue. Past resolutions include:
- "In Christ there is hope for Cruella de Vil,"
- “Christians, Muslims, and Jews all worship the same God,”
- "Euthanasia is morally justified,"
- "Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God,"
- "Outside the Church, there is no salvation."
At the end of camp, the SUMMA prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of SUMMA camp: speaking the truth in love. The SUMMA prize includes a $1,000 scholarship.
For all students, the cost of SUMMA is partially defrayed through donations, grants, and an endowment. The cost to parents is $750, which includes room, all meals, and all materials.
A limited number of scholarships are available for students with demonstrated financial need.