"Speaking the truth in love."

SUMMA camp: July 18-26, 2023

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The SUMMA Theological Debate Summer Camp brings together high school students from across the country to one of the largest and most beautiful college campuses anywhere – the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. By exploring life’s biggest questions through theological debate, we broaden students’ understanding of Christianity and its enduring power to speak the truth in love. Contact us at summa.sewanee.edu with any questions.


Important Dates:

  • November 1, 2022: Applications Open for Camp 2023 
  • February 15, 2023: Review of Applications Begins
  • March 15, 2023: Early Deadline for Tuition Scholarship Applications
  • April 15, 2023: Application Deadline
  • April 30, 2023: $250 deposit due to secure your spot at camp
  • July 1, 2023: Final Payment due

"WHEN I WAS IN EIGHTH GRADE, MY PRIEST WALKED IN ON MY FRIEND AND I HAVING A THEOLOGICAL DEBATE DURING SUNDAY SCHOOL. HE SOFTLY SAID: 'HOLD ON FOR A SECOND. THERE'S SOMETHING I WANT YOU TO SEE.' HE CAME BACK A FEW MINUTES LATER HOLDING A SUMMA BROCHURE. SEVERAL MONTHS LATER, I WAS DRIVING PAST THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH SIGN AND INTO THE BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE."
– BETSY FROM FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, SUMMA CAMP 2021

About

SUMMA brings together high school students from across the country to one of the largest and most beautiful college campuses anywhere—the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Camp 2023

Through theological debate, you’ll learn to speak the truth in love. In between lectures and discussions, you’ll enjoy fun activities like hiking, sports, music, and arts and crafts.

Camp Life

A day in the life of a SUMMA camper: lectures, discussions, worship, and exploring the domain!

What to Bring

Consult this list to see what you'll need at camp this year.

Awards

Learn more about camp awards and past winners from Camp 2022.

Meet the Team

Get to know SUMMA's founder, directors, staff, and seminar leaders.

Getting to Sewanee

Learn more about travel information for making it to the mountain.

Giving

Your gifts support tuition scholarships for campers who seek to learn and worship together in love on the mountain.

Rhetoric at Sewanee

Learn more about the rhetoric program, the Center for Speaking & Listening, the Sewanee Debate Union, and more at the University of the South.