A Day in the life of a SUMMa camper

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00 a.m. Wake up
7:30 a.m. Breakfast and sign up for free time activities
8:30 a.m. Morning prayer
8:45 a.m. Morning announcements
9:00 a.m. Theology plenary lecture
10:00 a.m. Small group seminars led by university professors, research librarians, and guest lecturers
11:00 a.m. Free time activities 
12:30 p.m. Lunch in McClurg Dining Hall
1:45 p.m. Afternoon announcements
2:00 p.m. Debate plenary lecture
3:00 p.m. Debate workshops, research in duPont Library, and practice in the Center for Speaking & Listening
4:30 p.m. RIPS Groups 
6:00 p.m. Dinner in McClurg Dining Hall
7:00 p.m. Evening Activity (or additional time for debate preparation and practice)
9:30 p.m. Compline and Evening Prayer
10:30 p.m. Lights out!


sample free time activities

  • Take a campus tour of Sewanee and learn more about our programs of study
  • Relax and check out a book at duPont Library
  • Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at Stirling's Coffee House with your SUMMA friends or a university professor
  • Visit the Fowler Center to work out or play a game of basketball
  • Walk to the university farm to visit the baby goats and horses
  • Stroll down to the University Bookstore to browse books by local authors and pick up Sewanee swag
  • Hike one of the many beautiful trails on the university domain
  • Visit our friends at St. Mary's to explore the convent and pick lavender 
  • Get to know your creative side at arts and crafts
  • Tap into your competitive side over a board game with your fellow campers and counselors 

Sample Evening Activities

  • Digital Scavenger Hunt
  • Movie night (The Great Debaters)
  • Board games
  • SUMMA's Got Talent!
  • The annual end-of-camp hike to the Sewanee Memorial Cross for reflection, prayer, and singing

Debate Preparation and Practice Activities

Eucharist, Compline, and Prayer

  • Scripture readings by SUMMA campers and counselors
  • Hymn singing and prayer
  • Communion (opening and closing services)

"I very much enjoyed morning prayer and compline. i felt as if it was the perfect way to start and end each day."
– Kelcie from Jacksonville, Alabama, SUMMA camp 2022