SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society offers high school students (entering grades 9-12) a uniquely meaningful experience including:
- Tools for thinking,
- Knowledge of the Christian theological tradition,
- Skill in public speaking and debate, and
- Cutting-edge engagement with topics such as religion and science, social ethics, and interfaith relations.
This comes with fun, friendship, and the opportunity for a deepened and more thoughtful faith, all while spending a summer week on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States!
Welcome to SUMMA! SUMMA Theological Debate Society is a fantastic opportunity for high school students to build their faith through intellectual channels. Held every summer on the campus of the School of Theology at the University of the South, SUMMA camp offers a rich, meaningful experience, and a chance to make lifelong friends.
The Summer 2016 session of SUMMA camp will be held July 18–26, 2016. Apply now!
More information about the Summer 2016 Camp—including an application—is available on our 2016 Camp page, or by emailing program director Rev. Cindy Fribourgh at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 501-580-9066.
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