SUMMA Student Theological Debate Society is inviting high school students across the United States entering grades 9–12 to apply for the 2016 session of SUMMA Debate Camp, July 18–26, 2016. Held at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., SUMMA is a unique opportunity for students to explore their faith through intellectual channels; meet lifelong friends; and have fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!

At SUMMA Camp, students learn skills for debate, public speaking, and theological exploration. Campers have a true collegiate experience: they room in the dorms, eat in the university dining hall, attend lectures and seminars on campus at the university, and they have an enormously beneficial intellectual experience. It’s not all work, though! There is plenty of time left over to swim, play sports, watch movies, go bowling, and have lots of great, summer fun!

  • At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue. Past resolutions include:
  • “Euthanasia is morally justified.” (Summer 2015)
  • “Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a man and a woman in the presence of God.” (Spring 2014)
  • “Outside the Church, there is no salvation.” (Summer 2013)

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.

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.

Applications are ongoing, apply now! For more information and to apply, visit