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SUMMA Theological Debate Camp at the University of the South

Apr 12, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 session of SUMMA Debate Camp at the University of the South, July 18–26. This year, camp will feature keynote speaker Leah Libresco, contributing editor of America, and—as an undergraduate—a member of Yale University’s Political Union (a debating society).

SUMMA is open to high school students of any faith entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2017. SUMMA offers students a unique opportunity to explore faith through intellectual channels while making lifelong friends and having lots of fun on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country!

At SUMMA Camp, students 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 it’s not all work! There is plenty of time left over for swimming, sports, movies, bowling, and lots of great summer fun!

“Speak the truth in love,” as St. Paul admonished the Ephesians, is a practice followed throughout camp, as students are taught to approach difficult topics with reason and respect. At the beginning of camp, a resolution is introduced, and each student argues both sides of the issue.

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.

For more information and to apply, visit