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Base Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can parents and pastors attend lectures?
A. Yes. Day pass details HERE.
Q. What time should students arrive on Monday to sign in?
A. General registration is from 8:00AM – 8:45AM at Matthews Hall (Dorms). 1st Lecture starts PROMPTLY at 9:00AM.
(Note: Student Leaders will need to arrive at 7:00AM SHARP!)
Q. Where will students be dropped off on Monday?
A. Lindenwood Dorms / Matthews Hall (Map in Student Manual)
Q. What time is the “Parent Night” presentation on Friday?
A. 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Q: Where will the “Parent Night” presentation take place?
A. Harmon Hall / Dunseth Auditorium (Map in Student Manual)
Q. What time should students be picked up and signed out on Friday?
A. 7:30pm – 8:30PM
Q. Where will students be picked up and signed out on Friday?
A. Lindenwood Dorms / Matthews Hall (Map in Student Manual)
Q. Are scholarships available?
A. Yes. However, funds are limited. Please do not apply if you can honestly afford camp tuition. Information HERE.
Q. Are college credits available?
A. Sorry, no. Not this year.
Q. Can my student opt out of staying overnight in the dorms?
A. Yes. But the student will need parental approval and will be required to sign in and out every morning and evening. (We do suggest students stay the night to enjoy the full camp experience.)
Q. How will rooms be assigned?
A. Students will be assigned a room the day they register – first come-first served. Two or three students per room. You can request that a specific friend room with your student but we can’t guarantee it.
Q. Will there be responsible adult chaperones in the dorms and at camp in general?
A. Yes. We will have 5-10 responsible adults staying overnight and 10-20 overseeing students during the day. (Note: Adults stay in their own rooms and have completed background checks.)
Q. Do students need to bring personal items?
A. Yes. (See Student Manual)
Q. Will a dress code be enforced?
A. Yes. (See Student Manual).
Q. Is parking available to students who want to drive their own car?
A. Yes. (They will not need special stickers or permission.)
Q. Should students bring extra spending money?
A. That’s Optional. Students will be able to buy various snacks between meals as well as various recommended book and DVD resources.
Q. What age group do you target?
A. We aim at professing Christian students 16 – 18 years of age. However, younger high school age students can benefit from our programs if they are willing and able to digest the content.
Q. Is Faith Ascent affiliated with a particular Christian denomination?
A. No. Our board of directors, staff, volunteer staff, and teachers come from diverse Christian backgrounds. However, our respective Christian backgrounds would be considered orthodox or theologically conservative by most (if not all). As a rule, we are all unified in terms of essential Christian doctrines.
Q. What topics do you address?
A. Topics include but are not limited to: Faith & Science, The Reliability of The Bible, Biblical Hermeneutics, The Historical Jesus, The Validity of Jesus’ Resurrection, The Problem of Evil, Faith & Reason, Dealing With Doubts, Christian Sexual Ethics, Conversational Evangelism, World Religions, Film & Music, Relevant Cultural Topics, Etc.
Q. What is Faith Ascent’s stance on the particulars of creation?
A. We present strong theological and philosophical reasons for viewing scientific theories through the lens of Christian orthodoxy and for reading Genesis 1 – 3 through the lens of Christian orthodoxy. We strongly affirm that the transition from nothing to something, from something to life, and from life to a literal / historical Adam & Eve is God ordered, God sustained, and nothing short of miraculous. However, we strongly encourage healthy debate and discourage unhealthy division by inviting diverse speakers to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the varying positions within YEC, OEC, ID, and TE camps. While we acknowledge important theological and scientific concerns that arise, we recognize that thoughtful Christians, committed to the authority of Scripture, come to different conclusions on these matters.
NOTE: When encountering ideas at the college level, this exposure to diversity of opinion fosters confident curiosity and thoughtfulness as students work out their own positions. The word “university” is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means “community of teachers and scholars.” Best practice and common sense suggests that students are better prepared for a university setting after being exposed to a range of positions on “debatable matters” while emphasizing sound Biblical hermeneutics, sound Biblical exegesis, and, most importantly, the centrality of Jesus to the Christian faith.
Q. What is Faith Ascent’s stance on Christian sexual ethics?
A. Faith Ascent affirms the fact that humans tend to flourish when sexual desire and sexual activity is kept between one man and one woman in the context of a covenant relationship. This is consistent with God’s original design for human flourishing as revealed to us in The Bible (Genesis 2, Matt 19, 1 Corinth 6, Rom 1). Furthermore, this is consistent with the available sociological, biological, and psychological evidence currently available to us. However, we also affirm the fact that, because of the fall and because of our sinful choices, sexual imperfection impacts everyone.
Q. What is Faith Ascent’s stance on LGBTQ… desires, marriage, and celibacy as it relates to Christian sexual ethics?
A. We affirm the fact that, because of the fall and because of our sinful choices, sexual imperfection impacts everyone and, in some cases, LBGTQ*** desires and attractions result. We absolutely affirm the Christian hope in healing and, at the same time, we absolutely affirm the slowness of sanctification and the possible reality of lifelong “thorns in the flesh.” Beyond that, we recognize that reparative therapy can be helpful in some cases and less than helpful in others. Furthermore, we believe obedience to the call of singleness in no way disqualifies Christians from ministry and we affirm the Biblical precedent for Christian celibacy (1 Corinth 7). With regard to marriage, Faith Ascent affirms the fact that humans tend to flourish when sexual desire and sexual activity is kept between one man and one woman in the context of a covenant relationship. This is consistent with God’s original design for human flourishing as revealed to us in The Bible (Genesis 2, Matt 19, 1 Corinth 6, Rom 1).
Q. How is Faith Ascent Funded?
A. We are not funded by a single church or denomination. We rely on the faithful support of individual parents, pastors, and concerned Christians just like you. While we firmly believe your first charitable responsibility is to your local church, we ask that you would prayerfully consider, in addition to your tuition payment, supporting us on a monthly basis or with a one time gift. You can give here.
Q. My student does not plan to attend a “secular” college. Will he or she still benefit?
A. Yes. Though our topics are geared toward college bound high-school Juniors and Seniors, all age appropriate students interested in learning how to better defend and articulate their Christian beliefs will benefit.
Q. My student has been educated in worldview studies. Will he or she still benefit?
A. Yes. Though there may be some overlap, all age appropriate students interested in learning how to better defend and articulate their Christian beliefs will benefit.
Q. I’m pretty sure my student is not a Christian. Will he or she still benefit?
A. Yes and no. Our seminars are beneficial to anyone interested in the topics. Our summer camp, however, is designed to equip professing Christian teenagers only. If your student is not a professing Christian, our friends at Young Life and K-Life are better equipped to serve your needs. Tell them we sent you!
Q. My student has behavioral and/or mental challenges. Will he or she still benefit?
A. Maybe. Can your student refrain from distracting others? Will your student be able to engage with and understand the lecture content? If you answered “no” to one or both of these questions, our programs probably aren’t a good fit.
Please contact us with questions or concerns.
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