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Base Camp Frequently Asked Questions
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. Can parents and pastors attend lectures?
A. Yes. Day pass details HERE.
Q. Are scholarships available?
A. Yes. However, funds are limited. Please apply soon! Information HERE.
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. 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, as a rule, we all afffirm the essentials of the Christian faith, as stated in The Apostle’s Creed, The Nicene Creed, & The Lausanne Covenant.
Q. My student does not plan to attend college. Will he or she still benefit from the programs?
A. Yes. All age appropriate students interested in learning how to better defend and articulate their Christian beliefs will benefit.
Q. My student is not a professing Christian. Will he or she still benefit from the programs?
A. Yes and no. While most of our seminars are beneficial to anyone interested in the topics, Base Camp is designed to edify and equip professing Christian teenagers only. If your student is not a professing Christian, Base Camp may not be a good fit for them.
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. What topics do you address?
A. Base Camp and seminar topics include but are not limited to: Science & Christianity, The Reliability of The Bible, Biblical Hermeneutics, The Historical Jesus, The Validity of Jesus’ Resurrection, The Centrality of the Gospel, The Problem of Evil, Faith & Reason, Dealing With Doubts, Christian Sexual Ethics, Conversational Evangelism, World Religions, Social Media, and Discerning Film, Literature, & Music.
Q. What is Faith Ascent’s position on Christian sexual ethics?
A. First, Faith Ascent affirms the fact that humans tend to flourish when sexual desire and sexual activity is kept between one man and one woman within the context of a covenant relationship. This is consistent with God’s original design for human flourishing as revealed to us in Genesis 2, Matthew 19, 1 Corinthians 6, Romans 1, Etc. Furthermore, this view of human flourishing is, we believe, consistent with the sociological, biological, and psychological evidence available to us.
Second, we also affirm the fact that, because of the fall and because of our sinful choices, sexual imperfection impacts every human being. However, in terms of sexual sin in the life of a Christian, we affirm the hope in God’s healing and the importance of praying for it while also acknowledging that healing is sometimes deferred and sanctification is often slow. Beyond that, we affirm the call to celibacy as a viable option for any Christian compelled by conscience to refrain from marriage and sexual activity.
Q. What is Faith Ascent’s position on the details of creation and human origins?
A. First, Faith Ascent affirms that the transitions from nothing to something, from something to life, and from life to a literal Adam & Eve are God ordered, God sustained, and nothing short of supernaturally miraculous.
Second, we present strong theological and philosophical reasons for reading Genesis 1-3 through the lens of Christian orthodoxy and viewing scientific theories through the lens of Christian orthodoxy as well.
Third, we expose students to healthy debate and discourage unhealthy division by inviting diverse speakers to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the varying positions within Young Earth Creation, Old Earth Creation, Intelligent Design, and Theistic Evolution (Evolutionary Ceationism) camps. While we acknowledge significant theological and scientific concerns that arise within these varying positions, we also recognize that thoughtful Christian scientists, committed to the authority of Scripture, come to different conclusions on these matters.
Fourth, while we recognize and value God’s general revalation of Himself through creation, we emphasize and underscore God’s special revelation through His son Jesus as the foundation of the gospel, the primary source of confident faith, and the basis for Christian unity.
Fifth, our programs are designed to prepare students for the real challenges they’re likely to encounter at the univerity level. Best practices and common sense suggest that students are better prepared for a university setting after being exposed to a range of different positions while emphasizing sound Biblical hermeneutics, sound Biblical exegesis, and, most importantly, the centrality of Jesus to the Christian faith. This exposure fosters confident curiosity and thoughtfulness as students work out their own positions on debatable matters. Remember, the word “university” is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means “community of teachers and scholars.” Exposure to debatable matters within the Church’s “university” draws us back to confidence in the person of Jesus and the centrality of The Gospel.
Please contact us with other questions.