To facilitate transformational learning that strengthens relationships, deepens faith, and builds compassion through Christ-centered outdoor adventure, service, and experiential education.
Unique Perspective on Transformational Learning
- Outdoor Adventure
- Experiential Education
We believe that outdoor experiences pose a unique way to learn about relationships with God and others, simplicity and stewardship, service and selflessness, and leadership and courage.
We see service as a medium for learning more about relationships with God and others. We want to grow with our students in an attitude of service to those around us, including family relationships.
Adventure and service include perceived risk. Risk is a tool that empowers people to move out of their comfort zones. Summit Adventure has a unique semester program that fills a niche like no other current alternative semester for college students.
Using adventure to influence, develop and transform people is thousands of years old. A quick look through the Old Testament shows countless examples of how God used adventure to draw people closer to His heart. Wandering around the desert for 40 years is textbook adventure guided and facilitated by God Himself. Then Jesus appears and takes 12 guys and countless others on a three-year adventure following him around Israel on foot. The trek from Jerusalem to the Galilee alone is somewhere around 100 miles one-way through some very harsh country. The purpose of these forays into the unknown is to increase reliance on, and trust in, Almighty God.
Summit Adventure has been adapting that same philosophy to us moderns for the past 35 years. Just like so many biblical narratives, people of all ages still willingly leave the familiarity of home to venture out into the unknown. That is the crux of adventure—not knowing what the outcomes will be. Perhaps we all want to be on an adventure. Serving meals, climbing up rock walls, crossing rivers of real and imaginary dangers with the rest of your group are just a few ways that people leave their comfort zones to grow and learn.
Of course, change rarely just happens to us. We have to transfer certain things from one situation to another. Profound and powerful experiences are commonplace on Summit courses, and we use every approach possible to help participants transfer their learning back to home and work. We pour astonishing energy and resources into instructors and support staff responsible for this crucial task. They are also well-prepared to handle the mundane and extraordinary events of the adventures they lead people into. In other words, participants are simultaneously safe, well cared for and challenged to push beyond their self-imposed limits.
There is abundant anecdotal and scientific research proving what the Bible has said all along—hands-on, adventure-based learning like that found on all Summit Adventure courses is the most effective way to affect change and growth in people. Period.