WHAT IS STUDENT LIFE IN THE SMOKIES LIKE?
Student Life in the Smokies is a Christ-centered conference-style camp for 7th-12th graders. It includes engaging worship from experienced worship leaders, learning through sound Biblical teaching and Bible study, community in Family Groups, and free time to explore the Smoky Mountains and greater Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. It's a week of focused learning, heartfelt praise, dramas, community building, and most importantly, God's Word on center stage.
WHY DO YOU DO STUDENT LIFE IN THE SMOKIES THE WAY YOU DO?
We design Student Life Events to support the men and women who are called to lead teenagers every week. Our Ministry Event is just one week of the spiritual journey. We believe in the relationships built in the local church, and we strive to partner with the local church.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF STUDENT LIFE CAMPS?
We have numerous goals for our events, but ultimately, our goals involve life change happening in students, adults and us. In Scripture, every time someone spent time with Jesus, he or she went away changed. We hope each person leaves this experience changed. Not because of technical effects or even meeting new people, but because we have been with Jesus.
DO WE NEED TO BE A SPECIFIC DENOMINATION TO ATTEND STUDENT LIFE CAMPS?
No. Student Life is an interdenominational, evangelical ministry serving the local church. Feel free to contact us if you would like a list of church references.
WHAT DOES THE COST PER PERSON INCLUDE?
The cost per person includes all programming in the worship center, a camp t-shirt, Bible study material, 4 nights lodging (max occupancy) if selected and meals if selected during registration.
WHY DO YOU NOT HIRE STAFF TO TEACH THE BIBLE STUDIES?
It goes back to our philosophy of supporting the local church, but also we believe that in order for a small group to be successful, it needs to be small. This allows for good discussion and allows students to feel comfortable in a small group. We also believe it is important for adults from the local church to be involved in what happens. After all, they go home with the students, and this allows friendships, accountability and connection to get on the bus with them as they travel home.
WHAT IS A FAMILY GROUP?
A Family Group is about 8-10 students coming together under the leadership of an adult leader and a student leader. A Family Group's purpose is learning about God through Bible study and times of prayer.
HOW WILL FAMILY GROUPS WORK AT THESE LOCATIONS?
Student Life does not organize a specified time or location for Family Groups during Student Life in the Smokies. However, we will provide the curriculum to you ahead of time, and you can place your students in Family Groups with your leaders to best facilitate discipleship. We have found that students love Family Group time. Feel free to decide when and where your Family Groups will take place.
WHAT WILL STUDENT PASTORS DO?
Student Life is designed for Student Pastors to be free of a lot of responsibility. This is so they can be available to spend time building relationships with their students. Each evening there will be a Student Pastor Gathering before Worship. This meeting takes place while your students are getting seated in the Worship Center.
WHAT IS THE ADULT TO STUDENT RATIO?
One adult for every five students is requested for our camps where hotels and condos are used as our lodging accommodations. Condominiums REQUIRE a minimum of 1 adult (23 or older) for each condo. The majority of our condos sleep six people, please plan accordingly.
WHAT WILL ADULT LEADERS DO AT STUDENT LIFE CAMP?
Many adult leaders serve as Family Group Leaders. Bible Study materials will be available online to allow adequate time to prepare. Adults also serve as motivators and encouragers while helping you chaperone your group.
WHAT ABOUT 6TH GRADERS? ARE THEY INVITED?
It is up to each church. If they are normally a part of your group, they are welcome at any Student Life event. Our events are designed for students entering 7th grade up until entering college. Programming is not designed to accommodate students younger than this. If your group is younger, you may want to check out Student Life For Kids Camp.
HOW WILL MY GROUP BE HOUSED?
Check the location information to learn more about the various accommodations. Groups will not share hotel rooms or condos with individuals from other churches and we do strive to have each church group as close together as possible.
The cost per person cost is based on max occupancy* in each room/condo. The need for additional rooms for any purpose (ie. Safe Sanctuary, storage, family needs etc.) is subject to availability and there will be an additional charge. Please contact our office for rates.
*We account for two people in the following bed types: king, queen, full and sleeper sofa beds. For example, a hotel room with two double beds will sleep four people. A condo with a king, queen and sleeper sofa can sleep six people. Discounts are not given to individuals using rollaways, cots or air-mattresses.
**Property selection cannot change after your 35 day out deadline. Groups that have not paid their deposit by Jan 31 and/or final balance 35 days prior may be moved to a Program Only registration.
WHAT ABOUT MEALS?
At Student Life in the Smokies, we have the option of adding on a 7 meal or 10 meal plan available.
The 7 meal plan will include dinner on Monday; lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (breakfasts are not included).
The 10 meal plan includes dinner on Monday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (breakfast not included Friday)
IF I HAVE A KITCHEN AT MY PROPERTY, HOW MANY POTS, PANS AND PLACE SETTINGS WILL I HAVE?
This answer depends on each property; most with an efficiency, kitchenette or full kitchen have a basic supply of cooking and serviceware. If you have any concerns, we recommend bringing some extras from home. It is also a good idea to bring extra trashbags, paper towels, plates, silverware and napkins. Please be sure to mark your items so you can return home with them and not be charged for missing items in the condo/room.
IF YOUR WEBSITE SAYS THERE ARE "SOME" KITCHENS AT MY PROPERTY, HOW MANY WILL I HAVE?
Our hotels understand the importance for each group to have a kitchen to cook out of where kitchens, kitchenettes or efficiencies exist. We work hard with our hotels to be able to give each church at least one room with a kitchen to prepare meals for your group. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee how many kitchens your group will have. For properties that have "some" kitchens, please mark the individuals on your rooming list that you'd like to have a kitchen.
DO I NEED TO PLAN ON HAVING MY OWN TRANSPORTATION DURING THE WEEK?
Yes. Depending on your lodging, you may have to drive to the worship center, and if you want to enjoy any local activities, your group will need their own means of transportation.
WHAT ABOUT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE ROOMS?
If someone in your group needs a fully handicap accessible room, your best housing option will likely be to stay at one of the hotel options. Most condos are are not equipped for handicap accessibility. Please contact our office if you have questions.
WHAT ABOUT ACCOMMODATIONS FOR MY BUS DRIVER?
If your bus driver is one of your adults, they will be housed within the assigned lodging of your group.
In the event that the bus driver is not a part of the group, please make lodging arrangements for them at a local hotel.
Please note that many of the Condos can not accommodate a bus in their parking lot. You may park buses/trailers at the Worship center & we recommend bringing another vehicle for emergencies and to help transport the bus driver if needed.
WHAT CAN WE DO DURING FREE TIME?
This location offers a wide variety of activities. Your group can enjoy area attractions such as: the aquarium, outdoor adventure parks with zip lines & more, arcades, water parks, miniature golf, museums, trampoline parks, white water rafting, shopping and a safari park, just to name a few options.
IT'S AFTER THE JANUARY 31 DEPOSIT DEADLINE. CAN I STILL REGISTER FOR CAMP?
YES! You can always register for camp (as long as space is available). We ask that you send your deposit in within two weeks of registration.