Extracurricular Activities

Enjoy recreation time in the beautiful Smoky Mountain surroundings.

On Campus

  • Sports: After spending the morning and early afternoon in the classroom listening to fascinating lectures and interacting with speakers, participants will love a few hours of free time in the beautiful outdoors every afternoon! Most afternoons will hold organized games of ultimate freebie, sand volleyball, soccer, bombardment, and more. Whether you get excited about running around for several hours or just enjoy watching (and cheering!), there will be plenty of excitement on the sports fields.
  • Indoor: If the outdoors aren’t your thing, students can discuss the day’s lectures, play pool or foosball, or play guitars (feel free to bring your instruments to Summit, well those that can easily fit in a dorm room!) in the Latimer Student Center during the afternoon.
  • Performance Night: A tradition of the Tennessee Summit is the famous talent show. Bring your instruments, funny or unique talents, skits, etc. and try out for this exciting evening. Just to be honest – it IS hard to land a spot in this show!

Off Campus

  • Downtown: Dayton, a small quaint southern town, is home of the historic Scopes Trial. Students can explore the museum during a free afternoon and learn fascinating facts regarding this famous trial.
  • Service Projects: Another way to spend an enjoyable afternoon during Summit is by engaging in several opportunities for serving in the community. A recent addition to Summit’s program in Tennessee is the opportunity to take the ideas discussed at Summit and put them into action--serving the community that has hosted the students for two weeks.
  • Whitewater Rafting: The middle Sunday students have the option to hit the Ocoee rapids of East Tennessee. Some of the best whitewater rivers in the country, the Ocoee was the location for the Atlanta Olympic Whitewater Competition in 1996. For years Summit has teamed up with Adventures Unlimited for a fabulous day on (and sometimes in) the water! (Cost: $75)
  • Fort Bluff: Another favorite activity of the Tennessee Summit is the afternoon spent at Fort Bluff. All students and staff load into buses to head up Dayton Mountain for an afternoon of mini-golf, hiking, the waterslide, and many more activities.