Close to 1,000 youth leaders from across Texas will gather at Hardin-Simmons University beginning Monday, July 9, 2012, to learn and share leadership skills during five days of crazy competitions, buzz groups, and discipleship training. This will be the second time this summer high school students have descended on the campus for the leadership training called Super Summer
Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, Super Summer began in 1974 as a training opportunity for Christian young people who are interested in enhancing their spiritual growth and learning how to better share Christ with others.
The motto of Super Summer is “Send us your best and we’ll send them back better!” For this reason, you’ll see among Super Summer students some of the most dedicated, young men and women from across Texas and surrounding states.
To come to Super Summer, students must be nominated by their home churches as being especially motivated youth leaders. A typical day includes quiet time, family groups, a pep rally, Texas Olympics, wild and crazy games, more family groups, and a roof-raising Rainbow Celebration in the evening (rainbow referring to the specific color of t-shirt worn by a student group).
One student who attended last year’s event recalls that one of the things he learned from the experience was not to talk all of the time, but to listen. “To grow in God, you have to learn to listen to God. All of us are always talking to God in our prayers, but we need to stop and listen and let Him talk to us. This isn’t just another camp high. This is leadership training we will carry with us throughout this coming school year.”
The camp will go through from Monday, July 9, through Friday morning, July 13, 2012, with a final rally in Behrens Auditorium.