A High School Youth Theology Institute on Faith and Science
June 22 - June 30
convergence

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to this program?

Any student completing 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in May/June 2019. Applicants should have a strong academic record along with an interest in science. They should also have an interest in the Christian faith, ideally already actively participating in a Christian congregation.

How does the application process work?
  • Complete the online application form.
  • After applications are received, a letter of acceptance or regret will follow within 2 weeks. If you are accepted, you must make the $250 registration fee payment to reserve your spot. Please note that this fee is non-refundable after May 1 (meaning that if you apply after May 1, the fee is still not refundable should you need to cancel later on). As the camp dates approach, you will receive by email a packet of permissions forms that must be signed and returned by mail, email scan, or fax before your child arrives for Convergence.
Are students of all Christian denominations welcome? What about other religious traditions?

Everyone is welcome to apply, though applicants should understand that the program is designed to look at the convergence of Christian theology with science. Included in the schedule are Christian worship services at a United Methodist Church, a visit to a Presbyterian seminary, and the creation of worship resources by our youth for a Christian worship service they will lead on their last Sunday, and to be shared with other churches to use in their worship services. Students from Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions are welcome, from established denominations and non-denominational traditions. Parents should be comfortable with their children “going deep” in both science and theology, learning from college-level professors, and challenging stereotypes often found in many schools and many faith communities.

How will my child be supervised while they are at the camp?

In addition to the camp directors, faculty leaders, and other staff support, we will hire Union Presbyterian Seminary students to serve as Head Counselors and Randolph-Macon College students to serve as Counselors during the 9-day event. These head counselors and counselors will reside in the dorm on the same hall as the campers and will accompany campers to lectures, meals, and all activities. We limit enrollment to 40 campers to ensure an appropriate staff to camper ratio.

Are the dorms safe?

Yes! Campers will be housed in freshman dorms and our campus is very safe. Randolph-Macon College dormitories are secured 24 hours a day and are only accessible with an electronic entrance key; each participant will be issued an entrance key when they register for camp. Additionally, the Office of Campus Safety performs regular patrols of the dormitories and campus 24 hours a day.

Can my child choose his/her roommate if he/she registers with a friend?

You may indicate a roommate choice and we will try to honor those choices, but we cannot guarantee that all roommate preferences will be fulfilled.

How will my child be transported to off-campus events?

Travel off campus will be in a bus operated by a professional, licensed transportation company or an R-MC college van operated by approved faculty/staff. High school students are not allowed to drive their own vehicles during the event experience or ride in a vehicle driven by a college or seminary counselor.

What if there is an emergency? How can I contact my child?

You will be provided with an emergency contact number so that you can reach a staff person 24 hours a day. Your child may also bring his/her cell phone, if s/he has one, although students will sign a code of conduct indicating that they will only use their phones during free time.

My child regularly takes medication. Can s/he participate in this program?

Each camper must complete a medical information form and any medications must be noted in detail (size and frequency of dose.) Campers will be responsible for keeping and administering their own medications. No staff members are allowed to administer any medications to your child, whether prescription or over-the-counter. R-MC Campus Safety is on campus 24 hours a day for medical emergencies, but there is not a camp nurse or other medical personnel.

What if my child is vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free has a food allergy etc.?

The majority of meals during Convergence will be eaten in Estes Dining Hall on the Randolph-Macon College campus. Our dining hall can easily accommodate special dietary concerns. Of course, our directors need to know of dietary concerns in order to ensure that all dining experiences will meet your child’s needs. When you complete the permission forms during the registration process, please indicate any special dietary needs.