Top 7 Questions We Get Asked About Camp.

Camp 2016 is right around the corner. The community of Heights Students will spend June 15-19 at Carolina Creek Christian Camps this year. We get asked many questions about camp every year and wanted to compile all those questions to one place to help you as you prepare to send your student to camp. Check out these seven most asked questions–

1. Where will my student be going?

Camp this year will be at Carolina Creek in Huntsville, Texas at the Lakeview campus. We will have the whole camp to ourselves and get to bring in our own leaders, programs and personalities for the week. Some of the fun activities that are available at Lakeview include the blob, ropes courses, and a huge swimming pool. They also provide us with a high caliber staff that will be there to help support us, making our vision for this week of camp into a reality. Every group will be staying together in their own cabin and meals are provided at the dining hall where food is prepared daily according to any dietary needs.


2. How can my student request to be with a friend?

When students sign up for camp, there is a portion of the registration process that allows students to request two friends to be placed in a group with. All groups stay together in a cabin. We work hard to honor all requests that are made, ensuring that everyone has a friend in their group.


3. Who will be leading my student?

In Heights Students we have about 70 fantastic lay leaders that invest the gospel in students on a weekly basis through our Sunday morning Bible Fellowships and beyond. These leaders make up the majority of our small group leaders at camp. They are so devoted to pouring into your students, they take time off of work to come and spend the week investing into your student(s). We also have some past Heights Students that are in college that come to lead during camp. All leaders go through an application and background check process to ensure we are putting the most effective leaders with your student(s).


4. What will my student be learning?

The overarching theme for camp this year is The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our helper and great counselor given to Christians by God the Father. Not only does the Spirit convict us of sins, but it also empowers us to do the work of ministry. During camp we will break down why the Holy Spirit has been given to Christians, and what the role of the Holy Spirit is in the life of a Christian. Our goal is for your student to leave camp with a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit. And we pray that understanding will move all of us to take personal risks to bring the gospel to every relationship like never before.


5. What are the benefits of going to camp?

 Camp is an opportunity for your student to get away from their normal routines and focus in on their relationship with Christ. Camp is a fantastic time for students to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible and deepen their relationships with Christ. It creates a safe space for asking questions, working through doubts, and bringing sin to light. We also love camp because it allows time for valuable and important community to grow. As Christ followers in a broken world, community is extremely important so that students have people that will encourage and uplift them. You don’t want to miss out on this week!


6. How can I apply for a scholarship?

We never want finances to be a reason that your student(s) is not apart of camp or any other activity that we do in Heights Students. We would love to help you get your child to camp, whatever it takes! Click here to fill out our scholarship application form.

7. How do I sign up for camp?

I’m so glad you asked!! You can sign up for camp by clicking here. Or you can sign up on Sunday mornings up until June 12th in the Atrium outside the worship center or in the Brick. There are two mandatory forms that each student needs to go to camp. There are the 2016 Medical Release Form (if your student went to Chi Alpha 2016, you don’t need to fill this out again) and the Carolina Creek Waiver (every student needs one of these). You can find these forms here.  If you have any questions about signing up for camp, email

This post was written by the Heights Students staff members. 

Senior Sunday is for Sending.

This coming Sunday, May 22nd, is a special Sunday. We will spend the morning celebrating the 2016 graduating class. In light of that, we wanted to share a gospel risk story of one of our seniors. This is Payton Esparza’s story of how God has stirred in her and turned her future plans upside down.


Growing up in the American culture it only seems acceptable to go straight from high school into college. Ever since 9th grade I have been planning on going to Dallas Baptist University. It was my dream school. I thought that after senior year I would be heading there, but little did I know, the Lord had other plans for me.

This past July I was a part of a group of juniors and seniors that had the opportunity to go to England and share the gospel. I had been looking forward to this trip since I was a freshman and saw my sister go on it. Finally, during junior year, it was my chance and I couldn’t wait to see what the Lord was going to do when we were over there.

While we were in England, we stayed with host families that lived there and went into the schools each day. In the schools we were in charge of religious education classes and we were able to share our testimonies with the kids there. This opened up great conversations and we got to share the gospel many times. Since the schools were very different from home, I was nervous as we went the first day. The head principal of Manor, a school in York where we were serving, explained to us that about 97% of the students that attended the school are either atheist or agnostic. Having grown up in a culture where Christianity is more prominent, I was not used to people openly opposing and challenging what I believed.

That whole trip helped me grow as a believer and become stronger in my faith. During our time at the schools, I began to fall in love with the people and the culture; my heart broke for the people I was building relationships with. As we were finishing our last day at Manor, I knew that the Lord was going to use me in England again someday. I didn’t think about it too much as we finished our trip, but I couldn’t get it off my mind as I came back to “normal” life. In a perfect world, I would have wanted to go to college and then start thinking about taking a gap year in England after I graduated. I knew the Lord was calling me to serve there one day, but I wanted to do it in my own time, in about 4 years. But I knew the Lord was calling me to go now, right after I graduate high school.

As the next couple of months went on, I struggled with what the Lord was telling me to do.  I was hoping that as time went on, this calling of moving to England and doing a gap year there would just go away. Instead it became stronger.  At the beginning of September I felt torn. I had just been accepted into Dallas Baptist University and I found out that I was going to get to room with my best friend. So obviously, I really wanted to go and follow the plan I had set for myself a few years ago.

On the other hand the Lord made it absolutely clear to me that His plan was for me to not go to school next year. I had to make a decision: to be obedient or not. I realized that my desires for myself did not line up with God’s will. After wrestling with this for weeks, I knew that I was supposed to obey the Lord and go to England, and it scared me so much.

I think the coolest thing that I have noticed since starting the process toward England is how the Lord has changed my heart. When I first decided to be obedient and take the leap of faith to do the gap year, I was so scared because I was not in control of what was going to happen. As time has gone on, the thing that originally scared me the most has become my biggest comfort. I am now calmed by the fact that I don’t have the control because, if I did, nothing would work out. God is in control and I know His plans will be done and He will get glory out of it.  I have finished up the interview portion of this process and am in the midst of all the final details.

As I prepare to leave in the Fall, I am praying for what is happening in England right now and what will happen when I get over there.  The Lord calls us to be on mission wherever our foot falls, and mine just so happens to be in England next year. I am so thankful that Lord lets us take a part in His plan of Him redeeming His people, and I can’t wait to see what big things He is going to do here and in England.

Note to Self.


A few weeks ago at Switch we unpacked the importance of being a disciple from the story of Acts 3-4. After Peter and John had been discipled by Jesus, they couldn’t help but share his name to everyone around them. One of our seniors, Annie Stevens shared how this story impacted her and her call to ministry. I followed up with the importance of not being a disciple alone. We encouraged students to reach out to their adult leaders and ask them to join them in something they like to do. We have been praying for the discipleship of our students and adults to continue.

As we continue the conversation about discipleship, I reflected on some of the challenging times my life in 7th and 8th grade. It can be a tricky time where you feel alone, but I wanted students to know that they are not alone! We want them not only to find their identity in Christ, but also find support and building up in fellow believers (Eph. 4:11–14). So, here is a letter I wrote of things I wish I had known in Junior High.

Dear Junior High Me,

Junior high is an interesting time full of lots of unknowns. There are finally so many activities that you can be part of, but it can be easy to feel weird a lot. Friends are all over the place and there is a lot of pressure to fit in. Emotions can be super crazy- know that when you feel confused and moody, that you are not the only one. You are trying to figure out who you want to be. All the thoughts you have about God and his love for you are real, don’t push them away. Your desire to read scripture and be faithful in growing in Christ is something that the Spirit is growing in you.

Even though sometimes you feel like you know everything there possibly is to know about life, you don’t. But know that you can’t do this Christian life on your own. First, listen to your parents- they want you to know Christ and it is a blessing that they bring you to church and that they pray at meals, and teach you why following Christ matters. Also, think about the adults in your life who are also following Jesus. You need wise counsel who will speak the truth in love to you. This is why it’s so important to be seeking a mentor who will help you as your figure out this life. So really right now think of who you could reach out to and ask for them to be more consistent in your life.

Trends will come and go, so don’t lose sleep over them. But one thing that will continue to be the most important part of your life is following Christ and investing in people. It won’t be easy and lots of growth will happen over the next several years, but God will do amazing things in your life. He loves you and wants to you not only be his child, but also serve his people.

You can’t do this life on your own and there is power in brothers and sisters in Christ, so seek those who are following Jesus whether it’s your parents, teachers, or friends. You aren’t too young to make a huge impact to those around you.


Young adult Anna

What advice do you wish you could give your junior high self about life and following Christ? Take some time to encourage your student with these truths today!

This post was written by Anna Sikes, our Junior High Minister-in-Residence.