A Summer Theology and Leadership Retreat for High School Youth

June 14-20, 2020

Expanding Horizons 2020

Do you love being a leader in your youth group, school, or extracurricular activities? Do you enjoy thinking deeply about faith, exploring the challenges of the world, and asking hard questions?  Do you enjoy learning with your peers? Do you want to experience a unique, exciting summer program?

Look no further than 

Expanding Horizons

at Maryville College!

EXPANDING HORIZONS  at Maryville College is a week-long high school institute for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade high school students who display a promise for leadership and an eagerness to explore theology in a college setting. For more information about the program, please continue reading below! If you have questions, please consider downloading our information packet!  

2020 Program Flyer & Theme Explanation | Scholarship Information
Sample Daily Itinerary | Packing List | FAQ

Over the course of the week, students strengthen their leadership skills through activities such as low ropes courses and Mountain Challenge's Alpine Tower, while also partaking in small group discussions about faith, leadership, and vocation with current Maryville College students, who serve as mentors. Students also study religion and theology with college faculty each morning, allowing them a unique opportunity to engage with their faith in a different context; no questions are off-limits in the classroom! In the evenings, MC Campus Minister Rev. Dr. Anne McKee assists students in leading an ecumenical worship service for the group to feed the spirit and reflect on their journeys that week. In every moment, students are living in community on Maryville College's campus or playing in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains!

The theme for EXPANDING HORIZONS 2020 is Evolve: Practicing Faith in a World of Science


Applications for our 2020 program are now open! To attend, please fill out an application to start the process!   

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The cost of EXPANDING HORIZONS is $550, which covers on-campus housing, all meals, tuition, and supplies for the entire week. A $100 deposit is required after a student is accepted to the program and finishes their registration. The remaining balance is due no later than May 21st. Maryville College sponsors a limited number of competitive scholarships available to students who apply - to learn more please download our information packet.