What is the purpose of CHIC?

The purpose of CHIC is to be a catalyst that inspires Christ-like change, challenging students to see themselves as part of a larger movement and inspiring them on their journey of following Christ. It is also the only conference that gathers all students from the Evangelical Covenant Church in one place for a time of worship, transformation, and fun.

Who may attend CHIC?

High school students are eligible to attend CHIC if:

  • They will complete grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in the 2017–2018 school year, AND
  • They will be at least 15 years old by December 31, 2017

Note: Seniors may attend CHIC 2018 even if they attended CHIC 2015.

Volunteers must be out of high school for at least one year.
Counselors must be at least 21 years by September 1, 2017.

Why does CHIC cost so much?

For the actual event CHIC costs approximately $600. (The exact cost is in flux until August.) In addition, there are transportation costs and excursion costs. The actual housing and food for a week on the campus of UT is $450. The other $150–$200 goes into programing—well-known bands, talented speakers, security, Base Camp experiences, etc.

How am I going to pay for it? Are there scholarships?

A scholarship plan will be available in the fall. Churches are also encouraged to set up scholarship funds for their students.

Most churches establish a clear fundraising plan to help defray costs for their students. Creating a monthly payment plan can help break down the payments into more manageable chunks. For more fundraising ideas click here.

Ethnic Pastoral Associations:
Tricia Ivanoff
Native Alaskan Pastors Representative

Bryan Murphy
President, African American Ministers Association (AAMA)
510-490-9500, Ext 111

Danny Martinez
President, Ministerios Hispanos de la Iglesia del Pacto Evangélico (MHIPE)

Wayne Park
President, Covenant Asian Pastors Association (CAPA)

How much does it cost for leaders and volunteers to attend?

Leaders cost the same amount as students.

How many leaders are in with my student?

Each church brings at least one leader for every six students.

What sort of supervision can I expect?

The leaders from each church are the first point of supervision for their students. It is mandatory for students to attend all meals, Base Camps, and MainStage. They are also required to be in their dorms at lights out. During the afternoon, students will have some freedom regarding the activities they choose to participate in.

Several other teams help provide security and supervision for the students:
The University of Tennessee’s security team
A volunteer security team
A dorm security team led by the dorm Resident Supervisor and a conference point person

What are the sleeping arrangements?

Each conference will be assigned a dormitory for their students to sleep in. Each room will house two to three students. The adult leaders will be in rooms next to their students. Every dorm will have alternating floors for males and females. The University of Tennessee provides bedding and towels for each student.

How do we get to Tennessee and to the University of Tennessee campus?

Each church is responsible for getting their students and leaders to CHIC. Groups who fly to CHIC can fly into either the Atlanta or Knoxville airport. From there, the University of Tennessee team will help arrange transportation to and from campus. For groups flying into Atlanta, there will be an additional charge to use UT for busing to campus. It is important to check chicconference.org for details and to connect with your liaison for your conference transportation plan.

Where can I find more information about CHIC?

This website is continually updated and is a great place to start your queries. Your conference liaison is your personal contact to walk you through any other issues.

What do I pack?

Below is a list of recommended items to pack for CHIC.
What to bring:

  • Alarm clock
  • Beach towel
  • Bible
  • Camera
  • Closed toe shoes for rafting (optional)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Insect repellent
  • Journal and pen
  • Long pants
  • Medications
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Raincoat
  • Shorts
  • Spending money
  • Stamps
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweatshirt/Light coat
  • Tennis racket (optional)
  • Toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Water bottle

What not to bring:

  • Alcohol
  • Any weapons
  • Controlled substances
  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Immodest clothing
  • Laser pointers

Skate park equipment:

(if using the Knoxville State Park)
  • Skateboard
  • In-line skates
  • Helmet and pads

Items provided by UT:

  • Bed linens
  • Towels
  • Soap