Beginning in 1956, hundreds of high school age Covenanters gathered together as the Covenant High Congress. This event has morphed through the years moving from regional camps centered on small group Bible study, large group gatherings with speakers, music, and recreation to outgrowing such venues. This growth prompted a change and in 1972, the East and West Coast Congresses combined, necessitating a location that was more conducive to the nearly 1,500 students who attended.
This legacy has become what is now “Covenant High in Christ”, best recognized as “CHIC” by the thousands who attend and tens of thousands who have attended, and continue to support this ministry.
From the time they arrive, CHICsters are stunned not only by the volume of the music but also by the sheer number of their peers who have intentionally gathered out of a desire to play, worship, learn, and grow in understanding and in faith with others from throughout the US, Canada, and abroad.
CHIC acts as a catalyst in students’ lives, helping them see the big pictures of God’s Kingdom and inspiring them to dive deeper in their faith – together. Through dynamic speakers, relevant messages, small groups, Base Camps, and worship CHIC Inspires students to live transformed lives – even giving of their time and resources to impact local communities and the world.
Through the years CHIC has been modified and diversified, innovated and revolutionized; however, a few key elements remain; CHIC is a triennial event where thousands of youth gather for small group Bible study and devotion, large group gatherings with speakers and music, and outdoor recreation. Praise be to God, faithful throughout the ages.
Visit the official CHIC site for more details or to register online.
High school students are eligible to attend CHIC if:
$230 per person (students and adults)
Cost includes transportation to and from the University of Tennessee in an air conditioned coach bus.. Individuals will be responsible for the cost of meals (2-3 fast food meals each way plus snacks) during the trip.
There is not a reduced transportation cost option for one-way riders.
Download and fill out the PDF registration form, with names of students and adults riding the bus. Be sure to indicate which bus stop you are requesting. Send one church check payable to the Northwest Conference for the transferrable, but non-refundable, deposit due for all the students and adults in your group by March 1. Changes (additions or substitutions) can be made by e-mailing the NWC office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
March 1 – Registration form and $100 per person non-refundable deposit due
June 1 – Final payment due ($130 balance per person)
Please note: CHIC and Northwest Conference payment deadlines are different. The NWC has extended our deadlines to accommodate and encourage your fundraising efforts.
Buses Depart: Saturday, July 14, 2018 (morning/afternoon)
Buses Return: Saturday, July 21, 2018 (morning/afternoon)
Tentative/Proposed Bus Stops:
Grand Forks, ND
International Falls, MN
River Falls, WI
Sioux Falls, SD
Twin Cities, MN
Every bus will follow a custom designed route to CHIC. The only known stop for all NWC buses is a driver change in Bloomington/Normal, IL (Exit 160B). Bus routes, schedules and pick-up/drop-off locations will be finalized by June 25, 2018. After this date riders will be added to buses where seats are still available. Please contact the Northwest Conference if you are interested in leaving early, staying later, or have other travel requests for CHIC.
The Northwest Conference will be offering a limited number of partial scholarships to assist with bus transportation. We rely on the judgment and integrity of the CHIC coordinator for each church to make a request only if there is truly a financial need.
Requests for scholarships can be made by completing the Scholarship Application Form.
No students will be allowed on a Northwest Conference bus without an adult who is responsible for them at CHIC. If your church is not sending an adult you are required to partner with another church for leadership (see CHIC 2018 Guidebook).