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Details, details, details

We leave for CHIC in just about a week. How crazy is that! Here are some details that you need to be aware of.

First, make sure you're up to date on our travel plans and have taken a good long look at the packing list. Everyone is only allowed one checked bag, under 50 pounds, so please be aware as you're packing.


We need to be packed and ready to leave the church by 7:00am on Saturday, July 11. Please plan on arriving at church before 7 so we can arrange bags in the cars. We will also have a short meeting before we leave church to get us all on the same page for our day of travel.

You need to wear your CHIC t-shirt for the days of travel! Dig those out of your closets or off the floor and find them now so they're ready to go. If you joined our group after we handed those out, I have some extras for you (though they may not be in your size...). If you cannot find your shirt, talk to me as soon as possible.

To get our tickets and get through security at the airport: If you are under 18, bring your student ID from school. If you don't have a student ID, you'll be okay without it, but it's better to have an ID than not. If you are over 18, you need a government issued ID, like a driver's license, to get through security. Leaders, this does include us.

Meals and money

During the week of CHIC, all meals will be covered in the cafeteria. However, we do have four meals that will not be covered, so we all need to bring extra money for those meals. We're anticipating about $10 per meal, so $50 would be safest. There will also be opportunities for purchasing CHIC stuff, as well as a wonderful chance to donate money toward clean water in India. Keep that offering in mind throughout the week.

All told, we recommend coming with $100 spending money for the week. Each student will be responsible for his or her own money! The leaders will help the students to remember the trip back home and the offering at the end of the week.

Following along from home

Parents, we've set up a special page on the website for you to follow our adventures! Head to to keep up with all the action!

I will have my cell phone on me the whole week, and I would be happy to give you my number in case of emergencies. Send me an email or talk to me on the 11th if you would like it. Students will be allowed to have their phones on them during the week, but they'll be occupied and engaged for the majority of the time and will be encouraged to not use their phones a whole lot.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I'm really looking forward to CHIC!



Travel info

Our trip to and from Tennessee will happen in a few stages. We're meeting here at church early on Saturday, July 11th, to drive up to Boston, to fly down to Atlanta, and then take a bus up to the University of Tennessee. We'll be flying Southwest, on these flights:

July 11, 2015-   Flight number 2373 from Boston to Atlanta -     11:45am-2:30pm nonstop

July 17, 2015-   Flight number 294 from Atlanta to Boston-         1:45pm- 4:20pm nonstop

We need help driving up to the airport on the 11th and picking up on the 17th. Let me know if you can help drive (if you haven't already talked to Carin about it).

We will plan on buying lunch at the airport before we get on the plane, both ways. Make sure you (or your student) have extra cash for food. 

Make sure you read up on our packing list as you get ready! And be sure to follow along with all our adventures!



Packing for CHIC!

CHIC is only a few weeks away, and it's time to start thinking about packing. Here are some helpful tips and guidelines:

  • Click here for CHIC's suggested packing list
  • We will only be able to bring 1 checked bag per person. If that's a hardship for you, I suggest getting together with some friends and coordinating.
  • "Modest" is the word of the day for clothing and swimsuits. All swimwear needs to fit appropriately, which means it needs to stay on and stay put, covering everything it needs to cover.

If you're having a hard time with anything in particular, please talk to Pastor Chris or one of the leaders and we'll help you get things sorted out.

Read up on our travel info, and make sure you keep up to date as we're in Tennessee!



CHIC Roommates!

Roommate assignments for CHIC are done! Yay! Here are the ladies:

Julia C and Mollie H

Jenny W and Samantha W

Rene V and Sidney J

Kiersten B and Sophia O

Jackie D and Anna N and Sophie U

Lindsay C and Emma C

Katie L and Ellen B

Sarah M and Jill R

Stephanie B and Megan L

Marie U and Shayla B

And for the gentlemen:

Adam J and Jack R

Mark R and Michael C

Myles L and Corey M

Brad N and Greg T

Tyler T, Nick D, and Alex K

Just a reminder: we won't be spending very much time in our rooms, because there will be so much to do outside. We'll also be broken up into small groups and we'll spend a lot of time as a large group, so you'll see everyone lots.

CHIC is just a few months away! Don't forget about the High Ropes day in June! And, for a taste of the awesomeness of CHIC, you're always welcome at XL.



CHIC Excursions and Volunteer Opportunities

Excursions are an awesome part of our CHIC experience. We're heading out a day early just so we can have time together experiencing something we're not going to find anywhere else. These Excursions give us a chance to bond as a group and see some awesome sights. We'll look back on these shared memories for years to come!

In addition to excursions, there are also some wonderful volunteer options. These opportunities are for us to serve God and the community around Knoxville, TN, while we are there to worship. It's a great chance to expand our CHIC experience beyond the campus and beyond ourselves.

The time to sign up is now! So, if you're going to CHIC (or your student is), please fill out the form bellow, or click on this link to open it in another window. We need responses by Saturday, March 28th! Spots fill up fast, so we need to get registered as soon as possible. Please contact me if you have any questions!

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