APEX is a five-day student event, created by students and for students, where you will experience the networking power of a conference, the learning opportunities of a convention, and the fun, recreation, and friendships of a college campus—all condensed into one all-inclusive, jam-packed week.
I went to APEX for the first time in 2017, and it was LIFE-CHANGING! It was the most unique experience I’ve ever had — I was surrounded by an incredible community of thinkers, world-changers, and motivated individuals who were passionate and excited about pursuing their dreams and ideas.
In order to accomplish great things, you need a purpose and a team, but most of all, action. APEX 2018 is all about turning your aspirations into achievements. Learn from experts, get the tools to take action. Refine your skills by putting them into practice with a network of peers. Best of all, leave ready to do the ordinary extraordinarily well.
The people at APEX are amazing. They are making a difference right where they are, no matter how big or small. They aren’t just friends, they’re teammates. So come join the wild adventures that are bound to spring up when you gather 200 big dreamers and doers into one spot.
Small groups will be your key to connecting with fellow students through session discussion, team building activities, and challenges you’ll complete together.
By popular demand, the talent show is coming back to APEX. Performances of hip hop, opera, spoken word, folk music, and roller blade swing-dancing were a smash hit in 2017. Do you have a talent?Apply Now
The graduation ceremony at APEX is specifically designed to be a unique experience combining the traditional pomp and circumstance and the adventure of Unbound to bring a world of students together. Don a cap and gown and come walk alongside your fellow world campus graduates.More info
Everytime I go to APEX, my favorite part by far are the speakers because I go home with effective tools to apply to my life. I’m super excited about this year because we’re focusing on how to leverage your time with the speakers through hands-on sessions and interaction.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Mike Ritland joined the US Navy in 1996 and served 12 years as a US Navy SEAL. During that time, he saw action in Operation IRAQI Freedom and numerous special operations missions. After his service, Ritland founded Trikos International, which specializes in providing working K9s to a multitude of clients.
Mike Ritland has rare insights into the process and the psychology behind creating elite warriors — both two-legged and four-legged. Mike Ritland is not only the author of three New York Times Best Selling books, but he has been interviewed by dozens of media affiliates, including ABC, CBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, NBC, and PBS.
Jaquelle is the 20-year-old author of This Changes Everything: How The Gospel Transforms the Teen Years. She’s also a Lumerit and TESU graduate with a B.A. in communications. She co-hosts Age of Minority with her dad, co-founded The Young Writer's Workshop with Brett Harris, and contributes to Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and Unlocking the Bible.
Sean (MDiv), husband to Diana and father to Jaquelle, is the pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church and hosts a podcast for youth about the gospel with Jaquelle called Age of Minority.
Whether vocationally flying “aluminum tubes” across the Atlantic, fly-fishing in Alaska, or inspiring others to seek God’s best, he spreads contagious enthusiasm across the country. He uses his experiences as an F-16 military and commercial airline pilot to motivate young people to wholeheartedly “discover, define, develop, and deploy” into their individual God-ordained, world-changing life purpose.
He’s been a husband for 37 years and a father to seven purposeful adults. When he’s in the room you always know it because of the way that he loves life...and people.
Jonathan Brush is the Director of Student Life for Lumerit Education and gets to work with the most amazing student body in the history of the world, which is just as awesome as it sounds.
J.C. Derrick is WORLD Radio’s managing editor. His prime responsibility is overseeing WORLD's daily news podcast, The World and Everything in It. J.C. spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. After five years covering politics in Washington, D.C., J.C., his wife Amy, and sons Rowan and Eli moved to Dallas in late 2017.
Timber Wolf is an amazing place to spend 5 days with Unbound students. There’s adventures to have — ziplines, kayaks, go karts, a rope swing. There’s a coffee shop if you’d rather just chill and talk. My favorite part was crawling out from under a thick, snuggly blanket and walking through dewy grass to sit by the lake before breakfast.
I'm really looking forward to meeting you all at APEX this year. Trust me — it’s going to be great!
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Food, lodging, amazing speakers, real life application, and a boatload of fun are all covered in the registration price. So besides your flight to Michigan or the gas you use to get to the camp (don’t forget your road trip snacks too), all you need to pay is the registration price!
Sure! APEX is pretty busy during the mornings and evenings, but lots of students work on assignments and their studies while at camp. There are several free hours during the afternoon and later in the evening, and wifi is available in most buildings in the camp. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a study buddy!
The camp is able to accommodate pretty much any allergy under the sun. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!
If you want to take advantage of the shuttle and not have to rent your own car, please fly into the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR).
Yes! We will have at least two shuttles between GRR and the camp. The fee for the shuttle will be around $35, but we’ll be sure to let you know the exact details as APEX gets closer.
If you’re driving in, be sure to arrive by 5, that way you can get settled into your cabin before dinner. If you’re flying, please schedule your flights to arrive by 3:00pm on Saturday the 18th, and leave after 3:00pm on the 22nd.