Trailhead Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates?
We offer the choice of three residency sessions in 2023, and will announce those dates shortly.
Who can apply?
Students may apply to Trailhead if:
- they will graduate from high school in 2023, 2024, 2025, or 2026 (rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first-year college students);
- AND they will be 18 or younger on July 2, 2023.
How much does Trailhead cost?
The cost for 2023 is $800 (includes a $275 non-refundable deposit). This cost covers all activities and meals on campus; students are responsible for travel to and from Trailhead. Financial aid is available for students with need. Please fill out the form linked below and contact us for more information, if interested.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Please complete our Financial Aid Form for 2023 and return it to us after submitting your application. Applicants will be notified of any aid awarded at the time of their admission.
How and when can I apply?
Applications are not yet open for summer 2023. If you have any questions before applications open, you can email our office at email@example.com.
The application process requires a recommendation from a pastor or teacher; you don't need that in hand to submit the initial application, but be thinking about who your recommender could be. While we accept multiple recommendations, only one is required to complete the application. We'll review your application upon receipt of your recommendation.
Where will students live?
Trailhead students will live in a Westmont residence hall; a professional resident director will oversee undergraduate mentors who live on campus with students.
What Covid-19 health and safety measures will be in place? (Updated May 25, 2022)
Westmont will comply with all applicable county, state, and federal guidelines related to Covid-19. Detailed policies are described below. Please note that policies and procedures are subject to change at any time.
Vaccination and Testing
Westmont strongly encourages all eligible Trailhead students to receive a Covid-19 vaccination and booster. Trailhead students are required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result (test should be conducted no more than three days before arrival). Over-the-counter tests are sufficient. If the student has had Covid within the last ninety (90) days, we suggest you use a rapid antigen test. If obtaining a Covid-19 test presents a hardship due to availability or cost, please contact us at the earliest possible date.
Students will be tested upon arrival to campus, and then throughout the week as necessary. For students under the age of 18, parents/guardians are asked to give their express permission (on the Authorization and Image Use Form) for Westmont to test the student using an antigen- or PCR-based test. Students over the age of 18 will be asked to give their express permission (on the Authorization and Image Use Form) for Westmont to test the student using an antigen- or PCR-based test.
All Trailhead participants are required to wear masks during formal programming held indoors unless the faculty or staff member leading the activity allows individuals to remove their masks. Faculty and staff contributors may allow individuals to remove their masks, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required during programming held outdoors.
Students are strongly encouraged to wear masks during travel by car, train, bus, or plane.
All students will be housed in single occupancy rooms with their own restrooms.
Westmont will follow applicable guidelines related to indoor and outdoor dining. Outdoor seating is available and preferred.
Trailhead activities will be held outdoors with shading whenever possible. For indoor meeting space, chair set up will be guided by physical distancing protocols.
How will Westmont's Trailhead program monitor the health of students?
Students and their guests are required to complete an online Covid-19 health screening form before entering campus on arrival and departure days, and all students will also test upon arrival to campus. Any student or guests who have Covid-19 or are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19 (cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) will not be permitted on campus. If students begin to feel unwell during the course of their program week, they can contact one of the on-site staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org for next steps. In addition to testing three days before and upon arrival to campus, students will have the option to take a test on the final day of the program. If any student contracts Covid during a Trailhead session, their parents/guardians are responsible for picking them up from campus as soon as possible.