Trailhead Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates?
We offer the choice of two residency sessions in 2020.
Session 1: July 5-July 11
Session 2: July 12-July 18
Who can apply?
Students may apply to Trailhead if:
- they will graduate from high school in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 (rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first-year college students);
- AND they will be 18 or younger on July 18, 2020.
How much does Trailhead cost?
The cost for 2020 is $775 (includes a $250 non-refundable deposit). This cost covers all activities and meals on campus; students are responsible for travel to and from Trailhead. Limited financial aid is available for students with exceptional need. Please contact us for more information.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. Please inquire at email@example.com, or fill out a financial aid request form, available here.
How and when can I apply?
Trailhead 2020 is currently at capacity, and we are no longer accepting new applications. If you didn't get a chance to join us for Trailhead this summer, we'd love keep you in mind for future years! Just drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 measures will Westmont's Trailhead Program take to ensure social distancing?
We will implement practices to ensure proper social distancing:
- All students will be housed in single rooms (linens provided) with ensuite restrooms. Students will not be permitted in other students' rooms.
- Meal times will be spread out so that fewer guests are in the dining commons at any one time.
- Tables will be spread out to ensure guests can maintain six foot distance.
- Serving lines will be marked for social distancing, similar to grocery stores.
- Food will be served by dining commons staff (no sharing serving utensils).
- To-go boxes will be available for all students to enable dining outside of the dining commons if preferred.
- Disposable plates, cups and utensils will be used in place of regular dishes.
- Meeting Spaces
- Trailhead activities will be held outdoors with shading whenever possible.
- Chairs will be set up to ensure six foot distance between students.
- Hand sanitizer and/or hand-washing stations will be available at entrances to all buildings.
- High touch areas in meeting spaces will be regularly disinfected, in addition to being cleaned following their use.
- High touch areas in restrooms will be disinfected daily, in addition to the regular cleaning schedule.
How will Westmont's Trailhead Program monitor the health of students?
- We will perform health screenings for everyone coming on campus upon arrival, and for all program participants each day. Any students or guests to campus 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) prior to the program will not be permitted on campus. With our deep apologies, if anyone in a vehicle exhibits a fever upon arrival Sunday, the student in that vehicle will not be able to attend Trailhead.
- All faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a face covering when in a building and in all common spaces. Students will not be required to wear face coverings in their own residence hall rooms. Faculty, staff, and students will also be required to wear a face covering while walking between buildings.
What if a student develops Covid-19 symptoms?
In the event that a student shows symptoms of Covid-19,
- Parents/guardians will be notified immediately and be asked to pick up the student.
- The student will be required to quarantine in his or her room until a parent/guardian arrives.
- Westmont will engage a healthcare provider to assess the student for recommendations on next steps.
- Trailhead staff will provide meals in take-out containers and will remain in communication with the student.
- All spaces the student used will be disinfected.