Trailhead Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates?
We offer the choice of three residency sessions in 2021:
Session 1: June 13-19
Session 2: June 20-26
Session 3: June 27-July 3
Who can apply?
Students may apply to Trailhead if:
- they will graduate from high school in 2021, 2022, 2023, or 2024 (rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first-year college students);
- AND they will be 18 or younger on July 4, 2021.
How much does Trailhead cost?
The cost for 2021 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 complete our Financial Aid Form for 2021 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?
Our 2021 online application is now live! You can apply for Trailhead via Westmont's student portal. Please use this link to access the portal. Sign up with your email address, and select that you're applying for the Trailhead program once you've opened the portal. If you already have an account in Westmont's student portal, please contact us at email@example.com so that we can create a Trailhead application for you.
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 7, 2021)
Westmont is committed to having robust Covid-19 health and safety measures in place and will comply with applicable county, state, and federal guidelines. Detailed policies are outlined below.
Vaccination and Testing
Westmont strongly encourages all eligible Trailhead students to receive a Covid-19 vaccination. Each Trailhead student must demonstrate either 1) proof of full vaccination (last dose at least two weeks prior to the session start date) or 2) proof of negative Covid test (test must be conducted no more than five days before arrival). If obtaining a Covid-19 test presents a hardship due to availability or cost, please contact us at the earliest possible date.
If a student exhibits any symptoms of Covid-19 during Trailhead, testing is available on campus. 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 a nasal swab collection method for PCR testing. 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 a nasal swab collection method for PCR testing.
Trailhead participants need not wear a face covering when alone in their own residence hall room, or when actively eating and drinking. At all other times--including large and small group meetings, recreation times, and walking between buildings and other campus spaces--all students, staff, and faculty must wear a face covering.
All students will be housed in single rooms (linens provided). Restrooms are shared and there are plexiglass dividers between sinks. Students will not be permitted in other students' rooms.
Westmont will follow applicable guidelines related to indoor and outdoor dining. Meal times will be spread out so that fewer guests are in the dining commons at any one time. Disposable plates, cups and utensils will be used in place of regular dishes.
Trailhead activities will be held outdoors with shading whenever possible and chair set up will be guided by physical distancing protocols. High touch areas will be regularly disinfected and disinfectant wipes/pumps will be available at building entrances.
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. Any students 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.
Trailhead students will complete the online Covid-19 screening form each morning before they leave their residence hall room.
What if a student develops Covid-19 symptoms?
In the event that a Trailhead student shows symptoms of Covid-19,
- For students under the age of 18, we will notify parents/guardians immediately; we cannot legally notify parents/guardians of students over the age of 18.
- A Westmont staff member will administer a rapid, nasopharyngeal PCR test. Results should be available within 15 minutes. An outside “waiting room” will be available while awaiting results. Parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 will be immediately notified of the results and to discuss next steps. Again, we cannot legally notify parents/guardians of students over the age of 18.
- If negative, students may remain at Trailhead, but will be asked to quarantine until symptoms resolve.
- If positive, students will be asked to isolate in a private room with an ensuite bathroom until the parent/guardian/other designated individual can pick up the student. Isolation rooms will include all linens, bath amenities, water and simple snacks. Trailhead staff will deliver meals/supplies and will maintain regular communication with the student.