Trailhead Welcome to Trailhead 2021!
We’re excited to welcome you to Trailhead in June, and look forward to exploring together some of the ways that faith, education, and work can be united in a life of significance. These pages will help you prepare for your time at Trailhead. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 565-6239 with any questions.
Session 1 is June 13-June 19, Session 2 is June 20-June 26, and Session 3 is June 27-July 3. The schedule tabs below refer to all three sessions.
|2:30-3:30pm||Check-in at the Global Leadership Center (see Westmont campus map here). Trailhead students meet their undergraduate mentors and find their rooms. In light of Covid-19, we ask that no more than two guests accompany the student to campus upon arrival.|
|3:30-4:00pm||Guests of Trailhead students say goodbye!|
|4:00-5:15pm||Trailhead Opening Worship and Orientation|
|6:30pm||Trailhead Orientation Continued|
|10:00am||Closing worship service|
|11:30 am||Residence hall check-out and departure. In light of Covid-19, we ask that no more than two guests travel to campus to pick up the student on depature day.|
|8:30am||Breakfast (Westmont Dining Commons)|
|9:30am||Site Visit and Learning: "Art, Creativity, and Faith" (Prof. Nathan Huff)|
|12:30pm||Lunch (Westmont Dining Commons)|
|1:30pm||Group and Individual Reflection: "Art, Creativity, and Faith"|
|3:30pm||Recreation Time (hiking, nap time, individual reflection, etc.)|
|5:30pm||Dinner (Westmont Dining Commons)|
|7:00pm||Peer Listening Groups and Daily Debrief|
|8:00pm||Evening Games and Activities with Undergraduate Mentors|
Before you arrive...
A parent/guardian should complete, sign, and submit the Authorization for Medical Care and Image Use Form and the Liability Waiver (forthcoming) prior to the start of the program. Electronic signatures, facsimiles, and any other electronic transmission of signed documents shall have the same legal validity and enforceability as a manually executed signature. Completed forms can be scanned and returned to email@example.com, or mailed to:
ATTN: Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Trailhead includes activities both within and beyond the classroom (may include hiking, boat rides, swimming, sports games, and the like). Participants assume the risks associated with all program activities.
Please pack lightly, but be sure to bring the following items for your stay at Westmont College. Linens (including pillow, sheets, blanket, and towel) will be provided. Please note that students are not permitted to bring a vehicle to campus.
Covid-19 safety recommendations suggest that the risks are much lower outdoors, so nearly all of our activities will be outside--which at Westmont is very beautiful anyway. But that will come with some chilly, foggy mornings with wet ground, and some warm afternoons in full sun. We'll help prepare for both with some umbrellas and tarps. But be prepared.
- Study/reading light
- Mug and water bottle
- Laundry bag or basket and money for laundry card (if you anticipate needing to wash your clothing)
- Sturdy, comfortable shoes for outdoor recreation such as hiking and extended walking (expect to do some walking on rough, uneven ground)
- Bathing suit
- Towel for sitting on the ground outside
- Cell phone
- Reusable face coverings (as defined by the CDC) that covers both the nose and mouth and can be securely attached to the face
- Camp chair or beach chair (chairs will be provided for students traveling by plane)
- Sun hat
What NOT to Bring
- Hot plate
- Microwave oven
- Toaster/toaster oven
- Air conditioner
- Halogen torchiere floor lamp
- Regular extension cords
- Candles/oil lamps (the fire code prohibits them)
- Duct tape
- Drum set
- Chairs, desks, or beds (rooms are furnished, and there is no extra storage space.
All meals are provided. Any special dietary needs can be noted on the Authorization for Medical Care and Image Use Form.
Santa Barbara often experiences cloud cover in the mornings and cooler temperatures in the evenings. Some warm clothes may be necessary.
We encourage students to fly into the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA), as it is the closest airport to the Westmont campus. Trailhead staff are able to offer transportation to and from SBA and Westmont. The Santa Barbara Airbus will be resuming service on May 6, 2021, and offers service to the Santa Barbara area from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Trailhead staff are also able to offer transportation to and from the Santa Barbara Airbus stop at the Hyatt Hotel. If you anticipate needing transportation to and from SBA or the airbus stop, please be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Westmont from Los Angeles
Take 101 North to the Olive Mill exit. Turn right onto Olive Mill Road. Turn left onto Hot Springs Road. Turn right onto Sycamore Canyon Road at the first stop sign and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Cold Springs Road at the second stop sign. Turn left into the first Westmont campus entrance and follow the signs to the parking area.
To Westmont from San Francisco
Take 101 South to the Coast Village exit (on the left). Turn right onto Coast Village and take the second left on the roundabout onto Hot Springs Road. Turn left onto Sycamore Canyon at the first stop sign and continue for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Cold Springs Road at the second stop sign. Turn left into the first Westmont campus entrance and follow the signs to the parking area.
Who will supervise my son/daughter during the program?
Members of the Trailhead staff will be present throughout the program. The director and/or associate directors will be present with students each day from the morning to late afternoon. Trained undergraduate mentors will live in the residence hall with Trailhead students. They will coordinate daily activities for Trailhead students. Westmont's assistant director residence life supervises the mentors.
How do I get in touch with my son/daughter during the program?
We expect that you will check in with your son or daughter directly by email, cell phone, text and/or other remote means. In cases of emergency when you cannot reach your son or daughter directly, please contact associate director Christen Foell at (805) 565-6239.
Whom do I contact in the event of an emergency?
In case of emergency, please contact associate director Christen Foell at (805) 565-6239. During the program, Christen’s focus will be concentrated on providing guidance, direction, support and supervision for all of our program participants. Therefore, we ask that you only contact her in cases of emergency when you cannot reach your son or daughter directly. If we need to contact you, be assured that your emergency information is on file and will be used without hesitation.
Can I come visit during the program?
We encourage you to use this brief period as a practice run for the “real thing,” when your son or daughter will begin navigating young adult life from a distance. We ask that you refrain from planning visits to campus while the program is in session. We applaud the decision each of our students has made to give a portion of their summer days to this endeavor. We applaud each of you as parents/guardians for providing them with the tools, direction, and parenting necessary to guide them while they are away from home.
What will happen if my son or daughter becomes ill or is injured during the program?
Should your son or daughter become ill or injured, our staff will quickly assess the situation to determine whether it is necessary to seek medical treatment at the local emergency room or walk-in clinic. If transport is necessary, a member of our staff will accompany your son or daughter. Our staff will certainly be in touch with you in this event. Please ensure that your son or daughter brings a copy of his or her health insurance card. Fees for services will be the responsibility of the student and his or her parents.
What types of activities will my son/daughter participate in during Trailhead?
Trailhead includes activities both within and beyond the classroom (may include hiking, kayaking, biking, paddle boarding, ice skating, roller skating, laser tag, or the like). Participants assume the risks associated with all program activities.
What are the behavioral expectations for participants in the Trailhead program?
You can find complete information about behavioral expectations and other policies in our Trailhead Student Handbook.
How do I send mail to my son/daughter?
Please address mail as follows:
[Trailhead Participant Name]
Trailhead: Seeking God's Call
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1099
Mail is distributed once per day, Monday through Friday. Please note the Westmont post office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. If you are sending a time-sensitive envelope or package, please notify our office by calling (805) 565-6239 or emailing email@example.com.
Who should I contact to discuss any accommodations my student might need?
Students needing accommodations during Trailhead should view the Office of Disability Services (ODS) website for information. Students need to follow the same procedures as regular term students. If requesting accommodations, students are advised to provide necessary documentation and forms to the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks in advance of the beginning of their Trailhead session.
Who should I contact if I have questions about payment?
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (805-565-6230) our office with any questions about payment.
Crafting a Community of Learners
Trailhead participants live in community with their peers as well as our undergraduate mentors. Together they build relationships and create experiences that will challenge and support participants toward deeper learning, authentic worship, and formative friendships.
As a Trailhead participant you will live, eat, play, and pray in Armington Hall during your stay at Westmont. Click here to learn more about Armington!
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 adminster a test 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.