P.O.E.T. Get-A-Way FAQs

POET GetawayPre-Registration Questions

Post-Registration Questions

​Common Pre-Registration Questions

How much does the POET Getaway cost and what is included?

The fee for the trip is $350 and can be paid with credit card, check, or be billed to the Whittier College student account. Some scholarships are available at the discretion of the LEAP Director.

Spaces will be filled in the order applications are received. Once registered for the POET Getaway, LEAP staff will contact participants with further direction. Note: All documentation required by the Student Heath & Wellness MUST be submitted prior to check-in. 

Costs include transportation, a canteen to use throughout the excursion, camp fees, permit and park entrance fees, group gear (such as tents, stoves, etc.), experienced guides, and all meals starting with dinner on check-in day and ending with dinner the night before the start of Orientation. Make sure to include dietary concerns on the registration form.

What skill level do I need to have to participate in the POET Getaway?

The trip is suitable for all skill levels and is a great way to experience the outdoors for the first time in a friendly environment. Our guides are also comfortable adjusting their trips at any point to suit the skill levels and needs of participants. A positive attitude and willingness to try new things is, of course, also important.

When can I register for POET Getaway?

Registration for POET Getaway 2014 opens May 11. The last day to register is July 15. 

Can athletes participate in the POET Getaway?

Athletes should check with their coach. Some athletes are expected to arrive on campus early for try-outs and practices, making participation in the POET Getaway difficult.

What are the POET Getaway time requirements?

If you register for the POET Getaway it is understood that you will participate in all activities. Scheduled activities begin with dinner on September 2 at approximately 4:30 p.m. and conclude with a closing dinner on September 5 at approximately 8:30 p.m. Do not make any plans during this time.

Common Post-Registration Questions

I've registered, what now?

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know that we have received your registration. In addition, LEAP will also send along a few trip-specific forms you will need to complete prior to attending the POET Getaway. Note: All documentation required by the Student Heath & Wellness MUST be submitted prior to check-in. 

I have my completed forms, how do I submit them?

Forms should be submitted to the LEAP Office
Via email to: leap@whittier.edu
Via fax to: 562.464.4501
Via mail to: LEAP Office, 13406 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA 90608.

How do I get to campus from the airport?

The closest airports to Whittier College are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Ontario Airport (ONT), or Long Beach Airport (LGB). Unfortunately, we are not able to provide transportation to campus from the airport. Check out any of the following websites for transportation options available to you:
Shuttle to LAX
Super Shuttle
Primetime Shuttle

When can we move in to our Whittier College residence hall?

Those registered for the POET Getaway will have the opportunity to move into their residence hall room between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. the day before the getaway starts. Stop by the Leadership Experience & Programs (LEAP) Office for your key. The LEAP Office is located in the Campus Center on the corner of Painter Ave. and Earlham Dr., next to the bookstore. When arriving to campus, you will be given time to settle into your residence hall room. This will be the room you will stay in for the academic year. You will stay in your residence hall room that first night and leave for the POET Getaway the following morning.

Can I ship my belongings ahead of time?

If you ship any of your belongings ahead of your travel, they will be available to pick up after you have settled in to your residence hall room. The Whittier College Mail Room is open until 4:00 p.m. on weekdays. Sometimes, shipments may take an extra day or two to be delivered to campus, so make sure you ship everything with enough lead time. For information on shipping address and other shipment information, visit the Mail Room page.

Are you going to feed me?

Meals will be provided to all POET Getaway participants starting with dinner on check-in day and ending with dinner the night before the start of Orientation. Make sure to include dietary concerns on the registration form.

What is the POET Getaway Cancelation Policy?

Unfortunately, no refunds, credits, or cancelations after August 1.

What should I pack for the POET Getaway?

Required Items to Pack                                                                      

  • Sleeping Bag                                                                                                    
  • 1-quart (or larger) water bottle                              
  • Sweatshirt or sweater and light jacket                             
  • Comfortable sneakers or light hiking boots                    
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • A waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • A hat with a brim
  • Jeans or long pants for the evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts (preferably waterproof)
  • Extra shirts
  • A swim suit
  • A beach towel (and if preferred, a shower towel)
  • Flashlight or head lamp with batteries

Recommended Items to Pack

  • Sleeping Pad
  • Pillow
  • Energy bars or snacks for ride up 
  • Flip flops for the showers 
  • A light backpack
  • Spending cash 

Other Items Needed for the Trip

Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, chap stick, deodorant, night clothes, extra pairs of underwear, extra pairs of socks, and clothes for the evenings such as sweats and slippers.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE DISCOURAGED, as ARC cannot be held responsible for lost/broken items.