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

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Post-Registration Questions

​Common Pre-Registration Questions

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

The fee for the trip is $330. 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.  

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 from dinner on August 27 to dinner on August 30.

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 7. Last day to register is July 15. 

Can athletes participate in the POET Getaway?

Athletes should check with their coach. Some athletes arrive back to 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 August 27 at approximately 6:00 p.m. and conclude with a closing dinner on August 30 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.

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:

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

Those registered for the POET Getaway will have the opportunity to move in to their residence hall room between 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27. Stop by the Office of Residential Life for your key. When arriving to campus, you will be given time to settle into your dorm room (this will be the room you will stay in for the academic year). You will stay in your dorm 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, so make sure you get to campus with enough time. Sometimes shipments may take an extra day or two to be delivered to campus, so make sure you ship everything with enough lead time!

Are you going to feed me?

Meals will be provided to all POET Getaway participants starting with dinner at the Campus Inn (CI) located in the Campus Center on August 27. Breakfast on August 28 will also at the Campus Inn. In addition, all participants will return for a closing dinner in the Campus Inn on the night before the start of Orientation. We will be in contact with each participant at least two weeks before the trip to inquire about any dietary concerns in order to accommodate menus.

What is the POET Getaway Cancellation Policy?

Participants who cancel their trip by July 1 will have the charge credited. After July 1, charges will be credited only if vacated spots are filled by those on a waiting list. No refunds, credits, or cancellations after August 1.