SCORE FAQ

How long is the application?

Can I participate in both a SCORE and a Scramble?

Can international students participate in SCORE?

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted in to a SCORE program?

How do I find out who else is on my SCORE trip?

When and where do I need to arrive for my SCORE trip?

What can I do with all my stuff?

I haven’t done a lot of long-term volunteering or volunteer trips before. Is that okay?

What should I bring?

What is the cell phone policy?

What is the cost of the trip and when is the payment due?

I have a medical condition/ dietary restrictions. How can I let you know?

How do I know exactly what I'll be doing during the week?

Where will I be staying and working?

When and where does SCORE end?

How are meals going to be handled?

How does the program address safety issues?

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

Who will be my trip leaders?

 

How long is the application?

The SCORE Application should only take 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Can I participate in both SCORE and a Scramble?

Because SCORE runs from August 22nd until August 29th, the trips overlap with regular Scrambles. However, a student can sign up for Early Scrambles.

Can international students participate in SCORE?

Unfortunately, the international student orientation overlaps with the SCORE program, so international students cannot participate in SCORE.

 

When will I find out if I've been accepted in to a SCORE trip?

SCORE Applications opened on May 21st and are due by midnight on June 15th. Applicants will be notified by e-mail by July 1st.

 

How do I find out who else is on my SCORE trip?

Once selected to participate in a SCORE, the Community Service Summer Intern will send students a link to the SCORE facebook group, where you can see who else is on a SCORE, ask leaders questions, and get excited!

 

When and where do I need to arrive for my SCORE trip?

SCORE participants need to arrive before 4:30pm on Thursday, August 22nd at Reid Campus Center.  Trip leaders will be able to pick up students who arrive on Horizon flights into Walla Walla.  When students arrive, there will be check-in, orientation, dinner, and team building before the groups head out to their separate sleeping locations.

 

What can I do with all my stuff?

If you live close to Whitman and plan to have your family come to help you move in on the 29th, we highly recommend you arrive with only what you absolutely need for your SCORE trip. If that is not a possibility, there will be storage provided on campus until you return from your SCORE trip. If you'll be storing things, please plan to arrive closer to 3:00pm on Thursday, August 22nd.

 

I haven't done a lot of long-term volunteering or volunteer trips before. Is that okay?

SCORE programs are designed for anyone interested in getting to know the Walla Walla community outside the "Whitman bubble" while meeting new friends and other incoming students. Our trips will include both participants with a lot of community service experience and folks who are brand new to it.

 

What should I bring?

Accepted students will receive a detailed packing list in August.  Essentially, students will need work clothes, a good pair of work shoes (closed-toe, hard-soled), clothes for after work, toiletries, pillow, sleeping bag and pad (if possible), and a great attitude!

 

What is the cell phone policy?

To make sure that the SCORE trips are focused on service and inter-group bonding, SCORE participants will not have access to their cell phones during the trip.  The Assistant Director of Student Engagment will keep them safe and sound in their office (to be returned at re-orientation), or you may store them in your luggage that remains on campus.  However, you may use your trip leaders’ cell phones to call home during the evenings or for emergencies.  Your pre-trip information sent out in August will include the phone numbers of trip leaders and coordinators so students can contact their families (and vice versa) during the SCORE trip.

 

What is the cost of the trip and when is the payment due?

The cost of participating in a SCORE is $375, which includes seven nights of lodging, twenty meals, transportation in the Walla Walla area, evening activities, trip leader expenses, a program t-shirt, and a small donation to our partner organizations. Payment will be due by July 10th. Pro-rated trips are available to students with significant finanical need. If you would like more information about this please contact Abby Juhasz, Community Service Coordinator at communityservice@whitman.edu.  Back to top.

 

I have a medical condition/ dietary restrictions. How can I let you know?

Accepted students will be notified by July 1st and asked for additional information such as medical conditions or dietary restrictions that trip leaders should know about it. This additional information is due no later than July 15th.

How do I know exactly what I'll be doing during the week?

In August, SCORE students will receive a pre-trip packet, and included will be an overview of the week's itinerary.

 

Where will I be staying and working?

Participants will be sleeping at local churches in the Walla Walla area. All of our work sites are located in the Walla Walla Valley, none of them more than half an hour from the sleeping site.

Students will be driven by trip leaders to their work site every day. Please note that you will not be on campus at all during these trips.

 

When and where does SCORE end?

All SCORE trips will return to Whitman's Reid Campus Center on Thursday, August 29th at 9:00am for new student arrival.  Leaders will be available to help with storage pick-up and moving into residence halls.

 

How are meals going to be handled?

The majority of your meals will be prepared as a group at your sleeping location. There will also be opportunities to go out to eat at some local "student favorite" spots in town. All meals are included in the program fee.

 

How does the program address safety issues?

All participants are covered under Whitman's insurance policy. Trip leaders attend a two-day training and will be First Aid certified by the Red Cross. As none of the locations are remote, trip leaders will always have cell phone contact with campus.

 

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

• If you cancel before July 15th, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee.
• If you cancel after July 15th but prior to August 1st, the Community Service Office will retain 50% of the trip fee.
• From August 1st throughout the duration of SCORE, all trip fees are non-refundable.

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