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Compass FAQs

Our 2021 program dates will take place from June 30–July 29, 2021. 

What is the schedule?
The daily breakdown is as follows:

The daily breakdown for the program is as follows:

  • Day 1: Arrival & Registration
  • Days 2-10: Wilderness Expedition
  • Days 11-18: Theology Expedition
  • Days 19-28: Ministry Expedition 
  • Days 29-30: Closing Days

How much does it cost?
Students are asked to raise $3,600 for their Compass trip. However, further need-based financial aid is available. 

This covers the cost of the entire program, which includes a wilderness expedition in New York, a theology course at Gordon College and a mission trip to Iceland. It covers food and lodging for the entire program (except for two travel days), bus tickets, airfare and much more. 

Where do we go for the mission trip/ministry expedition and what do we do there? 
As a part of being missional Christ-followers, Compass participants provide a service that is specific to the needs of churches and organizations in the areas where we are serving. For Compass 2021, participants will go to Reykjavik, Iceland. Learn more about our ministry partners.

What if I don’t want to be a pastor or missionary? Is Compass for me?
Absolutely! Calling is understood as something that applies to much more than traditional “ministry” roles. We believe that everyone is called to minister and love those around them. Although some Compass participants may aspire to vocational ministry, this aim is not a requirement or the norm. 

Who can apply?
Most of our participants apply for Compass during their junior year of high school and go through the Compass program the summer between their junior and senior year. However, students who have just completed their sophomore or senior year are also welcome to apply.  

When are applications due?
All Compass applications are due by March 15, 2021. But we review applications on a rolling basis beginning when they are received. There is no fee to apply. 

When will I know if I have been selected?
We review all of the applications that are submitted and mail admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Although we do not have room for everyone, we take as many qualified applicants as we can, so please apply!

Can I do fundraising to help pay for the trip?
Yes. Compass provides guidance and fundraising tools, including individualized online fundraising pages.

How do students apply?
Visit the application page to begin the online application. Don't wait until the last minute. The application takes some time and effort, but it is very doable. 

How can I recommend a student for Compass?
Do you know a high school student who would benefit from Compass? Great! Recommend them here. Once you complete the form, one of our staff will be sure to follow-up. 

Does Compass hire summer staff?
Yes! Each summer, Compass hires mentors and worship leaders to walk alongside students throughout their Compass experience. The hiring process begins during the fall. 

To learn more about staff opportunities, email compass@gordon.edu. 



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