Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical week look like for a Compass student?

Students will be involved in Compass activities 6 days per week and receive one day off each week for reflection and rest.  Each week they will receive a mixture of classroom instruction, practicum training, service-related activities,  and interpersonal team-building exercises.  In addition, Compass students will spend on average 10-15 hours a week working at Camp Cho-Yeh as they interact with campers and retreat guests.  Group recreation and community building activities will also be provided, along with travel opportunities and independent study.

What kind of workload should I expect?

The learning and activity level with Compass is not unlike that of a college semester.  Compass students should expect reading assignments, written work and classroom lectures as an integral part of the program.  There will also be group projects and hands-on learning practicums.  The overall modality is interactive and structured in such a way that students will understand deadlines but in a rhythm that allows plenty of time to complete the work and still have time to rest and reflect.  This is a participatory program and students are expected to keep up with the homework that is given.

What expenses will I be responsible for during Compass?

Compass is an immersion discipleship program that is all-inclusive (room and board, tuition, books, community building activities and travel).  Students will be responsible for personal items such as cell phones, car payments, health insurance, student loans, and any discretionary spending.  A full list of expenses will be covered in the Compass Student Handbook.

Do I need to bring my own bedding?

Lighthouse Point is completely furnished and Compass will provide students with everything they need for the program much like a dormitory setting at college.  Compass Students are only responsible for bringing bedding (sheets, pillow, comforter, etc.), towels, and their own personal toiletry items.

Where will I do laundry?

Laundry facilities are available in the laundry room at Lighthouse Point.  There is no charge for using the machines.  Laundry detergent will also be made available, however students may bring their own detergent if they so choose (please use liquid or powder only.  No detergent pods).

Should I bring my own vehicle to The Compass?

Cars are not needed.  Once you arrive at Compass, all transportation from Lighthouse Point to Camp Cho-Yeh along with any travel away from our campus will be provided during the Gap Year.  However, students who do wish to bring a car are welcome to do so but will mainly have access to it on days off and during scheduled breaks.

Am I required to have health insurance?

Yes.  All students must provide proof of health insurance before beginning the Compass program.

What if I get sick?

Students are responsible for their own medical care, and staff can help by providing a list of local providers.  Livingston has several medical options for you to choose from ranging from a hospital, free-standing emergency clinic, and urgent care clinic.  Each semester, students are allowed a limited number of sick days.  If health issues prohibit the student from participating in the program, the student may be asked to withdraw.

Can my friends and family visit?

During the 9 month program, students are sequestered and will be involved in daily class, activities, and work 6 days per week.  Pre-arranged visits can be scheduled through Compass staff, but personal visits should be limited.  Also, no guests are allowed to spend the night at Lighthouse Point, although accommodations may be available for a small fee at Camp Cho-Yeh’s Retreat Lodge.

Do you offer scholarships for Compass?

Limited need-based scholarships are available for this discipleship program once a student has been accepted into Compass.  You may email

Why a Gap Year?  

More and more, students, families, (and universities), are seeing the invaluable benefit of high school graduates and college students taking a year in order to ‘bridge the gap’ and transition well into that next season of life.  Click here to learn more about why a Gap Year program is a worthy investment.

Compass Gap Year Program

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