Winterim FAQ

Winterim 2021-22

General Winterim Information

  • Winterim sign-ups will take place September 7-10, 2022
  • The Winterim list is subject to change with possible additions and/or current Winterims being removed.
  • Mission trips will be approved for raising either full or partial support and have been marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Any minor cost adjustments (change in cost of rentals, etc) will be made prior to sign-ups.
  • Each Winterim will have a service component as part of the week’s itinerary. 
  • Please contact Gina Dickinson with any questions at or (803) 807-4141.

Winterim FAQ

What is Winterim?
Ben Lippen’s Winterim program initiates, builds, and deepens relationships while providing a wide variety of educational enrichment and service-learning experiences outside the traditional classroom setting.  Each high school faculty member sponsors a Winterim and participation in Winterim is required for all students in grades 9-12. 

When is Winterim?
Winterim for the 2021 – 2022 school year will be January 18-21, 2022, with certain Winterims extending from Saturday, January 15, through Saturday, January 22.  

How do I sign up?
Sign-ups are September 7-10, starting at 11 a.m. each day 

  • 9/7 – open to seniors
  • 9/8 – open to juniors
  • 9/9 – open to sophomores
  • 9/10 – open to freshmen

A sign-up link will be sent out each night (prior to the sign-up day) to the e-mail address that is listed in RenWeb. The link will “go live” the following day at 11 a.m. Simply click on the link and complete the form with your student’s TOP THREE CHOICES. 

The link is sent to the parent email to ensure that parents and students have agreed on the Winterim choices.

Once you have submitted your student’s top three choices you can opt to get a confirmation email sent to you.

All submissions are time-stamped and those Winterims that are full will no longer be available as a choice for the next day’s submissions.  Please have additional options ready just in case. 

What if I have more than one student in a grade?
The signup form has been created to accept more than one student at a time.  Therefore, if you have siblings in one grade you can sign-up for all of them on one form. If you have students in different grades, you will need to complete each form on the day it is open for those grades.

When will the Winterim lists be posted?
The Winterim student lists for each trip will be posted in the high school by Monday, September 20.  

Can my student switch after signing up?
As soon as the Winterims have been assigned, the leaders start booking hotels, transportation, and events in order to get the best prices.  Therefore, students are not allowed to switch as these bookings are based on those Winterim numbers. 

What is the student to chaperone ratio? Can I chaperone?
The student:chaperone ratio is 15:1 in town and 10:1 on all overnights trips.

Some of the larger Winterims may need additional chaperones to achieve those ratios.  Additional chaperones are required to complete a volunteer application and receive a background check.  There is usually a cost involved for chaperones.  Please contact the Winterim leader if you are interested.

Can my student raise money for their Winterim?
All Winterims that are considered mission trips are encouraged to raise support for their trip. This support will be considered a tax-free donation.  If your student is on one of these trips you will be receiving additional information from the leader.  

What is included in the price?
All Winterims are all-inclusive including meals, transportation, and events.  Students can bring spending money for souvenirs and additional spending money for meals if they are the extra hungry type.  

How do I pay for my student’s Winterim?
The cost of the Winterim will be billed through your FACTS account.  All Winterims over $500 will be billed in three installments on October 10, November 10, and December 10. All Winterims under $500 must be paid by  December 10.  

What if Winterims get canceled?
If our administration decides to make the call to cancel Winterims, all funds will be returned to the families. 

Any further questions?
If you still have questions about the Winterim program please contact High School Admin Assistant Gina Dickinson at or (803) 807-4141.

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