Covid-19 Updates

Updated Feb 16th, 2021

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our program participants, our staff and the communities in which our programs take place. We are closely following the recommended safety guidelines of a number of respected health partners including the CDC, the American Camping Association and all government guidelines in the countries where our programs operate.


Our programs only have space for 40 students maximum. As such, they are more manageable with regards to Covid-19 protocols and we can pivot to stricter measures as needed. Westmont College is our partner in Covid safety this summer and offers onsite testing, single rooms with ensuite bathrooms and outdoor teaching as needed to ensure the safest program possible. 


Last summer, we operated GENERATE at Westmont College in Santa Barbara under the Westmont College and ACA Covid-19 guidelines. This included mask wearing, social distancing and robust health monitoring. We had no health issues and managed to offer a safe, fun, enriching program.  SPOTLIGHT and GENERATE at Westmont College will go ahead in-person this summer. Westmont College has detailed Covid-19 Protocols which have been operating successfully with students on campus this past academic year and are working closely with us to ensure a safe program. We are fortunate that the campus at Westmont offers the ideal weather conditions for outdoor teaching and dining.  Protocols for 2021 at this time include:

  • Complete a 7-day at home isolation before departing for the program and submit a negative Covid test before arrival on the program

  • Social distancing and outdoor teaching/learning

  • Wearing face masks when indoors and/or when in close proximity to others, and anytime as required by local guidelines, destination partners

  • Forming a Berridge "bubble" on campus with no late arrivals, off campus activities or visitors

  • Exclusive use of facilities and no proximity or contact with other groups on campus

  • Robust health monitoring, protocol enforcement and regular disinfecting of common spaces 


Berridge Covid Protocols will be evolving through the Spring and we will notify you of our final protocols when they are in place. You can read the current Westmont College Protocols HERE to get a sense of how we will operate safely this summer. 

Could Spotlight or Generate be cancelled?

The programs will go ahead unless prevented by the County of Santa Barbara for health reasons. At this time, everything is moving in a positive direction in Santa Barbara and we do not anticipate any problems.

What happens if they are cancelled or I change my mind?

If our programs are cancelled you will receive a 100% refund. You may withdraw from our USA Summer High School Programs for any reason up to 7 days before the program start date and received a full refund including your deposit. 

GAP YEAR Program in France.

We are eagerly anticipating the lifting of international travel restrictions in summer 2021 as we move closer to a widely available vaccine and anticipate that our Creative Semester Gap Year will go ahead in Jan 2022. We will set our protocols according to what our host countries require when they once again allow US travel for tourism purposes. We anticipate that proof of a negative Covid-19 test and/or proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required to enter European countries once travel resumes. We encourage you to go ahead and apply for our Gap Year programs as they are likely to fill quickly once travel resumes. 

Summer Theatre and Film School in France

Our flagship Summer Theatre and Film School at Chateau le Mont Epinguet will re-start in 2022.  We anticipate the program will be very full so enroll now to secure your space.