A sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.
WEEK #1 | Seattle, Mt. Rainier & Olympic National Park
Pacific Connect starts in Seattle where we explore Pike Place Market, the Microsoft Campus, the Boeing airplane assembly headquarter, the Chihuly Gardens and the iconic Seattle Space Needle. Seattle is also our base for day trips to Mt. Rainier, and kayaking in Puget Sound. After a relaxing Shabbat on the University of Washington campus, we travel to Olympic National Park to explore its rainforests, rugged coastlines, and natural hot springs.
WEEK #2 | Portland, Ashland & Northern California
In week two we travel southwards to Oregon, stopping at Mt. St. Helens en route. In Oregon we explore Portland, raft down the Columbia River Gorge, take in the views at Crater Lake, and spend a memorable Shabbat in quaint Ashland, Oregon — where we take part in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Northwest Connect caps off in Northern California, hiking through redwood forests, learning about salmon conservation efforts, and traveling down the coastline all the way to San Francisco.
WEEK #3 | Yosemite, Tahoe & the Bay Area
Our third week starts in the San Francisco where we visit all of the highlights in the city and around the Bay Area — capped off by a Shabbat on the camps of UC Berkeley. From the Bay Area we climb into the Sierra-Nevada Mountains to explore Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park's Half Dome. Along the way, we learn how to pan for gold and even make a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory.
WEEK #4 | Zion, Bryce & Grand Canyon National Park
In our final week together, we travel to the canyons lands of the southwest — exploring Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon National Park. Our final Shabbat is a rewarding one, at the Ponderosa Ranch in Southern Utah. Our journey concludes at the red rocks of Sedona, rafting down the Salt River, and a final celebration in Phoenix.
Is Pacific Connect right for my teen?
This experience is perfect for any Jewish teen in 6th-8th grade with a spirit for adventure around the American West. Pacific Connect provides an opportunity for teens to discover the great outdoors, while also exploring their Jewish identity and college life along the way.
Are scholarships available for Pacific Connect?
Yes, BBYO Passport is proud to partner with One Happy Camper to provide teens up to $1,000 off our U.S. based trips for their first summer at a Jewish overnight camp. Please view this list for qualifying communities, age requirements and contact information at the Eligibility Page.
Where will my teen stay on Pacific Connect?
On this trip we will stay in several different kinds of lodgings, ranging from a 3 star hotel to college dormitories.
What is the weather like throughout this experience?
Temperatures range from hot to hotter during a summer in the American West. Daytime temperatures range from the 80’s to 100’s. The clothing that you pack should be light weight and comfortable in hot temperatures. Whenever we plan to be outside for an extended period of time, participants will be required to have a hat, a shirt with sleeves, sunscreen and water. These rules are strictly enforced because over exposure to the sun can cause heatstroke, dehydration and sunburns. The good news is that the heat is mostly dry – there is very little humidity. So the higher temperatures may feel more comfortable than what you are used to at home.
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