Two girls smiling at the camera giving a peace sign while traveling in Israel
SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Washington, DC

Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness, and learn how to advocate and create change.

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours

    Location: Washington, DC

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time

  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’ll also meet with leaders of Jewish and secular organizations who are committed to making a difference. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that a Washington, D.C. summer has to offer.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Volunteer alongside leading non-profits making a difference in the fight against hunger and homelessness

Meet with leading Jewish and secular organizations advancing public policy ideas to make a difference

Visit the BBYO and Hillel International headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, DC, and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten path attractions of Washington, DC

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major DC college campus

One Happy Camper

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to Advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • DC Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. – A Monumental Shabbat
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Havdalah at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run- Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for Personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness- Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating Issues discussion- “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week.
  • Buying Dinner on a Budget Simulation & Picnic
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian- the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. Famous and Historic Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw Neighborhood to learn about Gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #12 | Thursday | Shalom and L’Hitraot!

  • Depart from Washington Regan National Airport

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in local university dormitories. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #5 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past teen travelers.

 

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Washington, DC

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time


  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’ll also meet with leaders of Jewish and secular organizations who are committed to making a difference. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that a Washington, D.C. summer has to offer.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Volunteer alongside leading non-profits making a difference in the fight against hunger and homelessness

Meet with leading Jewish and secular organizations advancing public policy ideas to make a difference

Visit the BBYO and Hillel International headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, DC, and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten path attractions of Washington, DC

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major DC college campus

One Happy Camper

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to Advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • DC Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. – A Monumental Shabbat
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Havdalah at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run- Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for Personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness- Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating Issues discussion- “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week.
  • Buying Dinner on a Budget Simulation & Picnic
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian- the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. Famous and Historic Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw Neighborhood to learn about Gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #12 | Thursday | Shalom and L’Hitraot!

  • Depart from Washington Regan National Airport

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in local university dormitories. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #5 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Washington, DC

Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness, and learn how to advocate and create change.

Stand UP Washington, DC

Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness, and learn how to advocate and create change.

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours

    Location: Washington, DC

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time

  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’ll also meet with leaders of Jewish and secular organizations who are committed to making a difference. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that a Washington, D.C. summer has to offer.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Volunteer alongside leading non-profits making a difference in the fight against hunger and homelessness

Meet with leading Jewish and secular organizations advancing public policy ideas to make a difference

Visit the BBYO and Hillel International headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, DC, and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten path attractions of Washington, DC

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major DC college campus

One Happy Camper

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to Advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • DC Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. – A Monumental Shabbat
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Havdalah at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run- Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for Personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness- Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating Issues discussion- “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week.
  • Buying Dinner on a Budget Simulation & Picnic
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian- the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. Famous and Historic Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw Neighborhood to learn about Gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #12 | Thursday | Shalom and L’Hitraot!

  • Depart from Washington Regan National Airport

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in local university dormitories. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #5 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past teen travelers.

 

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Washington, DC

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,990
    Lock-in 2019 rates for a limited time


  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

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Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’ll also meet with leaders of Jewish and secular organizations who are committed to making a difference. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that a Washington, D.C. summer has to offer.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

Volunteer alongside leading non-profits making a difference in the fight against hunger and homelessness

Meet with leading Jewish and secular organizations advancing public policy ideas to make a difference

Visit the BBYO and Hillel International headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, DC, and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten path attractions of Washington, DC

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major DC college campus

One Happy Camper

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

Our Community Partners

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BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to Advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • DC Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. – A Monumental Shabbat
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Havdalah at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run- Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for Personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness- Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating Issues discussion- “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food evening distribution & for children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian- Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week.
  • Buying Dinner on a Budget Simulation & Picnic
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian- the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. Famous and Historic Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw Neighborhood to learn about Gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?
  • Overnight: George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #12 | Thursday | Shalom and L’Hitraot!

  • Depart from Washington Regan National Airport

You have questions? We’ve got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in local university dormitories. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. Learn more about our staff team.

What’s the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

What’s the food like?

As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. All food provided by BBYO Passport experiences in Israel are kosher. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #2 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders
  • *CLTC #5 (Camp Chi) + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    23 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC, ILTC, or Int’l Kallah can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program.

 

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