Picture of stone formations in the Israel desert
SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Trek Alaska

Spend three weeks exploring Alaska, a rustic and largely untouched section of the United States full of endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and personal and spiritual growth.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A

    Location: Alaska

  • Dates & Costs

    • 7 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $4,900

    Supervised Flight: TBD

    Complimentary travel insurance is available until Jan. 8th – a ~$145 value! Learn more.

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off in Anchorage
    • Accommodation (cottages and rustic camping)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • All domestic transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel due north for a memorable summer in the land of the midnight sun. You’ll challenge yourself in the Alaskan wilderness, pick-up new outdoors skills, and connect with a thriving Jewish community at the top of the world!

Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. Our three-week journey combines must-see touring, active outdoor adventures, meaningful Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships as part of a close-knit group. You’ll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom of Anchorage.

Program Highlights

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

Keep an eye out for sea otters, orcas, bears, eagles, and more on a wildlife cruise

Travel via the Alaskan Railroad

Participate in a dog mushing experience

Visit the Wildlife Conservation Center, The Alaska Sealife Center, and The Alaska Native Heritage Center

Hike on the beach, a mountain, and to a glacier, go river rafting, and ocean kayaking

Experience a taste of the wilderness on a six-day camping excursion

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis 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.

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 | Arrival in Anchorage

  • The program begins in Anchorage. Please plan to arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on June 23rd any time between 3:00pm and 6:00pm
    BBYO Passport staff will be on hand to meet participants in baggage claim upon your arrival
  • Take a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm- frequent boor tide, beluga and wildlife sightings along this route!
  • Settle in and get to know each other with ice breakers and games
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #2 | Monday | Life in the Back Country

  • Start the day back in school with a First Aid/CPR/Bear/Back Country safety workshop
  • Gather at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a tourof the place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaskan native culture language, heritage, and tradition
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Hiking

  • Winner Creek Trail hike & hand tram through one of Alaska’s boreal rainforests
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Conservation

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour- dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals and providing wildlife awareness and education to the public
  • Service Project: Build enrichment structure for rescued wildlife
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #5 | Thursday | Spencer Glacier Campsites

  • All aboard the whistle stop train
  • Take the scenic route on your rideto Spencer Glacier campsites
  • Participate in a program led by the Spencer Glacier rangers
  • Unwind at our evening campfire
  • Overnight: tent camping at Spencer Glacier campsites

DAY #6 | Friday | Spencer Glacier Lake

  • Hike along beautiful Spencer Lake
  • Check out the glaciers and other snowy sites
  • Put your game face on and prepare for game night!
  • Welcome Shabbat with a unique Glacier-side service
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Alaska

  • Shabbat morning services at Alaska’s oldest and largest synagogue
  • Spend the afternoon rafting down Placer River
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Havdallah
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #8 | Sunday | Downtown Seward

  • Travel to Seward, Alaska
  • Morning program at the Sealife Center
  • Explore the sights and shopping of downtown Seward
  • Exit the glacier and hike in Marmot Meadows
  • Enjoy a cookout at the Bardson Pavilion on the banks of Resurrection Bay
  • Overnight: Seward Bayfront Cottage – Seward, Alaska

DAY #9 | Monday | Kayaks and Sled Dogs

  • Hit the water for a guided kayak trip in Seward
  • Soak up the cuteness during a sled dog tour
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge – Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Chugiak

  • Explore Hatcher Pass andIndependence Mine State Historical Park
  • Head to Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Talkeetna

  • NSI: Quest/Team Buildingactivity
  • Explore Downtown Talkeetna – look for gifts for friends and family at home!
  • Enjoy amountaineering presentationand/orlocal music
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #12 | Thursday | Denali National Park

  • Participate in a ranger program led by theMurie Education Center at Denali National Park
  • Tour the Denali Park Visitor Center
  • Camper bus trip to Wonder Lake Campground
  • Overnight: Wonder Lake Campground – Healy, Alaska

DAY #13 | Friday | Denali National Park

  • Full-day camper bus trip throughDenali National Park – optimal wildlife viewing opportunities!
  • Prepare and welcome Shabbat with the group
  • Overnight: Ke’Sugi Ken Group Campground

DAY #14 | Saturday | Chugiak

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Enjoy one final hike in Curry Ridge
  • Relax and unwind from your two-week adventure with an afternoon at Beach Lake
  • Havdallah with cookout dinner & farewell campfire
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge- Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #15 | Sunday | Farewell

  • Explore downtown Anchorage’ssights, shops, andmuseums
  • Pick up any last souvenirs and gifts to take to friends and family at home!
  • Savor the last few hours with your group as you prepare to end your adventure together
  • The trip ends in Anchorage on July 7. Please book a flight that departs from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport (ANC). We will have more details on timing for departures as the trip nears.
    Teens will be escorted to the Anchorage Airport by BBYO Passport staff.

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. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different types of accommodations, including cottages and rustic camping excursions. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. 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?
Daytime temperatures range from 60s-80s and evenings tend to be chilly– frequently into the 50s or 60s. It’s important to always bring a day-pack with you with a windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt, or light sweater. In the evening, the temperatures can drop to as low as the 40s. Since Alaska is located near the North Pole, it receives a lot of sunlight in the summer. We will experience about 20 hours a day filled with sunlight.

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?
Trek Alaska operates with a more intimate group size of roughly 10 to 15 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. ​


  • At a Glance

    15 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Alaska

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 7 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $4,900


    Supervised Flight: TBD

    Complimentary travel insurance is available until Jan. 8th – a ~$145 value! Learn more.

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off in Anchorage
    • Accommodation (cottages and rustic camping)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • All domestic transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel due north for a memorable summer in the land of the midnight sun. You’ll challenge yourself in the Alaskan wilderness, pick-up new outdoors skills, and connect with a thriving Jewish community at the top of the world!

Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. Our three-week journey combines must-see touring, active outdoor adventures, meaningful Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships as part of a close-knit group. You’ll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom of Anchorage.

Program Highlights

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

Keep an eye out for sea otters, orcas, bears, eagles, and more on a wildlife cruise

Travel via the Alaskan Railroad

Participate in a dog mushing experience

Visit the Wildlife Conservation Center, The Alaska Sealife Center, and The Alaska Native Heritage Center

Hike on the beach, a mountain, and to a glacier, go river rafting, and ocean kayaking

Experience a taste of the wilderness on a six-day camping excursion

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis 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.

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 | Arrival in Anchorage

  • The program begins in Anchorage. Please plan to arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on June 23rd any time between 3:00pm and 6:00pm
    BBYO Passport staff will be on hand to meet participants in baggage claim upon your arrival
  • Take a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm- frequent boor tide, beluga and wildlife sightings along this route!
  • Settle in and get to know each other with ice breakers and games
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #2 | Monday | Life in the Back Country

  • Start the day back in school with a First Aid/CPR/Bear/Back Country safety workshop
  • Gather at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a tourof the place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaskan native culture language, heritage, and tradition
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Hiking

  • Winner Creek Trail hike & hand tram through one of Alaska’s boreal rainforests
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Conservation

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour- dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals and providing wildlife awareness and education to the public
  • Service Project: Build enrichment structure for rescued wildlife
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #5 | Thursday | Spencer Glacier Campsites

  • All aboard the whistle stop train
  • Take the scenic route on your rideto Spencer Glacier campsites
  • Participate in a program led by the Spencer Glacier rangers
  • Unwind at our evening campfire
  • Overnight: tent camping at Spencer Glacier campsites

DAY #6 | Friday | Spencer Glacier Lake

  • Hike along beautiful Spencer Lake
  • Check out the glaciers and other snowy sites
  • Put your game face on and prepare for game night!
  • Welcome Shabbat with a unique Glacier-side service
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Alaska

  • Shabbat morning services at Alaska’s oldest and largest synagogue
  • Spend the afternoon rafting down Placer River
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Havdallah
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #8 | Sunday | Downtown Seward

  • Travel to Seward, Alaska
  • Morning program at the Sealife Center
  • Explore the sights and shopping of downtown Seward
  • Exit the glacier and hike in Marmot Meadows
  • Enjoy a cookout at the Bardson Pavilion on the banks of Resurrection Bay
  • Overnight: Seward Bayfront Cottage – Seward, Alaska

DAY #9 | Monday | Kayaks and Sled Dogs

  • Hit the water for a guided kayak trip in Seward
  • Soak up the cuteness during a sled dog tour
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge – Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Chugiak

  • Explore Hatcher Pass andIndependence Mine State Historical Park
  • Head to Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Talkeetna

  • NSI: Quest/Team Buildingactivity
  • Explore Downtown Talkeetna – look for gifts for friends and family at home!
  • Enjoy amountaineering presentationand/orlocal music
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #12 | Thursday | Denali National Park

  • Participate in a ranger program led by theMurie Education Center at Denali National Park
  • Tour the Denali Park Visitor Center
  • Camper bus trip to Wonder Lake Campground
  • Overnight: Wonder Lake Campground – Healy, Alaska

DAY #13 | Friday | Denali National Park

  • Full-day camper bus trip throughDenali National Park – optimal wildlife viewing opportunities!
  • Prepare and welcome Shabbat with the group
  • Overnight: Ke’Sugi Ken Group Campground

DAY #14 | Saturday | Chugiak

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Enjoy one final hike in Curry Ridge
  • Relax and unwind from your two-week adventure with an afternoon at Beach Lake
  • Havdallah with cookout dinner & farewell campfire
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge- Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #15 | Sunday | Farewell

  • Explore downtown Anchorage’ssights, shops, andmuseums
  • Pick up any last souvenirs and gifts to take to friends and family at home!
  • Savor the last few hours with your group as you prepare to end your adventure together
  • The trip ends in Anchorage on July 7. Please book a flight that departs from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport (ANC). We will have more details on timing for departures as the trip nears.
    Teens will be escorted to the Anchorage Airport by BBYO Passport staff.

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. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different types of accommodations, including cottages and rustic camping excursions. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. 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?
Daytime temperatures range from 60s-80s and evenings tend to be chilly– frequently into the 50s or 60s. It’s important to always bring a day-pack with you with a windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt, or light sweater. In the evening, the temperatures can drop to as low as the 40s. Since Alaska is located near the North Pole, it receives a lot of sunlight in the summer. We will experience about 20 hours a day filled with sunlight.

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?
Trek Alaska operates with a more intimate group size of roughly 10 to 15 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. ​


 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Trek Alaska

Spend three weeks exploring Alaska, a rustic and largely untouched section of the United States full of endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and personal and spiritual growth.

Trek Alaska

Spend three weeks exploring Alaska, a rustic and largely untouched section of the United States full of endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and personal and spiritual growth.

  • At a Glance

    15 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A

    Location: Alaska

  • Dates & Costs

    • 7 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $4,900

    Supervised Flight: TBD

    Complimentary travel insurance is available until Jan. 8th – a ~$145 value! Learn more.

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off in Anchorage
    • Accommodation (cottages and rustic camping)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • All domestic transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel due north for a memorable summer in the land of the midnight sun. You’ll challenge yourself in the Alaskan wilderness, pick-up new outdoors skills, and connect with a thriving Jewish community at the top of the world!

Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. Our three-week journey combines must-see touring, active outdoor adventures, meaningful Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships as part of a close-knit group. You’ll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom of Anchorage.

Program Highlights

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

Keep an eye out for sea otters, orcas, bears, eagles, and more on a wildlife cruise

Travel via the Alaskan Railroad

Participate in a dog mushing experience

Visit the Wildlife Conservation Center, The Alaska Sealife Center, and The Alaska Native Heritage Center

Hike on the beach, a mountain, and to a glacier, go river rafting, and ocean kayaking

Experience a taste of the wilderness on a six-day camping excursion

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis 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.

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 | Arrival in Anchorage

  • The program begins in Anchorage. Please plan to arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on June 23rd any time between 3:00pm and 6:00pm
    BBYO Passport staff will be on hand to meet participants in baggage claim upon your arrival
  • Take a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm- frequent boor tide, beluga and wildlife sightings along this route!
  • Settle in and get to know each other with ice breakers and games
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #2 | Monday | Life in the Back Country

  • Start the day back in school with a First Aid/CPR/Bear/Back Country safety workshop
  • Gather at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a tourof the place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaskan native culture language, heritage, and tradition
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Hiking

  • Winner Creek Trail hike & hand tram through one of Alaska’s boreal rainforests
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Conservation

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour- dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals and providing wildlife awareness and education to the public
  • Service Project: Build enrichment structure for rescued wildlife
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #5 | Thursday | Spencer Glacier Campsites

  • All aboard the whistle stop train
  • Take the scenic route on your rideto Spencer Glacier campsites
  • Participate in a program led by the Spencer Glacier rangers
  • Unwind at our evening campfire
  • Overnight: tent camping at Spencer Glacier campsites

DAY #6 | Friday | Spencer Glacier Lake

  • Hike along beautiful Spencer Lake
  • Check out the glaciers and other snowy sites
  • Put your game face on and prepare for game night!
  • Welcome Shabbat with a unique Glacier-side service
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Alaska

  • Shabbat morning services at Alaska’s oldest and largest synagogue
  • Spend the afternoon rafting down Placer River
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Havdallah
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #8 | Sunday | Downtown Seward

  • Travel to Seward, Alaska
  • Morning program at the Sealife Center
  • Explore the sights and shopping of downtown Seward
  • Exit the glacier and hike in Marmot Meadows
  • Enjoy a cookout at the Bardson Pavilion on the banks of Resurrection Bay
  • Overnight: Seward Bayfront Cottage – Seward, Alaska

DAY #9 | Monday | Kayaks and Sled Dogs

  • Hit the water for a guided kayak trip in Seward
  • Soak up the cuteness during a sled dog tour
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge – Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Chugiak

  • Explore Hatcher Pass andIndependence Mine State Historical Park
  • Head to Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Talkeetna

  • NSI: Quest/Team Buildingactivity
  • Explore Downtown Talkeetna – look for gifts for friends and family at home!
  • Enjoy amountaineering presentationand/orlocal music
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #12 | Thursday | Denali National Park

  • Participate in a ranger program led by theMurie Education Center at Denali National Park
  • Tour the Denali Park Visitor Center
  • Camper bus trip to Wonder Lake Campground
  • Overnight: Wonder Lake Campground – Healy, Alaska

DAY #13 | Friday | Denali National Park

  • Full-day camper bus trip throughDenali National Park – optimal wildlife viewing opportunities!
  • Prepare and welcome Shabbat with the group
  • Overnight: Ke’Sugi Ken Group Campground

DAY #14 | Saturday | Chugiak

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Enjoy one final hike in Curry Ridge
  • Relax and unwind from your two-week adventure with an afternoon at Beach Lake
  • Havdallah with cookout dinner & farewell campfire
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge- Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #15 | Sunday | Farewell

  • Explore downtown Anchorage’ssights, shops, andmuseums
  • Pick up any last souvenirs and gifts to take to friends and family at home!
  • Savor the last few hours with your group as you prepare to end your adventure together
  • The trip ends in Anchorage on July 7. Please book a flight that departs from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport (ANC). We will have more details on timing for departures as the trip nears.
    Teens will be escorted to the Anchorage Airport by BBYO Passport staff.

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. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different types of accommodations, including cottages and rustic camping excursions. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. 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?
Daytime temperatures range from 60s-80s and evenings tend to be chilly– frequently into the 50s or 60s. It’s important to always bring a day-pack with you with a windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt, or light sweater. In the evening, the temperatures can drop to as low as the 40s. Since Alaska is located near the North Pole, it receives a lot of sunlight in the summer. We will experience about 20 hours a day filled with sunlight.

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?
Trek Alaska operates with a more intimate group size of roughly 10 to 15 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. ​


  • At a Glance

    15 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Alaska

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 7 Spots or Less

    Land Cost: $4,900


    Supervised Flight: TBD

    Complimentary travel insurance is available until Jan. 8th – a ~$145 value! Learn more.

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off in Anchorage
    • Accommodation (cottages and rustic camping)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • All domestic transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel due north for a memorable summer in the land of the midnight sun. You’ll challenge yourself in the Alaskan wilderness, pick-up new outdoors skills, and connect with a thriving Jewish community at the top of the world!

Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. Our three-week journey combines must-see touring, active outdoor adventures, meaningful Jewish experiences, and a unique opportunity to forge friendships as part of a close-knit group. You’ll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom of Anchorage.

Program Highlights

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

Keep an eye out for sea otters, orcas, bears, eagles, and more on a wildlife cruise

Travel via the Alaskan Railroad

Participate in a dog mushing experience

Visit the Wildlife Conservation Center, The Alaska Sealife Center, and The Alaska Native Heritage Center

Hike on the beach, a mountain, and to a glacier, go river rafting, and ocean kayaking

Experience a taste of the wilderness on a six-day camping excursion

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis 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.

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 | Arrival in Anchorage

  • The program begins in Anchorage. Please plan to arrive at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) on June 23rd any time between 3:00pm and 6:00pm
    BBYO Passport staff will be on hand to meet participants in baggage claim upon your arrival
  • Take a scenic drive along the Turnagain Arm- frequent boor tide, beluga and wildlife sightings along this route!
  • Settle in and get to know each other with ice breakers and games
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #2 | Monday | Life in the Back Country

  • Start the day back in school with a First Aid/CPR/Bear/Back Country safety workshop
  • Gather at the Alaska Native Heritage Center for a tourof the place that celebrates, perpetuates, and shares Alaskan native culture language, heritage, and tradition
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Hiking

  • Winner Creek Trail hike & hand tram through one of Alaska’s boreal rainforests
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Conservation

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour- dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned and injured animals and providing wildlife awareness and education to the public
  • Service Project: Build enrichment structure for rescued wildlife
  • Overnight: Alyeska Executive House, Girdwood, Alaska

DAY #5 | Thursday | Spencer Glacier Campsites

  • All aboard the whistle stop train
  • Take the scenic route on your rideto Spencer Glacier campsites
  • Participate in a program led by the Spencer Glacier rangers
  • Unwind at our evening campfire
  • Overnight: tent camping at Spencer Glacier campsites

DAY #6 | Friday | Spencer Glacier Lake

  • Hike along beautiful Spencer Lake
  • Check out the glaciers and other snowy sites
  • Put your game face on and prepare for game night!
  • Welcome Shabbat with a unique Glacier-side service
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in Alaska

  • Shabbat morning services at Alaska’s oldest and largest synagogue
  • Spend the afternoon rafting down Placer River
  • Relax and enjoy spending time with our group
  • Havdallah
  • Overnight: Tent camping at Spencer Glacier Campsites

DAY #8 | Sunday | Downtown Seward

  • Travel to Seward, Alaska
  • Morning program at the Sealife Center
  • Explore the sights and shopping of downtown Seward
  • Exit the glacier and hike in Marmot Meadows
  • Enjoy a cookout at the Bardson Pavilion on the banks of Resurrection Bay
  • Overnight: Seward Bayfront Cottage – Seward, Alaska

DAY #9 | Monday | Kayaks and Sled Dogs

  • Hit the water for a guided kayak trip in Seward
  • Soak up the cuteness during a sled dog tour
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge – Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Chugiak

  • Explore Hatcher Pass andIndependence Mine State Historical Park
  • Head to Talkeetna, Alaska
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Talkeetna

  • NSI: Quest/Team Buildingactivity
  • Explore Downtown Talkeetna – look for gifts for friends and family at home!
  • Enjoy amountaineering presentationand/orlocal music
  • Overnight: The Mountain House – Talkeetna, Alaska

DAY #12 | Thursday | Denali National Park

  • Participate in a ranger program led by theMurie Education Center at Denali National Park
  • Tour the Denali Park Visitor Center
  • Camper bus trip to Wonder Lake Campground
  • Overnight: Wonder Lake Campground – Healy, Alaska

DAY #13 | Friday | Denali National Park

  • Full-day camper bus trip throughDenali National Park – optimal wildlife viewing opportunities!
  • Prepare and welcome Shabbat with the group
  • Overnight: Ke’Sugi Ken Group Campground

DAY #14 | Saturday | Chugiak

  • Shabbat morning programming
  • Enjoy one final hike in Curry Ridge
  • Relax and unwind from your two-week adventure with an afternoon at Beach Lake
  • Havdallah with cookout dinner & farewell campfire
  • Overnight: Beach Lake Lodge- Chugiak, Alaska

DAY #15 | Sunday | Farewell

  • Explore downtown Anchorage’ssights, shops, andmuseums
  • Pick up any last souvenirs and gifts to take to friends and family at home!
  • Savor the last few hours with your group as you prepare to end your adventure together
  • The trip ends in Anchorage on July 7. Please book a flight that departs from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport (ANC). We will have more details on timing for departures as the trip nears.
    Teens will be escorted to the Anchorage Airport by BBYO Passport staff.

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. A designated supervised flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is supervised by our staff. Learn more about our supervised flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
The group stays in several different types of accommodations, including cottages and rustic camping excursions. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors), a local tour leader, and a bus driver. 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?
Daytime temperatures range from 60s-80s and evenings tend to be chilly– frequently into the 50s or 60s. It’s important to always bring a day-pack with you with a windbreaker, long-sleeved shirt, or light sweater. In the evening, the temperatures can drop to as low as the 40s. Since Alaska is located near the North Pole, it receives a lot of sunlight in the summer. We will experience about 20 hours a day filled with sunlight.

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?
Trek Alaska operates with a more intimate group size of roughly 10 to 15 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. ​


 

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