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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

    • Available

    Land Cost: $4,500
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • 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.

Elements of the Program

Alaskan Culture & Adventures

You’ll explore a historic gold mine, visit a working reindeer farm, and watch spawning salmon in local rivers. You’ll also discover the majesty of Kenai Fjords by cruise ship, stand on a glacier, and embark on an authentic sled-dog ride.

Life in the Wilderness

Venture deep into the great outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, you’ll explore the backwoods while picking up new camping and wilderness survival skills.

Jewish Life in Alaska

Share in the unique experience of Alaska’s “Frozen Chosen”. Build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities as you travel alongside Jewish teens from Anchorage’s Congregation Beth Sholom.

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.

Part #1 | Chugiak

Begin the trip with three days in Chugiak, near Anchorage. We will be introduced to Alaska by exploring Hatcher Pass and learning about Alaskan gold mining! We will hike to Lake Gold Cord, visit a reindeer farm, and meet up with our local host community at Congregation Beth Sholom for a dinner. Volunteer with the Chugiak/Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department by helping repair and maintain facilities at Beach Lake Lodge, a facility designed for children with disabilities, before biking around Eklutna Lake in the afternoon. 

Part #2 | Mt. Alyeska and Camping

Experience Alaska’s native cultures first-hand through engaging storytelling, authentic native song and dance, artist demonstrations, native games demonstrations and more. Stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana. Bake challah before Shabbat dinner with Congregation Beth Sholom, Alaska’s largest and first established synagogue! Spend an incredible Shabbat evening meeting local community members, and enjoy services on a hike on Winner Creek Trail! Visit Challenge Alaska’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School and learn about their Paralympic Sports Program, and get personal with Alaska’s wildlife at the Wildlife Conservation Center! After hiking to the terminus of the Spencer Glacier, set up camp at a US Forest Service campground near Portage for an evening in the wilderness.

Part #3 | Kenai and Seward

On our way to Kenai, navigate icebergs with our rafting guides on Spencer Lake, and meet local dip-netters at the mouth of the Kenai River. Visit the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and participate in a “live” scenario conducted by a Flight Director at Mission Control! We will discover Kenai Fjords National Park, home to abundant wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers, by cruise ship! Keep an eye out for killer whales, sea lions, bald eagles, sea otters, and more! Before spending a relaxing Shabbat in Seward, meet the Seavey family’s sled dogs! Take a 2-mile sled dog ride and meet adorable husky puppies! 

Part #4 | Concluding Where it Began

Return to Chugiak for our final leg of the trip. Dine at the Sourdough Mining Company Restaurant, in an atmosphere of warm Alaskan hospitality. Across the street, see the 20-foot chocolate waterfall, pet the reindeer, or stock up on Alaska souvenirs at the Wildberry Chocolate Factory. Join staff and campers from FOCUS (Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs) on an outing to scenic Eagle River Nature Center. Participate in a program which improves access to adventure to all people, regardless of ability! Spend your final night in Alaska with a memorable evening experiencing Anchorage.

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?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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

    • Available

    Land Cost: $4,500
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • 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.

Elements of the Program

Alaskan Culture & Adventures

You’ll explore a historic gold mine, visit a working reindeer farm, and watch spawning salmon in local rivers. You’ll also discover the majesty of Kenai Fjords by cruise ship, stand on a glacier, and embark on an authentic sled-dog ride.

Life in the Wilderness

Venture deep into the great outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, you’ll explore the backwoods while picking up new camping and wilderness survival skills.

Jewish Life in Alaska

Share in the unique experience of Alaska’s “Frozen Chosen”. Build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities as you travel alongside Jewish teens from Anchorage’s Congregation Beth Sholom.

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.

Part #1 | Chugiak

Begin the trip with three days in Chugiak, near Anchorage. We will be introduced to Alaska by exploring Hatcher Pass and learning about Alaskan gold mining! We will hike to Lake Gold Cord, visit a reindeer farm, and meet up with our local host community at Congregation Beth Sholom for a dinner. Volunteer with the Chugiak/Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department by helping repair and maintain facilities at Beach Lake Lodge, a facility designed for children with disabilities, before biking around Eklutna Lake in the afternoon. 

Part #2 | Mt. Alyeska and Camping

Experience Alaska’s native cultures first-hand through engaging storytelling, authentic native song and dance, artist demonstrations, native games demonstrations and more. Stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana. Bake challah before Shabbat dinner with Congregation Beth Sholom, Alaska’s largest and first established synagogue! Spend an incredible Shabbat evening meeting local community members, and enjoy services on a hike on Winner Creek Trail! Visit Challenge Alaska’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School and learn about their Paralympic Sports Program, and get personal with Alaska’s wildlife at the Wildlife Conservation Center! After hiking to the terminus of the Spencer Glacier, set up camp at a US Forest Service campground near Portage for an evening in the wilderness.

Part #3 | Kenai and Seward

On our way to Kenai, navigate icebergs with our rafting guides on Spencer Lake, and meet local dip-netters at the mouth of the Kenai River. Visit the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and participate in a “live” scenario conducted by a Flight Director at Mission Control! We will discover Kenai Fjords National Park, home to abundant wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers, by cruise ship! Keep an eye out for killer whales, sea lions, bald eagles, sea otters, and more! Before spending a relaxing Shabbat in Seward, meet the Seavey family’s sled dogs! Take a 2-mile sled dog ride and meet adorable husky puppies! 

Part #4 | Concluding Where it Began

Return to Chugiak for our final leg of the trip. Dine at the Sourdough Mining Company Restaurant, in an atmosphere of warm Alaskan hospitality. Across the street, see the 20-foot chocolate waterfall, pet the reindeer, or stock up on Alaska souvenirs at the Wildberry Chocolate Factory. Join staff and campers from FOCUS (Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs) on an outing to scenic Eagle River Nature Center. Participate in a program which improves access to adventure to all people, regardless of ability! Spend your final night in Alaska with a memorable evening experiencing Anchorage.

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?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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

    • Available

    Land Cost: $4,500
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • 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.

Elements of the Program

Alaskan Culture & Adventures

You’ll explore a historic gold mine, visit a working reindeer farm, and watch spawning salmon in local rivers. You’ll also discover the majesty of Kenai Fjords by cruise ship, stand on a glacier, and embark on an authentic sled-dog ride.

Life in the Wilderness

Venture deep into the great outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, you’ll explore the backwoods while picking up new camping and wilderness survival skills.

Jewish Life in Alaska

Share in the unique experience of Alaska’s “Frozen Chosen”. Build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities as you travel alongside Jewish teens from Anchorage’s Congregation Beth Sholom.

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.

Part #1 | Chugiak

Begin the trip with three days in Chugiak, near Anchorage. We will be introduced to Alaska by exploring Hatcher Pass and learning about Alaskan gold mining! We will hike to Lake Gold Cord, visit a reindeer farm, and meet up with our local host community at Congregation Beth Sholom for a dinner. Volunteer with the Chugiak/Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department by helping repair and maintain facilities at Beach Lake Lodge, a facility designed for children with disabilities, before biking around Eklutna Lake in the afternoon. 

Part #2 | Mt. Alyeska and Camping

Experience Alaska’s native cultures first-hand through engaging storytelling, authentic native song and dance, artist demonstrations, native games demonstrations and more. Stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana. Bake challah before Shabbat dinner with Congregation Beth Sholom, Alaska’s largest and first established synagogue! Spend an incredible Shabbat evening meeting local community members, and enjoy services on a hike on Winner Creek Trail! Visit Challenge Alaska’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School and learn about their Paralympic Sports Program, and get personal with Alaska’s wildlife at the Wildlife Conservation Center! After hiking to the terminus of the Spencer Glacier, set up camp at a US Forest Service campground near Portage for an evening in the wilderness.

Part #3 | Kenai and Seward

On our way to Kenai, navigate icebergs with our rafting guides on Spencer Lake, and meet local dip-netters at the mouth of the Kenai River. Visit the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and participate in a “live” scenario conducted by a Flight Director at Mission Control! We will discover Kenai Fjords National Park, home to abundant wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers, by cruise ship! Keep an eye out for killer whales, sea lions, bald eagles, sea otters, and more! Before spending a relaxing Shabbat in Seward, meet the Seavey family’s sled dogs! Take a 2-mile sled dog ride and meet adorable husky puppies! 

Part #4 | Concluding Where it Began

Return to Chugiak for our final leg of the trip. Dine at the Sourdough Mining Company Restaurant, in an atmosphere of warm Alaskan hospitality. Across the street, see the 20-foot chocolate waterfall, pet the reindeer, or stock up on Alaska souvenirs at the Wildberry Chocolate Factory. Join staff and campers from FOCUS (Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs) on an outing to scenic Eagle River Nature Center. Participate in a program which improves access to adventure to all people, regardless of ability! Spend your final night in Alaska with a memorable evening experiencing Anchorage.

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?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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

    • Available

    Land Cost: $4,500
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


    Supervised Flight: TBD

  • 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.

Elements of the Program

Alaskan Culture & Adventures

You’ll explore a historic gold mine, visit a working reindeer farm, and watch spawning salmon in local rivers. You’ll also discover the majesty of Kenai Fjords by cruise ship, stand on a glacier, and embark on an authentic sled-dog ride.

Life in the Wilderness

Venture deep into the great outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, you’ll explore the backwoods while picking up new camping and wilderness survival skills.

Jewish Life in Alaska

Share in the unique experience of Alaska’s “Frozen Chosen”. Build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities as you travel alongside Jewish teens from Anchorage’s Congregation Beth Sholom.

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.

Part #1 | Chugiak

Begin the trip with three days in Chugiak, near Anchorage. We will be introduced to Alaska by exploring Hatcher Pass and learning about Alaskan gold mining! We will hike to Lake Gold Cord, visit a reindeer farm, and meet up with our local host community at Congregation Beth Sholom for a dinner. Volunteer with the Chugiak/Eagle River Parks and Recreation Department by helping repair and maintain facilities at Beach Lake Lodge, a facility designed for children with disabilities, before biking around Eklutna Lake in the afternoon. 

Part #2 | Mt. Alyeska and Camping

Experience Alaska’s native cultures first-hand through engaging storytelling, authentic native song and dance, artist demonstrations, native games demonstrations and more. Stroll through six authentic life-sized Native dwellings in a wooded area around beautiful Lake Tiulana. Bake challah before Shabbat dinner with Congregation Beth Sholom, Alaska’s largest and first established synagogue! Spend an incredible Shabbat evening meeting local community members, and enjoy services on a hike on Winner Creek Trail! Visit Challenge Alaska’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard School and learn about their Paralympic Sports Program, and get personal with Alaska’s wildlife at the Wildlife Conservation Center! After hiking to the terminus of the Spencer Glacier, set up camp at a US Forest Service campground near Portage for an evening in the wilderness.

Part #3 | Kenai and Seward

On our way to Kenai, navigate icebergs with our rafting guides on Spencer Lake, and meet local dip-netters at the mouth of the Kenai River. Visit the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and participate in a “live” scenario conducted by a Flight Director at Mission Control! We will discover Kenai Fjords National Park, home to abundant wildlife and massive tidewater glaciers, by cruise ship! Keep an eye out for killer whales, sea lions, bald eagles, sea otters, and more! Before spending a relaxing Shabbat in Seward, meet the Seavey family’s sled dogs! Take a 2-mile sled dog ride and meet adorable husky puppies! 

Part #4 | Concluding Where it Began

Return to Chugiak for our final leg of the trip. Dine at the Sourdough Mining Company Restaurant, in an atmosphere of warm Alaskan hospitality. Across the street, see the 20-foot chocolate waterfall, pet the reindeer, or stock up on Alaska souvenirs at the Wildberry Chocolate Factory. Join staff and campers from FOCUS (Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs) on an outing to scenic Eagle River Nature Center. Participate in a program which improves access to adventure to all people, regardless of ability! Spend your final night in Alaska with a memorable evening experiencing Anchorage.

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?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, 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

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