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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Trek Alaska

Spend two weeks exploring the wilderness and braving the elements in 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 | GRADES: 9th - 12th

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Alaska

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots Left!

    LAND COST: $4,500


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: TBD

  • Included:

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

Embark on the Alaska Mountain-to-Sea tour which takes travelers on a journey from the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park to the awe inspiring Alaska Range, home of the largest mountain on our continent and one of the world's seven great summits, Denali. From the incredible natural beauty and expansive wilderness, Alaska is a unique destination for Jewish teens to travel together. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Our two-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. Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. You'll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment.

 

BBYO Passport's Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom.
 

Elements of the Program

Once-in-a-Lifetime Alaskan Outdoor Adventures

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Alaska. Visit a historic gold mine and a reindeer farm. Learn about Alaskan Native Heritage and discover Kenai Fjords National Park by cruise ship. Touch a glacier, watch spawning salmon, take a sled-dog ride and pick-up real world wilderness skills hiking and camping in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Living Jewish Values

Share in the culture and experience of Alaska's "Frozen Chosen." In addition to working closely with Anchorage's Congregation Beth Sholom, participants will be joined on their experience by local teens and they will have the opportunity to build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities.

A Taste of Life in the Wilderness

Venture outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, we will explore the backwoods and develop brand new camping and wilderness survival skills.

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

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for 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 chaperoned flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is chaperoned by our staff.  Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in several different kinds of lodgings, ranging from 3-star hotels to rustic camping excursions. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a local tour leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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 either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

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 #1 + Trek Alaska
    27 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

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

    15 Days | 9th - 12th

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Alaska

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots Left!

    LAND COST: $4,500


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: TBD

  • Included:

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

Embark on the Alaska Mountain-to-Sea tour which takes travelers on a journey from the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park to the awe inspiring Alaska Range, home of the largest mountain on our continent and one of the world's seven great summits, Denali. From the incredible natural beauty and expansive wilderness, Alaska is a unique destination for Jewish teens to travel together. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Our two-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. Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. You'll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment.

 

BBYO Passport's Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom.
 

Elements of the Program

Once-in-a-Lifetime Alaskan Outdoor Adventures

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Alaska. Visit a historic gold mine and a reindeer farm. Learn about Alaskan Native Heritage and discover Kenai Fjords National Park by cruise ship. Touch a glacier, watch spawning salmon, take a sled-dog ride and pick-up real world wilderness skills hiking and camping in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Living Jewish Values

Share in the culture and experience of Alaska's "Frozen Chosen." In addition to working closely with Anchorage's Congregation Beth Sholom, participants will be joined on their experience by local teens and they will have the opportunity to build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities.

A Taste of Life in the Wilderness

Venture outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, we will explore the backwoods and develop brand new camping and wilderness survival skills.

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

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for 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 chaperoned flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is chaperoned by our staff.  Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in several different kinds of lodgings, ranging from 3-star hotels to rustic camping excursions. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a local tour leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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 either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

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 #1 + Trek Alaska
    27 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

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

Trek Alaska

Spend two weeks exploring the wilderness and braving the elements in 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 two weeks exploring the wilderness and braving the elements in 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 | GRADES: 9th - 12th

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Alaska

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots Left!

    LAND COST: $4,500


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: TBD

  • Included:

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

Embark on the Alaska Mountain-to-Sea tour which takes travelers on a journey from the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park to the awe inspiring Alaska Range, home of the largest mountain on our continent and one of the world's seven great summits, Denali. From the incredible natural beauty and expansive wilderness, Alaska is a unique destination for Jewish teens to travel together. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Our two-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. Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. You'll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment.

 

BBYO Passport's Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom.
 

Elements of the Program

Once-in-a-Lifetime Alaskan Outdoor Adventures

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Alaska. Visit a historic gold mine and a reindeer farm. Learn about Alaskan Native Heritage and discover Kenai Fjords National Park by cruise ship. Touch a glacier, watch spawning salmon, take a sled-dog ride and pick-up real world wilderness skills hiking and camping in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Living Jewish Values

Share in the culture and experience of Alaska's "Frozen Chosen." In addition to working closely with Anchorage's Congregation Beth Sholom, participants will be joined on their experience by local teens and they will have the opportunity to build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities.

A Taste of Life in the Wilderness

Venture outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, we will explore the backwoods and develop brand new camping and wilderness survival skills.

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

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for 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 chaperoned flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is chaperoned by our staff.  Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in several different kinds of lodgings, ranging from 3-star hotels to rustic camping excursions. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a local tour leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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 either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

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 #1 + Trek Alaska
    27 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

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

    15 Days | 9th - 12th

    Community Service: N/A
    Location: Alaska

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • 3 Spots Left!

    LAND COST: $4,500


    SUPERVISED FLIGHT: TBD

  • Included:

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

Embark on the Alaska Mountain-to-Sea tour which takes travelers on a journey from the majestic Kenai Fjords National Park to the awe inspiring Alaska Range, home of the largest mountain on our continent and one of the world's seven great summits, Denali. From the incredible natural beauty and expansive wilderness, Alaska is a unique destination for Jewish teens to travel together. This experience is perfect for anyone with a spirit for adventure and a desire to see some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable.

Our two-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. Explore a more rustic side of America that few are fortunate enough to experience. You'll embark on a six-day camping trip, visit fascinating cities and wilderness landscapes, and  come home with a sense of accomplishment.

 

BBYO Passport's Stand UP Alaska is operated locally in partnership with Congregation Beth Sholom.
 

Elements of the Program

Once-in-a-Lifetime Alaskan Outdoor Adventures

Explore a whole new world of natural beauty and wildlife in Alaska. Visit a historic gold mine and a reindeer farm. Learn about Alaskan Native Heritage and discover Kenai Fjords National Park by cruise ship. Touch a glacier, watch spawning salmon, take a sled-dog ride and pick-up real world wilderness skills hiking and camping in the great Alaskan outdoors.

Living Jewish Values

Share in the culture and experience of Alaska's "Frozen Chosen." In addition to working closely with Anchorage's Congregation Beth Sholom, participants will be joined on their experience by local teens and they will have the opportunity to build a personal connection to one of the most remote American Jewish communities.

A Taste of Life in the Wilderness

Venture outdoors on a six-day camping excursion! Accompanied by a local expert, we will explore the backwoods and develop brand new camping and wilderness survival skills.

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

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for 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 chaperoned flight may be offered, which means you will be able to purchase your own individual ticket on a flight that is chaperoned by our staff.  Learn more about our group flights.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in several different kinds of lodgings, ranging from 3-star hotels to rustic camping excursions. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodations.

How is the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a local tour leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. 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 either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

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 #1 + Trek Alaska
    27 Days | Current 9th – 11th Graders

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