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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Trek West USA

Hit the road for a three-week teen travel adventure in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. See a totally new side of America – from bustling cities to the breathtaking national parks!

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | Current Grades: 8-11

    Community Service: ~6 Hours

    Location: Arizona, Utah, Nevada, & California

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $5,450
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels, dorms, and ranch-style lodging)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Laundry service
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel through the stunning landscapes of California and the great American Southwest on Trek West USA, the ultimate road trip adventure for Jewish teens.

On this adventure-filled journey you’ll hike, kayak, raft, and ride horseback through the stunning terrain of the American West. Destinations include Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks as well as the cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Give back during a series of service projects and come home with a new appreciation for America’s beauty.

Projected 2019 Age Groupings

  • July 2 – July 22 | Grades 8-9 and Grades 9-11
  • July 16 – August 5 | Grades 8-10

Elements of the Experience

The Must-Sees and the Hidden Gems

Trek West USA covers all of the must see highlights of the American West – Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Malibu Beach and fabulous Las Vegas. We also make time for more off-the-beaten path experiences like walking through a redwood forest, kayaking on Lake Tahoe and staying at a dude ranch in Utah.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Outdoor Adventures

The American West is about wide open spaces and stunning national park land. Live the great outdoors by hiking to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite, rafting down the Salt River in Arizona, descending deep into the Grand Canyon, climbing to Angels Landing in Zion and swimming in the desert waters of Lake Powell. See a side of nature that you have only dreamed about, and challenge yourself along the way.

Living Jewish Values

As a BBYO Passport experience, Trek West USA is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity in a new context. Delve into the meaning of being “eco-kosher”, fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and celebrate Shabbat in new and different ways with local Jewish communities.

A Taste of University Life

Interested in what living on a college campus is like? Many of the places we stay at on the road are college campus dorms. Trek West USA opens a window on university life by experiencing schools as diverse as the University of California – Berkeley and California State University of Northridge.

Program Highlights

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

Raft down the Salt River in Arizona and explore Sedona

View the shear majesty of the Grand Canyon

Hike to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Experience life on a western dude ranch

Feel the energy of Las Vegas and see a Blue Man Group show

Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society rehabilitation center or at a LA Food Bank

Explore Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu and Hollywood in Los Angeles

Participate in a native species restoration project in the Marin Headlands

Hike to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite and kayak on Lake Tahoe

Tour Alcatraz, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Experience a taste of college life staying on the campus of UC Berkeley and CSUN

One Happy Camperone happy camper

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

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 | Tuesday | Arrival in Phoenix

  • Pick-up at Phoenix airport and transfer to accommodations in Scottsdale
  • Program orientation and icebreakers
  • Evening: enjoy pizza dinner and swimming in the pool
  • Overnight: GreenTree Inn and Suites (Phoenix Airport South)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Backcountry Arizona & Sedona

  • Check-out and begin traveling north through the heart of Arizona to Flagstaff
  • Cool off with tubing down Arizona’s Salt River
  • Experience a natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park
  • Break to explore downtown Sedona and view the local mesas
  • Check-in to our accommodations and dinner in Flagstaff
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #3 |Thursday | Grand Canyon

  • Rim hike along the edge of the Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Trail
  • National Geographic Visitor Center & IMAX Movie
  • Evening: View the wonders of the night sky at the Lowell Observatory
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #4 | Friday | Travel to Zion/Lake Powell

  • Wake up early and begin to travel north towards Utah
  • Picnic at Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell
  • Explore Glen Canyon Dam during a guided tour (dependent on heat level)
  • Check-in to Ponderosa Ranch and prepare for Shabbat
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat in the wilderness overlooking Zion National Park
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat on the Ranch

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Pool time, sports, and relaxed afternoon at the Ranch
  • Havdallah Ceremony – Followed by Rodeo & Barn Dance
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #6 | Sunday | Bryce Canyon

  • Leave the ranch and head toward Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Visit the Bryce Amphitheater and walk part of the canyon’s rim
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Swim in Navajo Lake
  • Evening: Ice cream sundae making and a movie
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #7 | Monday | Las Vegas

  • Early morning hike to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park
  • Nature walk to see the breathtaking scenery of the Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
  • Head to Las Vegas and stop for a picture at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and M&M World
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Las Vegas

  • Tour of the Hoover Dam’s power plant at Lake Meade
  • Walk “The Strip” in fabulous Las Vegas – see the Bellagio Fountains, Streetmosphere at
    Venetian, Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo, and more
  • Experience a Las Vegas Show – Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Crossing the Desert

  • Travel westwards from Nevada, through the Mojave Desert National Preserve, to California
  • Learn about human rights through a tour of the Museum of Tolerance of Los Angeles
  • After dinner, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Angeles

  • Stroll the Arts District of LA
  • Attend a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game
  • Take a tour of LA and do some LA sightseeing
  • Enjoy dinner nearby the Staples center
  • Visit the Venice Beach outdoor market
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #11 | Friday | Malibu

  • Take part in a service project at the Los Angeles Food Bank
  • Relax on the beach and in Santa Monica
  •  Return to campus for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Los Angeles

  • Shabbat programming, lunch, and free time for sports and relaxation
  • Evening: Group night out at Santa Monica Pier
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #13 | Sunday | Northwards through the Central Valley

  • Visit the Hollywood Museum
  • Have a picnic lunch during our Hollywood hike
  • Travel North to Yosemite National Park
  • Stop in Fresno for dinner
  • Arrive to Curry Village, Yosemite
  • Overnight: Curry Village (fixed tents), Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #14 | Monday | Yosemite National Park

  • Giant Sequoias Ranger program at Mariposa
  • Day hike up the Mist Trail to the backside of Half Dome
  • Evening: Evening program in the Yosemite Lodge
  • Overnight: Curry Village (Fixed Tents) – Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #15 | Tuesday | High Sierra

  • Continue traveling through the Sierra Nevada Mountains north to Tahoe
  • Stopping en route at Grover Hot Springs and Mono Lake
  • Dinner at the famous “Forest Buffet” at Harrah’s overlooking the Lake
  • Overnight: Gold Dust West Hotel – Carson City, Nevada

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Tahoe

  • Spend the day outdoors around Lake Tahoe
  • Take a tram ride through Squaw Valley
  • Tour of the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics sites
  • Drive to Sacramento
  • Overnight: Fairfield Inn, Vacaville, California

DAY #17 | Thursday | California’s Central Valley

  • Begin traveling down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Bay Area
  • Visit the Nimbus salmon hatchery on the American River
  • Lunch on own in Old Town Sacramento
  • Stop en route for a tour of the Jelly Belly factory
  • Evening: Group night out exploring San Francisco
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #18 | Friday | Marin County

  • Stroll Haight District, Divisadero Street, take pictures at Alamo Square, and relax at Buena
    Vista Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • See the sunlight shining through the enormous redwood trees of Muir Woods
  • Return to campus to prepare for your final group Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat service at Chabad house in Berkeley
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Berkeley

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch
  • Explore the town of Berkeley, including its festive farmers market
  • Guided tour of the University of California Berkeley campus
  • Group evening out on Berkeley’s Telegraph Street
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #20 | Sunday | San Francisco

  • Take a walk across Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy free time and shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Tour the historic Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison from the 1930s
  • Ride the city’s famous cable cars through the windy, hilly streets of San Francisco
  • Enjoy your final dinner and ice cream sundaes
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #21 | Monday | Farewell!

  • Return flights depart from San Francisco Airport

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

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. 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 3-star hotels, college dormitories, and ranch-style lodging. 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?
Temperatures range from hot to hotter during a summer in the American West. Daytime temperatures range from the 80s to 100s. The clothing that teens pack should be lightweight and comfortable in hot temperatures. When the group is outside for an extended period of time, participants will be required to have a hat, a shirt with sleeves, sunscreen, and water. These rules are strictly enforced because overexposure to the sun can cause heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburns. The good news is that the heat is mostly dry – there is very little humidity. So the higher temperatures may feel more comfortable than what you are used to at home.

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

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size on Trek West USA is 30 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. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 8-11

    Community Service: ~6 Hours
    Location: Arizona, Utah, Nevada, & California

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $5,450
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels, dorms, and ranch-style lodging)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Laundry service
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel through the stunning landscapes of California and the great American Southwest on Trek West USA, the ultimate road trip adventure for Jewish teens.

On this adventure-filled journey you’ll hike, kayak, raft, and ride horseback through the stunning terrain of the American West. Destinations include Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks as well as the cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Give back during a series of service projects and come home with a new appreciation for America’s beauty.

Projected 2019 Age Groupings

  • July 2 – July 22 | Grades 8-9 and Grades 9-11
  • July 16 – August 5 | Grades 8-10

Elements of the Experience

The Must-Sees and the Hidden Gems

Trek West USA covers all of the must see highlights of the American West – Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Malibu Beach and fabulous Las Vegas. We also make time for more off-the-beaten path experiences like walking through a redwood forest, kayaking on Lake Tahoe and staying at a dude ranch in Utah.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Outdoor Adventures

The American West is about wide open spaces and stunning national park land. Live the great outdoors by hiking to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite, rafting down the Salt River in Arizona, descending deep into the Grand Canyon, climbing to Angels Landing in Zion and swimming in the desert waters of Lake Powell. See a side of nature that you have only dreamed about, and challenge yourself along the way.

Living Jewish Values

As a BBYO Passport experience, Trek West USA is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity in a new context. Delve into the meaning of being “eco-kosher”, fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and celebrate Shabbat in new and different ways with local Jewish communities.

A Taste of University Life

Interested in what living on a college campus is like? Many of the places we stay at on the road are college campus dorms. Trek West USA opens a window on university life by experiencing schools as diverse as the University of California – Berkeley and California State University of Northridge.

Program Highlights

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

Raft down the Salt River in Arizona and explore Sedona

View the shear majesty of the Grand Canyon

Hike to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Experience life on a western dude ranch

Feel the energy of Las Vegas and see a Blue Man Group show

Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society rehabilitation center or at a LA Food Bank

Explore Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu and Hollywood in Los Angeles

Participate in a native species restoration project in the Marin Headlands

Hike to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite and kayak on Lake Tahoe

Tour Alcatraz, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Experience a taste of college life staying on the campus of UC Berkeley and CSUN

One Happy Camperone happy camper

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

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 | Tuesday | Arrival in Phoenix

  • Pick-up at Phoenix airport and transfer to accommodations in Scottsdale
  • Program orientation and icebreakers
  • Evening: enjoy pizza dinner and swimming in the pool
  • Overnight: GreenTree Inn and Suites (Phoenix Airport South)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Backcountry Arizona & Sedona

  • Check-out and begin traveling north through the heart of Arizona to Flagstaff
  • Cool off with tubing down Arizona’s Salt River
  • Experience a natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park
  • Break to explore downtown Sedona and view the local mesas
  • Check-in to our accommodations and dinner in Flagstaff
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #3 |Thursday | Grand Canyon

  • Rim hike along the edge of the Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Trail
  • National Geographic Visitor Center & IMAX Movie
  • Evening: View the wonders of the night sky at the Lowell Observatory
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #4 | Friday | Travel to Zion/Lake Powell

  • Wake up early and begin to travel north towards Utah
  • Picnic at Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell
  • Explore Glen Canyon Dam during a guided tour (dependent on heat level)
  • Check-in to Ponderosa Ranch and prepare for Shabbat
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat in the wilderness overlooking Zion National Park
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat on the Ranch

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Pool time, sports, and relaxed afternoon at the Ranch
  • Havdallah Ceremony – Followed by Rodeo & Barn Dance
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #6 | Sunday | Bryce Canyon

  • Leave the ranch and head toward Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Visit the Bryce Amphitheater and walk part of the canyon’s rim
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Swim in Navajo Lake
  • Evening: Ice cream sundae making and a movie
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #7 | Monday | Las Vegas

  • Early morning hike to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park
  • Nature walk to see the breathtaking scenery of the Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
  • Head to Las Vegas and stop for a picture at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and M&M World
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Las Vegas

  • Tour of the Hoover Dam’s power plant at Lake Meade
  • Walk “The Strip” in fabulous Las Vegas – see the Bellagio Fountains, Streetmosphere at
    Venetian, Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo, and more
  • Experience a Las Vegas Show – Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Crossing the Desert

  • Travel westwards from Nevada, through the Mojave Desert National Preserve, to California
  • Learn about human rights through a tour of the Museum of Tolerance of Los Angeles
  • After dinner, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Angeles

  • Stroll the Arts District of LA
  • Attend a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game
  • Take a tour of LA and do some LA sightseeing
  • Enjoy dinner nearby the Staples center
  • Visit the Venice Beach outdoor market
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #11 | Friday | Malibu

  • Take part in a service project at the Los Angeles Food Bank
  • Relax on the beach and in Santa Monica
  •  Return to campus for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Los Angeles

  • Shabbat programming, lunch, and free time for sports and relaxation
  • Evening: Group night out at Santa Monica Pier
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #13 | Sunday | Northwards through the Central Valley

  • Visit the Hollywood Museum
  • Have a picnic lunch during our Hollywood hike
  • Travel North to Yosemite National Park
  • Stop in Fresno for dinner
  • Arrive to Curry Village, Yosemite
  • Overnight: Curry Village (fixed tents), Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #14 | Monday | Yosemite National Park

  • Giant Sequoias Ranger program at Mariposa
  • Day hike up the Mist Trail to the backside of Half Dome
  • Evening: Evening program in the Yosemite Lodge
  • Overnight: Curry Village (Fixed Tents) – Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #15 | Tuesday | High Sierra

  • Continue traveling through the Sierra Nevada Mountains north to Tahoe
  • Stopping en route at Grover Hot Springs and Mono Lake
  • Dinner at the famous “Forest Buffet” at Harrah’s overlooking the Lake
  • Overnight: Gold Dust West Hotel – Carson City, Nevada

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Tahoe

  • Spend the day outdoors around Lake Tahoe
  • Take a tram ride through Squaw Valley
  • Tour of the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics sites
  • Drive to Sacramento
  • Overnight: Fairfield Inn, Vacaville, California

DAY #17 | Thursday | California’s Central Valley

  • Begin traveling down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Bay Area
  • Visit the Nimbus salmon hatchery on the American River
  • Lunch on own in Old Town Sacramento
  • Stop en route for a tour of the Jelly Belly factory
  • Evening: Group night out exploring San Francisco
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #18 | Friday | Marin County

  • Stroll Haight District, Divisadero Street, take pictures at Alamo Square, and relax at Buena
    Vista Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • See the sunlight shining through the enormous redwood trees of Muir Woods
  • Return to campus to prepare for your final group Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat service at Chabad house in Berkeley
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Berkeley

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch
  • Explore the town of Berkeley, including its festive farmers market
  • Guided tour of the University of California Berkeley campus
  • Group evening out on Berkeley’s Telegraph Street
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #20 | Sunday | San Francisco

  • Take a walk across Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy free time and shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Tour the historic Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison from the 1930s
  • Ride the city’s famous cable cars through the windy, hilly streets of San Francisco
  • Enjoy your final dinner and ice cream sundaes
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #21 | Monday | Farewell!

  • Return flights depart from San Francisco Airport

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

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. 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 3-star hotels, college dormitories, and ranch-style lodging. 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?
Temperatures range from hot to hotter during a summer in the American West. Daytime temperatures range from the 80s to 100s. The clothing that teens pack should be lightweight and comfortable in hot temperatures. When the group is outside for an extended period of time, participants will be required to have a hat, a shirt with sleeves, sunscreen, and water. These rules are strictly enforced because overexposure to the sun can cause heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburns. The good news is that the heat is mostly dry – there is very little humidity. So the higher temperatures may feel more comfortable than what you are used to at home.

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

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size on Trek West USA is 30 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. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Trek West USA

Hit the road for a three-week teen travel adventure in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. See a totally new side of America – from bustling cities to the breathtaking national parks!

Trek West USA

Hit the road for a three-week teen travel adventure in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. See a totally new side of America – from bustling cities to the breathtaking national parks!

  • At a Glance

    21 Days | Current Grades: 8-11

    Community Service: ~6 Hours

    Location: Arizona, Utah, Nevada, & California

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $5,450
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels, dorms, and ranch-style lodging)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Laundry service
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Travel through the stunning landscapes of California and the great American Southwest on Trek West USA, the ultimate road trip adventure for Jewish teens.

On this adventure-filled journey you’ll hike, kayak, raft, and ride horseback through the stunning terrain of the American West. Destinations include Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks as well as the cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Give back during a series of service projects and come home with a new appreciation for America’s beauty.

Projected 2019 Age Groupings

  • July 2 – July 22 | Grades 8-9 and Grades 9-11
  • July 16 – August 5 | Grades 8-10

Elements of the Experience

The Must-Sees and the Hidden Gems

Trek West USA covers all of the must see highlights of the American West – Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Malibu Beach and fabulous Las Vegas. We also make time for more off-the-beaten path experiences like walking through a redwood forest, kayaking on Lake Tahoe and staying at a dude ranch in Utah.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Outdoor Adventures

The American West is about wide open spaces and stunning national park land. Live the great outdoors by hiking to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite, rafting down the Salt River in Arizona, descending deep into the Grand Canyon, climbing to Angels Landing in Zion and swimming in the desert waters of Lake Powell. See a side of nature that you have only dreamed about, and challenge yourself along the way.

Living Jewish Values

As a BBYO Passport experience, Trek West USA is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity in a new context. Delve into the meaning of being “eco-kosher”, fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and celebrate Shabbat in new and different ways with local Jewish communities.

A Taste of University Life

Interested in what living on a college campus is like? Many of the places we stay at on the road are college campus dorms. Trek West USA opens a window on university life by experiencing schools as diverse as the University of California – Berkeley and California State University of Northridge.

Program Highlights

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

Raft down the Salt River in Arizona and explore Sedona

View the shear majesty of the Grand Canyon

Hike to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Experience life on a western dude ranch

Feel the energy of Las Vegas and see a Blue Man Group show

Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society rehabilitation center or at a LA Food Bank

Explore Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu and Hollywood in Los Angeles

Participate in a native species restoration project in the Marin Headlands

Hike to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite and kayak on Lake Tahoe

Tour Alcatraz, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Experience a taste of college life staying on the campus of UC Berkeley and CSUN

One Happy Camperone happy camper

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

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 | Tuesday | Arrival in Phoenix

  • Pick-up at Phoenix airport and transfer to accommodations in Scottsdale
  • Program orientation and icebreakers
  • Evening: enjoy pizza dinner and swimming in the pool
  • Overnight: GreenTree Inn and Suites (Phoenix Airport South)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Backcountry Arizona & Sedona

  • Check-out and begin traveling north through the heart of Arizona to Flagstaff
  • Cool off with tubing down Arizona’s Salt River
  • Experience a natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park
  • Break to explore downtown Sedona and view the local mesas
  • Check-in to our accommodations and dinner in Flagstaff
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #3 |Thursday | Grand Canyon

  • Rim hike along the edge of the Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Trail
  • National Geographic Visitor Center & IMAX Movie
  • Evening: View the wonders of the night sky at the Lowell Observatory
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #4 | Friday | Travel to Zion/Lake Powell

  • Wake up early and begin to travel north towards Utah
  • Picnic at Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell
  • Explore Glen Canyon Dam during a guided tour (dependent on heat level)
  • Check-in to Ponderosa Ranch and prepare for Shabbat
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat in the wilderness overlooking Zion National Park
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat on the Ranch

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Pool time, sports, and relaxed afternoon at the Ranch
  • Havdallah Ceremony – Followed by Rodeo & Barn Dance
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #6 | Sunday | Bryce Canyon

  • Leave the ranch and head toward Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Visit the Bryce Amphitheater and walk part of the canyon’s rim
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Swim in Navajo Lake
  • Evening: Ice cream sundae making and a movie
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #7 | Monday | Las Vegas

  • Early morning hike to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park
  • Nature walk to see the breathtaking scenery of the Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
  • Head to Las Vegas and stop for a picture at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and M&M World
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Las Vegas

  • Tour of the Hoover Dam’s power plant at Lake Meade
  • Walk “The Strip” in fabulous Las Vegas – see the Bellagio Fountains, Streetmosphere at
    Venetian, Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo, and more
  • Experience a Las Vegas Show – Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Crossing the Desert

  • Travel westwards from Nevada, through the Mojave Desert National Preserve, to California
  • Learn about human rights through a tour of the Museum of Tolerance of Los Angeles
  • After dinner, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Angeles

  • Stroll the Arts District of LA
  • Attend a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game
  • Take a tour of LA and do some LA sightseeing
  • Enjoy dinner nearby the Staples center
  • Visit the Venice Beach outdoor market
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #11 | Friday | Malibu

  • Take part in a service project at the Los Angeles Food Bank
  • Relax on the beach and in Santa Monica
  •  Return to campus for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Los Angeles

  • Shabbat programming, lunch, and free time for sports and relaxation
  • Evening: Group night out at Santa Monica Pier
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #13 | Sunday | Northwards through the Central Valley

  • Visit the Hollywood Museum
  • Have a picnic lunch during our Hollywood hike
  • Travel North to Yosemite National Park
  • Stop in Fresno for dinner
  • Arrive to Curry Village, Yosemite
  • Overnight: Curry Village (fixed tents), Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #14 | Monday | Yosemite National Park

  • Giant Sequoias Ranger program at Mariposa
  • Day hike up the Mist Trail to the backside of Half Dome
  • Evening: Evening program in the Yosemite Lodge
  • Overnight: Curry Village (Fixed Tents) – Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #15 | Tuesday | High Sierra

  • Continue traveling through the Sierra Nevada Mountains north to Tahoe
  • Stopping en route at Grover Hot Springs and Mono Lake
  • Dinner at the famous “Forest Buffet” at Harrah’s overlooking the Lake
  • Overnight: Gold Dust West Hotel – Carson City, Nevada

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Tahoe

  • Spend the day outdoors around Lake Tahoe
  • Take a tram ride through Squaw Valley
  • Tour of the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics sites
  • Drive to Sacramento
  • Overnight: Fairfield Inn, Vacaville, California

DAY #17 | Thursday | California’s Central Valley

  • Begin traveling down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Bay Area
  • Visit the Nimbus salmon hatchery on the American River
  • Lunch on own in Old Town Sacramento
  • Stop en route for a tour of the Jelly Belly factory
  • Evening: Group night out exploring San Francisco
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #18 | Friday | Marin County

  • Stroll Haight District, Divisadero Street, take pictures at Alamo Square, and relax at Buena
    Vista Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • See the sunlight shining through the enormous redwood trees of Muir Woods
  • Return to campus to prepare for your final group Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat service at Chabad house in Berkeley
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Berkeley

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch
  • Explore the town of Berkeley, including its festive farmers market
  • Guided tour of the University of California Berkeley campus
  • Group evening out on Berkeley’s Telegraph Street
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #20 | Sunday | San Francisco

  • Take a walk across Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy free time and shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Tour the historic Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison from the 1930s
  • Ride the city’s famous cable cars through the windy, hilly streets of San Francisco
  • Enjoy your final dinner and ice cream sundaes
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #21 | Monday | Farewell!

  • Return flights depart from San Francisco Airport

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

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. 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 3-star hotels, college dormitories, and ranch-style lodging. 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?
Temperatures range from hot to hotter during a summer in the American West. Daytime temperatures range from the 80s to 100s. The clothing that teens pack should be lightweight and comfortable in hot temperatures. When the group is outside for an extended period of time, participants will be required to have a hat, a shirt with sleeves, sunscreen, and water. These rules are strictly enforced because overexposure to the sun can cause heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburns. The good news is that the heat is mostly dry – there is very little humidity. So the higher temperatures may feel more comfortable than what you are used to at home.

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

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size on Trek West USA is 30 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. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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  • At a Glance

    21 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 8-11

    Community Service: ~6 Hours
    Location: Arizona, Utah, Nevada, & California

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available
    • Available

    Land Cost: $5,450
    Lock-in 2018 rates for a limited time


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotels, dorms, and ranch-style lodging)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Deluxe motorcoach
    • Laundry service
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

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Travel through the stunning landscapes of California and the great American Southwest on Trek West USA, the ultimate road trip adventure for Jewish teens.

On this adventure-filled journey you’ll hike, kayak, raft, and ride horseback through the stunning terrain of the American West. Destinations include Yosemite, Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Parks as well as the cities of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Give back during a series of service projects and come home with a new appreciation for America’s beauty.

Projected 2019 Age Groupings

  • July 2 – July 22 | Grades 8-9 and Grades 9-11
  • July 16 – August 5 | Grades 8-10

Elements of the Experience

The Must-Sees and the Hidden Gems

Trek West USA covers all of the must see highlights of the American West – Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, Malibu Beach and fabulous Las Vegas. We also make time for more off-the-beaten path experiences like walking through a redwood forest, kayaking on Lake Tahoe and staying at a dude ranch in Utah.

Once-in-a-Lifetime Outdoor Adventures

The American West is about wide open spaces and stunning national park land. Live the great outdoors by hiking to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite, rafting down the Salt River in Arizona, descending deep into the Grand Canyon, climbing to Angels Landing in Zion and swimming in the desert waters of Lake Powell. See a side of nature that you have only dreamed about, and challenge yourself along the way.

Living Jewish Values

As a BBYO Passport experience, Trek West USA is also an opportunity to explore your Jewish identity in a new context. Delve into the meaning of being “eco-kosher”, fulfill the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and celebrate Shabbat in new and different ways with local Jewish communities.

A Taste of University Life

Interested in what living on a college campus is like? Many of the places we stay at on the road are college campus dorms. Trek West USA opens a window on university life by experiencing schools as diverse as the University of California – Berkeley and California State University of Northridge.

Program Highlights

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

Raft down the Salt River in Arizona and explore Sedona

View the shear majesty of the Grand Canyon

Hike to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park

Experience life on a western dude ranch

Feel the energy of Las Vegas and see a Blue Man Group show

Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Society rehabilitation center or at a LA Food Bank

Explore Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Malibu and Hollywood in Los Angeles

Participate in a native species restoration project in the Marin Headlands

Hike to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite and kayak on Lake Tahoe

Tour Alcatraz, walk the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Experience a taste of college life staying on the campus of UC Berkeley and CSUN

One Happy Camperone happy camper

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

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 | Tuesday | Arrival in Phoenix

  • Pick-up at Phoenix airport and transfer to accommodations in Scottsdale
  • Program orientation and icebreakers
  • Evening: enjoy pizza dinner and swimming in the pool
  • Overnight: GreenTree Inn and Suites (Phoenix Airport South)

DAY #2 | Wednesday | Backcountry Arizona & Sedona

  • Check-out and begin traveling north through the heart of Arizona to Flagstaff
  • Cool off with tubing down Arizona’s Salt River
  • Experience a natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park
  • Break to explore downtown Sedona and view the local mesas
  • Check-in to our accommodations and dinner in Flagstaff
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #3 |Thursday | Grand Canyon

  • Rim hike along the edge of the Grand Canyon – Bright Angel Trail
  • National Geographic Visitor Center & IMAX Movie
  • Evening: View the wonders of the night sky at the Lowell Observatory
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites – Flagstaff, Arizona

DAY #4 | Friday | Travel to Zion/Lake Powell

  • Wake up early and begin to travel north towards Utah
  • Picnic at Wahweap Marina at Lake Powell
  • Explore Glen Canyon Dam during a guided tour (dependent on heat level)
  • Check-in to Ponderosa Ranch and prepare for Shabbat
  • Experience Kabbalat Shabbat in the wilderness overlooking Zion National Park
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #5 | Saturday | Shabbat on the Ranch

  • Shabbat morning programming and lunch
  • Pool time, sports, and relaxed afternoon at the Ranch
  • Havdallah Ceremony – Followed by Rodeo & Barn Dance
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #6 | Sunday | Bryce Canyon

  • Leave the ranch and head toward Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Visit the Bryce Amphitheater and walk part of the canyon’s rim
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Swim in Navajo Lake
  • Evening: Ice cream sundae making and a movie
  • Overnight: Ponderosa Ranch – Utah

DAY #7 | Monday | Las Vegas

  • Early morning hike to the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park
  • Nature walk to see the breathtaking scenery of the Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
  • Head to Las Vegas and stop for a picture at the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and M&M World
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #8 | Tuesday | Las Vegas

  • Tour of the Hoover Dam’s power plant at Lake Meade
  • Walk “The Strip” in fabulous Las Vegas – see the Bellagio Fountains, Streetmosphere at
    Venetian, Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo, and more
  • Experience a Las Vegas Show – Blue Man Group at the Luxor Hotel
  • Overnight: Springhill Suites, Henderson, Nevada

DAY #9 | Wednesday | Crossing the Desert

  • Travel westwards from Nevada, through the Mojave Desert National Preserve, to California
  • Learn about human rights through a tour of the Museum of Tolerance of Los Angeles
  • After dinner, stroll along Hollywood Boulevard
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #10 | Thursday | Los Angeles

  • Stroll the Arts District of LA
  • Attend a Los Angeles Sparks basketball game
  • Take a tour of LA and do some LA sightseeing
  • Enjoy dinner nearby the Staples center
  • Visit the Venice Beach outdoor market
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #11 | Friday | Malibu

  • Take part in a service project at the Los Angeles Food Bank
  • Relax on the beach and in Santa Monica
  •  Return to campus for Kabbalat Shabbat and dinner
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #12 | Saturday | Shabbat in Los Angeles

  • Shabbat programming, lunch, and free time for sports and relaxation
  • Evening: Group night out at Santa Monica Pier
  • Overnight: California State University Northridge – Northridge, California

DAY #13 | Sunday | Northwards through the Central Valley

  • Visit the Hollywood Museum
  • Have a picnic lunch during our Hollywood hike
  • Travel North to Yosemite National Park
  • Stop in Fresno for dinner
  • Arrive to Curry Village, Yosemite
  • Overnight: Curry Village (fixed tents), Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #14 | Monday | Yosemite National Park

  • Giant Sequoias Ranger program at Mariposa
  • Day hike up the Mist Trail to the backside of Half Dome
  • Evening: Evening program in the Yosemite Lodge
  • Overnight: Curry Village (Fixed Tents) – Yosemite National Park, California

DAY #15 | Tuesday | High Sierra

  • Continue traveling through the Sierra Nevada Mountains north to Tahoe
  • Stopping en route at Grover Hot Springs and Mono Lake
  • Dinner at the famous “Forest Buffet” at Harrah’s overlooking the Lake
  • Overnight: Gold Dust West Hotel – Carson City, Nevada

DAY #16 | Wednesday | Lake Tahoe

  • Spend the day outdoors around Lake Tahoe
  • Take a tram ride through Squaw Valley
  • Tour of the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics sites
  • Drive to Sacramento
  • Overnight: Fairfield Inn, Vacaville, California

DAY #17 | Thursday | California’s Central Valley

  • Begin traveling down from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Bay Area
  • Visit the Nimbus salmon hatchery on the American River
  • Lunch on own in Old Town Sacramento
  • Stop en route for a tour of the Jelly Belly factory
  • Evening: Group night out exploring San Francisco
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #18 | Friday | Marin County

  • Stroll Haight District, Divisadero Street, take pictures at Alamo Square, and relax at Buena
    Vista Park
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • See the sunlight shining through the enormous redwood trees of Muir Woods
  • Return to campus to prepare for your final group Shabbat
  • Attend Kabbalat Shabbat service at Chabad house in Berkeley
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #19 | Saturday | Shabbat in Berkeley

  • Shabbat morning program and lunch
  • Explore the town of Berkeley, including its festive farmers market
  • Guided tour of the University of California Berkeley campus
  • Group evening out on Berkeley’s Telegraph Street
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories – Berkeley, California

DAY #20 | Sunday | San Francisco

  • Take a walk across Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy free time and shopping on Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Tour the historic Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison from the 1930s
  • Ride the city’s famous cable cars through the windy, hilly streets of San Francisco
  • Enjoy your final dinner and ice cream sundaes
  • Overnight: UC Berkeley Dormitories, Berkeley, California

DAY #21 | Monday | Farewell!

  • Return flights depart from San Francisco Airport

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

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring. 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 3-star hotels, college dormitories, and ranch-style lodging. 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?
Temperatures range from hot to hotter during a summer in the American West. Daytime temperatures range from the 80s to 100s. The clothing that teens pack should be lightweight and comfortable in hot temperatures. When the group is outside for an extended period of time, participants will be required to have a hat, a shirt with sleeves, sunscreen, and water. These rules are strictly enforced because overexposure to the sun can cause heatstroke, dehydration, and sunburns. The good news is that the heat is mostly dry – there is very little humidity. So the higher temperatures may feel more comfortable than what you are used to at home.

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

What’s the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size on Trek West USA is 30 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. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here.

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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