Jul 5 - Jul 25, 2022 Closed
Discover the American Southwest’s many treasures on a transformative journey with a focus on exhilarating adventures in nature, road-tripping through National Parks, and creating meaningful connections along the way.
Whatever region of the United States you are from, the destinations and beauty of the American West will be sure to surprise you with its stunning terrain and abundance of outdoor activities. Your adventure begins in the vibrant desert town of Sedona, known for its red rocks and arts community, to hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, to spending time on an Indian Reservation before heading to California. In southern California you will relax on the beach in Malibu, ride the waves in San Diego, and become starstruck in Los Angeles. On the journey to northern California, you will experience the lush surroundings of Sequoia National Park, walk along the Golden Gate Bridge, and spend time at Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll quench your thirst for adventure before departing for home with all of your new memories and lifelong friendships.
More than just a trip, this is an opportunity to become one with nature, tour bustling cities, and experience beautiful sunsets across the American West. Exploring the rich history of Arizona and the vast landscape of California is sure to be a memory you will hold onto forever. On this trek, you will participate in service projects, be a part of unique Shabbat experiences, and connect with Jewish teens from across the nation.
ELEMENTS OF THE EXPERIENCE
The Must-Sees and the Hidden Gems | Western USA Adventure covers all of the must-see highlights of the American West – Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Hollywood, and Malibu Beach. We also make time for more off-the-beaten-path experiences like walking through a redwood forest and kayaking on Lake Tahoe.
Once-in-a-Lifetime Outdoor Adventures | The American West is about wide-open spaces and stunning national parkland. Live the great outdoors by hiking to the base of Half Dome in Yosemite, exploring Sedona and Slide Rock State Park, and descend deep into the Grand Canyon. 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, Western USA Adventure 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 you’ll stay at on the road are college campus dorms. Western USA Adventure opens a window on university life by experiencing schools as diverse as the University of California – Berkeley and California State University of Northridge.
IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
While Western USA Trek is designed for active teens, the program is appropriate for most. Do not worry about needing to be super outdoorsy to enjoy yourself. The outdoor activities on Western USA Adventure are only meant to complement the overall touring (most of which is still bus-based). The ultimate aim of Western USA Adventure is to provide teens with a more active way to experience the country through the beauty of its terrain. See you on the trails!
ONE HAPPY CAMPER
This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.
Enjoy Sedona and Slide Rock State Park
View the sheer majesty of the Grand Canyon
Experience a taste of college life staying on the campus of UC Berkeley
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