- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States, Hawaii
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 7th, 8th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Sub-Categories: Youth Outreach, Wildlife Conservation
- Selective: No
- Ages: 12, 13, 14
California and Hawaii: The perfect starting points for younger travelers seeking to adventure without their parents! Explore the best that these iconic American destinations have to offer, from the spectacular beaches and volcanoes of Hawaii to Hollywood and the California Redwoods.
Join us this summer for some sun, sand, and sea turtles as we explore the beautiful Hawaiian Islands and hit up the Golden State of California on this adventure designed especially for middle school students! From vibrant Honolulu to laid-back San Diego, this program covers some of the best highlights of Hawaii and California, including postcard-perfect beaches, turquoise water, bustling cities, and plenty of adventure!
Learn about sea turtle conservation while participating in several projects to protect the endangered hawksbill sea turtles. Projects include learning about sea turtle conservation efforts, watching over sea turtles as they bask on the island’s beaches, as well as the possibility for nest watches and night patrols. Our service work will also include a special visit to the Boys and Girls Club in Honolulu. While here, we will run a program for the children involving sports, arts and crafts, and anything else we can dream up! This provides the opportunity to bond with the children while gaining insight into BGCH’s mission of inspiring the local Hawaiian youth. Next, we will make our way to sunny SoCal, seeing San Diego’s most iconic sights. Give back to the community as you volunteer with the local Boys and Girls Clubs, then hang ten as you learn to surf at one of the city’s most famous beaches.
Plenty of action-packed adventure will complement our service projects in both Hawaii and California. Hike to the top of a volcanic crater, take a surf lesson, ride in a traditional outrigger canoe and more in the Aloha State before enjoying the best that California has to offer. Immerse yourself in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles as we take you to all the best spots of this bustling city. Witness incredible landscapes and vistas as you travel along Highway 1, taking in the beauty of the world-renowned Big Sur. Once in NorCal, check out Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. Embrace the city by the bay as you take in the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Muir Woods, and much more.