BBYO Passport: Trek Israel

Washington, DC

Overview

All of the core elements of the Israel Journey program combined with a special focus on connecting to the beauty of the Land of Israel through a series of active outdoor experiences - including a Sea-to-Sea Hike and a desert orienteering challenge in the heart of the Negev Desert.

Do something truly different this summer. Experience Israel through the beauty of its Land. Challenge yourself as we trek our way across Israel's deserts, mountains, and beaches as part of a tight-knit group.

Like Israel Journey, the Trek Israel program covers all of Israels most important sites ancient Jerusalem, contemporary Tel Aviv, the Galilee, the Negev Desert, the Dead Sea and the heights of Masada. We also make time to experience Israels off-the-beaten-path charm -- enjoying a bonfire on the beach, taking part in an active archeological dig, sampling unique Middle Eastern cuisine, and participating in the re-birth of Israel by planting a tree in a new forest.

We do not simply travel throughout Israel. We hike it, bike it, raft it, and swim it. Take part in the Sea-to-See Hike and hike from the Mediterranean Ocean to the Sea of Galilee on your own two feet. Cross through the lush canyons and mountaintops of the Galilee, camping out under the stars all along the way (all gear is provided). Learn how to navigate and survive in the wilderness like our ancestors did, explore Israels most scenic terrain, visit picturesque villages on the route, and connect to the beauty of the land in a way that few ever do. Most important? Gain a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that you will cherish for years to come.

The Trek Israel experience is also about debating the meaning of contemporary Zionism, exploring our Jewish identity from an Israeli point of view, delving into the intricacies of Middle Eastern politics, and connecting to our Jewish soul through a series of meaningful community service and spiritual experiences. If you are looking for something that is truly off the beaten track, we'll see you on the trails in Israel.

Is the Trek Israel experience right for me?

While Trek Israel is designed for active teens, the program is appropriate for most. Do not worry about needing to be an elite athlete or super outdoorsy to enjoy yourself. Although there are four days of trekking during the Sea-to-Sea Hike, you will not need to carry a pack. The outdoors activities on Trek Israel are only meant to complement the overall touring experience in Israel (most of which is still bus-based). The ultimate aim of Trek Israel is to provide teens with an innovative and at times challenging way to experience Israel by connecting with the beauty of Israel's land itself.

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