Entering Grades 9 – 10, July 7 – 26, 2019
A Quest is a road trip full of friends and adventure. Sleep under the stars and visit some of the most spectacular places on earth. Learn new skills, like backpacking, rock climbing, sea kayaking and whitewater rafting, in a supportive, small-group environment. This is adventure travel like none other – you pick the music, you set the menus, and you put together your own totally out-of-the-box Jewish experiences. Like a road trip with a dozen friends, Quest is the perfect balance of thrill time and chill time.
There’s no application required – register on your own, or you and a group of friends can sign up together, and as long as there’s space available, you’ll all be on the same trip! Quests are a lot of freedom and a lot of fun.
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Sample Itinerary: Northwest/Canada Quest
This Quest begins with a flight to the Pacific Northwest and a backpacking trip through the ancient forest of Olympic National Park. Then make your way to Orcas Island for a day of sea kayaking through the beautiful San Juan Islands. Cross the border into Canada and explore British Columbia, learning rock climbing from the pros. Then head south through Washington and Oregon, visiting Crater Lake and Mt. St. Helens. A two day whitewater rafting trip down the Klamath River in Northern California ends this trip on a high note.
|Sunday||Meet at Oakland International Airport and fly to Seattle, WA. Learn how to set up camp Quest-style and begin getting to know your group.|
|Monday||Take a hike along the beach, get to know your group better, and prepare for the three-night backpacking trip that begins tomorrow.|
|Tuesday to Thursday||Backpacking in Olympic National Park brings the group together. An ancient redwood forest, clear mountain streams, and views of snow capped peaks form the backdrop to your adventure.|
|Friday||Clean up from your rugged wilderness adventure and celebrate Shabbat!|
|Saturday||Hop a ferry to Orcas Island, you might even see some whales!|
|Sunday||Paddle your way through shimmering waters as you explore the majestic San Juan Islands by kayak.|
|Monday||Oh, Canada! Grab your passport and make your way across the border!|
|Tuesday||Learn rock climbing from the pros on the world famous peaks of Squamish, British Columbia!|
|Wednesday to Thursday||Day hike and explore! Dormant volcanoes, old growth redwood forests, glaciers and waterfalls cascading hundreds of feet into the river make British Columbia an outdoor paradise.|
|Friday||Back to the USA! Spend Shabbat at one of Washington's beautiful coastal state parks.|
|Saturday to Sunday||Explore Washington State, visiting the eerie moonscape of the massive volcano, Mt. St. Helens.|
|Monday to Tuesday||Continue south through Oregon, stopping for a swim in the clear blue waters of Crater Lake.|
|Wednesday to Thursday||Two days of whitewater rafting down the Klamath River in Northern California and a final banquet end this journey on an unforgettable note!|
|Friday||Return to the Bay Area, where it all began. Say goodbye to your new friends and reunite with your family.|