Get Out There
This is your opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, and experience new and incredible things. This is not your average walk in the park. This is life-changing.
The mission of JYN’s “Over the Top” West Coast Camp program is to provide teens with a life-changing summer which stimulates personal growth, affirmation of identity, lifelong friendships and a love for the land of Israel, through an incredible adventure down the southwest coast of the U.S. Participants experience nature in the most exhilarating forms through amazing activities such as zip-lining the canyons, hiking the narrows, climbing the sand dunes, and surfing the Pacific Ocean. Through experiencing the warmth of Shabbat and “living Jewish” for almost three weeks, teens are infused with Jewish pride and identity, forge bonding friendships and gain valuable insights about their Judaism and the land of Israel that last a life-time. Overall, this is the truly ultimate trip for teens that offers the very best in physical, social and cultural experiences.
We travel via passenger van, travel time is limited to a maximum of 5 hours at a time and safety is our drivers top priority.
wHAT WE'RE DOING
EXPLORE FAMOUS PEARL STREET, BOULDER COLORADO
Campers will get a chance to unwind and enjoy shopping and entertainment along Boulder’s Pearl Street, a four-block pedestrian mall lined with shops, cafes and plenty of street performers. Pearl Street is filled with beautiful public art that is only surpassed by the stunning views of the Flatiron rock formations in the distance.
SHABBATON AT CHABAD BOULDER, COLORADO
Boulder Colorado is home to the flagship school of the University of Colorado, and the Chabad at Boulder is based primarily around the Jewish community on campus. Chabad Boulder features a two-level community centre and basketball court. Campers will stay at the Chabad centre for a special Shabbat, interacting with local Jewish university students, and will have a chance to tour the campus.
HIKING IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
While the trek may be tough, the payoff is worth it. As a team, hike through the front range of the Rocky Mountains, passing through wooded forests, overlooking waterfalls, get refreshed from the heat when you reach the snowy peaks, and feast your eyes on a breathtaking vista as we reach our goal.
CAMP OUT AT ESTES PARK
At the foothills of the majestic rockies campers will pitch tents, and cook out over a roaring fire under a blanket of stars in the cool mountain air.
WHITE WATER RAFTING ON COLORADO RIVER
Hop in a raft and hold on tight as we head down the Colorado River through the glorious canyon walls and thrilling river rapids. Stop for a swim to cool off and have a chance to learn about the ecosystem and history of the region with our expert river guides.
SUNSET AT THE GARDEN OF THE G-D’S
The Garden of the G-d’s is a landmark and public park in Colorado Springs, featuring awe-inspiring deep-red, pink and white sandstone formations. A sunset visit only heightens this experience highlighting the incredible colours at the vistas throughout the park.
HIKE PIKES PEAK, COLORADO (or drive)
Towering over Colorado Springs is Pikes Peak, the tallest mountain in the front range of the Rocky Mountains, sitting at 4,302 ft above sea level. The most visited mountain summit in the United States, the views from Pikes Peak were the inspiration for the song America the Beautiful,
VISIT THE HISTORIC TOWN OF MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO
Founded in 1872 the downtown of Manitou Springs still retains it’s old western charm. Explore the old town’s trading posts, oddities and be sure to stop at the vintage penny arcade to play pinball and some classic arcade games!
TRIPS TO THE LAUNDROMAT
Doing laundry can be fun! No really. It can be! Let us prove it. Campers will visit interesting small town laundromats, learning how to do their own laundry and maybe playing a couple games of Pac-Man while waiting for that load of socks to dry.
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
Red Rocks is a natural amphitheatre, and world famous music venue. Explore, play and hang out at this unique and special place set in the red rocks of Morrison Colorado.
HIKE UP CHAUTAUQUA TRAILHEAD
Of the shorter hikes on Over the Top hiking the Chautauqua trail is an excellent opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of Boulder Colorado and a taste of the active local lifestyle. Chautauqua Park is the perfect place to toss around the football or work on your photography skills.
UNIVERSITY OF CU CAMPUS TOUR
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the top public research schools in the USA. Campers will tour the campus with local students and see the home of the Colorado Buffaloes, and even get a chance to shoot hoops or play volleyball in the state of the art athletics facility.
EXPLORE ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
The Arches truly need to be seen to be believed. A marvel of nature, the Arches are a natural playground with surprises and curiosities around every corner. Hiking and climbing through the Arches can instil a sense of wonder in anyone.
CAMPING IN MOAB, UTAH
Camp between the plateaus of the dramatic Moab landscape and enjoy a bonfire with sweet smelling Juniper wood. Camping in Moab is a life affirming experience that will truly leave you feeling connected to the Earth.
Strap into an all-terrain vehicle with an expert canyon guide and reach new heights in a thrilling off road experience. Where we’re going, we won’t need roads.
Clip in and zip on a series of high-lines as we explore the canyons and crevasses that sit atop Moab Utah. This is unlike any other zipline experience!
BRYCE CANYON (CANNONVILLE UTAH) CAMPING
Cannonville sits nearby Bryce Canyon in the Bryce Valley though boasts an entirely different landscape than the canyon itself. Pitch a tent below the scenic cliffs of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and kick back and reflect on the day’s adventures.
HORSEBACK RIDING IN BREATHTAKING BRYCE CANYON
Covered in crimson rock spires or ‘hoodoos’ the landscape of Bryce Canyon seems almost otherworldly, and what better way to learn about it than by winding through the Canyon on horseback and listening to stories from local cowboy guides.
HIKE THE NARROWS AT ZION CANYON
Rated #5 in National Geographic's list of America’s top 100 adventure, hiking The Narrows involves wading through shallow water and passing through the walls in one of the most unusual and exciting hikes on the planet.
Hidden away in the outskirts of Page, Arizona is Horseshoe Bend a 4,200 ft vista overlooking the meandering Colorado River. Horseshoe Bend is an amazing place to take the perfect photo, or just sit and gaze at the mysteries and wonders of the natural world.
VERMILLION CLIFF - THE WAVE
“The Wave” found in Arizona’s Vermillion Cliff’s wilderness is one of the most photographed landscapes in the United States and is of great artistic significance. The steep, colourful, undulating sandstone walls of The Wave are bizarre and beautiful in equal measure.
LONE ROCK BEACH CAMP-OUT
Miles from any ocean in the middle of the Utah desert sits Lone Rock Beach. Aptly named after the giant stone column rested in the middle of the lake, peg your tent into the sand, toss around a football and go for a swim before a beach bonfire and cookout in this desert paradise.
HIKE DOWN THE GRAND CANYON
The Grand Canyon. The stuff of legends. For those who have never experienced the majesty of this place, you will not be disappointed. Gear up for the afternoon and hike down into the canyon, stopping to take in one of the world’s most famous and mysterious views. Keep your eyes peeled for eagles!
VISIT FOUR-CORNERS MONUMENT
Travel off the highway into Navajo territory into a very unique part of the United States. Sit in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah simultaneously, and explore the crafts of the Native American market at the Four-Corners.
SHABBATON IN FLAGSTAFF ARIZONA
Enjoy a beautiful Shabbat ceremony in Flagstaff Arizona with the warm localcommunity and learn what it is like to be Jewish in a small Northern Arizona city.
VISIT TO SEDONA NATIONAL PARK
Sedona, Arizona is a town popular amongst tourists and artists for the striking and powerful Red Rock formations that sit at the south end of Oak Creek Canyon. Visiting Sedona, it’s no wonder why so many come here seeking inspiration.
While natural beauty definitely dominates the experiences on Over the Top, 30 miles out of Las Vegas above Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam is one of the most incredible feats of civil engineering in the Western world that is an amazing sight to behold.
LAS VEGAS STRIP
While we won’t be rolling dice in any casinos, a visit to the famous Las Vegas strip is always an exciting thrill. Seeing the strip by night we will have a chance to explore the different hotels and attractions that light up the desert night.
HIKE KELSO DUNES, CALIFORNIA
The Kelso Dunes are 5 giant mounds of sand deep in the Mojave deserts. Climbing the dunes campers can have a chance to experience the ‘singing sand’ phenomenon where moving sand will make a low frequency rumble that can be heard across the dunes.
SHOPPING IN THE GROVE, L.A.
Take some time to relax as we shop and hang out at The Grove, with a beautiful farmer’s market and plenty of awesome shops The Grove is the perfect place to unwind.
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
Lining the streets of Hollywood Boulevard are 2,500 brass stars as tributes to some of Hollywood’s greatest. Keep your eyes peeled for your favourite star as we cruise Hollywood Boulevard’s souvenir shops and attractions.
Zuma Beach is one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in Los Angeles county, and a spot popular among surfers. Explore the sandy and rocky shores of this beach, watch the surfers as they play in the ocean, and enjoy a roundtable discussion session in the salty air.
SUNSET AT POINT DUME
Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean on Malibu’s coast is Point Dume, a large bluff providing expansive ocean views, and an incredible view of the shoreline along Santa Monica bay. The short hike up to Point Dume is rewarded with incredible sunsets over the Pacific coast.
SURFING IN MALIBU
First point in Malibu is on every surfer’s dream wave bucket list. Grab a board and get a lesson on the coolest sport there is. Challenge yourself in the wild surf and then bask in the glory on the beach while watching your friends wipe-out.
HIKE RUNYON CANYON
Get close-up and personal with the Hollywood sign as we climb up Runyon Canyon and overlook the City of Angels.
WALK THE VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK
Home to street-performers, skateboarders, and muscle beach, spend the afternoon strolling the boardwalk, grab some souvenirs, and shoot some hoops right by the beach!
VISIT HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
Visit Mann’s Chinese Theatre, the Walk of the Stars and other Hollywood landmarks as we hit the town. Keep your eyes peeled for your favourite stars!
SPEED-BOATING IN MARINA DEL REY
Hop in a speed-boat at the harbours of Marina Del Rey as we head full-throttle out to sea on a speed-boating adventure.