We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability


This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.


This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.


This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.


Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

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Ava Coles

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia
College: College of William and Mary

My passion for outdoor leadership was solidified during my time at Burgundy Center for Wildlife Studies in West Virginia, leading backpacking trips for 11-15-year-olds.

Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, I am junior at the College of William and Mary. In college, I sing in an a capella group — my current outlet for a lifelong affinity for music. I also love to run and somehow convinced my friends to compete in a half marathon with me in the spring of 2018. In addition to running, I am a member of the club soccer team. In my free time, I am usually cooking, beading, or hiking in Shenandoah National Park. During past summers, I’ve worked at a lodge in Yellowstone National Park, as well as a farm and ecology center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

In 2019, I led Maine Adventure and Northwest Expedition. One of my favorite moments in the Northwest was during our challenge hike, when my group spontaneously performed an original rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” to boost morale. This small act of camaraderie focused the attention back onto the group and ultimately pushed us to the summit!