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.

Northwest Explorer

Three weeks in the Olympics, the San Juan Islands, and the Cascades.

Fun, friends, challenge, and adventure in the Pacific Northwest.

Sometimes you’re hungry for adventure. For new landscapes, for new activities, for new friends. Sometimes you want to do more, see more, experience more.

Northwest Explorer offers you all this. Hiking, backpacking, and sea kayaking. A beautiful and varied landscape and a small group — no more than 12 kids and two great Overland leaders.

The landscape is amazing. There’s no other word for it. Olympic National Park: beaches, rain forests, waterfalls, tide pools. The San Juan Islands: hundreds of islands, dozens of harbors. The North Cascades: big mountains, breathtaking valleys.

But here’s the thing: Northwest Explorer is more than just the sum of its parts. Because it’s an Overland trip, there’s a spirit that infuses every day and every activity. It’s not just seeing these places and doing these things, it’s about the people you’re with and the friendships that grow as the group makes discoveries and becomes close.

If you’re hungry for adventure, join us. Northwest Explorer might just satisfy that hunger, then give you more, much more than you ever imagined a summer experience could.

Have a question about availability?

Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672

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Overland offers introductory, hiking, language, and service programs domestically and abroad for students in 4th through 12th grade.