We are now accepting applications for the 2023 and 2024 Grand Western Tours. Students on the tour are typically rising 10th or 11th graders (new enrollees must be between 14-16 years old on the date the trip departs). All participants will be required to meet our COVID vaccination policy at the time of the Tour. In 2022 participants were required to be up to date on vacinations and boosters. Spaces fill up quickly, so you are encouraged to apply now!
Upon final acceptance of your child’s enrollment applicaiont for the Grand Western Tour, you will incur a $1,000 non-refundable deposit. Final acceptances for the 2023 Tour will be issued within 7 days of submission of application and early 2023 for the 2024 Tour. Deposits may be paid by check, credit card or Western Tour credit. No deposit is due if your child is placed on the waitlist.
We strongly encourage you to consider purchasing trip insurance. We currently offer travel insurance for the 2023 Tour through TravelSafe, which includes trip cancellation coverage. The offered travel insurance must be purchased at the time of final acceptance of your application to be eligible for trip cancellation coverage. Complete details of the plan benefits and services for the 2023 Tour can be found here.
The cost includes all bus transportation, lodging, guided tours, entry fees to parks, and the meals highlighted in the final itinerary.
All application forms and payments are handled through CampSite. If you have any questions or need help completing the forms, contact us at email@example.com.
Being one of the only people from South Carolina on the trip was very intimidating and nerve racking the first day of GWT. I now live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband, a Raleigh native; he often comments when we are out and about "you know more people here than I do." The reason for this is almost always because of the friendships and people I met while on the Western Tour. The experiences I had and friendships I made will last a lifetime. It still stands out as one of the best summers of my life!