Rein Teen Tours Blog

Month: July 2012

Rein Project Hawaii – helping the world one child and one animal at a time

Aloha from Rein Project Hawaii ~The first week of the program was incredible. Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to…It all began when we arrived in Hilo and we were welcomed with these beautiful flower leis:

Aloha ~ welcome!
Excited to finally be at Project Hawaii
After getting a good night of sleep, we awoke the next morning and did lots of team building and orientation programming.
Team Building in the backyard of our hotel
Our teenagers have made incredible contributions at their service projects.Here’s a glimpse of the work we’ve done so far at our volunteer sites:Summer Fun:
Reading to the kids
Time with the young ones
Swimming with the kids
Sports time
Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary:
The group!
Walking the dogs
So sweet
Working with the cats
Camp Aloha:
Art time
Working together on a project
Play Time
Good times
Water balloon day
We’ve been on some really amazing field trips in the afternoons. Our first field trip was to Akaka Falls:
We hiked to see this beautiful waterfall
Wow - this is soooo Hawaii
Group photo at Akaka Falls
We also took a really cool field trip to Volcanoes National Park, where we saw Halemaumau Crater at Kilauea Volcano ….
Halemaumau Crater at Kilauea Volcano in Volcanoes National Park
… and we walked through the Thurston Lava Tube…
Walking through the lava tube
The entrance to the lava tube
In the evenings, we have the unique opportunity to take part in Cultural Immersion Activities. Our cultural kumus (teachers) have been so warm and welcoming.
We love Uncle!
At Cultural Nights, we’ve learned to dance hula:
…. how to play konane (hawaiian checkers)
… and  how to husk a coconut
Taste testing the finished product
After working hard at our projects all week, we flew to Maui for our first weekend resort getaway. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa was our home for the weekend:
The Hyatt Regency Maui
Another view of the pool
The penguin habitat at our hotel
Yup, in Hawaii!
During the weekend, we played in the pool and the ocean…
And we went banana boating!!!!
What an incredible time it’s been so far on Project Hawaii! Aloha….. 

Catching up with Western Adventure #3

Let’s take a look at Western Adventure 3’s start of tour….

Introduction circle on the first day
The finished product
Hammering in the tent stakes
Working on the corners
Bringing the cots into the tent
Pancakes for breakfast!
Ready to eat!
Campground fun
Who doesn't love s'mores??
The first exciting national park visit was Badlands National Park, in South Dakota….
About to start our hike at the Badlands
Climbing up!
The view from the top of the ladder
Rein Western Adventure #3 at the Badlands
While in Rapid City, South Dakota, the group went to Mt. Rushmore at night to see the patriotic lighting ceremony.
WA3 at Mt. Rushmore
Next stop – Cody, Wyoming. While in Cody, the group went rafting on the Shoshone River…
Getting ready!
Walking down to the rafts
…and went to the Cody Rodeo
WA3 at the Cody Rodeo
Getting into the spirit of things
Good times!
Next stop for the group – the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone National Park.The Grand Tetons….
Hiking the Grand Tetons
Beautiful day for a hike
Yellowstone National Park …
The 'Grand Canyon' of Yellowstone - check out the waterfall in the background!
Old Faithful
WA3 is having a blast – each day is better than the last!Catch up with you again later… 

Cali Caper #2’s day at the beach

This just in …Cali Caper had a blast today enjoying the surf & sun at their Newport Beach day.

Enjoying some R&R on the beach
Mermaid in the sand
Getting surfing instructions on the sand from our Billabong surf instructors.
What a great day – everyone will sleep well tonight! 

Photo Contest – Fun Bus Photo


That’s right – we’ve kicked off our ever-popular summer photo contest! These contests are fun challenges between our all of our tours and programs. The teenagers and staff have lots of fun with this friendly competition.This week’s photo challenge is: FUN BUS PHOTOContest rules:– all teenagers must be in the picture– Click on the link below (this is the link to our Facebook bus photo contest album) to see all of the pictures:– The picture in this album with the MOST LIKES by 11PM EST this Friday, July 13 will be declared the winner (the prize: glory – and some swagger for winning the first contest of the summer). – Post the link to this album on your fb wall, and tell all of your fb friends that they must LIKE your group’s photo (tell them to also LIKE our page while you’re at it) in order for your group to win. The picture with the most LIKES by 11PM EST on Friday, July 13 will be the winner! enjoy some tunes while you check out the photos: The Magic Bus (by The Who): 08 Magic Bus (Stereo Version)In no particular order, here are the pictures that were submitted:……………………………………………….California Caper #2

Cali Caper #2 - Fun Bus Photo
Western Adventure # 2
Western Adventure # 2 - Fun Bus Photo
Eastern Adventure
Eastern Adventure - Fun Bus Photo
Grand Adventure # 2
Grand Adventure # 2 - Fun Bus Photo - "San Fran or Bust"
Grand Adventure # 3
Grand Adventure # 3 - Fun Bus Photo
Western Adventure #3
Western Adventure # 3 - Fun Bus Photo - "Hey, I just met you and this is crazy. We're at the Holiday Inn by the airport. So call me maybe?"
Hawaii/Alaska #1
Hawaii/Alaska #1 - Fun Bus Photo
Grand Adventure # 1
Grand Adventure # 1 - Fun Bus Photo
Hawaii Alaska #2 - Fun Bus Photo - "HA2 gettin' down with 7-Eleven free slurpee day!"

Western Adventure #1 – what have you been up to?


Heyyy – it’s time to take a sneak peak at WA1’s fun!

The high adventure began for Rein Western Adventure #1 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Badlands National Park was the first fun stop in Rapid City:

Entrance to the Badlands
Starting our hike
Enjoying the Badlands
View from the top

















Next stop – Cody, Wyoming!While in Cody, the kids got to experience the Cody Rodeo – a unique activity that they certainly can’t do at home!  That’s what being on a teen tour is all about…

The Cody Rodeo
While in the Grand Tetons/Yellowstone area, the group saw Old Faithful and they spent a fun night in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
No trip to Yellowstone is complete without seeing Old Faithful!
The famous antlers in Jackson Hole


Alpine sliding in Jackson Hole


the alpine slide track
Check out some of Western Adventure #1’s camping fun…
Chill time at the campground
Check out that tent in the background!
Meal crew helping to prepare dinner
More dinner helpers
See you guys in California. Keep having fun out there!

Hawaii Alaska #1 hits the ground running

Sure the Hawaii/Alaska tours go to Hawaii & Alaska,  but there’s so much more to this itinerary than just the name.  Check out how much HA1 has done in just the first 4 days of the trip!Rein Hawaii/Alaska #1 started their adventure in San Francisco.

The group walked across the Golden Gate Bridge.
They had a perfectly clear day. Usually the bridge is hidden in fog!
The group rode a cable car down the hilly streets of San Francisco from Powell and Market to the top of crooked Lombard Street.
The view from the top of Lombard Street
The bottom of Lombard Street - the "crookedest' street in the world
The group caught a baseball game while in San Francisco, too!
Oakland A's vs the Red Sox. The A's won 3-2.
Feeling the spirit at the game. Hey, when in Rome....
After San Fran, the group traveled to Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe where they stayed at the amazing condos at the Village at Squaw Valley. Here, the group shopped for breakfast at the grocery store:
… climbed all of the high elements at our incredible Ropes Course
… and also spent a day on beautiful Lake Tahoe, where they enjoyed a day in the sun while playing in the sand and tubing on the lake.
All of this action in just the first 4 days!  Lots more fun to come in Oregon – stay tuned!!! 

California Caper #2 hits the southwest

Park City – check!Bryce Canyon – check!Grand Canyon – check!Cali Caper #2 has seen and done a ton so far.  Check it out below…Rein Cali Caper#2 started out in Park City, Utah,  where the teenagers enjoyed high adrenaline activities, including the alpine slide…

Riding the chairlift up the mountain
Getting ready to alpine slide!
Next, the tour headed to Bryce and Zion National Parks, where the teenagers saw once in a lifetime views and hiked in places parents can only dream of back at home…Bryce National Park:


The hoodoos (tall skinny spires of rock) at Bryce National Park
Check out that blue sky in contrast with the orange colors of Bryce








Beautiful day for a hike
View from the top







Group shot



Next stop – the Grand Canyon!


The Grand Canyon
Group photo at the Grand Canyon

Meanwhile, back at the campground…

Campfire time



Counselor appreciation...






Games at the campground:


Wait just a Minute to Win It...
We take our game time very seriously
Ask your kids about Minute to Win It - lots of fun!
Keep having a blast out there Cali Caper 2 – will post more from California! 

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