When I learned about the opportunity to work with Jed and Carolyn, I was over the moon! I had the great fortune of working with them for five summers a decade ago. It only made sense to come back. Jed and Carolyn prove themselves year after year. I knew their mastery of camp along with my experience in travel and experiential education would be a fierce combination. What more, the three of us share foundational values that make for exhilarating, safe, and life-changing adventures.

We believe in the transformational power of adversity. No matter which Zeal trip you choose, you’re guaranteed to be challenged. White water rafting in Jackson Hole, hiking your first 14er, flying half way across the world; the challenges you’ll face are exhilarating and life changing.

We know safety. With years of experience in education, summer programming, and professional travel guiding; risk management isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a lifestyle. Of course we don’t rely on experience alone. We’ve been trained and certified in industry standard risk management skills and techniques. Every decision we make from country location to which restaurants we choose has safety at its core.

We demand quality, whether it’s our trip leaders or our website. We have spent three decades honing the skills that have gone into creating Zeal. You’ll find that every aspect and component of your Zeal experience has been intentionally included, while a host of others have been excluded. We’re so excited for you to join us and live the adventure!

Lastly, we believe in summer camp. Just like you, we know how amazing summers are when you spend them together with life-long friends, doing things you love. Now it’s time to take the incredible friendships and fun on the road!

-David Jacobson-Fried


Zeal Adventure and Travel