What participants say about their Road Scholar Group Charters
"It's a wonderfully rewarding experience to do volunteer service at a unique site, and in the process have great fun with our GE associates. Road Scholar makes participating in these projects easy because of its superb logistical support and exceptional program leaders."
John, Program Coordinator, GE Elfun Retiree Group
"The program was a 100-percent success, wonderful from beginning to end. We’re all still on a high. We saw each other at an event at the Montclair Art Museum on Friday and it was like a reunion. Everyone was still raving about it."
Sharon, Montclair Art Museum
"We had a great time, and the consensus of the group was that Lucette and Jennifer were wonderful leaders. In fact, we felt quite spoiled with all their attention. Our biking group is more used to being self-sufficient. We agreed that having guides resulted in a much richer experience."
Bill, King Biking Club
"Our bird club has enjoyed numerous Road Scholar charter programs - in Maine, California, Arizona, Montana, and Uruguay. All have been outstanding. Excellent organization, terrific guides and lots of friendly, helpful folks made for some great birding experiences."
Jerry, Travel Coordinator, Wimberley Birding Society
"Our grandchildren and grandnephews don't get to see each other too often so this was a wonderful bonding experience for our family. It was a great learning experience for all of us, but especially the kids. They learned about rock formations, the trees, the birds. They absorbed it all like sponges. They even earned junior ranger badges."
Alberto, Boston, Mass.
"The program exceeded all their expectations. Our six- and eight-year-old grandchildren had the most fun of all us, particularly exploring the rain forest, visiting the chocolate factory and white water rafting on Río Sarapiqui."
Marvin, Philadelphia, Penn.
"Our family charter went very well. The children enjoyed learning about archery, building a fire, and canoeing, and we visited a beautiful waterfall."
Mary B., Washington, D.C.
"We are a large hiking club and have chartered nine hike oriented Road Scholar programs so far. These programs often take us on hikes we couldn't have found for ourselves. Hikes also mean more to us because the instructors tell us about the places and things that we are seeing as we go. Our biggest problem is that these programs have gotten so popular with the membership that they fill in minutes..."
Ronald, Chief Pathfinder, The Cleveland Hiking Club
"Our Hiking and Walking Club has chartered two hiking programs through Road Scholar – the first in Northern California and the second in Sedona – and we have scheduled our third program in 2011 to hike Death Valley National Park. Road Scholar takes care of all the details – from planning the program, arranging for all the meals and accommodations, to providing us with a toll free number for our hiking club members to call and enroll! What made this program so special is that in addition to the wonderful hikes, we also heard from a local naturalist about Redwood Natural and Cultural History, local historians and authors and had a presentation from a representative of the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center about local rehabilitation raptors and educational birds."
Ed, Group Organizer,Ocean Hills Hikers & Walkers
Lifelong Learning Institutes
"MILE (Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education) members have certainly enjoyed our charter programs with Road Scholar! Over the past nine years we average between 30 and 40 attendees at our charters. One of our key objectives when planning a charter is a travel time consideration coupled with educational interest. We try to limit our trip to less than ten hours driving time. We charter a bus to pick us up at Middlesex Community College in Middleton, Connecticut where we are housed. Our members support chartering Road Scholar programs for various reasons – the selection of interesting sites, getting to know each other, making new friends, and most importantly continuing to learn.
Through Road Scholar, we have chartered programs to Charlottesville, VA, Corning, NY, Williamsburg, VA, Cape May, NJ, Chesapeake Bay and Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA and Quebec, Canada. If past attendees were polled as to their favorite charter, I imagine many diverse opinions would be given. I enjoyed all of them! A noticeable core of our members consistently attends the charters and new members are constantly encouraged to join us. Our Road Scholar site coordinators have been very helpful and supportive, easily blending with MILE members. The charter staff at Road Scholar Headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts certainly offers great assistance and suggestions to anyone willing to try a charter program with their group. So, make plans and go for it!"
Ellen, Charter Chair, Middlesex Institute for Lifelong Education
"Forty-four members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Saginaw Valley State University recently returned from their first Road Scholar charter program. Our six-day trip to New York City was very well received, and we are already considering another charter program. Road Scholar staff and leaders are friendly, professional and very easy to work with. Thanks for making our OLLI look good!"
Jo, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
"We had a fabulous time. We learned a lot, and had a lot of fun. The speakers were great, the field trips were interesting. We were going all day long and had a" wonderful time."
Amira, Congregation Shaar Hashalom
"Road Scholar did a great job on our Mini-Reunion for Vassar Class of 56! We had so much fun reconnecting with our classmates and seeing Philadelphia with a behind-the-scenes exploration of the Barnes Foundation and the Art Museum and a performance of the Philadelphia Orchestra! We're pleased to spread the word that Road Scholar provides a format for a class reunion. Road Scholar takes care of all the details!"
Carol, Vassar Class of 1957
"Our program was wonderful! We had very knowledgeable guides and we learned a lot. When our class plans its next mini-reunion, we’ll again rely on Road Scholar to do all the planning."
Frieda, Mount Holyoke Class of 1957