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Program #20859RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Mar 23 — Mar 27, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 23 - Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Din...
Afternoon: Plan to arrive in Lake Geneva in the afternoon. Check-in at Geneva Bay Conference Center at Covenant Harbor at 4:00 pm central daylight time. Please, no early check-ins. If you do arrive early, you are welcome to bring in your luggage, have a cup of coffee and wait in the lounge or take a walk down by the lake until your room is ready. Room key, name tag and program booklet distributed at check-in. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room. You'll find several hot entrees, a splendid salad bar and chef's dessert of the day. Grab a seat in the dining room and take your glass to the beverage center for your choice of soda, iced tea, coffee, tea or ice water. Meal times are a great opportunity to meet your fellow participants and talk about past programs you have attended.

Evening: We will gather in our private meeting room for ORIENTATION where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Then you'll have a chance to introduce yourself to the group and tell a little about your hometown and hobbies.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 24 - Norway's History and Culture
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room. You'll find a selection of hot and cold entrees along with fresh fruit and juice.

Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on A LITTLE PIECE OF NORWAY. For the Midwesterner, Norway conjures up images of lutefisk, lefse, mountains and trolls. Norway is this and so much more. This lecture will provide an overview of Norway and its people and geography. We will take a visual tour visiting travel highlights in Norway. Finally, we will catch a glimpse of modern Norway. Why does Norway continually top the lists of the best place in the world to live? Glimpses of Norwegian art, music and folklore will help us explore the Norwegian identity. Take a break between presentations to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room for a presentation on EXPLORING THE NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE. This lecture and interactive workshop will explore the Norwegian language. Participants will learn some basic Norwegian phrases and aspects of the Norwegian sound system. In addition, we will talk about the complex and fascinating language situation in Norway today and how it got to be that way. Expect to relax, produce some beautiful new sounds and sing a song or two.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.

Afternoon: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on NORSE MYTHOLOGY. The ancient stories of Thor, Loki and the other gods are consistent across all of Scandinavia. Delve into their personalities and also talk about the Vikings and their culture.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: Gather in our private meeting room for some light EVENING ENTERTAINMENT - TBA.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 25 - Norway's History and Culture
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.

Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on NORWEGIAN HISTORY. Learn more about Norway's historic struggle for independence. Take a break between presentation to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room for a presentation on NORWEGIAN HISTORY. Learn more about Norway during WWII and the sabotage of the heavy water production facility.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.

Afternoon: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN. When we hear the term Scandinavian Design we think of simplicity, minimalism and functionality. The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should not only be affordable to the wealthy, but to all, is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism. Discuss noted designers as well as take a look at award-winning architectural landmarks and famous art pieces like Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: Gather in our private meeting room for some light EVENING ENTERTAINMENT - TBA.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: You'll be staying at the Geneva Bay Retreat Center at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp. Since 1947, this faith-based camp and retreat center has been committed to providing excellent facilities and programming to the youth, families and adults who come to this lakeside location. Situated one mile west of downtown Lake Geneva on 52 beautiful wooded acres, the camp and retreat center offer an ideal location to learn, relax and create lasting relationships. The historic property includes several buildings left from the Sturges Estate created around the time of the Great Chicago Fire when wealthy families built their summer "cottages" at the lake and stayed for the summer season. Today, the Lake Geneva area is still known as Chicago's Summer Backyard. Guests are encouraged to explore the grounds and walk along the public access lake shore path. The path goes all the way around the lake (23 miles total) but even walking a small portion you'll see historic and modern homes, all beautifully kept.

Contact info:
1724 W Main Street
Lake Geneva, WI 53147 USA
phone: 262-248-3600
web: www.covenantharbor.org

Room amenities: Each guest room contains a radio/alarm clock, hair dryer, telephone with voice mail, soap, shampoo and lotion. This retreat center does not have televisions in their guest rooms; as a retreat center they do not want any distractions to get in the way of you getting the most from your program experience.

Facility amenities: Geneva Bay Retreat Center is a self-contained facility with 32 guest rooms, meeting space and dining room all in one building. An elevator provides access to all three levels (meeting and dining room in the ground floor level with two floors of sleeping rooms above). Free internet (wi-fi) service throughout the building. Due to the topography of the area, mobile phone signals may not always be reliable. Relax with new friends in two lounges, one with a television with basic news channels. No alcohol permitted on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.00
Call 262-248-3600, ext. 333 for additional nights availability.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 26 - Norway's History and Culture
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.

Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on THE NORWEGIAN KITCHEN. Join our executive chef for an exploration of Norwegian flavors and ingredients. Enjoy a cooking demonstration of several Norwegian specialties. Take a break between presentation to stretch and perhaps take a walk outside. Come back to the meeting room for a presentation on MUSIC OF EDVARD GRIEG. Take a look at the life and music of composer Edvard Grieg. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping develop a national identity, much like Jean Sibelius did in Finland .

Lunch: Buffet lunch at 12:30 pm in the lower level dining room.

Afternoon: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on THE ART OF NORWEGIAN ROSEMALING. This decorative folk art originated in the rural valleys of Norway and is characterized by painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scrollwork, lining and geometric elements, often in flowing patterns.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at 6:00 pm in the lower level dining room.

Evening: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation of HARDANDER FIDDLE MUSIC.Gain an appreciation of the Hardanger fiddle through tunes, stories, and examining its exquisite decorations. The tunes are from various regions of Norway along with some composed by Stoughton fiddlers Lars and Hans Fykerud of the early 20th century.

Lodging: Covenant Harbor

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, March 27 - Norway's History and Culture / Program Concludes ...
Norway's History and Culture / Program Concludes with Lunch / Departure

Note: Check-out of room by 10:30 am.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at 8:00 am in the lower level dining room.

Morning: Gather in our private meeting room for a presentation on NORWEGIAN IMMIGRATION. The upper Midwest was a magnet for Norwegian immigration. Learn why and how they traveled to America and what life was like once they arrived.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at 11:30 am in the lower level dining room. Program concludes with lunch. Independent departure by 1:00 pm. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Lake Geneva, WI
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For additional information, visit: www.lakegenevawi.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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4 nights of accommodations
12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
3 Performances

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