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Program #8553RJ
6 Days | 5 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.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevation ranges from 800 - 1100 feet

Itinerary for Aug 23 — Aug 28, 2015

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, August 23 - Check-in and orientation.
Note: Arrive and check in beginning at 3:30pm. Fruit basket at registration table.

Afternoon: Check-in: Available from 3:30pm. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. Help yourself to the fruit basket! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check-in. Orientation: 4:30pm. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, or activities. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: In the Trout Lodge dining room, enjoy a buffet with selections from two soups, salad bar, two entrees, assorted side dishes, and dessert bar. Drink options include: coffee, tea, water, juice, soda and milk.

Evening: Introduce yourself, meet the instructors and get to know one another better. Enjoy an evening snack, decaf coffee and tea.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, August 24 - Two morning classroom sessions on humorous author...
Two morning classroom sessions on humorous authors and distractions from daily life. One afternoon classroom session on humor and music. Join our tour guide to explore our facility by bus. Wine Tasting in the evening.

Note: Low activity level.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast varies daily,including sausage or bacon omelet, biscuits and gravy, bacon, pancakes or french toast. Fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries are always available. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk, and juices.

Morning: Our first session will discuss humorous authors. Followed by a short break. The second session involves class participation and humorous activities. Coffee, water and fruit available during both classes.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch option with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Coffee, tea, milk, water, juices and soda available at no extra cost.

Afternoon: The afternoon classroom session consists of film clips and discussion about humor and music. Following the session, we'll experience the beauty of Trout Lodge, by bus with short walks to points of interest. Situated on a 360-acre lake, Trout Lodge is surrounded by 5,200 acres of forest-covered hills. There is also free time available to explore on your own.

Dinner: In the dining room, enjoy choices of two entrees from the hot buffet bar, soup and salad bar, desserts and beverages all included.

Evening: Peaceful Bend Vineyard brings local wines to us. Experience their fully Missouri-made wine. Join the owner in tasting wines and learning about the wine-making process.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

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

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, August 25 - Two morning sessions continue discussions of humo...
Two morning sessions continue discussions of humor in writing and in daily life. The afternoon offers a field trip to Maramec Spring Park and Peaceful Bend Vineyard. After dinner relax and enjoy a movie.

Note: Afternoon field trip includes walking on sidewalks and gravel.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room.

Morning: We begin the day with humor in writing. Following a short break, return for silliness, amusements and diversions. Coffee, tea, and water available during class.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in the dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Afternoon: Field trip to Maramec Spring Park, which boasts the fifth largest natural spring in Missouri. Learn about the spring from the park naturalist, and explore the iron works based there in the late 1800's and early 1900's, through the museum and remaining historical markers. Immediately after the park, we will visit Peaceful Bend Vineyard. Learn about the wine-making process and machinery from the experts. Taste the local wine. Wine is available for purchase.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Evening: Relax at the lodge and enjoy some popcorn while watching a film about the music and history of the Ozark region.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

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

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, August 26 - In the morning we will deepen our understanding o...
In the morning we will deepen our understanding of authors, gather new titles to add to your book list, and escape the toil of the daily grind. The afternoon offers a look inside the violin-making process.

Note: The nature hike has gradual hills and somewhat rocky terrain. Bring appropriate footwear.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room, also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.

Morning: Start the day with parody, poetry and satire. End the morning outside, weather permitting, mixing in groups with other participants and getting silly.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Afternoon: See each step of how violins are made with a local luthier. Enjoy a guided mile-long hike on well-kept nature trails on Trout Lodge property.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Evening: Evening tea. Enjoy coffee, tea and scones as you spend time with your fellow participants and make new Road Scholar friends.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

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

Description: Modern hotel style room with patio or balcony overlooking Sunnen Lake. Property has Wi-Fi.

Contact info:
13528 State Hwy AA
Potosi, MO 63664 USA
phone: 314-241-9622
web: www.troutlodge.org

Room amenities: Guest controlled heat and air condition. Balcony or patio overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Facility amenities: Wi-Fi available in most areas of property. Laundry is also available

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $65 per person special rate.
Additional nights include 3 meals in our dining room and most Trout Lodge activities.

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, August 27 - Finish an unfinished story by Mark Twain, learn h...
Finish an unfinished story by Mark Twain, learn how everyday objects can be used for games and laughter, and warm up the vocal chords with some karaoke. Spend the last night with friends and ice cream. l.

Note: The pontoon boat is open-air, with comfortable seating.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.

Morning: Learn more about local-boy Mark Twain. Hear an unfinished story, and then get an opportunity to finish it yourself. Then get creative juices flowing with a newspaper fashion show.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Afternoon: Sing alone or with your friends. Karaoke is fun for all ages. Don't worry about the lyrics, the screen shows you the words! Free afternoon to try new activities at the Lodge or get a closer look at Sunnen Lake on a pontoon boat ride. Or explore the surrounding area. Sights worth seeing include Elephant Rocks State Park, Fort Davidson, the antiques in Caledonia, and Bonne Terre Mines.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Evening: Ice Cream Social. Spend a delightful last evening of the program at an ice cream social with all the fixings. Passport stickers will be available, so bring your passport.

Lodging: YMCA Trout Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 28 - Wrap up the week talking about best-selling books...
Wrap up the week talking about best-selling books, funny state mottos, learning to play an instrument!

Note: Check out time is by 11:30am. Please check with the Group Leader if you'd like to stay longer after the program concludes.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.

Morning: 3 - 45 minute classroom sessions with short breaks between them. Classes will finish by 11:00am. First, take a trip through history with best-selling books from 1900 to today. The second session offers brain teasers and playful state mottos. Conclude the program by learning how to play an instrument.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Lunch is included in the program. A boxed lunch is available for an additional fee for those that wish to leave as soon as class is over.

Afternoon: We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys! Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance like horseback riding or climbing towers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout LodgeFull use of YMCA Trout Lodge. Includes boathouse, fishing, hiking, tennis, golf, mini-golf, lake swimming, Arts and Crafts, horseback riding and climbing towers. Some may require an additional fee.
For additional information, visit: www.ymcatroutlodge.org
Elephant RocksThe giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. The coarsely crystalline red granite forms are popular with history buffs (who like to read the names of the 19th century miners who used to work in the area and who carved their names into rocks), children (who love to climb and scramble over and through the rocks) and parents (who revel in taking pictures of their children pretending to push the rocks). The park has a trail that winds through the rocks, which is an interpretative Braille trail. Abundant picnic areas and vibrant fall colors add to the park’s appeal.
For additional information, visit: mostateparks.com/park/elephant-rocks-state-park
Johnson Shut-insPlay in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.
For additional information, visit: mostateparks.com/park/johnsons-shut-ins-state-park
Fort DavidsonFort Davidson (at the base of the lookout, Pilot Knob Mountain) was a strong defensive position: hexagonal walls nine feet high and ten feet thick, surrounded by a dry moat nine feet deep. Two long rifle pits ran out from the walls and a reinforced board fence topped the earthworks. Access to the fort was through a drawbridge on the southeastern corner of the structure. In September of 1864, Fort Davidson became the scene of one of the bloodiest and most important battles of the Civil War in Missouri . . . the Battle of Pilot Knob.
For additional information, visit: www.missourihistorictowns.com/missouri-historic-places/pilot-knob-missouri-history-landmarks.htm

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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
15 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

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