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Program #20538RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
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Itinerary for Apr 14 — Apr 19, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 14 - Check in and registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Registration and welcome in retreat center lobby.

Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.

Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible via the SPI. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to relax and prepare for the full day of activity and learning ahead.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 15 - Guided tours of historic Ephrata Cloister and Lit...
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: See a glimpse of this interesting part of Lancaster's history as we are guided around the Ephrata Cloisters. Also included will be a stop at an Amish farm and gift shop operated by a charming and welcoming Old Order Amish family.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided during the tour.

Afternoon: Travel to beautiful Lititz for tour of Lititz Moravian Church. Learn about the Moravian heritage and the history of this quaint town.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: PBS film: Amish - People of Preservation

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

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

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 16 - Excursion to Downtown Lancaster City and Landis V...
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Leave on charter bus for Downtown Lancaster City. Our day will possibly include a walking tour of the city as well as Demuth Museum and historic Lancaster Central Market.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Lancaster City.

Afternoon: Learning continues by visiting the interesting Landis Valley Museum and enjoying a guided "Taste of Pennsylvania Dutch" tour.

Dinner: Experience a traditional meal in an Old Order Amish home.

Evening: Savor the experiences of the day as we meander back to Black Rock Retreat on peaceful country roads.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 17 - Amish and Mennonite lecture and free time
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: "The Radical Reformation - Then and Now" lecture by Brinton Rutherford about the Amish and Mennonites.

Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: Local presenter, Carolyn Mellinger, will share from her life - "Growing Up Mennonite" followed by opportunity to make (and eat) your own soft pretzel.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

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

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 18 - Lancaster County Three Histories Tour - featuring...
Lancaster County Three Histories Tour - featuring Swiss German, Native American and African American Story Tellers

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Leave on coach for "Three Stories" tour. Sites include Bart Meeting House, site of Christiana Resistance (Underground Railroad) and 1719 Hans Herr House.

Lunch: Boxed lunch.

Afternoon: "Three Stories" tour continues with travel to Columbia, Conestoga, Habecker Mennonite Church and sites in Lancaster City and Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: "Quakers in Our Midst" lecture by Brinton Rutherford.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 19 -
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Program concludes with wrap-up session.

Lunch: Boxed lunches are available at end of session at 10AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Quarryville, PA
General OverviewVarious attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre.
For additional information, visit: www.padutchcountry.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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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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