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STURGIS, MICHIGAN

A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.

Itinerary for May 12 — May 17, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Registration & Tour/Orientation
Afternoon: 4:00 p.m. Registration and walking tour

Dinner: Dinner is in the Dining Hall at 6:00 pm. Meals are buffet style with a variety of dietary needs in mind. Our staff seeks to create tasty, home style meals that are good for you, too.

Evening: Orientation

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Amish-Mennonite Heritage Class Field Trip-Visiti...
Amish-Mennonite Heritage Class Field Trip-Visiting Menno Hof in Shipshewana, eating dinner at Amish home

Breakfast: Breakfast is in Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit always an option, and hot foods. How do you like your eggs? We have them in a variety of ways throughout the week, plus breakfast meats and options such as pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: What is "Anabaptist" and where do the Amish and Mennonite traditions begin?

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: Field Trip to town of Shipshewana, IN, and a visit to Menno-Hof, a non-commercial setting to learn accurate information about the faith and life of Mennonites and Amish in north-central Indiana, one of the world's largest Anabaptist communities.

Dinner: At 5:00 pm we will enjoy a "Thrasher's Meal" at a local Amish home. This delectable repast recalls the experience of Amish thrashers who worked together each year at harvest time followed by a delicious meal.

Evening: Return to Amigo Centre

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

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

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Amish-Mennonite Heritage Class-Including a visit ...
Breakfast: Breakfast is in Dining Hall beginning at 8:00 am. Enjoy delicious meals with fresh fruit always an option, and hot breakfast foods including eggs, meat (variety) and a variety throughout the week of pancakes, baked oatmeal, or French toast.

Morning: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Migrations and Settlements.

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert. After lunch, you'll have an opportunity for an informal nature walk along some of our many trails where you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and lakeside. You might even see a deer!

Afternoon: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Meet with a local Amish couple

Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Get ready for some of our delicious desserts -- sure to tickle your palate -- Grasshopper Pie or Brownie Cheesecake, to name a few!

Evening: Campfire & Pontoon rides: Beginning around 6:00 pm we'll have a campfire with pontoon rides by the boat house near the Retreat Center. You may enjoy a leisurely ride on Big and Little Perrin Lakes, and/or gather around the campfire, singing songs, roasting marshmallows, and making S 'mores. (Everybody wants s' more!) We will alternate groups on the pontoon to allow for everyone who would like to participate.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

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

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Morning of free time - to visit the amazing Flea ...
Morning of free time - to visit the amazing Flea Market and Auction in Shipshewana ... we'll give you a list at the start of the week! After lunch we'll go on a Field Trip-visiting a local Amish farm, business and school.

Breakfast: Breakfast is in Dining Hall at 7:30 am (early to allow you more free time this morning). By now you'll be asking for some of our recipes -- baked oatmeal or homemade granola, everyone's favorite!

Morning: Free time

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:30 pm. Enjoy delicious meals complete with salad bar and dessert.

Afternoon: Field trip to local Amish community

Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 6:00 pm. Dessert could be Blueberry Crunch or Apple Crisp... both scrumptious!

Evening: SHARE YOUR TALENTS & TALES: We will gather around 7:00 pm for our very own "Talent Show" with and for the group. Bring a story, poem, song, hobby, or whatever you would like to present (for up to 5 minutes). We will also have time for you to share stories of other Road Scholar programs you have participated in and would most recommend.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

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

Description: Christian Camp and Conference Center located on 400 acres of diverse geography. Very peaceful location. Beautiful setting with a view of the lake and surrounding woods.

Contact info:
26455 Banker Rd.
Sturgis, MI 49091 USA
phone: 269-651-2811
web: www.amigocentre.org

Facility amenities: Public laundry. Internet available if you bring your own laptop.

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

Elevator: Yes

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Amish-Mennonite Heritage Classes
Breakfast: Breakfast is in Dining Hall at 8:00 am. In addition to the other tasty options, perhaps some coffee cake or rolls today.

Morning: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Gemeinschaft, core Anabaptist values, World War II and Civilian Public Service (CPS)... just to name a few of the topics we will cover today.

Lunch: Lunch is in Dining Hall at 12:00 pm. We provide a variety of home style meals throughout the program. What has been your favorite thus far? Please be sure to let us know what you have liked the best!

Afternoon: Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: Meetinghouse theology, Confessions of Faith, schools, earning a living... more topics we will discuss today.

Dinner: Dinner is in Dining Hall at 5:00 pm. Our closing dinner of the program will be a special occasion for celebrating the camaraderie of shared experiences and new friendships.

Evening: Evening Presentation: Amish and Mennonite Quilts. Learn more through lecture and photos of the history of the art of quilting - Amish and Mennonite style that is.

Lodging: Amigo Centre & Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 17 - Amish-Mennonite Heritage Wrap-up
Breakfast: Breakfast is in Dining Hall at 8:00 am. Last chance to taste that delicious homemade granola... we're sure you'll want to take some along home!

Morning: Final Amish-Mennonite Heritage class: What the Amish can teach us. We will conclude with our closing session and give you time to check out of your room before lunch.

Lunch: The program concludes with lunch in the Dining Hall at 11:30 am. We trust you have enjoyed this new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Sturgis, MI
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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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
5 Field trips

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