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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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 Jun 23 — Jun 28, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 23 - Welcome/Get-Acquainted Activities/ Team Buidling ...
Welcome/Get-Acquainted Activities/ Team Buidling and Challenges, Collaborative Games for Everyone

Afternoon: Registration 2:30-4:30 PM, check in at the front desk. Welcome/Orientation/Tour at 4:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Evening: Start off the week with a group photo. Get to know fellow participants through get-acquainted games and team building activities. Night hike optional.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 24 - Journal Making, Disc Golf, Low Ropes Course, Swim...
Journal Making, Disc Golf, Low Ropes Course, Swimming and Boating, Presentation on Michigan's Early Settlers, recreational time

Note: Recreation time for kids means free time for grandparents. Youth are supervised by Kettunen Center staff at the waterfront or in recreational activities for 1-2 hours daily.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Make a homemade journal using natural materials to record your week's experiences and family stories. Everyone will make their own personal nature journal and learn how to record thoughts, feelings and memories through writing and drawing exercises. Learn how to play Disc Golf and enjoy using your new skills on our 9-hole course.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM in the dining hall.

Afternoon: Kayaking and canoeing skills will be taught by a Certified American Red Cross lifeguard and canoeing instructor. Continue with team building skills on our low ropes course. Swimming and boating with a certified lifeguard on duty. Free time for grandparents.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Presentation by a local historian on Michigan's Early Settlers, the logging era, native American culture and the early railroad era. Free time to swim, boat and fish on Center Lake. Supervised recreational time for grandchildren, free time for grandparents.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

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

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 25 - Compass and mapping, Survival Skills, Presentatio...
Compass and mapping, Survival Skills, Presentation on Michigan wildflowers along the White Pine Bicycle Trail.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Compass and map skills will be taught so that participants, working as a team with their family members, will succeed on our Outdoor Survivor Challenge on Friday. Survival skills - such as shelter making, and fire building will also be taught.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Kayak and canoeing skills will be continued in preparation for our trip off-site to the Manistee River. We'll have our last team building session on our low ropes course. Recreation time for kids/free time for grandparents (Water Games! for kids occurs late afternoon.)

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Local naturalist will present a program on Wildflowers on the White Pine Trail where the group will be bicycling on Wednesday. Free time afterwards for swimming, boating, and fishing. Campfire with s'mores along the lake shore.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

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

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 26 - Kayaking/Canoeing the Manistee River/GPS (Global ...
Kayaking/Canoeing the Manistee River/GPS (Global Positioning Systems)/Archery/ Concert with Local Folk Musicians

Note: Half of the group will canoe/kayak the Manistee River in the morning and the other half will kayak/canoe the Manistee River in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: Half of the group will float the scenic Manistee River during an approximate 2-hour paddle on a leisurely, quiet segment of the river, under the leadership of experienced river guides. The other half will learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use a handheld unit. We'll use our new skills on our 15 waypoint GPS challenge course in preparation for finding Geocaches along the White Pine Trail.

Lunch: Lunch at noon.

Afternoon: The other half of the group will float the scenic Manistee River with an approximate 2-hour paddle on a leisurely, quiet segment of the river, under the leadership of experienced river guides. The other half will learn about Global Positioning Systems and how to use a handheld unit. We'll use our new skills on our 15 waypoint GPS challenge course in preparation for finding Geocaches along the White Pine Trail.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Supervised recreational times for kids! Archery with an experienced instructor. Enjoy a live concert with a local folk group "Lake Effect" who specialize in telling stories through their music and lyrics. Concert around the campfire if weather permits.

Lodging: Kettunen Center

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

Description: Enjoy the spectacular beauty of Northwest Michigan at Kettunen Center, a modern adult conference facility located on peaceful Center Lake near Tustin, 12 miles south of Cadillac. Surrounded by 160 acres of rolling hills and forests, it includes an arboretum and miles of hiking trails with a variety of outdoor seasonal activities available to guests. The Center's natural beauty and serenity, along with a professional staff, ensure an enjoyable stay. Classes taught by local experts.

Contact info:
14901 4-H Drive
Tustin, MI 49663 USA
phone: 231-829-3421
web: www.kettunencenter.org/lodging.html

Room amenities: Coffee maker.

Facility amenities: Walking trails.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $80.50 Family Rate
Additional nights are available if space allows. Exact pricing depends on number of adults and youth and meals would be at an additional charge. Please contact the center at least 2 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 2:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 27 - Biking the White Pine Trail/Fishing/Horseshoes/Sh...
Biking the White Pine Trail/Fishing/Horseshoes/Shuffle Board/Discovery Hike and Environmental Games/Swimming and boating/Storytelling and Talent Night/Campfire with s'mores and a night hike

Note: One half the group will be biking the White Pine Linear Trail from Tustin to Cadillac, approximately 12 miles. Along the trail, the grandparent/grandchild teams will be using their handheld GPS units to find Geocaches, identifying wildflowers and birding by bike. Participants may also visit the Historical Museums in Tustin and Cadillac should schedules and time permit.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: The two groups will switch with one going on the White Pine Trail bike ride in the morning and the other remaining at Kettunen Center and participating in Nature Activities and hikes. The City Park with its antique Shay Locomotive will be the meeting spot along Lake Cadillac for the groups.

Lunch: Lunch at 1:00 PM.

Afternoon: The two groups will switch with one going on the White Pine Trail bike ride in the morning and the other remaining at Kettunen Center and participating in Nature Activities and hikes. Participants will take a discovery hike through forests, fields and wetlands and play ecology games to learn more about native wildlife and how they survive. We'll share the old-fashioned games of horsehoes and shuffle board. Lifeguard on duty for swimming and boating. Preparation time for family storytelling and talents night.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 PM.

Evening: Storytelling Night! Work as a team with family members or new friends as you share your envionmental knowledge through skits, improvisation, songs and storytelling. Go for a night hike and learn about your amazing ability - Night Vision - and how to enjoy the night with your "other" senses. Explore the night sky and learn some basic constellations. Enjoy old fashioned s'mores before calling it a night!

Lodging: Kettunen Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, June 28 - Outdoor Survivor Challenge! Check out of rooms b...
Outdoor Survivor Challenge! Check out of rooms by 10:00 a.m., wrap up activities. Wrap up activities.

Breakfast: Breakfast at 8:00 AM.

Morning: The Outdoor Survivor Challenge will bring all the new/refined skills learned during the week along with your increased team building skills together in a positive team/family oriented variety of activities. Prizes awarded! Wrap up activity prior to lunch.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:00 PM.

Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


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Tustin, Michigan
Cadillac Area Visitors BureauYour guide to Cadillac and the surrounding area.
For additional information, visit: www.cadillacmichigan.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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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
22 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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