PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you get your room assignment, please come over to the Road Scholar desk in the conference center lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session.
ORIENTATION: Begins at 3:00pm. You'll have an informative overview of the program schedule plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures.
After a weary day of travel find your own comfort in one of the many ways soldiers have on the eve of battle (or during one of the many other hardships they face) as we listen songs of comfort and home. A live performance by a local musician will be held after the orientation. The song selection will include music from the era of the Civil War.Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with full salad bar and delicious dessert. The spacious Dining Hall provides a panoramic view of fields, surrounding woods, and often wildife. The meals prepared by our exceptional food service staff include vegetarian options and other choices appropriate to our global community.Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: Caring for soldiers and veterans should not just be an afterthought. See how soldiers of the Civil War were prepared for batlle and life at camp as local re-enactors talk about the arms and equipment of a Civl War soldier. A hands on presentation and questions session allows participants to see, feel, and better understand the lives of the common Civil War soldier.Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry CenterMeals Included: Dinner
FIELD TRIP: Antietam National Cemetery commemorates the bloodiest one-day battle in American history that resulted in 23,000 casualties (those killed, wounded or missing) after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The National Cemetery system was created due to the vast casualties of the Civil War. We will not only learn about the aftermath of Antietam itself but the way in which the fallen are honored on these hollowed grounds.Lunch: Enjoy lunch in our dining room, with hot entrees, salad bar, and dessert.Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Returning veterans sometimes have trouble reentering the lives they left behind. The church that is affiliated with our facility has started a program in order to help those returning from service readjust to life at home. We will have a presentation from one of its coordinators.
Another way of honoring veterans is hearing and respecting the stories they have to tell of us of their service. Hear one such story from a veteran about his tour of service and his new life back home. Feel free to ask questions, but please be respectful of the soldeir's experience.Dinner: Enjoy a banquet style dinner in the Shepherd's Spring dining roomEvening: MEMORIAL ILLUMINATION: This evening we remember the 23,000 casualties (killed, wounded, or missing) in one day of battle at Antietam on September 17, 1862. Working in teams, more than a thousand volunteers place 23,000 luminaries around the battlefield. Our motorcoach will take you through the park to view the Memorial Illumination with brief solemn commentary en route. It is a way of not only honoring those who fought at Antietam but a way of honoring those who continue to fight for a nation and cause they believe in. (PLEASE NOTE: The national park service may decide to cancel this luminary service due to severe or inclement weather, while this does not often occur it is a possibility.)Lodging: Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry CenterMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Meals Included: Breakfast