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Paddle Up! Learn to Canoe with Your Grandchild

Program Number: 21045RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2013 - 6/13/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $472.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Standard
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 16 years of age.

Share the beauty of the outdoors — and the fun of canoeing — with your grandchild during this nature-filled adventure in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Lancaster County. Under the leadership of outdoor education specialists, paddle along the tranquil waters of the lake at Muddy Run Park and go exploring along the Susquehanna River. Wade in the knee-deep water of Octoraro Creek to learn about the aquatic critters that live there, take an evening hike with a naturalist and enjoy free time for swimming, archery and zip-lining.




Highlights

• Search for wildlife at Muddy Run Park as you canoe along the lake with tips on paddling and canoe safety from expert instructors.
• Paddle along the picturesque Susquehanna River in search of mysterious petroglyphs.
• Share in the fun and challenge of a low-ropes course, followed by an evening campfire and s’mores.



Activity Particulars

Walking on uneven terrain; carrying canoes; canoeing for several hours per day.



Coordinated by Black Rock Retreat Center.




Accommodations
Modern retreat center in peaceful woodland setting in Lancaster County.
Meals and Lodgings
   Black Rock Retreat
  Quarryville, PA 4 nights
 Black Rock Retreat
Type: Conference Center
  Contact info: 1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $50-$70/night As available.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $50-$70/night As available.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00PM Sunday, June 9 You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat that night.
  End of Program:
11:30AM Thursday, June 13 You will be staying at Black Rock Retreat the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the Maranatha Retreat Center is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quarryville, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Lancaster
  Nearest highway: Retreat Center is along Rt. 472.
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia International - PHL Airport Code
  From End of Program
  Location: Quarryville, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lancaster

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Lancaster County Taxi Service - 717-626-8294 Friendly Taxi Co. - 717-392-7327 Yellow Cab (includes Hertz Car Rentals) - 717-392-2222

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
AMTRAK
phone: 800-872-7245

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

47 miles

   

There is no direct shuttle service available from any of the major airports. However guests can take Greyhound bus or AMTRAK from Philadelphia to Lancaster. Public taxi service is avilable from Lancaster to Black Rock Retreat.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In/Registration, Orientation & Getting to Know You
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Afternoon: RETREAT CENTER CHECK-IN AND PROGRAM REGISTRATION: As you enter Black Rock Retreat's Maranatha Retreat Center come on over to the Road Scholar table located in the center of the spacious lobby. Registration will take place from 4PM-5:30PM. You will receive your room assignment and all needed information for the program at that time. Black Rock's beautiful swimming pool will be open and available for you use from noon until 5PM. You are welcome to enjoy this facility prior to registration/check-in or afterwards as time allows.
 Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the Maranatha Retreat Center lobby for meal procedures. our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.
 Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7PM 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. 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 an interest in canoeing.

TEAMBUILDING INITIATIVES: Following introductions we will be lead by the program staff in various team building initiatives that will be fun for both generations. The evening ends with a delightful Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

You are about to embark on a new canoeing adventure in lovely and peaceful Lancaster County. Led by experts, you and your grandchild will not only learn how to canoe together but you'll experience the plentiful flora and fauna of the area and get a taste of local history and culture.

   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Basic Canoe Instruction, Picnic Lunch, Flat Water Experience and Nature Observation at MUDDY RUN STATE PARK
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Morning: MUDDY RUN PARK: Following breakfast, we will travel to Muddy Run Park located in rural Southern Lancaster County. Utilizing the 100 acre lake, experts will lead basic canoe instruction, including strokes, techniques and safety. This lesson will be beneficial for beginners and will also be a good refresher for guests with previous canoeing experience.
 Lunch: Guests will enjoy a delicious boxed lunch prepared by Black Rock Retreat Food Service at the picnic are within the 700 acre park.
 Afternoon: MUDDY RUN CANOEING CONTINUES: We will continue to practice our canoeing skills on the Muddy Run Lake. In addition we will venture further out onto the lake while our expert guides highlight the bountiful wildlife that thrives in the habitat at Muddy Run Park. Participants will also be given the opportunity to explore the various inlets and an island at their leisure.
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Evening: CREEK HIKE: Outdoor Education Directors will lead us to the Octoraro Creek which runs through Black Rock Retreat. Guests will be wading in the knee deep water as we look for and discuss the fascinating creatures that live there.

NIGHT SWIM: End the day with a refreshing swim in Black Rock Retreat's in-ground pool.

   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Canoe Trip on the Susquehanna River, Animal Program and Make-Your-Own Soft Pretzels
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Morning: SUSQUEHANNA RIVER FIELD TRIP: Progressing from the flat-water canoe experience of the day before, we will travel to the picturesque Susquehanna River to experience a moving waterway.
 Lunch: Guests will enjoy a delicious boxed lunch provided by Black Rock Retreat Food Service.
 Afternoon: SUSQUEHANNA RIVER CANOEING CONTINUED: As we travel down the river we will make note of the natural and cultural history. With local expert we will search for the mysterious petroglyphs along the way and observe the flora and fauna of the area. Possible stop at the Indian Steps Museum.
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Evening: MEET THE ANIMALS: Guests will enjoy a "Meet the Animals" program in Black Rock Retreat's new Nature Center. We will experience the fun of making our own soft pretzel and eating the fruit of our labors!
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Low Ropes Course and Teambuilding Initiatives
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Morning: LOW ROPES COURSE: Grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy working together on Black Rock Retreat's Low Ropes Course.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Afternoon: FREE TIME: Guests will enjoy an afternoon to relax by the beautiful zero-entry pool or to perfect their shots on the archery range or challenge themselves on the popular zipline (ages 12+).
 Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Evening: EVENING NATURE HIKE: Explore Black Rock's 100 acres in a guided evening hike ending at a campfire. Guests will have the opportunity to make old-fashioned S'mores in this peaceful setting.
   
Accommodations: Black Rock Retreat
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Canoeing on the Octorara Resevoir
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
 Morning: CANOEING ON THE OCTORARA RESEVOIR: Guests will be transported to the Octorara Reservoir for a few hours of leisurely exploring this scenic area.
 Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Quarryville, PA General Overview
Various attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions and museums.
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