17367
Nancy
Living on the Frontier
Learn the fascinating story of pioneer Kentucky, from frontier knowledge and Native Americans to music, storytelling and traditional crafts. This learning adventure has it all!
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Program No. 17367RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
DAY
1
Arrival and Check-in / Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
Nancy, KY
D
Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. The Road Scholar table will be staffed beginning at 3:00 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: We’ll gather in the dining hall for a welcome dinner. Meals will be a buffet with a salad, appetizer, chef’s choice of entrée, and desert. Beverages include water, coffee, lemonade, and sweet tea. There are soft drink vending machines in the facility.

Evening: Orientation: We’ll gather in the hotel meeting room, our Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate; program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own. There will be interactive activities offered after the orientation to help participants get to know one another better.

DAY
2
People and Placed in 18th Century Kentucky / Trade Goods and Other Commercial Activities on the Frontier / A Visit to Jabez, KY / Campfire Rendezvous
Nancy, KY
B,L,D
Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center

Activity note: Note: The area around the conference center is hilly terrain. Walks will be up to a mile with moderate ups and downs over gravel or natural woodland surfaces.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: Our instructors will present an historic overview of migration into "Ka-ten-ta-ta," the name Native Americans used to describe what is now Kentucky. We’ll learn why people made the perilous journey, what they found here, and what they needed to know to make a go of it. Following a mid-morning break, we’ll meet on the deck and head out on a nature walk with our instructors, who will introduce us to some of the plants and animals familiar to pioneers.

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: In the meeting room, we will have interactive activity experiencing trade goods and other commercial activities on the frontier. Participants will have the opportunity for a hands-on education in weaving, quilting, dyeing, food preparation, animal tracking, and other necessities of life on the frontier. Meet on the deck for a field trip to the town of Jabez, KY, where we’ll visit a local store and see how present day needs compare to the needs of the frontier.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: We’ll gather on the porch for a short walk to the campfire ring where we will share songs, stories, and tales of adventure.

DAY
3
Identifying Birds / Animal Tracks / Animal Signs / Weapons and Firearms / Pioneer Re-enactment
Nancy, KY
B,L,D
Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center

Activity note: Note: Walking up to two miles on dirt paths.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: We’ll meet on the deck before learning about the local wildlife. What do the birds look like? How do they sound? Where do they live? Learn how to identify and find animals by their tracks. Following a short break, we’ll meet on the deck and go on a short hike with our instructors to find and interpret signs of animals.

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: We’ll attend our second frontier survival skills class, focusing on weapons and firearms used by pioneers to protect themselves and provide food for their families. There will be hands on experience and competitions. Meet on the deck for a short hike to the shooting range.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: We’ll meet on the deck for a short walk. Experience a live dramatization at the campfire ring, getting to see what life on the frontier was like for the pioneers.

DAY
4
Plant Identification / Uses and Preparations of Plants & Animals / Traditional Songs and Music of the 19th Century
Nancy, KY
B,L,D
Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center

Activity note: Note: Walking up to one mile on dirt paths.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: After meeting on the deck, our instructors will conduct a walk identifying herbaceous plants as well as native tree varieties.

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: In the meeting room, take the opportunity to participate in activities demonstrating how people on the frontier used plants for medicine and learned skills to make a variety of necessities.

Dinner: In the dining hall.

Evening: In the meeting room, we will watch and discuss an entertaining movie entitled “The Songcatcher,” about a brilliant musician who visits her sister in rural Appalachia and discovers a new life through music and the spirit of the local people.

DAY
5
The History of Farming / Finding Food / Pioneer Vittles / Open Fire Cooking / Cookout Dinner / The Great Vendetta
Nancy, KY
B,L,D
Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center

Activity note: Note: Walking up to one mile on dirt paths.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: In the meeting room, our instructors will introduce us to the farming methods used by the pioneers. What tools and methods did they use to provide food for their families? Following a quick break, we’ll reconvene on the deck for a short walk in the area designated to identify specific plants for food.

Lunch: In the dining hall.

Afternoon: We’ll gather in the meeting room where our instructors will conduct a program featuring samples of traditional food as well as other important information cooks had to know. Experience how the food we eat now-a-days is different from the food eaten on the frontier. Next, head to the campfire ring to see what was necessary to gather and prepare food for a meal in the wilderness of Kentucky.

Dinner: At the campfire ring, we’ll have a cookout featuring traditional pioneering foods.

Evening: We’ll gather in the meeting room for a presentation of "The Great Vendetta," also known as the generations-long feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, a famous incident in the late 1800's among the hill people of eastern Kentucky.

DAY
6
Birding / Pioneer Signs and Superstitions / Program Concludes
Nancy, KY
B,L

Activity note: Note: Hotel Check-out: 12:00 p.m. Noon.

Breakfast: In the dining hall.

Morning: We’ll meet on the deck to try our hands at birding. See if you can find and identify the local birds. In the meeting room, we’ll gather for a lecture on the signs and superstitions of the pioneers.

Lunch: In the dining hall for an early lunch. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!