Canoes, Horses & Fun: Outdoor Exploring With Your Family
Take some family time as you explore the Ozark foothills by horseback and canoe. Learn about local geology, discover the forest and enjoy good old-fashioned s’mores by the campfire.
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Program No. 22180RJ
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
4 B 5 L 5 D
Registration & Orientation
Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Fruit basket available at the registration table.

Afternoon: Check-in: Available from 3:30pm. Program Registration: Check in at the front desk and receive your Road Scholar Welcome packet. Orientation: 4:30pm. The 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, or activities. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: In the Trout Lodge dining room, enjoy a buffet with selections from two soups, salad bar, two entrees, assorted side dishes, and dessert bar. Drink options include: coffee, tea, water, juice, soda and milk.

Evening: Explore Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood and learn about the week's activities. Afterward, introduce yourself and get to know one another better.

Spend the morning learning what's in and around the water, followed by a riding lesson. After lunch enjoy canoeing on Sunnen Lake, a visit to the Nature Center and a Night Hike.
Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Horseback riding requires long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring shoes that can get wet for water ecology.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast varies daily,including sausage or bacon omelet, biscuits and gravy, bacon, pancakes or French toast. Fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries are always available. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk, and juices.

Morning: "What's in and around the water" - hands on lesson on aquatic ecology at our very own cold springs. Learn how to tack horses, and enjoy an educational Arena Ride at the Equestrian Barn.

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch option with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Coffee, tea, milk, water, juices and soda as well as dessert!

Afternoon: Canoeing on Sunnen Lake led by Trout Lodge canoe instructor.

Dinner: In the dining room, enjoy choices of two entrees from the hot buffet bar, soup and salad bar, desserts and beverages all included.

Evening: Make new friends at the Nature Center. Learn about habitats, diet and even pet the rabbits, snakes or lizards. Once darkness falls, enjoy a night hike led by Trout Lodge Program Specialists.

Follow the trail and uncover rocks and minerals. Then experience amazing Elephant Rocks State Park. End the day by climbing Alpine Tower, swinging on Alpine Swing and zip through the night sky on the zip line!
Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Elephant Rocks State Park and Alpine Tower/Swing require closed-toe shoes. Wear comfortable clothes.

Breakfast: Buffet style. Vegetarian options.

Morning: Rocks and Minerals - enjoy an expert led hike to outside our Lead Mine where you will explore different types of rocks by digging for your own during this geology expedition.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Elephant Rocks State Park.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon at Elephant Rocks State Park where there are amazing natural geological wonders all around. Two routes through the park are available, one on a paved walkway, the other up and over the rocks. On the way back, stop and explore Caledonia. This small town is known for antiques, hand-dipped ice cream and candy from the general store.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Evening: Enjoy climbing our very own Alpine Tower and Alpine Swing... Alpine Tower - You'll climb over obstacles including "Lucky Charms", hanging logs, giant logs, and missing link as you scale this 50-foot, hourglass-shaped climbing structure. Alpine Swing - You'll wear a harness and helmet, and you'll be hooked into a cable that will pulled into the air by your friends and family on the ground until you're hanging approximately 40 feet in the air. When you're ready to swing, you'll let go of a release cord. You'll fly through the air, "swinging" back and forth over a distance of about 60 feet. End the night by zipping through the night sky on our Moonlight Zip Line.

Ranch activities, fishing, campfire
Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Horseback rides require long pants and closed-toe shoes. Fishing poles are provided.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room, also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.

Morning: Ride a horse on a 45 minute trail ride, then learn to lasso a cow and brand a piece of leather to take home

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Afternoon: Use your free time to explore activities at Trout Lodge, or even revisit some you did before. Fish for Trout, Sunfish or maybe even Catfish from the banks of Sunnen Lake.

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Evening: Play new games, or teach a game to the group. Tell a story, brain teaser or joke at campfire, and even make s'mores.

Float leisurely down the river on inflatable rafts.
Potosi, MO
YMCA Trout Lodge

Activity note: Water shoes, preferably with a heel strap are encouraged. Wear clothes that can get wet.

Breakfast: Hot buffet breakfast in dining room also includes fresh fruit, breads, cereals and pastries.

Morning: Head off on our Float Trip led by Bass River Resorts. In the case of low water conditions on the river, enjoy an exciting boating excursion on our very own 360 acre lake that boasts 7 coves, Goose Island and dolomite bluffs.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch on the beach.

Afternoon: Finish the float trip and return to the lodge to relax and dry off. Spend a free afternoon however you please!

Dinner: Hot buffet dinner in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies.

Evening: After a long day in the sun, relax and enjoy a movie and popcorn.

Wrap up the week with a hay ride at the ranch.
Potosi, MO

Activity note: Check out is 11:30 am. Please check with the Group Leader if you'd like to stay longer after the program concludes.

Morning: Take a hay ride through the horse pastures. Don't forget to take pictures of your new friends!

Lunch: Hot buffet lunch in dining room with soup and salad bar. Menu varies. Lunch is included in the program. A boxed lunch is available for an additional fee for those that wish to leave as soon as class is over.

Afternoon: 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! Free time available to use YMCA Trout Lodge after check-out for all participants. Do some of the activities that you wanted to do but didn't get the chance like archery or a banana boat ride.

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