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Camp Road Scholar in the Ozarks

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Re-live the summer camp experience as you participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities in an idyllic setting
  • Take field trips to Onondaga Cave State Park or a local winery for a tasting and to learn how wine is made
  • Enjoy evening activities like live music, campfires and an ice cream social

Short Description

Go back to camp and choose your own adventure with indoor and outdoor activities like canoeing and painting in the beautiful Ozark Foothills. This is your chance to be a kid again.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Potosi
End City Potosi

Trip Includes

  • 7 nights of accommodations
  • 12 expert-led lectures
  • 8 expert-led field trips
  • 21 hands-on experiences
  • 1 performance
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • Road Scholar Assurance Plan
  • Taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: YMCA Trout Lodge

Check In, Registration, Orientation and Welcome Dinner

Afternoon: Check in begins at 3:30. Get settled in your rooms and unpack

Dinner: Welcome cocktail reception and orientation followed by dinner in our beautiful Trout lodge Dining Room

Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening after your travel day. Learn the history of our Ozark foothills and The YMCA as you explore the campus of Trout Lodge.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: YMCA Trout Lodge

Workshops 1-3, Tie Dye, Campfire, Drum Circle & stories

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the beautiful Trout Lodge Dining Room. All of our meals are served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos tea and juices.

Morning: This morning, attend your first 2 workshops that will include choices such as kayaking, sailing, canoeing. You may choose more adventure such as horseback riding or taking on the climbing towers. Other activities may include riflery, shotgun or aquatic ecology.

Lunch: Come together for lunch in our beautiful dining room. Sit and share stories of your morning while you enjoy our lunch buffet. Meals throughout the week may include french dip sandwiches, deli sandwiches, tacos, baked potatoes, pulled pork, fried fish, hamburgers and more. We also always have a fresh fruit and salad bar with soup and chili. Follow your meal with a large selection of desserts, sodas, coffees, teas or juices.

Afternoon: Enjoy workshop 3 for the day of your choice. Some of the choices may include a variety of arts and crafts options such as ceramics, beaded jewelry or glass etching to name a few. You may also choose to embark on a geology or nature hike, explore Missouri trees. Afterwards, rejoin the group for a Tie-Dye session. What says camp more than matching t-shirts?!

Dinner: After a fun filled day, join us in the Trout Lodge Dining hall to enjoy a nice dinner. Meals throughout the week may include pastas, chicken, meatloaf, fish, ribs and many more. As always all of our meals are served buffet style overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Evening: This evening, enjoy a campfire complete with s'mores, a drum circle, and stories!

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: YMCA Trout Lodge

Workshops 4 & 5, Bonne Terre Mines, Jesse James Mystery

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the beautiful Trout Lodge Dining Room. All of our meals are served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos, tea and juices.

Morning: This morning, attend workshops 4 & 5. You may decide to spend the morning on the beautiful waterfront where you can choose from classes such as kayaking, sailing, canoeing. You may choose more adventure such as horseback riding or taking on the climbing towers. Other activities may include riflery, shotgun or golfing.

Lunch: Come together for lunch in our beautiful dining room. Sit and share stories of your morning while you enjoy our lunch buffet. Meals throughout the week may include French dip sandwiches, deli sandwiches, tacos, baked potatoes, pulled pork, fried fish, hamburgers and more. We also always have a fresh fruit and salad bar with soup and chili. Follow your meal with a large selection of desserts, sodas, coffees, teas or juices.

Afternoon: After an early lunch, travel to Amazing Bonne Terre Mine that boasts a million gallon underground lake. Hike through this man-made wonder and take an underwater pontoon boat ride!

Dinner: After a fun filled day, join us in the Trout Lodge Dining Hall to enjoy a nice dinner. Meals throughout the week may include pastas, chicken, meatloaf, fish, ribs and many more. As always all of our meals are served buffet style overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Evening: This evening, band together with your new friends to solve the secrets hidden within the Jesse James Mystery Adventure. This event is low impact & indoors - offering puzzles and opportunities to come together as a team to solve a mystery surrounding the infamous Jesse James Gang.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: YMCA Trout Lodge

Floating Excursion, Chuck Wagon Dinner, Barn Dance

Potosi, MO  B,L,D  YMCA Trout Lodge served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos, tea and juices.

Morning: On this day, weather permitting we will head over to Bass River Resort to take a 3 mile float trip down the Courtois River. Water shoes, sunblock, and swimsuits encouraged! If this event is canceled due to low river conditions, we will take an all day boating excursion around our own 360 acre Sunnen Lake exploring our 7 coves, Goose Island, and Dolomite cliffs.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch on a water bank with your friends that include deli and vegetarian options, water, fruit and a cookie.

Afternoon: Continue your exciting boating excursion either on the Courtois River or Sunnen Lake. You may be in an 8 man raft or a 1 man kayak! Relax, splash, and look out for turtles!

Dinner: Enjoy a private, exclusive dining experience in an outdoor setting next to our amazing Pioneer Village. There may be St. Louis Style Barbecue! Afterwards, enjoy a hayride from the dinner to a barn dance at our very own Triangle Y Ranch! Don't forget sturdy shoes or cowboy boots to kick up some dust.

Evening: A Barn Dance led by our Ranch Staff complete with line dances and circle dances.

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: YMCA Trout Lodge

Workshops 6 & 7, Edg-Clif Winery, Boat Float

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the beautiful Trout Lodge Dining Room. All of our meals are served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos, tea and juices.

Morning: Enjoy workshops 6 & 7 including choices such as ceramics, glass etching, mosaic, boating, riflery, archery, trail rides on horseback, ziplines and more!

Lunch: Come together for lunch in our beautiful dining room. Sit and share stories of your morning while you enjoy our lunch buffet. Meals throughout the week may include French dip sandwiches, deli sandwiches, tacos, baked potatoes, pulled pork, fried fish, hamburgers and more. We also always have a fresh fruit and salad bar with soup and chili. Follow your meal with a large selection of desserts, sodas, coffees, teas or juices.

Afternoon: Head over to Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyards for a fascinating glimpse into the world of wine making. These sisters are experts, and their passion for their work will shine as they take you through the wine making process. Afterwards, enjoy a generous wine-tasting where you'll have the opportunity to sample the fruits of their labor and purchase wine or beer for yourself.

Dinner: After a fun filled day, join us in the Trout Lodge Dining hall to enjoy a nice dinner. Meals throughout the week may include pastas, chicken, meatloaf, fish, ribs and many more. As always all of our meals are served buffet style overlooking Sunnen Lake.

Evening: Enjoy a relaxing, twilight pontoon boat ride on Sunnen Lake with a special bonus - Rootbeer Floats!

Day 6

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: YMCA Trout Lodge

Onondaga Cave State Park, workshop or explore for yourself.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the beautiful Trout Lodge Dining Room. All of our meals are served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos, tea and juices.

Morning: Right after breakfast, head out with your new friends to another local wonder - Onondaga Cave State Park. This will include underground hiking with some steps and inclines. There are hand railings throughout. It is an amazing natural wonder!

Lunch: Come together for lunch in our beautiful dining room. Sit and share stories of your morning while you enjoy our lunch buffet. Meals throughout the week may include French dip sandwiches, deli sandwiches, tacos, baked potatoes, pulled pork, fried fish, hamburgers and more. We also always have a fresh fruit and salad bar with soup and chili. Follow your meal with a large selection of desserts, sodas, coffees, teas or juices.

 

Afternoon: Enjoy workshop 8 this afternoon. Choose to embark on a geology or nature hike, or explore Missouri trees. There will be many options to choose from. This afternoon would also be a perfect opportunity to do some exploring on your own to other local sites such as Elephant Rocks State Park, Washington State Park, or explore Trout Lodge on your own.

 

Dinner: After a fun filled day, join us in the Trout Lodge Dining hall to enjoy a nice dinner. Meals throughout the week may include pastas, chicken, meatloaf, fish, ribs and many more. As always all of our meals are served buffet style overlooking Sunnen Lake.

 

Evening: Tonight, enjoy a campfire led by our exciting international staff. They will have you singing, and clapping with skits and "repeat after me" camp songs. Caution: There may be more s'mores!

 

DAY

7

Workshops 9 & 10, Herdview Hayride, Closing Dinner & Karaoke

Potosi, MO  B,L,D  YMCA Trout Lodge

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the beautiful Trout Lodge Dining Room. All of our meals are served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos, tea and juices.

 

Morning: This morning, enjoy your last workshops: 9 & 10. More classes such as kayaking, sailing, canoeing. You may choose more adventure such as horseback riding or taking on the climbing towers. Other activities may include riflery, shotgun or golfing.

 

Lunch: Come together for lunch in our beautiful dining room. Sit and share stories of your morning while you enjoy our lunch buffet. Meals throughout the week may include French dip sandwiches, deli sandwiches, tacos, baked potatoes, pulled pork, fried fish, hamburgers and more. We also always have a fresh fruit and salad bar with soup and chili. Follow your meal with a large selection of desserts, sodas, coffees, teas or juices.

 

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time this afternoon, then put on that tie-dye and board the hayride wagon with your new friends. Enjoy an amazing hayride through the pastures where our horses live. Stop midway through to watch the herd head out to pasture for the evening. An amazing opportunity for photos!

 

Dinner: Enjoy a private catered dinner with your new friends boasting a celebrated regional dessert: Gooey Butter Cake.

 

Evening: Put on your smiles and your dancing shoes! Sing some karaoke tunes! Expect solos, duets, and even group sing alongs as we wrap up a whirlwind week of non-stop fun!

 

DAY

8

Program Conclusion

Potosi, MO  B,L

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served in the beautiful Trout Lodge Dining Room. All of our meals are served buffet style with a variety of selections on the hot food bar. Breakfast selections may include eggs, pancakes, waffles, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, sausage or bacon. The selection changes daily. We also serve fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, coffee, cappuccinos, tea and juices.

 

Morning: Program concludes. We will have a brief closing ceremony that will include a slideshow of the weeks' events, and there may be Trout Lodge merit badges involved! Thank you for joining us for the ultimate camp experience! Best to you as you travel home!

 

Lunch: If your transportation is scheduled later in the day, please enjoy lunch in our beautiful dinning room. Sit and share stories of your morning while you enjoy our lunch buffet. Meals throughout the week may include French dip sandwiches, deli sandwiches, tacos, baked potatoes, pulled pork, fried fish, hamburgers and more. We also always have a fresh fruit and salad bar with soup and chili. Follow your meal with a large selection of desserts, sodas, coffees, teas or juices.

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism.

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This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
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While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Best trip I ever took!

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Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Sunrise, Sunset, Learning Photography

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Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

As such, you can now expect that sleep will be an issue as you will get to bed late and rise early. But the territory is beautiful at all times, and more so illuminated by the golden light.

In order to maximize your sleeping ability, the tour is only offered in the spring and the fall. Doing this in the winter would be pretty cold and require special equipment to traverse the snow. Doing it in the summer would basically mean no sleep as the daylight is so long.

A great learning experience in beautiful territory.
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Thank you Road Scholar

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Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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Thank you Road Scholar!

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Road Scholar tours are the best bang for your buck

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This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.
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Intimate Group - 12 max

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YMCA Trout Lodge

7 nights  Potosi

Perched on 5,200 acres of picturesque, forested hills in the northeast corner of the Mark Twain National Forest, newly renovated Trout Lodge offers hotel-style lodging with two queen beds, full bath and a balcony or patio overlooking beautiful Sunnen Lake. Walking paths abound and there are dozens of places to sit and socialize, indoors and out. An exceptional array of available activities includes nature hikes, horseback riding, zip lining, many water and boating activities, a ropes course and a climbing wall. Good to Know: Alcohol allowed only in rooms. Soap provided, but not shampoo. No TVs in rooms; TV in common area. Cell phone service spotty. Housekeeping once a week.

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Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 7 Dinners


The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian

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