Friday, March 6, 2009
Leap into Spring...
LEAP into spring! Lutheridge+Lutherock are offering a set of programs that were specifically created for school group retreats. What better way to celebrate the end of the school year? The spring season is growing in popularity. Take a moment and imagine spending your "Class Retreat" at the Biltmore Estate and nearby Riverbend Farm or Grandfather Mountain, home of the United Nations Biosphere Reserve. The LEAP Program also offers trips to the Pisgah National Forest which provides many opportunities for environmental learning and ski trips to Wolf Laurel, Sugar Mountain and Appalachian. We have worked hard to create a wide variety of outdoor educational experiences. Lutheridge+Lutherock also feature a group interaction course and the Alpine Challenge Towers. All of our “Class Retreat” experiences are fun, educational, memorable and will be uniquely yours.
We are eager to work with your group to accomplish the goals of your retreat. Whether we simply provide you with space, or if you choose, you can have our staff personally involved in the leadership of your retreat. Our staff is attentive to details and knows the surrounding area well, which will make your retreat a resounding success.
Lutheridge+Lutherock would like to show you why so many private schools have chosen us for their “Class Retreats”. Groups continue to come year after year because of our staff and the memorable experiences. Our program specialist is trained in group-building initiatives and has more than 17 years of experience with group dynamics and team-building. Contact Van to start planning your LEAP today--email or call him at 828-209-6303.
In addition to the bonding that occurs, there is a confidence that each student gains from the new experiences. The opportunity to push themselves and encourage others to do the same is a quality that stays with them well beyond the week on the mountain. In the past few years we have added a slide show from Lutherock to our graduation ceremony. It immediately became the highlight of the evening. I have run into many of our now 9th grade students over the fall - every one of them is still wearing their blue yarn from the closing campfire! My daughter is graduating from high school this year. She doesn't have her yarn bracelet anymore, but she still has fond memories of the time spent there. The staff is great. The activities are memorable. The chores, group games, and campfire devotions help expand each person no matter where they are in their personal walk. We are still waiting for our first negative feedback!!!
Laura Bluhm, Advent School, Florida
The staff took our ideas (we wanted a nature hike, canoeing, the Challenge Tower, and a cookout) they (Lutheridge/Lutherock) organized it, set it up, provided the proper staff (lifeguards, certified personnel, etc.) and all we did was show up! It couldn’t have been any smoother. The Challenge Tower was certainly a major highlight of our stay. Our children and staff commented on how good they felt about themselves after conquering such a fun, but challenging obstacle. Some children spoke of not being sure if they could do some of the challenges only to end up with more self-confidence than they came with!
Joe Tamer, Principal-Glenn C. Marlowe Elementary School