Sports for Health
The summer program is called Sports for Health. The event is usually held in the latter part of July. It is a full week from Sunday evening to the following Sunday morning. In this program, the vision impaired and blind participants are teamed with a sighted guide for such activities as:
- canoeing and kayaking
- tandem biking
- swimming (pool)
- fly fishing
- horseback riding lessons (fees and restrictions apply)
- orienteering using a Braille compass
The week concludes with a semi-formal dinner and a talent show featuring any member of the group who is willing to share their talent.
Ski for Light
The winter program is called Ski for Light and is a regional affiliate of Ski For Light International. Our event is a week long and held annually in January or February depending on when Ski For Light International is held. Vision impaired and blind skiers are paired with a sighted guides for cross country skiing on nearby trails around the lodge. Other activities include:
- games such as Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit
- a mystery gift exchange
- silent auction
The week concludes with a semi-formal dinner and a “no-talent” show featuring any member of the group who cares to share any degree of perceived talent.
All are invited to participate. If you have any questions about the winter program, please contact:
Land of the Vikings
This is where we held our events. Land of the Vikings (LOV) was the cultural and recreational center of the Sons of Norway – District Three. Land of the Vikings is located on 150 acres in a peaceful valley in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is surrounded by 5000 acres of state game land.
Sons of Norway – District Three could no longer sustain LOV operations and was going to shutter the lodge mid summer 2020. The impact of government mandated shutdowns brought about by the pandemic in early 2020 hastened the closing and canceled all activities.
For more than 30 years, LOV had been the site of Sports for Health and Ski for Light events. With heavy hearts we bid farewell to a treasured venue. But we will recall with fondness the picturesque backdrop, rustic charm, and wonderful memories of shared activities in the lodge and on the surrounding trails.