Student Handbook – Student Services
Enough of these structured diversions! How about some good old mellowing out around a campfire, a picnic in a canoe with your current love or spontaneous cross-country skiing by moonlight? Goshen has recreational options for individuals and groups that will get you out of the library and off to the dam or into the woods – or even north to the wilds of Michigan. And all of them are free or nearly free!
A group of about 25 people can be accommodated overnight at Brunk’s Cabin, a large log cabin on a lake in Michigan, about 20 miles from Goshen. This is a favorite place for winter sports such as tobogganing, saucers and ice-skating. Reservations are made in the student life office.
The cabin is on the edge of the Elkhart River, a few blocks from campus. Special outdoor activities are canoeing, picnics or walks along the river and through Witmer Woods. Campus reservations are made in the student life office; community/off campus groups contact the OCE office for a reservation.
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
GC’s 1,150-acre environmental education facility is just off U.S. 33 near Wolf Lake, 30 miles southeast of campus. Recreational activities include personal retreats, boating, hiking, cross-country skiing, hayrides, cookouts and volleyball. A fee is charged for some activities. Credit opportunities are available in the educational program and opportunities for volunteer work may be found both in the education program and in work projects of the physical plant. Events are scheduled through the program director of Merry Lea, (260) 799-5869.
Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center
While classes are in session, the Gingerich Center is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday (please call ext. 7500 for schedule.) To use the center, students who are enrolled for credit of one or more hours must present a Goshen College picture ID with a current validation stamp. Guests of students are welcome, however, a guest fee will be charged.
The Gingerich Center has three basketball courts, four racquetball courts, swimming pool, running track with exercise bicycles, stair climbing machines and a weight room, with weight machines and free weights.
The tennis courts, located east of the railroad tracks, are available for recreational use except during instructional periods and varsity practices.
Courts are located at the south end of the Yoder Residence Hall, and outdoor basketball in the Gingerich Center parking lot are available anytime weather permits. Equipment is available from the control desk of the Gingerich Center.
Recreation equipment such as tennis rackets or golf clubs can be checked out from the Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center.
Canoes are available for student/faculty/staff use at the College Cabin. Oars and life jackets are checked out at the RFC front desk. Canoes will be loaned out based on safe water levels by calling the Goshen Parks and Recreation department.