During their time at the Academy, Fellows volunteer at the Osprey Point Retreat & Conference Center. This integral part of the Academy experience helps ground the intellectual and spiritual life of the community in a spirit of practical service and hospitality.
Fellows serve up to 16 hours per week at the Conference Center. While some weeks are quite busy, the average number of hours worked per week is 8-10. During a shift, Fellows report to the Conference Center staff. Fellow responsibilities include prepping and cooking meals for guests, waiting and busing tables, as well as cleaning guest rooms. Fellows are trained in the kitchen by a professional chef and by the end of the year are often developing menus and cooking their own gourmet meals.
To further develop leadership and hospitality skills, each class plans and hosts an annual conference. This conference is designed to share the mission and message of the Academy with a wider audience, especially potential fellowship applicants. Past conferences include Assessing & Engaging Global Culture with Dr. Os Guinness and Doug Holladay (2008), The Integrity Weekend with Dr. Francis Collins and Kelly Monroe Kullberg (2009), and Responsible to Risk with Dr. D. Michael Lindsay and Andy Crouch (2010).
Osprey Point Retreat & Conference Center
For more information visit the website section on Osprey Point or visit www.ospreypoint.org.
Osprey Point, once a working farm, is now a stunning and secluded Chesapeake Bay destination that offers a unique getaway free from the noise and stress of the work day – only 90 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore. Clientele include corporations and government organizations from the DC and Annapolis area, as well as other community and non-profit organizations.
- Casually elegant conference center and meeting room
- 25 exquisite guest rooms, beautiful waterfront views
- Ideal for groups of 10-30, meeting space for up to 50
- Fine dining on fresh local cuisine
- Club room with leather chairs, fireplace, wine bar, and billiards
- Tennis, pool, workout center, kayaks and beach bikes