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TRAILMARKS Annual Report 2016


Getting Clear on Our ‘Why’ GINA LINDQUIST-BAILEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

2016 Metaphysical Theme: “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” – John 21:6

The opportunity to live Christian Science – to put into practice a deep love of God – has been the heart of Adventure Unlimited for more than 60 years. It’s why Cap and Marianne Andrews started the A/U Ranches and, later, the A/U field program (now DiscoveryBound). This past year, when we cast our net (thought) deeply into this idea, we were pointed straight to Cap’s “why”: to nurture a love for God and a willingness to turn to Him in prayer. It became the basis for several points of progress in 2016: • Witnessing significant healings and other blessings (six are included in this report) • Meeting our fiscal and financial needs for an 11th consecutive year • Experiencing strengthened partnerships and renewed interest in our programs • Completing our previous strategic plan and developing a new five-year plan that will ensure the longevity and sustainability of the organization while serving a wider constituency (read it here: AdventureUnlimited.org/2022strategicplan)

2017 Metaphysical Theme

“When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.” – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 254

On this last point, through our process of casting, we’ve learned we can stay true to our founding mission and purpose as we serve a larger, more diverse community of participants and alumni. The many ways in which Adventure Unlimited is making a positive impact on the lives of young Christian Scientists, their families and friends fill the pages of this annual report. With each step of progress, we see how God is uplifting thought to see the true meaning and outcome of our work. We couldn’t have done this without our dedicated staff, volunteers and donors – all of you. Thank you. One of our young program participants perfectly describes for me the “why” of our work: My favorite part about camp is having a deeper relationship with God. But what made me feel closer to God was that when I pray or have quiet time with God, He answers me and guides me towards the right path. So if I need help, I go right to God. In gratitude and partnership,

P.S. If you’re looking for the donor list, don’t worry! We’re working hard to make the best use of your investment in the organization, and that means we’re saving on printing and mailing costs with a smaller annual report. You can still find the list of our amazing supporters here: AdventureUnlimited.org/2016-donors. 2


2016 Fiscal Report FUNDING SOURCES

EXPENSES

Total = $4,323,411

Total = $4,308,024

Other Sources $711,713 17%

Revenue $1,315,361 30%

Fundraising $506,863 12% Support

Contributions $2,296,337 53%

Services

$563,312 | 13%

DB Outreach, NLC & Compass

A/U Ranches & 100 Elk $2,234,300 52%

$1,003,549 23%

Organizational Structure

YOUTH PROGRAMS

ADULT & FAMILY PROGRAMS

100 ELK OUTDOOR CENTER

OUTREACH

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

COMPASS

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654

YOUTH CAMP

Focusing on What’s Most Important Starting with the “why” of camp (see p. 2) – casting the net on the right side – led to the “best summer ever” for many campers in 2016, when staff expectations were more clearly communicated and their focus turned squarely on their young charges. In turn, whether on horseback, on a mountain or in the water, campers found inspiration and healing when they reached out to God.

Get Involved • Participate: Sunday School students 2nd-12th grade • Work: Christian Scientists 17 years and older, as seasonal staff • Volunteer: Adults who want to serve as bunkhouse parents

camper notes from counselors sharing each camper’s experience

145

camperships awarded

800-1,200

miles each horse traveled with campers and staff Figures from 2016 Youth Camp

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FOLLOWING & REJOICING, WITHOUT LIMITATION A teen feels God’s guidance on a mountain top. Lucas sees his life as taking an important turn last spring at what he thought would be a “boring” camping trip. “I was going away from my games, away from my friends,” the high school sophomore says. “That was the outlook when I got there.” “There” was Jetty Park, Florida, and the camping trip he went on with his parents and younger brother was organized by DiscoveryBound (DB) Outreach. But Lucas says he started seeing how “awesome” it was, and in the end, his first DB Outreach weekend introduced him to Christian Science camps and, ultimately, Principia Upper School.

when they first signed up for camp. “It never created any extra difficulties for us,” she says.

Although he didn’t do much exercise at home, Lucas found that peaking a 14,000-foot mountain was a camp highlight. He had been healed of asthma as a child but was FROM LUCAS challenged by the thought that he was running out of air.

[Camp] really made me learn more about myself and about God.

After considering all of the camps, he chose the A/U Ranches because it offered something different from the water he’s around every day in Florida: mountains. “I searched for something to get out of my comfort zone,” Lucas says. “It really made me learn more about myself and about God.” Lucas and his brother, Ian, who’s eight, initially signed up for a one-week session. “But then when I got there, everything changed,” Lucas says. “It was so awesome to be there with everyone in this energy that felt like compassion, like the atmosphere of love. I didn’t really want to leave there yet.” The boys’ mother, Ana, recalls the excitement in her sons’ voices when they called home after the first week. “They were immediately asking, ‘Mom, can I stay for one more week? It’s so wonderful, I love this, I love that,’” she says. “They felt so embraced in a big family. They were so filled with love. I thought, this is a big sign that they are loving this moment in their lives. How can I say no?”

“I started singing ‘Shepherd, show me how to go,’” he says. “It was really strange because it started to make sense. It clicked. When I got to, ‘I will follow and rejoice all the rugged way,’ I pictured myself following my shepherd. I just started laughing because I got it. There was nothing that would stop me from following Him. That’s when I stopped having breathing difficulties.” Back home, Ana noticed how confident her son had become. “This is the first time he started talking about applying Christian Science in his life,” she says. “He was confident to talk about it. I love to see the spirituality expressed after returning from the camp.” Lucas found that Youth Camp changed his limited view of himself. “Camp really pushed me hard and told me you can do whatever you want – you just have to get God on your side,” he explains. “You don’t have to limit yourself to what you think you are. You are perfect. I felt really confident about myself at camp.”

Coming up with additional funds to cover the cost of changing flights and to complement campership support seemed daunting, but Ana says she knew God would supply all they needed, as she had seen

Read Lucas’s full story at AdventureUnlimited.org/harvest-songs 5


WHY MY FIRST TRIP TO MINI CAMP WON’T BE MY LAST By Mark Litwiller My daughter, Sarah, has worked at the A/U Ranches for some time now. Two years ago her mom, Pam, participated in Adult Mini Camp. Pam raved about the wonderful time she had and how beautiful the A/U Ranches is. Well, the following June for Father’s Day, Sarah and Pam gifted me a trip to Adult Mini Camp. When I arrived in August, I was greeted by wonderful staff at the airport and had a beautiful ride to camp. Upon arrival I was shown to my quarters.

Camp is such a wonderful place to experience a wide range of activities with supportive, encouraging counselors, instructors and fellow campers. The metaphysical atmosphere is so conducive to study, growth and healing.

FROM MARK

Camp is such a wonderful place...

My first activity, and the one that became my favorite, was morning Bible Lesson study. It was so wonderful to hear shared inspirations and ideas from everyone. I’d arrive early and study or meditate. The first couple of days I seemed to be suffering from altitude sickness, and with the early study and inspiration from lesson study, I found myself suddenly free from all symptoms. The next day I was able to peak Mt. Huron (14,003 feet) with my daughter leading the group. Not only did no symptoms of altitude sickness appear, but it was such a demonstration for me in other ways. Other physical challenges were overcome, including a complete lack of training for such an excursion. The hike was so inspirational for me metaphysically, praying every step, feeling oh-so-grateful every step and knowing my demonstration of this activity was proving the truth of recent previous physical healings. Another day was spent on the ropes course – such fun! – overcoming the doubt, fear and belief of physical limitation. I also enjoyed an afternoon of horseback riding, so much so that my intention is to come back to Mini Camp this August to ride again. 6

I also enjoyed participating in mountain biking, riflery, archery and fly fishing. I had fun losing a fishing competition with Sarah.

I was so jazzed that I put a deposit down before I left last August and brought the whole family to Christmas Camp. But, that’s another story. Pam and I can’t wait for August since we will be attending Mini Camp together this year! YAY!


ADULT & FAMILY PROGR AMS

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Camp’s Not Just for Kids Building on 2015’s pre-Reunion success, Mini Camp in 2016 delighted adults who love to ride horses, climb mountains, fish, and many other activities. Adults were also welcomed at Bible Study in the fall. Families enjoyed two sessions of Family Camp (in June and August) for the first time, as well as Service Weekend over Memorial Day and our much-loved Christmas Camp program.

Get Involved • Participate: Christian Scientists, their families and friends of all faiths • Work: Christian Scientists 17 years and older, as seasonal staff • Volunteer: Adults can volunteer and participate in all Christmas Camp offers

total programs

337

participants

2

summer sessions of Family Camp Figures from 2016 adult and family programs

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100 ELK OUTDOOR CENTER

Serving the Broader Community During the spring and fall, the 100 Elk Outdoor Center at the A/U Ranches provides outdoor education, team building and experiential learning for the public. Last year’s participants came from schools and organizations in seven states that serve mainstream and at-risk students, special needs individuals, underprivileged youth, women veterans and many others.

Get Involved • Participate: Students, teachers and parents from schools, sports teams, after-school programs and other organizations • Work: Christian Scientists 17 years and older, as seasonal staff

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organizations served

1,600 participants

250

accompanying teachers, principals and parents Figures from 2016 100 Elk seasons

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A PLACE OF RESTORATION FOR WOMEN VETERANS The secular 100 Elk Outdoor Center provides a peaceful environment to a variety of individuals – including those in need of healing. Hearing the children shout triggered her. She had been trained to shoot them when they were used as human shields by the enemy, and they sounded like they were in danger or pain. But the children were having fun, and she was in a safe place. At the 100 Elk Outdoor Center, this veteran was participating in a program through CenterPoint Retreats, a Colorado-based organization that helps women veterans recover from traumatic experiences. Laura Tyson, director of veteran’s programs for CenterPoint, says the organization has been coming to 100 Elk since 2011 because of the “peaceful atmosphere” and the “opportunity for solitude and a beautiful natural environment” for its clients.

decreased symptoms of stress, as compared to prior to the retreat.” Still, it’s feedback from the veterans that really tells the story. Here’s what some of them said about the retreat: I learned how to love myself again, how to take back my control. I made friends for life – real friends. I got so many tools, I’ve learned how to relax, how to communicate, and so much more.

FROM A VETERAN

I learned that I have found my path and I am the person I want to be.

It was the best event in my life.

This retreat met my needs and blew past my expectations. I discovered many more ways to stay balanced than I ever knew.

“A lot of this program is about bringing these women back into connection with others, and back into deeper connection with themselves,” Laura says. “We do a lot of group activities and teaching that facilitates that, and having a beautiful place to do it brings a sense of ease and safety that helps the process along.” The physical surroundings are not the only thing that have brought CenterPoint back to 100 Elk over the years. “It’s obvious that you really want 100 Elk to be a place of healing,” Laura says, “and I think that energy comes through to participants.” Plus, she adds, “the great staff, the feeling that we are valued and wanted there, and the ease of setting everything up” are why CenterPoint is returning to 100 Elk this fall for the fifth time.

I learned that everyone is good inside, even if it is hard to see sometimes. I have learned that I have strength to keep going forward, and I am brave. I cannot express how much this has impacted my life. It was the best event in my life. The veteran from the beginning of this story found healing, too. When she recognized that what she’d heard from the children were happy sounds, it brought up a lot of grief about her loss of being able to perceive that and her sadness about what she had to go through. And eventually, it led to reconnecting with her love of children.

And it’s quantifiable. “We have done a series of outcome studies over the four years of the program [2011, 2012, 2015, 2016], with close to 300 women,” Laura says. “What we’ve found is that, two months after the retreat, 77% of participants had maintained improved symptoms of psychological well-being and

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Volunteers and Campaign Donors Get It Done All of you made Adventure Unlimited better this past year. Whether you prayerfully supported the organization, told others about your experiences with the A/U Ranches and DiscoveryBound (DB), made a gift, participated in a program or volunteered, your involvement with Adventure Unlimited had a significant impact. We’re grateful for every way you connected with us last year. Some of you served on the Board of Trustees, which provided valuable and responsible governance as well as clarifying guidance in the development of the 2022 Strategic Plan. Others on the National Alumni Board reached out to fellow alumni and campers to nurture connections with our programs. Dozens more helped as DB volunteers – class leaders and mentors in the National Leadership Council, Compass guides, Outreach chapter workers and chaperones – as well as bunkhouse parents at the A/U Ranches. We’re also grateful to everyone who donated to Adventure Unlimited’s Bridges to the Future Campaign last year – an investment in the future of our community. Here’s what your gifts accomplished:

ENDOWMENT

Campership Endowment Fund A $600,000 goal set for this fund was reached last year, thanks both to a $250,000 matching grant by Dick and Ginny Voell and to many other generous donors. Now campers well into the future who don’t have the means to attend camp can receive financial aid, supported by the Campership Endowment Fund. Remaining endowment needs: General ($265,000), DiscoveryBound ($1.1 million), Facilities Maintenance ($845,000)


PROGRAMS

Research and programs for 20s/30s adults Focus groups with adults in their 20s and 30s yielded eye-opening information about why they choose to stay connected or not to Christian Science, church and Adventure Unlimited. This research is supporting many initiatives, including program planning for these adults; a weekend event designed for millennials was held this past fall, led by volunteers – the eighth total. Remaining program needs: New initiatives and program expansion ($248,000)

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Renovations at HQ, Hilltop addition Significant improvements were made to the aging Denver headquarters building, allowing staff to conduct the business of creating life-changing experiences in a productive work environment. Also, a new kitchen and community space at the A/U Ranches’ Hilltop building has provided living space that allows some seasonal staff to work year-round. Remaining capital needs: HQ Phase 2 ($250,000), Hub upgrades ($250,000), Valerie Lodge expansion ($750,000)


TEEN DISCOVERS IN HIMSELF THE PERSON HE WANTS TO BE A caring chapter worker and church member helps a young man see his worth – and it changes his life. At 13, Alex was getting into trouble. A neighbor had taken him to a Christian Science Sunday School from ages 5-10, but he stopped attending and started hanging out with a “rough crowd,” as he describes it. Between acting out at home, smoking and other harmful choices, he had become someone else. “It wasn’t really me,” he recalls.

also wrapped him in this loving embrace when he returned to Sunday School after his release from the hospital. “I had just walked in the door, and they all looked up, and I see smiles across all their faces,” he says. “They all got in a circle around me and they started praying. Each one of them said something that they really love about me. I still remember what Ms. B said – how much I’ve touched her life as well as she’s touched mine. These are the people that I’ll never forget.” Last summer, Nette asked Alex to consider being president of their chapter’s teen council. He responded within hours. “I knew in my heart, my gut. It was my time to step up and change who I was.”

He’d made a good friend, though, at Sunday School. Nette Bemis, a member at First Church of Christ, In this role, he took on leadership responsibilities at a Scientist in Elyria, Ohio, hadn’t lost track of Alex. She regional family event last fall at Ramseyer Farms. DB made sure he was invited to a DiscoveryBound (DB) Outreach Eastern Regional Manager Lori Selby was Outreach chapter event at her farm. The invitation impressed with his maturity and his arrived too late for him to attend, love for Nette and the teen council. so he went to Sunday School that “He was thorough, paid attention to FROM ALEX week instead. every detail, made announcements “Ever since then, I’ve been going during the event, ran mixers and getIt was my time back to church,” says Alex, who’s to-know-you games with the other to step up and now 17. “I felt lost, in a sense, teen council members, and greeted change who without church, and the minute I everyone when they arrived,” she started going back to church I just recalls. “He was committed and I was. sort of found myself again. I started dedicated in supporting DB.” becoming the person I wanted to be.” The event made an impression on It was Ms. B, as he calls Nette, who encouraged Alex. “I thought to myself, that really him to go San Francisco for his first DB Outreach felt good,” he explains. This is what weekend trip when he was 15. A month earlier, he keeps him coming back to chapter events. “Every had been hospitalized for depression after attempting time I go, I get butterflies in my stomach thinking, no suicide. “I had some of the best memories of my life matter how many times I’ve gone or the fact that I while I was [in San Francisco],” he says. “It was just know it’s not true, no one’s gonna like me,” he says. wonderful, surrounded by wonderful people.” “But that never happens, because I get back and it’s not friends that you’re seeing. It’s long-lost family.” Before the trip, his church friends – most of whom are part of his local DB Outreach chapter – had

Read Alex’s full story at AdventureUnlimited.org/harvest-songs 12


DB OUTREACH

Teens, Families, Adults Making Connections Whether at a teen weekend in the U.S. capital, snow skiing with 7th-12th graders or sharing barbecue at a family chapter gathering, participants felt a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere during Outreach events in 2016. Adults made connections on a track designed for them in Washington, D.C., and those in their 20s/30s enjoyed events tailored to their interests.

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scholarships awarded for teens to attend events

100+

events held in 19 states

Get Involved • Participate: Christian Scientists, their families and friends of all faiths • Volunteer: Adult chaperones, chapter workers and event organizers

8th

weekend provided for adults in their 20s/30s Figures from 2016 Outreach programs

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DB NATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

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Ready to Serve More engaged in Sunday School, more confident leader, a better understanding of God, a desire to make a difference in the world – these are the outcomes teens shared about their participation in the National Leadership Council (NLC) in 2016. Throughout their four years in the program, students complete an in-depth curriculum that includes volunteering, trips focused on adventure and service, and an internship within the Christian Science community.

Get Involved • Participate: Teens (starting in 8th grade) committed to Christian Science and servant leadership • Volunteer: Adult class leaders and mentors to NLC teens who are willing to commit four years to shepherding youth

Congressional Awards earned (24 Bronze, 8 Silver, 12 Gold)

13

articles published in the Christian Science periodicals

9,700

hours of community service completed Figures from 2016 NLC programs

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FINDING HER VOICE A teen rises above a disadvantaged background and, supported by her National Leadership Council mentor, embraces confidence and a joyful future. The quiet girl Stephanie Johnson taught in her Sunday experience opened the door for her to beautifully School class attended only sporadically. She had a introduce two different lecturers for our church.” hard time getting a ride to church and often joined Claudia also was healed of an eye condition that an the class via Skype. “She was also a child who found optometrist had said could only be corrected with it very difficult to put her thoughts surgery. She had been wearing her into words, and then get them out hair over half her face to cover of her mouth,” Stephanie says. FROM CLAUDIA the eye. “But this imposition was Then one Sunday, this teen, Claudia, lifted, along with all the others that I thought by shared with her teacher that she circumstances had placed on this wanted to join DiscoveryBound’s dear young lady, trying to say her life joining NLC, National Leadership Council was limited,” Stephanie says. “Today, it would make (NLC). Claudia had learned about when you see a picture of Claudia, it in an email from her local the first thing that strikes you is her me be a part of DiscoveryBound Outreach chapter, two big, beautiful, brown eyes!” something greater and she knew it was meant for her. “I was becoming confident in looking than myself. “I really wanted to come out of my in people’s faces when they were comfort zone, meet new people, talking to me,” Claudia relates. “I am and be a part of the Christian seeing more and more change within Science community,” she says. “I thought by joining myself every day.” NLC, it would make me be a part of something Stephanie knows her mentee’s participation in NLC greater than myself.” was life-changing. “The greatest delight for my husband In the NLC program, each student has a mentor, and me was to watch Claudia at her final All Class and Claudia asked Stephanie to be hers. The Retreat and graduation from NLC,” she says. “The relationship had an immediate effect. “NLC opened child who had a hard time saying even a word or two doors for Claudia in unusual ways,” Stephanie says. can now comfortably speak to anyone with confidence “When she began high school, her school counselor and poise. Knowing where Claudia came from, to automatically, without consultation, put her on a see the lovely woman she is today, was worth every track for a career in cosmetology. We discussed moment invested. It fills me with such hope, not only the infinitude of God’s purpose for her. She told her for Claudia’s future, but also for the future of Christian counselor that she was going to college, and her Science as a new generation steps up to the plate.” course work was changed accordingly.” “She has done so much more for me than what is asked of an NLC mentor,” Claudia says of Stephanie. “I consider her my second mom and lifelong friend.” With Stephanie’s guidance, Claudia gave a presentation to their church after each NLC summer activity as a thank you for their support of these trips. “She needed to speak from the heart and rely upon Mind to give her the words,” Stephanie explains. “This

Read Claudia’s full story at AdventureUnlimited.org/harvest-songs 15


FINDING COMMUNITY, ADVENTURE AND LOVE By Nadja Joining the DiscoveryBound Compass program was one of the most important decisions of my year.

was unsure if I could take part in the fun. First, when I thought I needed to be alone to pray about this, I was instead met by compassion and immediate care by one of our guides, the weekend practitioner and a friend. I made the decision to go on the hike, quietly enjoying the familiar scent of the woods that I love so much from the trails at home.

It started during the fall DiscoveryBound Outreach trip to Washington, D.C., which was also the Compass group’s Along the way, even though I still felt like being alone first retreat. I realized that I wasn’t ready to let go of with my thoughts, there was always someone walking the spiritual growth and friendships or talking with me. I knew that I I had been making. Since I’m a high could make an effort just as my new FROM NADJA school senior, I knew it was my friends were, and I realized that last year to cherish this unique gift God did not make my friends aware Pushing myself of being connected through the of sickness; He made room for Compass program to my fellow their compassion and love to come to be part of Christian Science friends. I wasn’t through. I felt that palpable warmth something that able to join the DiscoveryBound as snowflakes crept down and stuck would help me National Leadership Council like to the ice under our boots. my two brothers did due to the further my faith Soon the path opened up to an demands of my pre-professional incredible view just as the snowfall and act as a leader, ballet training, but I always craved abated. Lake Michigan spread out that sense of community, adventure a friend or a sister beneath the ledge as though the and love. So that weekend, I joined to others has sky and the ground had swapped the Compass group! places. I knew that in the face of turned out to be Pushing myself to be part of God’s eternal purity, there was no such a blessing. something that would help me discomfort at any level, and that was further my faith and act as a leader, the end of my own discomfort, too. a friend or a sister to others has Deciding to fully join the group, I turned out to be such a blessing. I have been able to found myself in the company of close see more spiritually and broaden my adventures with friends, making lasting memories. the opportunities of the Compass program. Compass has helped More than the generous and exciting activities that nurture my identity are planned for us, I find that the most uplifting of outside of the times are the unexpected moments of camaraderie ballet studio and that come during a late-night sledding outing or the classroom. I’m spontaneously breaking into song on bus rides. I’ve so grateful that I’ve also loved our group calls every month and our group been able to explore chats over Snapchat and texting. my love of Christian Science with On our retreat to Camps Leelanau & Kohahna in others and look for Michigan this past winter, I experienced a profound opportunities to give moment of healing. Our group decided to go for a more every day. hike in the frigid cold, but I wasn’t feeling 100% and

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DB COMPASS

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Teens Pulled Toward Their True North Compass students in the 2016-2017 school year spent their first retreat with DiscoveryBound Outreach participants in Washington, D.C. – and three more joined the Compass group by the end of the weekend! This one-year (August – May) program, led by two adult guides, provides a peer community for 12 teens seeking to connect with their spiritual compass through monthly calls and three seasonal retreats.

Get Involved • Participate: 10th-12th graders ready to dive into Christian Science • Volunteer: Adult guides, in a one-year commitment

Compass teens

272

hours spent connecting through ideas that explore their spirituality

1

CS practitioner at each retreat Figures from 2016-2017 Compass year 17


Why? Because Young People Matter ROBERT BL ACKWELL , A /U-DB FOUNDATION PRESIDENT

As the father of a teenage daughter, I see first-hand the value of programs offered through Adventure Unlimited. Like many of you, I recognize that the unhealthy pressures our kids experience are occurring earlier than ever – before they’ve had a chance to form their own moral compass. And of course, these pressures are magnified by social media. In God-centered programs at the A/U Ranches and in DiscoveryBound, young people receive support from their like-minded peers and the role models they find in their counselors, class leaders, group guides, chaperones and mentors. The remarkable stories we’ve shared in this year’s Trailmarks show the impact of these programs. Claudia experienced healing and spiritual growth, and Alex received the love and support he needed. Nadja found the sense of community and belonging she desired, and Lucas embraced the challenge of trying new things and taking himself out of his comfort zone.

In God-centered programs at the A/U Ranches and in DiscoveryBound, young people receive support from their like-minded peers and the role models they find in their counselors, class leaders, group guides, chaperones

and mentors. These experiences are at the very heart of our mission of “Opening Windows to God.” We’re profoundly grateful for the loving support from all of you who supported that mission and made a donation to Adventure Unlimited last year. Through your generosity, we were able to meet our Annual Fund budget for the 11th year in a row and continue to meet many of our Campaign priorities. Here are a few of the ways our generous donors helped us succeed:

• Raised $2.4 million for the Annual Fund to meet operating expenses • Added more than $500,000 to the Campership Endowment Fund through Bridges to the Future Campaign gifts matched by Dick and Ginny Voell • Increased the value of total endowment funds to more than $8.2 million Importantly, these accomplishments help to get us closer to the goal of providing financial sustainability to the organization for many years to come. So when we ask the question that Gina mentioned in her letter (p. 2), Why is Adventure Unlimited important? I have my answer. It’s so young people like Claudia, Alex, Lucas and Nadja – and my own daughter – have friends and experiences that open new windows to God’s opportunities for them. That’s worth supporting – today and always. Thank you.

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SIX WAYS

You Can Help Open Windows to God for a Child Young people who participate in A/U Ranches and DiscoveryBound programs are finding healing in their adventures. Your financial and prayerful support are necessary to continue these spiritually based activities. How can you provide this support? There are several options: 1. Donate at AdventureUnlimited.org/give or send a check payable to: Adventure Unlimited 5201 South Quebec Street Greenwood Village, CO 80111 2. Become an Adventure Partner. Set up a recurring monthly or quarterly gift with a credit card or direct deposit. This allows you to give a substantial gift in comfortable increments. 3. Buy a commemorative brick. Capture a DB or A/U Ranches memory or pay tribute to someone. The brick will be on permanent display at the A/U Ranches. 4. Make a gift of stock or a vehicle. Provide flexibility in your budget and still make an impact with nontraditional giving options. 5. Ask your company to match your gift. Find out if your employer matches donations to a non-profit organization such as Adventure Unlimited. 6. Join the Summit Society. Include Adventure Unlimited in your estate and/or establish a planned gift to help sustain the longevity of the organization while honoring your legacy. Questions? Contact us at 888.416.7348 x109 or giving@adventureunlimited.org.

Donate today! Learn more about our convenient, secure online giving options:

AdventureUnlimited.org/support-us Adventure Unlimited – DiscoveryBound Foundation is the fundraising arm of Adventure Unlimited, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


Adventure Unlimited 5201 South Quebec Street Greenwood Village, CO 80111

YOUR LEGACY. OUR FUTURE. To learn how you can include Adventure Unlimited in your estate planning, contact Rob Blackwell at 888.416.7348 x104 or rblackwell@adventureunlimited.org.

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