2020 Adventure Unlimited Trailmarks Annual Report

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TRAILMARKS Annual Report 2020

DiscoveryBound Compass

TRAILMARKS This Trailmarks annual report describes Adventure Unlimited’s 2020 accomplishments, operational summary and stories of impact.

WHAT’S INSIDE From the Executive Director


2020 Fiscal Report and Key Results


Donor Voices: Why We Love to Give


A/U Ranches Youth Camp


A/U Ranches Adult & Family Programs


100 Elk Outdoor Center


DiscoveryBound Outreach


DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council


DiscoveryBound Compass


From the Foundation President


Group photos were taken before social distancing regulations were in place or depict participants in cohort groups.


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@100elk | @auranches | @discoverybound You can find a digital version of this Trailmarks annual report at AdventureUnlimited.org/trailmarks-2020.


2020 Metaphysical Theme

“The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to bless others:” – Miscellaneous Writings, p. 127

If 2020 were summed up in one thought, it would be mutual blessings. Presented with many opportunities to see God’s provision and supply, we saw beautiful examples of good unfolding. We were able to serve in new ways through virtual platforms and safe in-person programming that met the regulation of the day, despite the unique restrictions the pandemic presented. Guided by the 2020 metaphysical theme, we saw mutual blessings meeting so many needs for constituents and the organization alike. It supported us as we listened, pivoted and provided creative programming that fulfilled our mission. Thank you for joining our staff in daily prayerful work. It laid a solid foundation, keeping the core and essence of our work unshaken and complete while human plans took shape. Here are some highlights of the year:

“Thank you for your flexibility… Thank you for opening your hearts to this adventure and being willing to shepherd and support these budding young adults on their individual journeys of self-discovery, God-discovery and leadership.” – Parent of a DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council student

• Served ~3,000 individuals through virtual and inperson DiscoveryBound (DB) Outreach activities • Provided six weeks of fall outdoor education through 100 Elk to 225 students from nearby Leadville, Colorado • Brought together more than 450 people in a virtual DB National Leadership Council All Class Retreat • Welcomed 54 families to the A/U Ranches through Family & Friends Getaway in the summer and fall • Served our 20s/30s community at the A/U Ranches and through DB connections • Exceeded contributions goals, thanks to generous donors and unexpected estate gifts • Met operating needs through significant reduction of expenses, strong donor support and procurement of a Paycheck Protection Program loan, allowing for investment in future years • Kept our staff fully employed Most of all, we’re grateful for the opportunity to prove that when we serve God, we serve mankind. Thank you for being an instrumental partner with us and helping us to achieve these benchmarks.

2021 Metaphysical Theme

“Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals. It is the open fount which cries, ‘Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters.’” – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 13 3

2020 FISCAL REPORTS By April, targets for Adventure Unlimited’s financial key results (#3 and #4 below) had shifted, yet the staff was committed to meeting #1 and #2 and accomplishing our mission of “Opening Windows to God.” Despite the challenges, we’re grateful to report here the outcomes of that inspiring work.

KEY RESULTS 1 = not at all; 2 = a little; 3 = somewhat; 4 = very; 5 = highly The impact of our programs in helping constituents DEEPEN THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

The level at which the interactions of our participants, volunteers and staff with Adventure Unlimited made them FEEL LOVED AND VALUED

GOAL: 4.17 RESULT: 4.07

GOAL: 4.44 RESULT: 4.41

ENROLLMENT REVENUE GOAL: $1.95 MILLION CONTRIBUTIONS GOAL: $4.02 MILLION RESULT: Did not meet revenue goals due to required changes to in-person programming; this was mitigated by a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and unanticipated generous estate gifts.

ANNUAL FUND EXPENSES GOAL: $5.975M or less with a balanced budget RESULT: Significantly reduced expenses

FUNDING SOURCES TOTAL = $5,819,732* No long-term debt

EXPENSES TOTAL = $5,377,834* 15 years in a row funding exceeded expenses


A/U Ranches & 100 Elk $2,431,196 | 45%

$4,166,334 | 72%


$601,998 | 10%

Other Sources† PPP Loan

$371,400 | 6%

$680,000 | 12%

DB Outreach, NLC & Compass $1,080,311 | 20%

Operations & Capital Reserves

Fundraising Support Services $500,000 | 9%

$628,058 | 12%

$738,269 | 14%

*Charts represent unaudited numbers and may be subject to change † included in Key Result #3 contributions goal


387 20+ year donors 78 program days at the A/U Ranches 4,071 program participants 19,733 hours volunteered 4

more than 2,200 participated virtually

WHY WE LOVE TO GIVE Donor voices

“Adventure Unlimited made a big difference in my life when I was a teenager and young adult, and I want to support these programs for others. It provided me with opportunities to stretch and grow spiritually. It helped me understand that I could rely on my unbroken connection to God to support me on my many adventures, including at the A/U Ranches. I am forever grateful to have had Adventure Unlimited in my life, especially during my formative years, and hope that the organization continues for many years to come.” – Joy Hartwell

Joy with her older son, Wesley; she says she’s passed along her love of exploring to both her sons.

“I loved the idea of being able to have a monthly donation doubled for the year since I couldn’t give in one chunk. This is my gratitude for the sacrifices Adventure Unlimited made this summer to make it work to get some kids to camp, even when it wasn’t necessarily convenient. After kids being isolated since March, it was truly a lifeline.” – #GivingTuesday donor and Adventure Partner

“We give on a regular quarterly basis, but I never thought about letting you know that we have designated Adventure Unlimited as a recipient in our trust. The organization has been a big part of our lives for over 50 years. When John and I were first married, we were chapter advisors in the Buffalo, NY, area. Both of our kids were campers and counselors; our grandson has been a camper and a CIT; and John and I were chapter advisors for several years when we lived in Northern Virginia. So we have great affection for the organization and the great good that it does. John and I want to ensure that Adventure Unlimited is there for continuing generations.” – Sandy Hedlund, Summit Society member

Sandy (far right) with her family

Find the list of all our generous supporters: AdventureUnlimited.org/2020-donors



Pivot to Day Camp Blesses Staff and New Constituents A practiced commitment to follow the design of Love blessed youth campers and staff alike during 2020’s unusual summer. When spiritual intuition came clearly in June to cancel residential Youth Camp, the summer management team moved forward confidently with a day camp model that ran for six weeks, following COVID-19 protocols and in an atmosphere free from fear. The first two weeks operated under the 100 Elk Outdoor Center’s secular mission, “Revealing the possibilities within,” and served youth from nearby Leadville (see pp. 10–11). Through a partnership with Lake County Human Services, kids who wouldn’t otherwise have had an opportunity to attend a summer camp – some of whom had challenging home situations – were fed, loved and welcomed into an unfamiliar and nurturing palette of activities such as swimming, hiking and navigating the ropes course.

Many seasonal staff members (most in their 20s) felt the uplifting impact of serving a new constituency. They learned how to shift from talking about Christian Science to wholeheartedly living it when instructing the 100 Elk participants. They had also faced a spring shrouded in uncertainty about their employment; gratefully, generous donations provided the funding to retain all seasonal staff who chose to remain working at the A/U Ranches. The last four weeks of day camp ran as A/U Ranches programming and followed Adventure Unlimited’s mission of “Opening Windows to God,” serving students of Christian Science and community members alike. This format allowed families to bring their children to the A/U Ranches for daytime activities and also ran concurrently with Family & Friends Getaway (see pp. 8–9).


Sunday School students 2nd –12th grade 6


Christian Scientists age 17+, as seasonal staff


Adults, as bunkhouse parents

AFFIRMING GOD’S LAW SILENCES VIRUS CONCERN A seasonal staff member’s prayer reveals the proof of God’s plan for her fearfree summer. Maddy, an incoming college senior, had landed a summer internship with a Fortune 500 company. When she received the news that the internship was canceled due to COVID-19, she was led, through prayer, to apply for and accept the lodge manager position at the A/U Ranches. “I think camp is a great place to learn how to work with people and to be a better person,” Maddy says. Delays and uncertainty about Youth Camp operating followed Maddy while en route to the A/U Ranches. Then she learned that a friend she’d seen recently might have been exposed to the virus. “After I contacted camp and let them know what was going on, I immediately called my practitioner and began to pray,” Maddy recalls. “There were a lot of doubts in my mind about if this was the right place for me, how was I going to affect camp and others. I had been with a large group of other [A/U Ranches] program heads

From Maddy “Camp, being this idea of good for so many people, couldn’t be impacted by this virus.”

that week and it felt like I had potentially put them at risk, and thus I had put camp at risk.” This led to some of her “most desperate hours of prayer,” Maddy says. She realized she had to place her trust in God. “Because this was out of my hands, it could only be in God’s hands,” she says. “The only laws are God’s. I was protected by those laws and my friend was protected by those laws. I couldn’t be harmed by that and camp couldn’t be harmed by that. Camp, being this idea of good for so many people, couldn’t be impacted by this virus.” Maddy learned that her friend did not have the virus, and her own negative test results followed. “It was one of the most significant healings I’ve had,” she says, because it required her to trust God completely. “If He wanted me here, I was going to be here,” she asserts. “If camp was supposed to run, we were going to run.”


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157 participants

336 camper weeks



Cost to run Youth Camp/Day Camp; includes a % of overhead & fixed expenses to operate the property

65% of participants received financial assistance


Camp Offers Extended Opportunities Terms like “cohort” and “family group” became part of the vernacular in 2020. For adult and family programs at the A/U Ranches, operating within cohorts allowed participants to be blessed by camp programs while complying with local regulations. Along with residential Youth Camp, June Family Camp was canceled, and a new model for participants of all ages quickly came together in the form of Family & Friends Getaway. This program ran throughout the summer and into early fall and allowed parents to enjoy adult activities at the A/U Ranches while their children participated in Day Camp or joined them in family activities. Adult Mini Camp ran as scheduled, followed by a mounted shooting clinic in the fall. The National Alumni Board-led Mountaineering Reunion was postponed to 2022 to ensure the close and familiar nature of reunion interactions.

Rendering of the new Hub Although Service Weekend over Memorial Day was canceled, the A/U Ranches held its first Fall Service Day in October. Bible Study and Christmas Camp were canceled. With each program, staff prayerfully listened and worked with local regulatory agencies and health professionals to determine if a program would run. Progress continued throughout the year on facility projects that support programming. The final elements in the horse care barn were completed in the fall, and the new Hub rose from its sturdy foundation to indicate its ultimate shape. By January, the Hub’s structure was dried in, permitting interior work to continue in the winter months. The administrative building will provide much-needed office space for year-round staff as well as a welcoming lobby area with a stone-laden fireplace for guests to gather, socialize and even work. This project is not yet fully funded; more information will come in 2021.


Christian Scientists, their families and friends of all faiths 8


Christian Scientists age 17+, as seasonal staff (can be one week of any family or adult program)


Individuals age 16+ can volunteer in any of these programs

RECONNECTING WITH FAMILY, GOD AND NATURE Family & Friends Getaway provides a much-needed, spiritually nourishing break for one professional. Bernard’s granddaughter called him, exclaiming, “Papi, you have to come! I want your commitment. 100%, you are coming.” Just like that, he found himself at the A/U Ranches for Family & Friends Getaway in July. After four years of starting a new business with no vacation, Bernard was in need of the atmosphere that the A/U Ranches provides. “I needed a place for me to have peace of mind, and I wanted to be with my granddaughters, who I haven’t seen for so long,” he says. “It was a way for me to reconnect with my granddaughters and my daughter.” When Bernard arrived for Family & Friends Getaway, he made space for both quality time with family and moments in solitude, sitting by Valerie Lake, hiking on trails and reading Christian Science materials.

From Bernard “‘Opening a thousand windows’… was the gift of reconnecting with Christian Science, nature and sanity in the middle of what we’re living through in 2020.”

“I’ve shot a lot of videos that show tranquility and peace, and I needed that reconnection with nature,” he shares. “I am completely into this ‘opening a thousand windows’ idea from John Muir, so that for me was the gift – the gift of reconnecting with Christian Science, nature and sanity in the middle of what we’re living through in 2020.” Observing the care that has gone into programming, maintenance of the property, and metaphysical grounding, Bernard feels “extremely grateful for those who can and are contributing and taking this project in hand to keep it immaculately maintained, developed and preserved.” Bernard’s experience at Family & Friends Getaway moved him to tears from the first day he arrived in his cabin. He continued to feel blessed by the camp culture throughout his stay, expressing gratitude for how “special” and “extraordinary” the A/U Ranches is.

Bernard with his family at the A/U Ranches

“The culture here that has been developed and is now evolving is a wonderful thing,” he says.

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187 participants



Cost of adult & family programs; includes a % of fixed expenses to operate the property

55% of participants received financial assistance


Students Served Outside, Online, at School School cancellations for outdoor education programs came throughout the winter and spring. Ultimately, there were only 20 virtual participants in what should have been a busy 100 Elk spring season. The 100 Elk and A/U Ranches staff worked side by side to develop a plan that would replace some of the lost revenue while providing two weeks of critically needed summer day camp to youth in nearby Leadville through 100 Elk (see pp. 6–7). This successful program with Lake County youth led 100 Elk to make connections with the Lake County School District (LCSD) and Get Outdoors Leadville! to support their fall in-person education (see p. 11). Seeking solutions to serve other schools and organizations, 100 Elk provided two alternatives to their programs held at the A/U Ranches: virtual (online) pro-

gramming and 100 Elk to You, in which staff brought outdoor education to the schools. Once the 100 Elk season concluded, LCSD hired 12 staff members, who continued to live at the A/U Ranches. This arrangement blessed all, as the 19- to 30-year-old residents could volunteer to work on the property to help offset rent. Another arrangement that blessed 100 Elk – and all A/U Ranches programs – was taking advantage of the unusually quiet spring season to perform upgrades in the Valerie Lodge kitchen. Work areas were reconfigured for better efficiency, including the removal of walls; the floor was replaced; and new, more efficient and brighter LED lights were installed. 100 Elk Events hosted one alumni wedding in the fall, following local regulations.


Students, teachers and parents, sports teams, after-school programs, Scouts and more 10

WORK Christian Scientists age 17+, as seasonal staff

RENT Open in the off-season for workshops, corporate retreats, alumni weddings and rentals

OUTDOOR ED MODEL ACHIEVES ‘UNCONVENTIONAL LEARNING’ Program for a local school district provides education with social-emotional support. Rather than starting the 2020 school year working only on computers, K–6 students in Lake County School District (LCSD) in Leadville, Colorado, expanded their education at the 100 Elk Outdoor Center. Each student spent two days a week outside on the high ropes course, rock climbing, canoeing and going on eco hikes. For an hour each day, 100 Elk staff also helped students with academic packets assigned by their teachers. A parent of an LCSD student who participated in 100 Elk shared her perspective on the program: I am a 6th-grade teacher as well as the parent of a preschooler and a 4th-grader. From my teacher perspective at an EL (Expeditionary Learning) Education school, I love that the 100 Elk program provides students with opportunities to practice some of EL’s design principles, such as Collaboration & Competition and Success & Failure. My son came home one day last week with tales aligned with those design principles from his experience on the high ropes course – he collaborated and succeeded while working with

100 Elk fall outdoor education on the ropes course

From Becca “We’ve achieved unconventional learning and a degree of unfettered fun at a time when it’s so important and hard to come by.” – Becca Katz, community learning director for LCSD and Get Outdoors Leadville!

a partner to climb a high ladder, and he experienced failure with The Leap of Faith challenge as he was the only student who did not try it. We had a great discussion about how it felt to be good at something versus not able to complete a task out of fear. His takeaway was, “I hope I get a chance to try [The Leap of Faith] again!” My heart soared at this comment – it’s an unfortunate reality that as a teacher, I simply cannot provide students with those rich, exciting experiences every day, no matter how engaging my lesson. To me, this program is an ideal complement to our school days, and I believe that my child as well as my students are more engaged and excited about their fall during these uncertain times partly because they have the social emotional learning and challenging, physical outdoor education provided by 100 Elk.

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547 participants



Cost to run 100 Elk; includes a % of fixed expenses to operate the property

0% of participants received financial assistance from Adventure Unlimited; Lake County participation self-funded


Adapting to a New and Broader Reach In this program whose name states its purpose – to reach out to the broader community of Christian Scientists and their friends – the requirements in 2020 to restrict in-person programming and move to virtual events resulted in an opportunity to reach nearly 500 more people and in more countries than in FY2019. Three winter weekends brought participants of all ages together before distancing regulations took effect. Twenty-one teens in grades 7–12 came together in the Berkshires (Massachusetts) in late January and early February, followed by a weekend for 20s/30s adults in New Hampshire. An all-ages weekend at the A/U Ranches in March was the last in-person event until a July adult backpacking trip in Colorado brought a welcome outdoor adventure to nine adults. Once the DB Outreach community started engaging with virtual events, they (and we!) couldn’t get enough.

Families and individuals joined 14 virtual game nights and holiday events. Adults in their 20s/30s participated in 36 virtual events – Friday night hangouts, book club, a cooking class, Friendsgiving, networking and more. Requests for recordings of engaging presentations such as those by Christian Science Publishing Society Manager Abe McLaughlin with Journal, Sentinel and Herald Editor Ethel Baker, as well as one by astronomer Dr. Laurance Doyle, prompted the creation of an “Inspiring Talks” Resource page at DiscoveryBound.org. The National Annual weekend also shifted format to multiple virtual events in September: a lecture, a history presentation on Mary Baker Eddy and a teen Bible talk. Along with these events, two one-day outdoor gatherings in the Boston and Denver areas drew more than 642 participants.

Get Involved PARTICIPATE Christian Scientists of all ages, their family and friends of all faiths 12

VOLUNTEER Adult chaperones, chapter/group workers and event organizers (some expenses reimbursed)

20s/30s CONTINUE TO CONNECT IN A YEAR OF PHYSICAL SEPARATION Gratitude from young adult participants “What I’m really grateful for is community.... I think something that mortal mind likes to do particularly for a young professional like me or someone who has just moved to a new city is say, ‘You’re on your own,’ but what I’ve found this year is that it’s more about who you spend your time with and how you’re being with other people... it seems like there’s going to be such a brighter outcome for this going forward as we continue to evolve the communities we’re in and really build off the relationships with each other.”


– Zacher Lewis, participant in DB 20s/30s Friendsgiving gratitude session, November 2020 “I have been praying about how gratitude can be strong and not fluffy, relevant to us all… ‘a grateful heart a fortress is…’ Going to the DB event was that, a whole lot of gratitude for friends new and old. This rebuilding or ‘readjusting the balance’ was so needed to be out and doing something normal like having a picnic. It was a lighthearted and fun night. I think people felt free to talk about their shared connection to Christian Science, which made the gathering unique as we shared how we were doing with jobs, roommates and community during the pandemic.”

Ginger with her daughter, Lily

– Ginger Mack Emden, participant at 20s/30s Queeny Park picnic in St. Louis, September 2020 “These monthly events [have] provided a great sense of friendship and love, and just a tremendous expanded sense of community that we may not otherwise have gotten if all this stuff wasn’t happening…. I’ve met a lot of new people and I really feel that these groups embody Mrs. Eddy’s statement, ‘Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist anything that is unlike good,’ and the fact that we’ve all been such a force for good in this way during this time really fills me with so much gratitude.”


– Ben Foti, participant in DB 20s/30s Friendsgiving gratitude session, November 2020

2,984+ participants of all ages (chapter/group and HQ-run events) 746 at in-person events | 2,238 at virtual events


639,965 Cost to run DB Outreach; includes a % of overhead

19% of eligible participants in qualifying/non-chapter events received financial assistance


National Leadership Council

Freedom in Integrity, Leading and Serving In January 2021, the DB National Leadership Council (NLC) held a virtual All Class Retreat focusing on how to obtain freedom in your life by making decisions with integrity. That lesson continues to be important for NLC high school students after the adjustments they had to make related to their 2020 summer trips. Three classes were able to find a time and location to get most of their teens together for an extended time. Three other classes gathered many of their teens over a longer weekend. And while the remaining two classes were not able to meet in person due to timing and regulations in their planned travel locations, all classes worked toward growing their relationship with God. Irrespective of the form the class connections took, the four-year leadership development program continued its work in cultivating a love for Christian Science and providing opportunities to share it with the world. The teens moved ahead in serving their communities as part of earning the Congressional Award:

Nine gold, six silver and 31 bronze medals were awarded to NLC students in FY2020. Collectively, all NLC teens performed nearly 11,000 community service hours last year. Feedback from the students indicate NLC is making an impact on their lives, as shown in these survey responses:



I am a more confident leader

I am a stronger student of Christian Science



I have a desire to make a difference in the world

I am a more confident public speaker





Get Involved PARTICIPATE Teens (starting in 8th grade) committed to Christian Science and servant leadership 14

VOLUNTEER Adult class leaders and mentors to NLC teens who commit to four years shepherding youth; adults as a local point of contact for trips

NLC TEEN CREATES NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION After learning that a school of 500 students had zero books, Wyatt was determined to help. Zangama Secondary School in Murambinda, Zimbabwe, has been receiving books from Wyatt, a DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council (NLC) student, for the past three years. A once-empty library sitting in the back of the principal’s office now takes up an entire classroom. As a part of the NLC program, students work toward a Congressional Award through voluntary service. Wyatt’s goal was to attain the Gold Medal, which requires 400 hours of service. In May 2017, his first year in NLC, he called a family friend who was running a nonprofit organization for Zambia and Zimbabwe and was directed to Zangama’s 9th- and 10th-grade English language teacher, Robert Simbini, to learn what they needed. Mr. Simbini told Wyatt that fluency is required of his students by the time they graduate (since it’s Zimbabwe’s national language), but that they had no reading materials. “It blew my mind,” Wyatt says. “So I started sending them books.” Students with books sent by Books 4 Zimbabwe

Wyatt during his third-year service trip to Grenada in 2019

From Wyatt “Since we’ve started sending books, we’ve seen a 10% increase in the pass rate on the National English Proficiency Exam.”

He committed to raising funds for and selecting literature to send to the school. In December 2017, he sent his first shipment of 150 titles. In return, he received 150 handwritten thank you letters from the students. Since then, his self-started nonprofit organization, Books 4 Zimbabwe, has delivered more than 1,500 books, with 160 series sent and $4,500 raised. The students’ favorite books are The Hardy Boys and The Wizard of Oz. In addition, Wyatt sends books that are culturally appropriate for Zimbabwean students. The library often has no books in it because they’re all checked out, including by other area schools and community members. “Since we’ve started sending books, we’ve seen a 10% increase in the pass rate on the National English Proficiency Exam,” Wyatt says. “Ten percent of them couldn’t read a paragraph before, and now they can. That’s 50 new kids who passed this exam! In Zimbabwe, if you fail one of your exams, you’re not promoted to the next grade level, which often results in dropping out of school. So this means they end up going to school longer.”

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171 participants



Cost to run DB National Leadership Council; includes a % of overhead

34% of participants received financial assistance


Connections Continue, Wherever Teens Meet Three in-person retreats are a key element of DB Compass, so as with other Adventure Unlimited programs, the conditions of 2020 required an adaptation to meet the needs of the participants – in this case, 12–13 teens within each of the academic-year (September through May) groups. The final spring retreat for the 12 members of the 2019–2020 group moved to an extended monthly call – a continuation of the monthly webinars in which the teens and two adult guides explore a range of relevant topics through engaging assignments. Seven teens from this group registered for a second year and joined six others to form the 2020–2021 group, and they were able to meet in person for their first retreat at the Leelanau Outdoor Center in Michigan over Labor Day weekend. Their winter retreat in

late December was adjusted to a virtual format, with a new component in the form of guest speakers. It proved to be a powerful way to connect, according to one teen: To be really honest I feel like I kind of strayed away from God and Christian Science the last few months, and I was feeling really lost. This [virtual winter] retreat helped me so much and I am so grateful it happened. I seriously think it helped deepen my relationship with God just in the first few days. Compass is a spiritual development program designed to provide Christian Science teens with a supportive peer group, adult role models, and a safe environment for exploring their questions and deepening their understanding of how God provides guidance in their lives.


10th- to 12th-graders ready to dive into Christian Science 16

VOLUNTEER Adult guides – one-year commitment

GRATITUDE FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN COMPASS Gifts from donors make a powerful impact on participants like Noah. He was in the 2019–2020 Compass group as a high school sophomore and signed up again last summer for the 2020–2021 group. Dear Donors,

From Noah

I would like to thank you so much for being a huge part of me being able to have this life-changing experience by participating in Compass.

“The absolute best spiritual growth part was on the trip to Michigan.”

Our first trip was to UCLA. It was the fun get-toknow-everyone trip. While we were there, lots of the teens tried In-N-Out for the first time.... We also went to Warner Bros. and that was such an amazing experience. I even got to sit on the real Friends couch, which was one of my huge highlights because I have been through 13 seasons of the show 17 times.

One of the highlights was our hike. As we looked out at the lake, we described its beauty, and then we applied it to how God looks at us with such beauty and treasure in His heart, like the way we look at a breathtaking view. It was an immaculate moment. [In Michigan] we had a Christian Science practitioner (Russell) stay with us…. this was such an outstanding thing because all of the teens and adults there were able to come to Russell anytime day or night with questions or concerns, which was really important on our walk to grow in Christian Science.

Noah I love that I was able to see the Asher House, meet so many other Christian Scientists that I could relate to, and just have an all around amazing trip. The second and final trip was to Michigan. We were at the Leelanau Outdoor Center. This was the real spiritual growth trip.

Thank you so much to our donors for all the little things: our food, airfare, rental cars, etc. Although we did not get to go on the last trip to Boston, I am planning to re-apply for another Compass trip for more spiritual growth in Christian Science. Thank you again for making this year possible with Compass!

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25 teen participants 12 > 2019–2020 | 13 > 2020–2021



Cost to run DB Compass; includes a % of overhead

44% of participants received financial assistance


In a year filled with challenges, our donors gave us so much. As the pandemic circumstances began to unfold and we recognized the challenges to overcome, we reached out to many supporters. We shared our concerns, listened to their encouragement – and then moved forward confidently, assured they were committed to Adventure Unlimited’s important work. We are deeply grateful. The Adventure Unlimited family, which includes you, is accustomed to overcoming challenges, pushing limits and successfully facing fearful situations. This issue of Trailmarks is a testament to what we accomplished together by refusing to give in to fear. Our donors’ generosity came in many forms. Each reflected the message of our 2020 metaphysical theme – to paraphrase, being blessed as we bless others. They express the joy and sense of purpose that come from being part of a community greater than ourselves. Here are some heart-warming examples of donor giving in 2020: • Giving in loved ones’ names for Christmas • Donating their stimulus checks • Making a first gift in more than 20 years by signing up to be an Adventure Partner (recurring donor) • Accelerating their giving through donor advised funds or stock gifts

The result of all this generosity is a strong organization, fully intact, capable of executing our mission in the face of any challenge, and ready to provide meaningful programming in the coming year.

• Telling us, “Whatever you need, we’re here” • Alumni and staff raising more than $5,000 on their personal social media accounts We also received many gifts that included notes full of memories, connections, healings and love of their time in A/U Ranches and DiscoveryBound programs: Went to the Ranches 1972 through 1974. It led me to make Christian Science my own. I have been blessed to be a part of the A/U Ranches, DiscoveryBound [Outreach], and NLC [DB National Leadership Council]. Keeping these programs vibrant is important to me. The result of all this generosity is a strong organization, fully intact, capable of executing our mission in the face of any challenge, and ready to provide meaningful programming in the coming year. Your love, prayer, volunteer hours, participation in programs and financial support make these impactful activities possible. Thank you.


How You Can Help Open Windows To God for participants of all ages Thank you to all our generous donors for your support in our 2020 fiscal year. You made it possible for this special Adventure Unlimited community to connect and engage throughout the pandemic. With your help, we can make 2021 the best yet! Here’s how:

2021 PROGRAMS DiscoveryBound provides activities and single- and multiday events for Christian Scientists and their friends of all ages, as well as one- and four-year teen programs. Come join us!

Donate at AdventureUnlimited.org/give or

send a check payable to Adventure Unlimited, 5201 South Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.


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20s/30s Retreat Crystal Lake Camps. . . . . . May 21–23

recurring monthly or quarterly gift with a credit card or direct debit. This allows you to give a substantial gift in comfortable increments. You will become a member of the Andrews Society if your recurring gift equals $83.33 or more per month ($1,000 total) to the Annual Fund in our fiscal year.

All-Ages Event North Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 22 Adult Trips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer & Fall National Annual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 3–6 Teen & Adult Event CedarS Camps 20s/30s Adventure Trip U.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fall TBD 7th- through 12th-grade Teen Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TBD Both regions

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Unlimited in your estate and/or establish a planned gift to help sustain the longevity of the organization while honoring your legacy.

National Leadership Council

Summer Experiences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June/July Application Available. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 27 – Oct. 10

Endow your gift for generations to come.

New Classes Announced. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 10

When you make a gift to our endowment fund, it supports a larger pool of investments that grow over time, strengthens our financial stability and contributes to our annual operations.

All Class Retreat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan. 14–17, 2022


Registration opens for 2021–2022 group . . . . . . Apr. 1 First Retreat CedarS Camps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sept. 3–6 Second Retreat A/U Ranches . . . . . . . . Dec. 28 – Jan. 1

Make a gift of stock. Contact us for commemorative gift ideas.

See what else is coming! DiscoveryBound.org/events

Learn more at AdventureUnlimited.org/ways-to-give Adventure Unlimited Foundation, serving DiscoveryBound and the A/U Ranches, is the fundraising arm of Adventure Unlimited, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


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Adventure Unlimited 5201 South Quebec Street Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Thank you for supporting our programs!

2021 PROGRAMS For more than 65 years, Adventure Unlimited has provided enriching activities for thousands of Christian Science young people, adults and families at the A/U Ranches. The practical and effective application of Christian Science is as much a part of our mission today as it was at our founding in 1955.

Youth Overnight Camp Session 1 (15 days) . . . . . . . . . . . . June 24 – July 8 (8 days). . . . . . . . . . . . . June 24 – July 1 Session 2 (15 days) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 10–24 Session 3 (15 days) . . . . . . . . . . . July 26 – Aug. 9 (8 days). . . . . . . . . . . . July 26 – Aug. 2

Youth Adventure Day Camp Week 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 26–30 Week 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 2–6

Adult & Family Programs Service Weekend. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 28–31

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6pm MT

Family Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 24–30 July 1–7 Aug. 14–20

Join us for an evening of fun and help raise money to support camperships & scholarships at this virtual celebration!

Adult Mini Camp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aug. 22–28 Fall Service Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 9 Adult Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nov. 4–8 Christmas Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dec. 21–27

• Video look back at the blessings of 2020 (yes, last year!) • Inspiring stories from participants

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• Special performance of “Whither”


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