Activities, Games & Puzzles

Virtual Service Day

Fall Service Day at the A/U Ranches! We’d love to have you join us in-person to prepare the property for winter. But if you can’t be in BV, how about a project in your local community? You can join us for a “day of service” virtually! Tidy up your local park or find a different way to serve others. On social media post a picture of yourself in action or holding a flyer that tells us what you’re up to and where you’re helping. Include the hashtag #FallServiceDay for a Facebook post or tag @AURanches on Instagram and we’ll add it to our story!

Explore Nature from Home

Just because you need to stay near home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy nature! Join A/U Ranches and 100 Elk Outdoor Center staff member Timon Keller for an eco hike around property.

The Christian Science Monitor has also rounded up several virtual nature tours in this article.

Campfire Songs & Stories

Sing along with Deb Eastwood and other camp friends with these favorite campfire songs!

And no campfire would be complete without some great stories. Former camper and current staff member Wyatt Martin brings them to life with this theatrical retelling.

Meet the Horse Herd

Linda Clarke and Rachael LePoidevin give you a guided tour of the horses that live at the A/U Ranches! Meet these wonderful four-legged “staff members” and learn about their unique qualities.

Fun Zoom Background

Are you looking for a fun way to liven up your Zoom meetings? How about a beautiful background image from the A/U Ranches instead of your office wall? That’s right, you can set a fun virtual background in Zoom. Click the image you want below; when the full-size image loads, right click it and select “Save image as” to save the image to your computer; follow these instructions to set your virtual background image.

Highlights of the Year

From DiscoveryBound

What you need: Each player brings three photos that represent highlights from their past year

Number of players: Unlimited

Object: Learn about each other’s year

How to play: Each person has the floor to show their three photos and use them as a way of talking about their year.

The Game of Things

From the 100 Elk Outdoor Center

What you need: “The Game of Things” or create your own set of topic cards (prompts)

Number of players: 4+

Object: Correctly match the highest number of responses with their authors

How to play: A reader is chosen. This reader reads aloud a topic card. (Some example topics: “Things you need to survive.” “Things you shouldn’t put in your mouth.”) The players each write a response on a piece of paper along with their name, fold it and turn it in to the reader. The reader then shuffles them and reads all of them aloud twice. Starting with the player to the left of the reader, each player guesses who wrote each response. This is all done from memory – no note-taking or rereading the responses. The player continues guessing until incorrect, at which time the player to his/her left guesses. Players whose responses were correctly identified are eliminated and cannot make guesses. The round ends when one player has not been matched to a response. Each correct guess earns 1 point; the player who successfully avoided detection earns 6 points. The job of reader passes to the left. When everyone has been reader once, the game ends. High score wins.

Weekly Concert Series

Former A/U Ranches staff member, and very talented musician, Justin Froese is performing a weekly concert series on Facebook Live every Saturday morning from 8-11am PDT. The concert will be about 45m-60m and will include church solos he’s performed at services, selected hymns and some of his own original inspirational songs. To watch, visit Justin Froese Music on Facebook.

Get Moving!

Backyard Obstacle Course

From the Campership Fund

Mountain Biking Clinic

Experience the thrill of mountain biking with our enthusiastic, knowledgeable instructor, Chandler Morehardt, the A/U Ranches Round-Up Ranch director. Enjoy tips and tricks to try at home. Great for everyone. Check it out here!


Find an Online Christian Science Lecture

Christian Science churches and societies around the world are moving their lectures online and they’re open to everyone. Refer to this directory to find an upcoming lecture – there are dozens of them!

A/U Ranches Camper/Staff CSPS Articles

The A/U Ranches is about putting Christian Science into practice, so naturally healing happens at camp! Over the years, campers have shown their gratitude for these demonstrations by submitting them to the Christian Science Publishing Society.

Alone With Your Thoughts

Create your own “Alone with your Thoughts” time by devoting 15, 30 or 60 minutes solely to listening for God’s love and guidance. John “Cap” Andrews started this tradition based on his experience in the Navy, and he would ask campers at the A/U Ranches to “focus on one thing while they were thinking, such as their relationship to God…” (Opening Windows to God, p.50).

JSH Articles for Kids & Teens

JSH-Online has gathered articles for kids and teens about topics such as praying through fear, safety and immunity from contagion.

Online Hymn Sing with CedarS Camps

CedarS Camps is hosting an online hymn sing from 7-7:30pm CT on Sunday evenings via Zoom video conference. Check their CadarS Blog or Facebook page to confirm the date and connection details for the next one.

Finding Your Immunity from Disease

By Michelle Nanouche, CSB

Harvest Songs

A/U Ranches participants share accounts of the meaningful, healing experiences they’ve had in program.

  • Katie, who was a program head at the A/U Ranches, shared with us what she had shared with a counselor-in-training during a fearful time: “We talked about if we just close our eyes, God is no more or less present when we’re in one set of circumstances versus another. No matter where we are, God is there.”


  • A shift in thought can help us find the beauty of God all around us. We find Wyatt’s words especially poignant right now: “The beauty in life is all around us. We just have to seek it out, and in doing so, we will glorify God. Just like those trees, the mountain, the sky, you are a perfect expression of God.”


  • While praying for a horse, something helped change Andrew’s thought about the challenging situation: “As I was going through possible ways to help the horse, something that broke the mesmerism of the situation was Kenny’s shirt, which had the logo, ‘Face Any Challenge Anywhere.’ Christian Science was able to face any challenge anywhere!”

Helping Others

Connecting with Others Remotely

Although the current situation calls for keeping space between people, that doesn’t stop us from figuratively “embracing” people from a distance. Try these ideas for remotely reaching out others in the community:

  • Write letters of gratitude to family members or friends you haven’t talked to in a while.
  • Read the Bible Lesson to those in Christian Science facilities over the phone.
    Find a Christian Science Care Facility.
  • Send letters of love and support to nursing or assisted living facilities.

Volunteer From Home

Don’t let being house-bound hamper your community spirit. SignUpGenius has a bunch of great suggestions for ways you can still volunteer from home! Plus, with a little creativity, many of their other in-person service projects can be adapted for remote volunteering.