Our deepest thanks for your ongoing support this year. In a time filled with uncertainty and ever-changing conditions, your understanding and encouragement inspired our work. And in return, we hope you drew inspiration from our online resources, virtual gatherings and modified in-person events.
As we planned every program, our goal was always to offer you ways to feel loved and included that were also safe and responsible. Consideration for each program began with prayer. Guided by our 2020 Metaphysical Theme, “The inevitable condition whereby to become blessed, is to bless others:” (Miscellaneous Writings 127:21-22), we listened for the right way forward. If a program could be modified to safely run in accordance with local regulations while still maintaining its integrity of purpose and blessing the participants, we offered it. If it couldn’t, we postponed or cancelled it. No decision was made lightly, and came only after much prayer, planning and discussion.
The result was inspiring, safe and successful programs that blessed many participants this summer. A parent of a DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council teen shared this feedback:
Thank you for your flexibility in planning this event during the pandemic and meeting all the necessary codes and rules. 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…
To keep you up to date, here is an overview of the changes that were made, the programs that were run and what the plans are for this fall:
- Spring Service Weekend, Family Camp, all three sessions of Youth Summer Camp and Adult Bible Study were cancelled.
- The Mountaineering Reunion was postponed until next year.
- The A/U Ranches and 100 Elk staff created a whole new Youth Adventure Day Camp model that complied with health guidelines and served local families and any Christian Science families who were able to arrange accommodations. We also offered a Family & Friends Getaway option for those who wanted to stay at the A/U Ranches and participate in activities as a family. And 100 Elk will continue to offer this program through October.
- Fall Service Day will still be offered this fall, with modifications to the format to allow for distanced accommodations, meals, etc.
- Despite initial plans to run Christmas Camp 2020 in a modified format, recent increased regulations have caused us to cancel Christmas Camp this year.
100 Elk Outdoor Center
- Both the spring and fall sessions of the traditional overnight school group model were cancelled.
- Two of six one-week sessions of Youth Adventure Day Camp run by 100 Elk used their secular model of “Revealing the Possibilities Within” and provided much-needed activity to local communities we’ve largely been unable to serve in the past.
- A local school system needed to run their schools at half occupancy this fall, with students attending in person every other day. 100 Elk partnered with them and provided programming to the students on their out-of-school days. 100 Elk will also took over running the Family & Friends Getaway program this fall.
Despite the challenges of this year, we’re grateful to have been able to offer programs in a safe and inspiring manner. But we couldn’t have done it without you. We hope you’ll continue to join us in praying for our local communities, our country and the world, and we can’t wait to see you again in person when the time is right.