By Maree Sytsma, National Alumni board
I spent many years at the A/U Ranches. One consistent comment, heard over and over again from new comers and from people returning to the Ranches, was, “What is it about this place?”
It’s Love. It’s the residual effect of Love practiced, Love lived, Love discovered and rediscovered. The walls are saturated with it. The woods teem with it. The lakes shimmer with it.
Love is the overarching theme of Adventure Unlimited programs. It’s the springboard from which campers, DiscoveryBound (DB) Outreach families, DB National Leadership Council (NLC) students, DB Compass teens and 100 Elk staffers and participants are launched out into the greater world to practice what they have absorbed. To look through new eyes at the world. To shine their love-light.
Love is a work in progress, and progress is the law.
If you have not experienced this particular Love in progress, come to an Adventure Unlimited event. Send your children to camp. Let them experience DiscoveryBound Outreach (or experience it yourself!). Mentor a DB NLC student. Or give that gift of love to your teen – drive through the gates and feel the Love!