Maddy, an incoming college senior, had landed a summer internship with a Fortune 500 company. When she received the news that the internship was cancelled 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 enroute 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 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.”

About the A/U Ranches

The A/U Ranches, located in Buena Vista, Colorado, are a cornerstone of Adventure Unlimited’s programming. The supportive and inspiring atmosphere cultivates confidence and develops moral courage for Christian Science youth, adults and families. Activities are offered year-round, including a secular community outreach program, 100 Elk, which serves diverse schools and groups.

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Youth Camp at the A/U Ranches

Our experiences change lives. At the A/U Ranches you’ll find a Christian Science atmosphere with staff dedicated to helping you see the role God plays in your life. Each program and activity is designed to help you break through limitations, reach your goals, and see God in action.

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