The fun, growth and love of a DiscoveryBound program aren’t limited to the event you attend – you can have them at home, right now! Try some of these great resources and share the results with us: [email protected]

More resources will be added regularly, so check back often. Also, visit our Facebook page for live events and activities.

 

Activities, Games & Puzzles

Explore Nature from Home

From the A/U Ranches and The Christian Science Monitor


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

From the A/U Ranches


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

And no campfire would be complete without some great stories. Camp counselor Wyatt Martin brings them to life with this theatrical retelling.



Highlights of the Year


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.



Fun Zoom Background


Are you looking for a fun way to liven up your Zoom meetings? How about a beautiful background image from a DB event 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.

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Word Search, Crossword Puzzle, Etc.

From the A/U Ranches




Weekly Concert Series



DiscoveryBound alum, 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.


Inspiration

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!



DB NLC Student CSPS Articles


DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council students have had over 150 articles, healings, poems and audio recordings published in the Journal, Sentinel and Daily Lift podcast! They’re a great source of inspiration on a wide variety of topics.



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.



Alone With Your Thoughts

From the A/U Ranches


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).



Online Hymn Sing with CedarS Camps

From CedarS Camps


CedarS Camps is hosting an online hymn sing from 7-7:30pm CT on Sunday evenings via Zoom video conference. Check their CedarS 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


DiscoveryBound participants share accounts of the meaningful, healing experiences they’ve had in program.

  • Steve, an NLC class leader, witnessed a beautiful healing with one of his NLC teens. He shared, “It was a wonderful reminder that God is a very present help in trouble, accessible at all times and in all ways. Sometimes we have to climb mountains, where we’re forced to lean on God.”
  • Amanda finds that turning to God instead of matter brings healing in any situation: “I often have to handle the temptation of dealing with a claim ‘quickly’ by turning to matter instead of metaphysics, but when I’m in an environment like the one in New Hampshire, that desire disappears.”



Get Moving!

Backyard Obstacle Course

From the Campership Fund





Mountain Biking Clinic

From the A/U Ranches


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


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.