Frequently Asked Questions
So your friend told you about DiscoveryBound, huh? You probably have some questions about it, and hopefully this page will answer a few. At these events, everyone accepts you for who you are. You can be yourself and have an amazing time!
Overall Program Information
- What is DiscoveryBound?
- What is DiscoveryBound Outreach?
- What is Christian Science?
- How is Christian Science Incorporated in DiscoveryBound Outreach events?
- Is medication allowed at DiscoveryBound Outreach events
- How much do DiscoveryBound Outreach events cost?
- Is DiscoveryBound affiliated with the A/U Ranches?
- What are DiscoveryBound’s Staff/Volunteer Community Standards?
What is DiscoveryBound?
DiscoveryBound serves Christian Scientists and the greater community through fellowship in a dynamic, loving, healing and inspiring atmosphere, which encourages growth in an understanding of Christian Science and service to the world. DiscoveryBound (DB) is comprised of three program areas:
- DB Outreach comes to you in your community with events for youth, your friends and families, as well as adults. Activities support an inspirational environment where everyone relates, based on the shared values of Christian Science.
- DB’s National Leadership Council (NLC) offers teen leadership training based on a Biblical model of service to God and mankind. In NLC, teens belong to a community of like-minded thinkers that support global issues.
- DB Compass offers 10th-12th graders year-long spiritual exploration through monthly video web-chats, three retreats, and great friendships.
DiscoveryBound (DB) Outreach is a program that hosts events in a Christian Science environment for kids, teens, adults, families – as well as their friends of other faiths. They have everything from small local events to large national annual programs! DB Outreach usually has a theme or central activity, like a sleepover at a theme park or a road rally across a big city. There are activities at the beginning of an event to help everyone get to know each other. Some participants are techy, others are artsy, others are sporty… but everyone is real! It’s not okay for people to be rude or exclusive at the events, so we leave those attitudes at the door! Everyone accepts you for who you are. You can be yourself and have an amazing time!
Christian Science is a Bible-based protestant Christian religion, not to be confused with Scientology. It follows Jesus’ example of how to rely on God for health and happiness. Christian Science is all about living love and expressing God’s goodness, including treating other people with unconditional empathy and forgiveness. Christian Scientists pray to God for guidance and healing for a variety of challenges – emotional, financial, physical, etc. – and they find that it works. A common misunderstanding about Christian Science is that Christian Scientists are not allowed to go to doctors. Actually, the church does not set rules like that, and each person is encouraged to make their own decisions. It is a religion of Biblical examples, critical thinking, and effective prayer. It may be helpful for you to go to a Christian Science Sunday School before you go on a weekend activity so you have a better idea of how we turn to God. Ask someone to take you or go on your own. You are always welcome at a CS church. For more information on Christian Science, you can visit ChristianScience.com.
DB Outreach events are not church, and it certainly doesn’t try to convert anyone to Christian Science. Instead, it creates an atmosphere of friendship, helpfulness, inclusiveness, and inspiration that gives everyone a chance to feel free to be their selves and to feel close to God. Outreach events typically include an inspirational talk filled with new, helpful ideas, and usually there is a Christian Science practitioner available to offer answers and support when people have questions or challenges. A practitioner is someone who devotes their profession to helping people find solutions to all of life’s challenges through prayer. Above all, the thing to remember is that DB is all about experiencing God’s love in action, not about putting anyone on the spot.
If you are on medication or would like to bring medicine with you to an event, please give the DiscoveryBound Outreach Director a call. They can walk you through our policies and procedures to make sure you feel comfortable at the event! Don’t let this stop you from attending the activity.
The cost of Outreach events varies, depending on the activities involved, but as a non-profit DiscoveryBound works very hard to keep programs affordable. Teens, we are willing to work with you and your family to make sure money doesn’t stop you from being a part of these fun events.
No. DiscoveryBound is one of two distinct program areas of the Adventure Unlimited organization. The other program area is the A/U Ranches. While all of the Adventure Unlimited programs ultimately operate under the Adventure Unlimited mission statement, each program area operates independently of the others. DiscoveryBound, has its own staff and holds events around the country and abroad from its offices in the Greenwood Village, CO headquarters, just outside of Denver.
DiscoveryBound’s Community Standards can be found here.
Compass Program Information
- What is the time commitment of Compass?
- Where are the Compass retreats held?
- What is the registration process for Compass?
- How much financial aid is available for Compass, and how does the application process work?
- Are Compass participants required to attend Christian Science Sunday School?
- How does the Compass Program differ from the National Leadership Council?
When you join the Compass program, you are committing to a full school year, so be sure the retreat dates work with your family’s schedule before committing. You will also be expected to attend the web hangouts every month and to put some thought into brief assignments that deepen your look into each monthly theme. Plan to dedicate approximately 2-3 hours per month to your Compass participation.
Retreat locations change each season. The group typically stays together with chaperones in a home or youth hostel. The groups will be formed geographically to enable teens to potentially drive to the retreat locations. If there is a need to fly to the retreats, the Compass participants will be greeted at the airport and provided with ground transportation.
Registration for Compass is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited. Register online, but first prepare your application responses (the online form will time out after 30 minutes of inactivity, and we wouldn’t want you to have to start over after you pause to gather your thoughts!).
Financial aid is granted on a case by case basis, and each family’s situation is taken into account. To apply for aid, begin by registering online for the program. Once you have made that commitment and paid the $300 deposit, look for a link to the financial aid application in the confirmation email and complete the form. Next, you will receive an email with the amount you’ve been granted. All we ask in return is that you keep your grant confidential and that your teen write a thoughtful gratitude letter to DiscoveryBound’s donors at the end of the program.
If the amount of aid you’ve been granted does not meet your needs and you decide to withdraw from the program, you can get a refund of your $300 deposit by contacting the DiscoveryBound office within 48 hours of receiving your financial aid grant. If you have questions about finances prior to committing to the program, please call our office at the number below.
Compass is a program for teens who have a genuine desire to study and practice Christian Science, and to support this desire, we do require participants to attend Sunday School at least 50% of the time. Participants may be new to Christian Science and may not have a history of attending Sunday School, but we ask for their commitment going forward.
|Similarities||Compass||National Leadership Council|
|Fellowship for CS High School teens||1 year commitment||4 year commitment|
|Adult role models||10th - 12th grade, all grades combined||Same age group|
|In person and remote interaction||Youth group fellowship||Leadership development|
|Financial aid available||Support||Curriculum|
|Approx. 12 teens in each group||Approx. 20 teens in each class|
|No summer programming||Congressional Award|
|Substantial summer trips|
National Leadership Council (NLC) Program Information
- Who can join the NLC program?
- When can a teen join the program? Can they join later?
- Should participants keep the same Mentor through their four years in the program?
- What are the requirement elements of NLC?
- How much does it cost to participate in NLC?
- What are NLC’s Participant Community Standards?
Applicants must regularly attend a Christian Science Sunday School.
Students apply only in the fall of their 8th grade year. Classes form at the same time and stay together for four years. If they miss this window, they may want to consider registering for DiscoveryBound’s Compass program, which is a one-year program for students in 10th – 12th grades.
We expect students and mentors to stay together through the program. Each year they recommit to the mentor/mentee relationship.
- Monthly class calls and assignments
- Regular interaction with their NLC Mentor
- Annual All Class Retreat
- Summer Experiences – Orientation, Adventure Expedition, Service Trip, Internship
- Participation in Congressional Award – Bronze Medal minimum
- Submission to the Christian Science Publishing Society
- Capstone Project
The cost to the family of the program over four years for each participant is approx. $10,500 (includes the All Class Retreat and Summer Experiences, plus estimated travel. Financial aid in the form of scholarships is available for those in need.
“Ye are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14, 16
As an organization that serves a broader Christian Science community, DiscoveryBound expects its staff, volunteers and participants to strive to live the highest moral and ethical standards. DiscoveryBound believes the following standards support an environment focused on spiritual growth and healing. I am willing to maintain these community standards on all of the following points:
- As a participant in DiscoveryBound’s National Leadership Council (DB NLC), I understand I am a role model for others and will be working closely with my classmates to support their and my own growth in Christian Science through various activities and events.
- I am an active student of Christian Science. I strive to live in accordance with its teachings and to demonstrate its principles daily, including utilizing it for health care.
- I will maintain elevated thought and speech in my own conversation and with those around me.
- I am free from the use or possession of tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, illegal drugs of any kind and sexual activity outside of marriage, and I do not advocate these activities including in person, online or through social media/texting.
- I will express divine Love and be inclusive of all participants, volunteers and staff. I agree to refrain from pairing off or dating within my class, and any other behavior that excludes or embarrasses others.
- I am committed to contributing to an environment focused on supporting each individual’s understanding of his or her relationship to God and to holding myself and my peers accountable to these standards, by utilizing the spirit of the Golden Rule (Matt. 7:12 and Science & Health 497:26) and the Matthew Code (Matt. 18:15-17).
I understand that if I should violate the trust inherent in these Community Standards that I will be held accountable for my choices and actions, which may include disciplinary action, probation, or dismissal.
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