CONNECT + BUILD COMMUNITY

DiscoveryBound supports people in their 20s/30s to make meaningful connections and build community through local, national and international events in a supportive Christian Science atmosphere with opportunities to participate, organize, mentor, chaperone and more!

20s/30s LOCALLY GROWN

These grassroots activities are organized by 20s/30s for 20s/30s and include game nights, potlucks, hiking, ultimate frisbee, volunteering, and more. They’re a perfect opportunity to hang out with others in an organic and authentic atmosphere. If you’d like to organize DB get togethers in your area, DB will contribute up to $50 (with receipts) four times per year per area. Please contact our DB Young Adult Manager for more information. Scroll down to the event calendar at the bottom of this page to see upcoming events. 

20s/30s WEEKENDS

Connect with others in their 20s and 30s during fun and inspiring weekends in a supportive Christian Science atmosphere that is free from judgement and is accepting of everyone.

DiscoveryBound Outreach offers a $700 stipend to 20s/30s who plan these weekends for groups of approximately 20 people and provides support, advertising, and subsidizes the cost by up to $1000. Contact the DB Young Adult Manager if you are interested in being a stipend organizer.

If you are interested in attending one of these weekends and need financial assistance to travel, complete and submit this form for 50% of airfares up to $150. Scroll down to the event calendar at the bottom of this page to see upcoming events.

20s/30s GETAWAYS

Join us on our 4-night trips to breath-taking locations around the USA. We are exploring locations for our next adventure in 2021. We hope you’ll join us!

20s/30s INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

Affordably explore the world with other 20s/30s in a supportive Christian Science atmosphere. Each trip includes a Christian Science practitioner and a DB trip leader. Please contact our DB Young Adult Manager.

“DB 20s/30s” FACEBOOK GROUP

Join the conversation and stay informed about upcoming 20s/30s events. This online community is specifically for people in their 20s/30s everywhere and is a great virtual location to connect and support each other. 

YOUNG ADULT RESEARCH

We’re listening to you! Adventure Unlimited, DiscoveryBound’s parent organization, hired a research consultant to conduct focus groups and interviews with 20s/30s in an effort to better know what you would like to see us provide for you. You can see the results here.

As a result of the findings from this research and the recommendations made to the organization, we have created the new position DB Young Adult Manager to provide focussed support in networking, planning and advertising events. We have increased the number of stipend 20s/30s weekends to five per year and the level of support for locally grown activities by offering $50 (with receipts) four times per year per area toward expenses.

GET INVOLVED

20s/30s are also needed to share their skills with DiscoveryBound through a variety of volunteer roles. In addition to organizing local activities, some other opportunities include: starting an Outreach Chapter and being a Chapter Worker, Outreach Chaperone, National Leadership Council (NLC) Mentor, National Leadership Council (NLC) Leader or Compass Guide. The NLC Alumni Initiative is another way to engage with community service.

I am so grateful to have opportunities like this where young adults can come together to uplift and inspire each other in the midst of facing real world challenges, while participating in fun social activities that refreshens our sense of pure joy! - 20s/30s Adult Participant

Upcoming 20s/30sEvents

Dec
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DB Outreach: Holiday Contests for All Ages @ DB Outreach
Dec 2 @ 8:00 am – Dec 19 @ 11:45 pm

Happy Holiday Contests
December 2-20, 2020 | For all ages
Celebrate the sights and tastes of the holiday season with your DiscoveryBound friends. Join us by sharing photos of your holiday cookie creations, bright and festive Christmas tree or modeling your ugliest Christmas sweater. You and/or your family must be in the photos, too, but it’s totally worth it to win some fun Christmas prizes, and spread holiday cheer with the larger DiscoveryBound community. 

The contest has multiple categories, and there will be a winner from each age group in each category.
Categories:
Most Festive Looking Christmas Cookies
Most Seasonally Decorated Christmas Tree
Ugliest Holiday Sweater

Age Groups:
Preschool-Elementary
Middle/High School
20s/30s
Adults

You can compete in multiple categories. Submit your photos through December 20 and we’ll announce the winners on December 30.
Send Us Your Photos
To participate, simple complete this Google Form and upload the photo for each category you’d like to compete in: https://forms.gle/J951gYs1KFLH5DMv8

Submissions can also be sent to us via email at [email protected] or direct message on Facebook (@DiscoveryBound). Just be sure to include your name, category and age group.

Questions?
Email us at [email protected] and Lori, Lee Anne or Shelby will respond. 

Dec
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DB Outreach: 20s/30s Book Club @ Zoom
Dec 8 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

20s/30s young adults are invited to join DB and other young adults around the country for a virtual book club. For the month of November, we are reading David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, so read it over and come prepared to chat about the book. We hope that you will be able to join us! We will be choosing the next book for the month of December soon. So stay tuned!

5:30pm PT, 6:30pm MT, 7:30pm CT, 8:30pm ET

For access to the Zoom link to join, please email [email protected]

Dec
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DB Outreach: 20s/30s Christmas Party @ Zoom
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm

20s/30s young adults come join a night filled with Christmas cheer! This event will be in place of one of our game nights, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be stopping the amazing metaphysical inspiration and the fun games!! Snuggle up by your computer with a cup of cocoa and your cozy Christmas pjs, in order to participate in some Christmas-themed activities. We can’t wait to see you there and if you have any fun ideas for the night please let me know!!

5:30pm PT, 6:30pm MT, 7:30pm CT, 8:30pm ET

For access to the Zoom link to join, please email [email protected]

Dec
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DB Outreach: DB 20s/30s Cooking Class @ Zoom
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm

Register Here

20s/30s will come together to create a meal that a chef will guide them through. This will be an opportunity for people to come together and make a fun, new recipe! We will begin the virtual cooking class at 4pm PT, 5pm MT, 6pm CT, and 7pm ET with introductions and then jump into making the delicious meal together. The event costs $10 to register.

Chef of the Night: Shane Witters Hicks

Your Lesson Menu: A Honey-Miso Glazed, Stuffed Butternut Squash (A hearty centerpiece that can easily be adapted for meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans!)

Please reach out to Shelby at [email protected] if you have any questions!

Mar
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DB Outreach: 3rd Annual All-Ages Colorado Winter Weekend
Mar 5 – Mar 7 all-day

Register Here  

Registration will open december 10, 2020

Come join DiscoveryBound for a cozy weekend at the A/U Ranches! This is a wonderful opportunity to relax and have fun while enjoying the company of other Christian Scientists and friends of all ages. Take part in sledding, snowshoeing, games, cards, crafts in the lodge, and much more. Or just bring a good book, sit by the fire, and enjoy a mug of hot chocolate.  Feel free to do as few or as many activities as you want…but come be a part of the fun!

WHEN: Friday, March 5 – Sunday, March 7, 2021

WHERE: A/U Ranches, Buena Vista, CO

WHO: All-Ages: This exciting weekend is for all ages.  All youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, since child care is not provided.  Families will be housed and eat together conforming to current protocols for groups coming together in Colorado.

WHAT:  (The weekend schedule will be posted below when finalized)

COST: $99 per person (included in the cost are all meals beginning with Friday dinner through Sunday lunch, lodging, and most activities.)

FINANCIAL AID: If needed, up to $49 in financial aid is available for everyone. When registering, look for the link to the Financial Aid online form.

TRAVEL: Please plan to arrive at the A/U Ranches between 5-7pm on Friday, March 5. The departure time will be on Sunday, March 7 at 1pm.  DiscoveryBound will not be providing transportation to or from the Ranches.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If for some reason you need to cancel, you may do so up until Friday, February 12, 2021 with a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after February 12.

Registration closes February 27, 2021 – Space is limited.  

The Weekend Schedule is being finalized –

please check back later.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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This event is generously underwritten by the Asher Student Foundation and other partners.

 

May
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DB Outreach: 20s/30s Spring Retreat – SAVE THE DATE @ Crystal Lake Camps
May 21 @ 4:00 pm – May 23 @ 3:30 pm

db 20s/30s spring retreat at crystal lake camps

Join us at Crystal Lake Camps, the Christian Science camp located in Hughesville, Pennsylvania, for a weekend of fun camp activities!

We’ll enjoy waterfront activities such as canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and maybe even swimming for those brave enough to dive in; we will venture up the High Ropes Course and Climbing Wall; play a round or two of 8 Sticks (a CLC classic, kind of like capture the flag); and explore some of the 25 miles of trails.

During this weekend, we’ll have time to relax, get to know one-another, enjoy the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of Crystal Lake, and engage in metaphysical discussion.

Sep
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DB Outreach: 20s/30s – Iceland Adventure 2021 (Trip 1) @ Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm

DB 20s/30s Iceland Adventure – September 11-17, 2021

Join a DB trip leader and a CS Practitioner as part of an 18 person group of 20s/30s that explores the southern region of Iceland in a supportive and healing Christian Science Atmosphere.

For:  Christian Scientists in their 20s/30s and their friends who are willing to dive into deep Christian Science discussions, support each other and the group by being patient, flexible and willing to help prepare and clean up group meals. Group travel always takes more time than solo or small group travel, but it can be a lot of fun with an inclusive easy-going group.

Cost: Registration is $1,525 USD with a $250 non-refundable deposit paid with a debit/credit card to secure your spot. Your spot will not be confirmed until Shelby Barner has been in touch with you. Full payment is due June 10, 2021. Cost includes all meals (vegetarian or fish/meat) from lunch on Saturday September 11 to lunch on Friday September 17, accommodation, and activities outlined in the Tentative Itinerary below. It does not include flights. A payment plan (6 x monthly payments) is available starting January 10, 2021, and ending June 10, 2021.

Additional Costs: We recommend that you purchase personal travel insurance for this trip. If you have special dietary requirements beyond being a vegetarian, you’ll need to bring what you need with you. We’ll also be going to a discount supermarket mid-week for you to buy additional items, if needed. The food provided will be simple, as food is expensive in Iceland. If you have specific food/snack choices, feel free to pack foods you like. Also, activities on Friday, our free day, are not included.

20s/30s Subsidy: Thanks to our generous donors, $3000 of the costs of this trip have been subsidized, which benefits every participant.

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is also available up to $400 toward registration and up to $250 toward travel on a need basis. If the amount awarded does not meet participant needs, they have 48hrs to cancel their registration for their $250 deposit to be returned. Register before completing the Financial Aid Form.

Financial Aid Form    Payment and Cancellation Policy   

Tentative Itinerary: 

Saturday September 11: Fly into Keflavik International Airport before 11:00am. Drive to Grindavik for lunch. Drive to The Blue Lagoon for an afternoon of relaxing in the geothermal pools. Drive to B14 Hostel, Faxafen 11, Reykjavík, Iceland (We have the place to ourselves – twin beds in gendered rooms). Prepare and eat dinner there. Get to know you games.

Sunday September 12: Prepare breakfast and a pack a lunch. Golden Circle Tour (in our vans) including: Thingvellir National Park, Snorkel Silfra Fissure, Geysir Geothermal Field, Gullfoss Waterfall, Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, and Kerid Crater. Prepare and eat dinner back at B14 Hostel. Informal church service (volunteer readers).

Monday September 13: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Pack up and drive ~5hrs to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake with floating icebergs, seals and skuas, for a self-guided hike and/or solo time. We’ll have a lunch stop at Reynisfjara, the famous black-sand beach with basalt columns and trolls. Service activity: trash collection. We’ll finish the day with a short hike to Svartifoss – a basalt column waterfall – before heading to Hotel Skaftafell (twin beds in triple/double rooms). We’ll eat dinner in the Hotel Restaurant. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).

Tuesday September 14: Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant. Pack a lunch. Check out of Hotel Skaftafell. Drive to Dyrholaey Arch, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss. Stop by Kronan Supermarket in Selfoss. Arrive at Gaulverjaskoli – The Old School House (twin beds in gendered rooms). Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Metaphysical Discussion. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).

Wednesday September 15: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Drive then hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs 2.4 Miles Round Trip – 682.4 ft gain – Out-and-Back Trail. Option 1: Afternoon Icelandic Horse Ride 2hrs ($105 not included – must book in advance). Option 2: Afternoon hike: Weather conditions will factor into the decision to either hike Krysuvik Georthermal Area Loop – 4.8miles moderate trail with lake and views in Reykjanesfolkvangur Reserve or hike Mount Esja – 5.2 mile steep, difficult, heavily trafficked loop trail. Option 3: Relax at The Old School House or explore the surrounding area on foot. Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Informal Testimony Meeting (volunteer reader). Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).

Thursday September 16: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Free day (cost of activities is not included).Option 1: Explore Reykjavík: Drop off and pick up at The National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata 41. (~$16/2000 ISK admission fee also allows access to Culture House, Hverfisgata 15). This is the time to try pickled shark if you like at Café Loki (not included) or journey Inside The Volcano (not included). Option 2: Relax at The Old School House or explore the surrounding area on foot. Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions). Metaphysical Discussion

Friday September 17: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Wrap-up: Gratitude and highlights, evaluations. Check-out of The Old School House. Fly out of Keflavik International Airport after 3pm.

Weather: September high/low averages are 51°F/42°F or 11°C/6°C with 13/ days of rain. Iceland in September: Weather, Things to do & what to expect 

What to Bring on our 7-day adventure:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months after your arrival on September 11, 2021
  • One bag and one day backpack, as space in the two vans is limited
  • Your favorite snacks (food is expensive in Iceland)
  • Food substitutes if you have special dietary requirements (we’ll also be stopping by a Supermarket mid-week).
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Bible lesson
  • Journal
  • Favorite Game (optional)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and chapstick
  • Thermos (optional)
  • Travel towel for after bathing in hot springs etc.
  • Second travel towel for showering (needed for first two nights)
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Warm non-cotton layers
  • Warm Thermals (for underneath your dry suit for snorkeling the Silfra Fissure and daily use)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Waterproof shoes for hiking
  • Wool socks
  • Scarf, warm hat, gloves
  • Water bottles (2 Quarts/Liters)

Contact: Shelby Barner, DB Young Adult Manager
[email protected]
Phone: 888.416.7348 x 139

Registration opens December 10, 2020.

In order to register, On this date, Please email shelby to Receive a registration Link (First come, First Served Basis). 

Sep
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DB Outreach: 20s/30s – Iceland Adventure 2021 (Trip 2) @ Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm

DB 20s/30s Iceland Adventure – September 19-25, 2021

Join a DB trip leader and a CS Practitioner as part of an 18 person group of 20s/30s that explores the southern region of Iceland in a supportive and healing Christian Science Atmosphere.

For:  Christian Scientists in their 20s/30s and their friends who are willing to dive into deep Christian Science discussions, support each other and the group by being patient, flexible and willing to help prepare and clean up group meals. Group travel always takes more time than solo or small group travel, but it can be a lot of fun with an inclusive easy-going group.

Cost: Registration is $1,525 USD with a $250 non-refundable deposit paid with a debit/credit card to secure your spot. Your spot will not be confirmed until Shelby Barner has been in touch with you. Full payment is due June 10, 2021. Cost includes all meals (vegetarian or fish/meat) from lunch on Sunday September 19 to lunch on Saturday September 25, accommodation, and activities outlined in the Tentative Itinerary below. It does not include flights. A payment plan (6 x monthly payments) is available starting January 10, 2021, and ending June 10, 2021.

Additional Costs: We recommend that you purchase personal travel insurance for this trip. If you have special dietary requirements beyond being a vegetarian, you’ll need to bring what you need with you. We’ll also be going to a discount supermarket mid-week for you to buy additional items, if needed. The food provided will be simple, as food is expensive in Iceland. If you have specific food/snack choices, feel free to pack foods you like. Also, activities on Friday, our free day, are not included.

20s/30s Subsidy: Thanks to our generous donors, $3000 of the costs of this trip have been subsidized, which benefits every participant.

Financial Aid: Financial Aid is also available up to $400 toward registration and up to $250 toward travel on a need basis. If the amount awarded does not meet participant needs, they have 48hrs to cancel their registration for their $250 deposit to be returned. Register before completing the Financial Aid Form.

Financial Aid Form    Payment and Cancellation Policy   

Tentative Itinerary: 

Sunday September 19: Fly into Keflavik International Airport before 11:00am. Drive to Grindavik for lunch. Drive to The Blue Lagoon for an afternoon of relaxing in the geothermal pools. Drive to B14 Hostel, Faxafen 11, Reykjavík, Iceland (We have the place to ourselves – twin beds in gendered rooms). Prepare and eat dinner there. Get to know you games.

Monday September 20: Prepare breakfast and a pack a lunch. Golden Circle Tour (in our vans) including: Thingvellir National Park, Snorkel Silfra Fissure, Geysir Geothermal Field, Gullfoss Waterfall, Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, and Kerid Crater. Prepare and eat dinner back at B14 Hostel. Metaphysical Discussion.

Tuesday September 21: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Pack up and drive ~5hrs to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake with floating icebergs, seals and skuas, for a self-guided hike and/or solo time. We’ll have a lunch stop at Reynisfjara, the famous black-sand beach with basalt columns and trolls. Service activity: trash collection. We’ll finish the day with a short hike to Svartifoss – a basalt column waterfall – before heading to Hotel Skaftafell (twin beds in triple rooms). We’ll eat dinner in the Hotel Restaurant. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).

Wednesday September 22: Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant. Pack a lunch. Check out of Hotel Skaftafell. Drive to Dyrholaey Arch, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss. Stop by Kronan Supermarket in Selfoss. Arrive at Gaulverjaskoli – The Old School House (twin beds in gendered rooms). Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Informal Testimony Meeting (volunteer reader). Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).

Thursday September 23: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Drive then hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs 2.4 Miles Round Trip – 682.4 ft gain – Out-and-Back Trail. Option 1: Afternoon Icelandic Horse Ride 2hrs ($105 not included – must book in advance). Option 2: Afternoon hike: Weather conditions will factor into the decision to either hike Krysuvik Georthermal Area Loop – 4.8miles moderate trail with lake and views in Reykjanesfolkvangur Reserve or hike Mount Esja – 5.2 mile steep, difficult, heavily trafficked loop trail. Option 3: Relax at The Old School House or explore the surrounding area on foot. Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions).

Friday September 24: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Free day (cost of activities is not included).Option 1: Explore Reykjavík: Drop off and pick up at The National Museum of Iceland, Suðurgata 41. (~$16/2000 ISK admission fee also allows access to Culture House, Hverfisgata 15). This is the time to try pickled shark if you like at Café Loki (not included) or journey Inside The Volcano (not included). Option 2: Relax at The Old School House or explore the surrounding area on foot. Prepare and eat dinner at The Old School House. Try for Northern Lights (dependent on conditions). Metaphysical Discussion

Saturday September 25: Prepare breakfast and pack a lunch. Wrap-up: Gratitude and highlights, evaluations. Check-out of The Old School House. Fly out of Keflavik International Airport after 3pm.

Weather: September high/low averages are 51°F/42°F or 11°C/6°C with 13/ days of rain. Iceland in September: Weather, Things to do & what to expect 

What to Bring on our 7-day adventure:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 months after your arrival on September 19, 2021
  • One bag and one day backpack, as space in the two vans is limited
  • Your favorite snacks (food is expensive in Iceland)
  • Food substitutes if you have special dietary requirements (we’ll also be stopping by a Supermarket mid-week).
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Bible lesson
  • Journal
  • Favorite Game (optional)
  • Toiletries
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and chapstick
  • Thermos (optional)
  • Travel towel for after bathing in hot springs etc.
  • Second travel towel for showering (needed for first two nights)
  • Swimsuit
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Warm non-cotton layers
  • Warm Thermals (for underneath your dry suit for snorkeling the Silfra Fissure and daily use)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Waterproof shoes for hiking
  • Wool socks
  • Scarf, warm hat, gloves
  • Water bottles (2 Quarts/Liters)

Contact: Shelby Barner, DB Young Adult Manager
[email protected]
Phone: 888.416.7348 x 139

Registration opens December 10, 2020.

In order to register, on this date, please email shelby to receive a registration link (first come, first served basis). 

Questions? Email or call 888.416.7348 x138