DiscoveryBound Outreach is a program for the community that serves Christian Scientists and their friends of all faiths. Events include:

These wholesome activities support an inspirational environment, where everyone relates based on the shared values of Christian Science, and all can express themselves in an atmosphere free from drugs, alcohol, smoking or profanity.

Upcoming Outreach Events

Aug
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DB Outreach: Summer Fun Nights – Virtual Games @ DB Outreach
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summer Fun Nights
join DiscoveryBound via Zoom

As summer jumps into high gear, with long sunny days and warm nights…we’re thinking of you.    The quarantine restrictive guidelines have provided us new opportunities to develop different plans for getting together with our friends and families. There are some activities we’d like to share with you and hope that you will pass them onto your local Groups/Chapters and friends.  

Staying at home has presented us with opportunities to think of new ways to support our local DiscoveryBound Groups.  We want to let you know we’ve scheduled a special evening of fun. So, get your calendars out and mark this date. This evening is for everyone to join in, so please share this information with your DB Group/Chapter, and friends.

Tuesday, August 11
Come one come all – all ages are welcome
8:00pm ET, 7:00 CT, 6:00 MT, 5:00 PT

“Get your game face on”…come join the fun for some Virtual Games that we can play together on Zoom. Meet new friends.Some games will include:
“All about me”
“Change three things”
“Have you ever”….
“Blank Slate”

At the end there will be a special treat for each group.
RSVP by Monday, August 10.  [email protected] or [email protected]
Once you RSVP, we send you a zoom link to join the call.

 

 

 

Aug
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DB 20s/30s Hangout Game Night! @ Zoom
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

20s/30s young adults are invited to join DB, a practitioner, and other Christian Science young adults around the country for a virtual game night! These Hangouts are held twice a month on Zoom. We start with metaphysical sharing and inspiration, facilitated by a different practitioner supporting each call. Then we play games! The host always has a game prepared and ready to play, but participants are encouraged to bring/teach/run their own favorite games the group can play virtually as well. We hope you can join us this week!

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

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

Aug
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DB 20s/30s Hangout Game Night! @ Zoom
Aug 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

20s/30s young adults are invited to join DB, a practitioner, and other Christian Science young adults around the country for a virtual game night! These Hangouts are held twice a month on Zoom. We start with metaphysical sharing and inspiration, facilitated by a different practitioner supporting each call. Then we play games! The host always has a game prepared and ready to play, but participants are encouraged to bring/teach/run their own favorite games the group can play virtually as well. We hope you can join us this week!

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

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

Sep
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*Cancelled* DB Outreach National Event at CedarS Camps
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all-day

the DB National Event at CedarS camps has been cancelled for 2020


After much discussion, evaluation, and humble prayer, we have decided to not proceed with the in-person event at this time. This was not an easy discussion for the DB Outreach and Compass team, and we spent many meetings evaluating our options, but ultimately, we feel this is the right decision. A few of the reasons behind this decision include concerns about travel, group lodging, large group gatherings, and the hindrance on the way we would want to run this event with regard to Christian Science.
We are so grateful for the support of the CedarS staff in making this decision.  They understand this is a very different year for everyone, and fully support our reasoning. We are considering the possibility of partnering together for this event in an upcoming year. 
The Outreach team is already exploring other options for how to reach teens and adults this fall in a meaningful, fun, and inspiring way to take the place of the National Event this year.  We encourage you to check back here soon to see what kind of regional activities are available!

WHO:

Teens: 8th–12th grade (2020-2021 school year) Christian Scientists and your friends of all faiths.

Adults: Christian Science adults and friends

When:

TBA

CANCELLATION POLICY:

DiscoveryBound has cancelled this in-person event, so all registrants will receive a 100% refund of their deposit and payments towards registration costs.  These refunds will be completed by July 10th.

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DB Compass: 2020-2021 Group Fall Retreat – TBD
Sep 4 – Sep 7 all-day

Compass families: Stay tuned for updates about the fall retreat!

Click here for program details. 

Sep
12
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*POSTPONED* DB Outreach: 20s/30s – Iceland Adventure 2020 @ Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Sep 12 @ 11:00 am – Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm

DB 20s/30s Iceland Adventure – September 12-18, 2020

Due to popular demand, we’re offering another week-long adventure in Iceland! 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 Sten Palmer has been in touch with you. Full payment is due July 10, 2020. Cost includes all meals (vegetarian or fish/meat) from lunch on Saturday September 12 to lunch on Friday September 18, 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 20, 2020, and ending June 20, 2020.

Updated Cancellation Policy (due to pandemic):  ​If DiscoveryBound cancels the trip(s), you will receive a refund of the registration fee (amount paid by you and less any awarded financial aid)​. If a participant decides to cancel a registration then the updated cancellation policy applies. Participants who cancel between January 21 and July 10, 2020, will be refunded less a $750 cancellation fee ($250 deposit plus $500). No refunds will be issued after July 10, 2020. Special note: If you choose to cancel at any time and your spot can be filled with a new participant you can receive a full refund of amount paid less $150. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail or email to [email protected] and should include a reason for cancelling.

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   

Tentative Itinerary: 

Saturday September 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: 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 18: 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 20, 2020
  • 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: Sten Palmer, DB Young Adult Manager
[email protected]
Phone: 888.416.7348 x 139

Registration is now full. Please email Sten to be added to the waitlist.

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DB Outreach: National Virtual – Christian Science Talk by Tom McElroy, C.S.B.
Sep 18 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

DiscoveryBound Outreach (DBO) is very grateful to be partnering with Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, San Diego in offering this talk. This virtual lecture kicks off DB Outreach’s alternative national event for 2020. Be sure to check out the DB website event calendar to learn more about the DBO in-person events on Saturday, September 19 in a variety of locations across the country. And DBO will be offering additional virtual opportunities (details available soon).

The talk will be 30-40 minutes with the opportunity to ask questions immediately afterwards.

Topic: Spiritual discovery: Finding peace and strength in a time of upheaval

Tom McElroy, practitioner of Christian Science healing and international speaker, will present his Zoom webinar talk, “Spiritual discovery: Finding peace and strength in a time of upheaval,” on Friday, September 18 at 5:30 pm PDT. McElroy’s talk is sponsored by Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, San Diego (La Jolla). It is free and intended for teens, but all are welcome.

This Zoom webinar will focus on comforting and healing precepts found in the Bible, and show how they are available for anyone to understand and experience through the lens of Christian Science.

“Spiritual discovery is about understanding more of what God is and learning to see our lives and the world through God’s all-good nature,” says McElroy. “It’s about stripping away surface-level appearances in order to discern what actually IS. Spiritual discovery reveals what is substantial, lasting, and powerful — and this leads to healing. What’s the outcome? Progress. Peace. Wholeness. Strength. For anyone.”

Sharing examples of healing from his own life and professional practice of Christian Science, McElroy will explain why Christian Science is both Christian and scientific, meaning that people can prove the effectiveness of the spiritual ideals found in the Bible for themselves, as fully described in the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, written by the founder of the Christian Science movement, Mary Baker Eddy.

McElroy will also touch on the life of Mary Baker Eddy, a mid-nineteenth century woman from New England, who came to understand, confirm, and teach what she felt was original Christian healing. Eddy herself said she was especially inspired by Christ Jesus’ demand, “He that believes on me, the works that I do will he do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go unto my Father” (found in the Gospel of John 14:12 in the Bible).

For over 150 years, people around the world have worked to follow Christ Jesus in this practice of Christianity and continue to do so today, with healings of physical ills and personal difficulties.

Tom McElroy has been a Christian Science practitioner for many years, helping people on a daily basis through this scientific approach to prayer. In more normal times, he travels from his home base near Boston, MA, to speak to audiences around the world as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

To join this Zoom webinar, please enter this link: https://US02web.zoom.us/j/89528208818

Or, to call in from a phone dial: US +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 669 900 6833. When prompted, enter webinar ID: 895 2820 8818 followed by #.

 

 

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DB Outreach: Midwest – National Event Alternative In-Person Gathering @ Details Soon!
Sep 19 all-day

Teen Registration Adult Registration Adult Financial Aid Form

2020 NATIONAL EVENT ALTERNATIVE: FALL IN-PERSON GATHERINGS

Teens (grades 8th-12th) and adults, join us for an in-person gathering in the St. Louis area for a fun day of activities, inspiration and discussion sessions.  Meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors!  We are offering this event outdoors so we can follow state guidelines and regulations regarding social distancing and group gatherings. 

Special note: the location is not fully reserved at this time but it is going to be very fun, plan to attend because you won’t want to miss it. Come back very soon for more details!

Teens and adults, you’ll arrive at the same time and then break into your group tracks for the day. Both tracks will be able to do all of the inspiring and fun activities but at different times. At the end of the day everyone will come back together for a delicious dinner (provided by DiscoveryBound) to end this special event!

Teen Track Activity
Inspirational talk, group discussions and fun group activity.

Adult Track Activity
Inspirational talk, group discussions and fun group activity.

Meals
Please bring your own lunch & drink
DB will provide a delicious dinner for all participants.

WHEN

Saturday, September 19, 2020; 11:00am – 7:30pm CDT

WHERE

St. Louis area – details to come soon!

WHO

Christian Science Teens (grades 8th-12th) & Adults and their friends of all faiths

COST

$30 per person
Includes daily park entrance fee, all scheduled activities, and catered dinner

If DB cancels this event due to changes in state regulations you will receive a full refund.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is available up to $15 per person.
(Teens applying for f/a you will fill out your form when registering. Adults applying for financial aid please use the link above.)

Registration is first come first serve. Sign up now!

DB Staff Contact (for questions) – Susan Barner [email protected], (303)779-3000×136

Tentative Schedule for teens and adults 11:00am – 7:30pm


Everyone (both tracks)

11:00am Arrive and welcome, break into tracks, mixers

Teen Track
11:30am  Icebreaker games
12:00pm Lunch (bring your own lunch)
12:30pm 15 min. inspirational talk
1:00pm   Active activity (details to come)
3:30pm  Discussion session #1: Spiritual Discovery: Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval
4:30pm  Discussion session #2: Jam Session (brown bag discussions)
5:15pm  Hangout time – Frisbee/games/relax

Adult Track
11:30am 15 min inspirational talk
12:00pm Lunch (bring your own lunch)
1:00pm  Chat with the Prac (similar to brown bag discussions)
2:00pm  Active activity (details to come)
4:30pm  Group discussion: Spiritual Discovery: Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval
5:15pm  Hangout time – Frisbee/cards/relax

Everyone (both tracks)
5:30pm Asher Student Foundation
5:45pm Delicious dinner served
6:30pm Share highlights, inspiration, and gratitude
7:30pm End of day – good byes!

*Things to bring: Bag lunch & drink, water bottle for activities, closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing for activities.

Special note: State Social Distancing and Restrictions will apply during our time together.

Thank you to Asher Student Foundation for their generous support of this activity.

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DB Outreach: Northern California – National Event Alternative In-Person Gathering @ Check back on Monday, (8/17/20) for future details
Sep 19 all-day
DB Outreach:  Northern California – National Event Alternative In-Person Gathering – (details to follow on August 17)

Join us for an in-person gathering for teens (grades 8-12) and a separate program for adults.  It will be a fun day of inspiration, discussion sessions, and outdoor activities.  Meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors!  We are offering this event outdoors so that we can follow state guidelines and regulations regarding social distancing and group gatherings.

Teen Registration Adult Registration Adult Financial Aid Form

Who:  Teens (grades 8-12 and adults)
When:  Saturday, September 19, 2020  11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
What:  Inspirational talk, group discussions, and a fun outdoor activity

Cost: 
$30 per person includes all activities and a catered dinner.
Financial aid is available up to $15 per person.
If we have to cancel due to new state government mandated restrictions or weather conditions there will be a full refund.

What to bring and wear: 
Bring your own bag lunch, water bottle and comfortable clothing

RSVP:  Lee Anne Meidell, [email protected], or 978 621-9900

This event is subsidized by Asher Student Foundation.

Tentative Schedule for teens and adults –


We will finalize the schedule by August 17 –
please check back then and plan to register.

11:00 – Arrivals and welcome, icebreaker games

11:30 – Short inspirational talk (again focused on the meta-theme) Teens & Adults

12:00 – Teens & Adults lunch (bring your own lunch)

1:00 –  Teens: Active activity   

1:00 – Adults have group discussions and/or a short presentation

  • 1:15 – 2:00 discussion session topic: “Spiritual Discovery: Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval” 
  • 2:15 – 3:00 Chat with the Practitioner (similar to brown bag discussions) 

3:00 – Teens – Discussion

  • 3:15 – 4:00 discussion session topic: “Spiritual Discovery:  Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval” 
  • 4:15 – 5:00 discussion session topic: Jam Session (brown bag discussions)

3:00 – Adults Active activity 

5:00 – Hangout time and games

5:30 – Asher Student Foundation share

5:45 – Dinner served for everyone

6:30 – Everyone share highlights, inspiration and gratitude 

7:30 – End of day – good byes

Special note: State Social Distancing and Restrictions will apply during our time together. 

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DB Outreach: New England – National Event Alternative In-Person Gathering @ Hopkinton State Park
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

DB Outreach: New England – National Event Alternative In-Person Gathering

Join us for an in-person gathering at Hopkinton State Park for teens (grades 8-12) and separate track for adults for a fun day of water activity, short hike, inspiration and discussion sessions.  Meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors!  We are offering this event outdoors so that we can follow state guidelines and regulations regarding social distancing and group gatherings. 

Teen Registration Adult Registration Adult Financial Aid Form

Who:  Teens (grades 8-12) and Adults
When:  Saturday, September 19, 2020  11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where:  
Hopkinton State Park, 64 Cedar St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 (508) 435-4303

Teen Track Activity
Inspirational talk, group discussions, water activity (SUP, kayaking, canoeing, quad pedal boating) and short hike.
Adult Track Activity
Inspirational talk, group discussions, water activity (SUP, kayaking, canoeing, quad pedal boating) and short hike.

Cost:
$30 per person includes daily parking fee, all water activities, and catered dinner from Carbone’s Restaurant
Financial aid is available up to $15 per person.
If we have to cancel due to new restrictions or weather conditions there will be a full refund

What to bring:
Bag lunch & drink, water bottle for activities, comfortable clothing for water sports and/or short hike

There is a maximum of 10 teens at one picnic site and 10 adults for another picnic site at this event due to the MA restrictions and guidelines.  Registration is based on first come first serve.  Sign up now!

RSVPLori Selby, [email protected] or 781-956-9035

This event is subsidized by the Asher Student Foundation

Tentative Schedule for teens and adults
11am – arrive and welcome, icebreaker games

11:30 – Adults: 15 min inspirational talk (again focused on the meta-theme)

12:00 – Teens & Adults lunch (bring your own lunch)

12:30 – Teens: 15 min. inspirational talk

1pm –  Teens: Active activity (kayaking/SUP, canoeing, quad pedal boat, short hike)  

1pm – Adults have group discussions and/or a short presentation

  • 1:15-2:00pm discussion session topic: “Spiritual Discovery: Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval” 
  • 2:15-3:00pm Chat with the Prac (similar to brown bag discussions) 

3pm – Teens – Discussion

  • 3:15-4:00pm discussion session topic: “Spiritual Discovery:  Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval” 
  • 4:15-5:00pm discussion session topic: Jam Session (brown bag discussions)

3pm – Adults do an active activity (kayaking/SUP, canoeing, quad pedal boat, short hike)

5pm – hangout time / frisbee/ladder ball/spike ball

5:30pm – ASF share

5:45pm – Dinner served for everyone

6:30pm – everyone share highlights, inspiration and gratitude 

7:30pm – end of day – good byes

Special note: State Social Distancing and Restrictions will apply during our time together. 

 

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DB Outreach: Colorado National Event Alternative In-Person Gathering @ Bear Creek Lake Park
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

2020 National Event Alternative: Fall In-Person Gatherings

Join us for our National Event alternative this year at Bear Creek Lake Park!  This event is still for teens (grades 8-12) and adults.  Get ready for a fun day of boating activities, discussion sesssions, inspiration and fellowship!  Come meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors in beautiful Colorado!  We are offering this event outdoors to comply with state guidelines and regulations regarding social distancing and group gatherings. 

Teen Registration Adult Registration Adult Financial Aid Form

When

Saturday, September 19th, 2020 from 11:00am – 7:30pm (dinner provided)

Where

Bear Creek Lake State Park in Lakewood, CO

Who

Christian Science Teens (grades 8-12) & Adults and their friends of all faiths

Cost

$30 per person
Includes: single-day park entrance fee, all water activities, and dinner.  Registration is open!

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available up to $15 per person. If DB cancels this event due to changes in state regulations or weather conditions you will receive a full refund.

Tentative Schedule for teens and adults

11:00am – Arrive and welcome, icebreaker games
11:30 – Adults: 15 min inspirational talk (again focused on the meta-theme)
12:00 – Teens & Adults lunch (please bring a sack lunch with you)
12:30 – Teens: 15 min. inspirational talk
1:00pm –  Teens: Active session (kayaking, canoeing, short nature hike)
1:00pm – Adult discussion sessions:

  • 1:15-2:00pm discussion session topic: Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval 
  • 2:15-3:00pm Chat with the Prac (similar to brown bag discussions)

3:00pm – Teen discussion sessions:

  • 3:15-4:00pm discussion session topic: Finding Peace & Strength in a Time of Upheaval 
  • 4:15-5:00pm discussion session topic: Jam Session (brown bag discussions)

3:00pm – Adults: Active session (kayaking, canoeing, short nature hike)
5:00pm – Hangout time – frisbee/spike ball/volleyball
5:30pm – Asher Student Foundation short presentation
5:45pm – Dinner served for everyone – DB will be providing dinner.
6:30pm – Everyone share highlights, inspiration, and gratitude
7:00pm – Evals & Fruitage
7:30pm – End of day – goodbyes!

*Things to bring: Sack lunch, full water bottle, camping chair/crazy creek, comfortable clothing for water sports and/or other activities. If you own a SUP, kayak, or canoe feel free to bring your own!

Special note: State social distancing and other restrictions will apply during our time together.

 

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*POSTPONED* DB Outreach: 20s/30s – Iceland Adventure 2020 @ Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am – Sep 26 @ 3:00 pm

DB 20s/30s Iceland Adventure – September 20-26, 2020

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 Sten Palmer has been in touch with you. Full payment is due July 10, 2020. Cost includes all meals (vegetarian or fish/meat) from lunch on Sunday September 20 to lunch on Saturday September 26, 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 20, 2020, and ending June 20, 2020.

Updated Cancellation Policy (due to pandemic):  ​If DiscoveryBound cancels the trip(s), you will receive a refund of the registration fee (amount paid by you and less any awarded financial aid)​. If a participant decides to cancel a registration then the updated cancellation policy applies. Participants who cancel between January 21 and July 10, 2020, will be refunded less a $750 cancellation fee ($250 deposit plus $500). No refunds will be issued after July 10, 2020. Special note: If you choose to cancel at any time and your spot can be filled with a new participant you can receive a full refund of amount paid less $150. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail or email to [email protected] and should include a reason for cancelling.

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   

Tentative Itinerary: 

Sunday September 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 20, 2020
  • 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: Sten Palmer, DB Young Adult Manager
[email protected]
Phone: 888.416.7348 x 139

Registration Is now full. Please email Sten to be added to the waitlist.

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DB Compass: 2020-2021 Group Winter Retreat – A/U Ranches
Dec 28 2020 – Jan 1 2021 all-day

There’s nothing like a winter getaway to the stunning Rocky Mountains! Spend time together skiing, sledding and digging deep into Christian Science topics in front of a crackling fire. The A/U Ranches are the perfect spot for this mid-year retreat for the 2020-2021 Compass group.

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DB Compass: 2020-2021 Group Spring Retreat – Boston, MA
Apr 23 – Apr 26 all-day

Finish your Compass year strong by visiting Boston with your friends. This is the third and final retreat for the 2020-2021 Compass group, and it will be filled with tours and interactive workshops at The Mother Church and Longyear Museum, fun excursions around Boston, and meaningful discussions.

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*POSTPONED* 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.

Questions? Email or call 888.416.7348 x138


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