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Zipline eNews – Fall 2016

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A newsletter for Adventure Unlimited and DiscoveryBound alumni


To Be a Child Again

My favorite part of Mini Camp this year – and every year, for that matter – is the sense of appreciation these campers feel at the end of each day. At the close of dinner, the dining room is opened up for sharing of gratitude and highlights from the day. You cannot contain the joy that percolates in that room.

Q&A: What Makes the NLC Mentor/Mentee Relationship Successful?

NLC graduate Will Adler and his mentor, Don Wallingford, didn’t have an immediate connection. But the lessons they learned throughout the program helped make the relationship successful, and one they continue today.

Cowgirl Reflections from Camp

Before that summer, I was a girl who lived like a raindrop at the end of a pine needle. Playing fast and loose with time, a loner orb stained by rebellion, questioning my worthiness, searching for my voice. Funny how when God calls, plans melt. Mine dripped all over the points of the steely mountains while the wide Colorado sky opened in torrents of holiness.

Two Joy-filled Days: What I Learned about 100 Elk

In October, I had a great time witnessing how two entities – 100 Elk and Rainbow Valley Resource Network – merged as natural partners to offer enrichment activities to individuals who are striving to break out of society’s label of “disabled” and prove their God-given abilities.

Alumni Profiles: Where Are They Now?

Zipline catches up with alumni from the A/U Ranches and DiscoveryBound, including three of the eight new National Alumni Board members: Sarah Andrews, Virginia Early, Floyd Jones, Lissa Hedlund Murphy and Mark Strickland.

Get Involved, Have Fun, Give Back this Season

Come to Christmas Camp as a participant or participant-volunteer, chaperone a DiscoveryBound Outreach Winter Weekend and share it with your young friends, explore our open Youth Camp 2017 positions and tell the future campers you know about the A/U Ranches.