Meet Our Summer Staff: Hayley

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Welcome, Hayley Bell to our 2018 summer staff team! Hayley is from Whakamarama, New Zealand and will be serving as a Counselor/Activity Specialist. Her experience working with children and youth is varied. She has assisted in primary school classrooms, babysat children of all ages, worked as a professional birthday party planner, and served as deputy house captain at school. In this last role, she organized and implemented activities for 50-100 students aged 12-18.

One of Hayley’s references wrote, “She has a genuine care for those around her and her warm disposition puts young people at ease. Hayley has a fun sense of humor and is full of enthusiasm.”

Hayley’s interests are as varied as her experience. She thoroughly enjoys acting and drama – one of her favorite subjects in school. Design, drawing, crafts and gardening are also at the top of her list. She is a self-proclaimed water baby and loves spending time “at waterholes or at the beach.” She also enjoys just spending time with her family and friends, and her favorite foods are Maltesers and Satay Noodles.

When asked why she wanted to spend the summer at a camp in the States, she explained that, after her first year at “Uni,” she realized that she should have taken a Gap year – as is the custom for many students in the UK (United Kingdom) and beyond. She wanted to find ways to give back and serve others for a year, before returning to school. She is also excited about traveling. When asked about one thing she would really like to see or experience in the USA, Hayley wrote, “The culture and landscape differences! Oh! and a large-sized meal where they give you the GIGANTIC cups for your drink!” Hopefully, when she returns home, Hayley will have so many amazing memories and new experiences that super-sized anything will be at the bottom of her list! Welcome, Hayley!

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Fathers & Sons – Quality Time Together!

Father-Son Retreat 2018

This past weekend, 41 fathers, sons, grandfathers and mentors – hailing from 10 ISCUCC churches and beyond – made the trek to DuBois Center for our annual Father-Son Retreat. Picture… boats on the lake, cool crafts, a hay ride, and rounds and rounds of 9-Square and Ga-ga. Picture… new friends, hikes and horseback rides. Picture… s’mores under a drizzly sky, late night UNO games, and quiet time for reflections. Together fathers and sons explored the creek, built shelters in the woods, “tipped trees,” took aim at archery targets, and dismantled a big section of the old boat dock. Now, picture

God among us everywhere! Throughout the weekend, they explored God’s call to be good roles as fathers and as sons, to be true friends and caring “neighbors.”

(Top photo: 2018 Father/Son group; Left: Aaron and Harmon Fuchs;  Right: Josh and Drake Muehlhauser)


Buddy to Buddy – Hoyleton Mission Experience June 30 – July 3, 2018

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Behind the 8 ball? Still looking for a meaningful summer mission trip for your youth? Look no further! This close-to-home mission experience offers teens the opportunity to “live kindness, do justice and walk humbly.” Youth encounter God as they participate together with young people from Hoyleton’s youth residential programs. They swim, create cool crafts, play games and more! Buddies walk hand in hand with their biblical “neighbors” and practice sincere acceptance and respect. Daily reflections and prayer times focus on diversity, justice and our role as Christians.

After the Hoyleton campers head for home each day, the buddies and their chaperones take time to debrief the day’s experience, plan for the next day and take-on a physical work project at DuBois Center. There is also time to relax, play and participate in some traditional camp activities. Faith-focused sessions are facilitated by the camp chaplain. Activity supervision is provided by staff from DuBois Center and Hoyleton Ministries.

Registration is by church group, not individual, and adult chaperones must accompany youth participants. Housing is in the cottages in main camp. Space is limited. Learn more on our flier, or contact or 618-787-2202.

Camps for Younger Youth – Completing Grades 5-9

Whether your camper prefers the Main Camp cottages or the Rustic Village cabins, there are great options on both sides of the lake. Hang out with the ponies, make a big splash, enjoy a “classic” camp or try roughin’ it. For this age group, individual choice times are a popular addition to the line-up. For details, pick up a brochure in your church office, check out the online version, or contact DuBois Center at or 618-787-2202.
New to the Rustic Village? Check out the Block Party on May 6. Ready to register? Go to or click here.
Don’t delay; some of these sessions are nearly full!
Session &
Grades Completed      Dates   
Horsin’ Around (5-7)      6/10-15, 7/8-13, 7/15-20
Splash! (5-7)                     7/22-25
Base Camp (5-8)             7/15-20
Trekkin’ It (5-8)               6/10-15, 7/8-13
Outlander (6-9)                6/24-29, 7/15-20
Saddle ‘Em Up (7-9)       6/24-29, 7/15-20

Service Saturday April 21 – RSVP Today!

Service Saturday

The rain, wind and icy cold winter have taken their toll. Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and make a difference! Help us get a jump start as we prepare for the busy months ahead. We can’t do it without YOU!

Projects vary, depending on the weather and the skills of the workers – carpentry, cleaning, painting, raking and more. We may even dismantle a dock. Serve together with friends and family, and gain a sense of satisfaction. Lunch is provided.

Check out this flier for more information. RSVP to DuBois Center by Monday, April 16 at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.orgor 618-787-2202. If this date doesn’t work for you, we have a mission work group in camp May 16-20 and extra helping hands are always welcome.

Service Saturday

Meet our Summer Staff – Kristian Avise-Rouse


Welcome back Kristian Avise-Rouse! This will be Kristian’s third summer on staff, and he will be serving in two capacities – Worship Coordinator and Counselor/Activity Specialist. He will be working closely with our volunteer chaplains to ensure that we have good music, engaging spaces and lots of support for worship and other faith-focused times.

Kristian is from Columbia and a member of St. Paul UCC. He attends Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studies Music Education and participates in a variety of music related activities – from vocal jazz to opera. Kristian served as a delegate from the Illinois South Conference to the UCC General Synod. His selection is an honor and a significant responsibility. Kristian attended summer camp at DuBois Center while growing up. He attributes much of who he is as a person to his weeks as a camper and his first summers as a counselor. In addition to finding mentors at camp, another mentor at school has made a significant impact on this life. Kristian wrote, “Every day this semester I have been more and more inspired by my choral director… He overcame a great deal of adversity to pursue his passion. He struggles with anxiety every day and has been open about how this affects his life. He reminds us every day to feel lucky to be alive and able to make music. His humility and passion for inclusion have taught me many important lessons to help me when teaching in the future.”

Kristian’s favorite foods are sushi and Raising Cane’s chicken; his favorite smell is brownies baking! One of his favorite memories from camp was the first time he was able to climb the now retired iceberg. “Many kids had trouble climbing (it), myself included. I felt like the king of the world once I made it!” In closing, Kristian wrote, “I grew up looking forward to my time at DuBois Center every summer, and I still feel that way. It is always exciting to meet new people and grow in experience and faith!”

Volunteer at Camp!

Volunteer at camp

Whether in a cabin, at the barn, in the health center, during specialized activities, on the Sunday Welcome Team or all around snapping photos of camper fun – volunteers make a huge difference at DuBois Center! They work hand-in-hand with paid summer staff to provide and support our fun, engaging, faith-filled program.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities click here or contact DuBois Center at or 618-787-2202.

Service Saturday – April 21

service saturday

Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and make a difference! Help spruce up the grounds for our busy spring and summer seasons. We can’t do it without YOU! Projects vary, depending on the weather and the skills of the workers – carpentry, cleaning, painting, raking and more. We may even dismantle a dock. Serve together with friends and family, and gain a sense of satisfaction. Lunch is provided. Check out this flyer for more information.

RSVP to DuBois Center by Monday, April 16 at or 618-787-2202. If this date doesn’t work for you, we have a mission work group in camp May 16-20 and the extra helping hands are always welcome, or we can see if another day works for you and your group!

Join Our CIT Program

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Counselor in Training, or CIT, is a great opportunity for young people who are interested in developing their leadership skills, working with younger children, and having a great time at DuBois Center!

The program, which runs from June 24 through 29 this year, functions much like a “lab school” with discussion, training, practice and evaluation sessions. Skills gained will help participants grow as positive Christian leaders, manage problematic behavior, create a safe, fun environment, and teach basic camp skills. CIT is designed for youth who have completed grades 10-12. Previous camp experience is NOT required.

NOTE: A special application is required in addition to the Camp Registration Form. The CIT application packet is available online or contact DuBois Center at For more information, check out this flyer.

Meet Our Summer Staff: Jack

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Welcome Jack Lockhart from Motueka, New Zealand to our 2018 summer staff team! Jack will be serving as a Counselor/Activity Specialist and is looking forward to working with young people in another country, making friends from around the globe and gaining new skills.

Back home, he is passionate about serving his community and does so as a volunteer rural fire fighter and a member of the local community patrol. The most important things in Jack’s life are his “friends and family, moral values & respect for others.” Fitness, health and sports are also near the top of his list. He swims and plays soccer, basketball, rugby and cricket.

Jack’s experience with children is varied; he has served as a coach, referee, babysitter, mentor and leader. As a fire fighter, he spends time in and with the community. One of his favorite “kid memories” is actually from a fire prevention expo. At these events, kids climb through the fire trucks and use the giant hoses to put out controlled fires. One child with a disability was watching from the side. Jack helped him try on the gear, maneuver through the truck and even manage the powerful fire hose.

Being able to connect with and include this child was golden and comes as no surprise. One of Jack’s references wrote, “Jack just has a wonderful way he connects with others – be it adults or children.”

Jack’s favorite foods are typical barbecue foods – sausages, burgers, steak and fresh seafood.  His favorite memories of times outdoors were from primary and high school camps at Abel Tasman National Park. (Check it out!) His long-term goal is to either go into law enforcement or police work, and a summer at camp is great experience for both.