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)

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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 shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Camps for Younger Youth – Completing Grades 5-9

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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 dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.
 
New to the Rustic Village? Check out the Block Party on May 6. Ready to register? Go to www.DuBoisCenter.org 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.

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Meet our Summer Staff – Kristian Avise-Rouse

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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!”

Register for Summer Camp! Early Bird Deadline – April 5

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We are excited about this summer! Our program staff is coming together nicely. There will be lots of familiar faces, as well as some new ones. The same goes for our chaplains and other volunteers. New activities are in the works and fresh approaches to some traditional favorites. Now is the time to register – before the Early Bird deadline and before sessions are full.

Register online or by mail. Click here for a camp schedule or find the full camp brochure in your church office or on our website. You may also contact DuBois Center to receive a brochure by mail at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

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BLOCK PARTY! Sunday, May 6

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We’re having a Block Party in the Rustic Village and your middle and high school youth groups are invited! Join DuBois Center staff and volunteers for an afternoon of fun, food, games, contests and music. One of the best parts – IT’S FREE. We’ll roast hot dogs and make s’mores, meet some of the horses, and explore the Rustic Village.Whether you are a DuBois Center camper or not, you’re invited! Load up right after church, grab some lunch and head to camp. We’ll be on the move from 1-4:30 pm, but arrive when you can. Youth must be accompanied by adult chaperones or parents. RSVP by Monday, April 30 – we need to stock the coolers and send you permission forms. For more information or to RSVP, check out this flyer or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Meet our Summer Staff – Ryan Goetter

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Welcome Ryan Goetter to our 2018 leadership team! This will be Ryan’s fourth summer on staff. He will be serving as a village coordinator – supervising and supporting our counselors and campers, as well as coordinating activities and special events. Ryan grew up near Collinsville IL; he was an active member of St. John Evangelical UCC and an avid member of his high school band. He attended summer camp at DuBois Center for many years, including our CIT (Counselors in Training) program.

Ryan currently attends Missouri State University where he studies Instrumental Music Education. He has especially enjoyed his recent practicum experiences. During the school year he works at the Taylor Health and Wellness Center. His focus is student wellness programming, including coordinating a variety of special events. Ryan is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi – an honorary band service fraternity and a founding member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He has served his fraternity as the Director for Drug and Alcohol Awareness for the MSU chapter of FSLSA (Fraternity and Sorority Leaders of Social Awareness). Ryan has a great mentor in his father who is always involved in whatever Ryan and his sister Catie are doing.

Ryan loves the smell of fast food and the taste of hot wings. All his favorite childhood memories are from his adventures at camp. When asked why he has such a passion for working at DuBois Center, Ryan wrote, “I grew up at camp! It’s such an amazing and magical place and I wanted an opportunity to give the kids a great experience like I had!” The wonderful, often off-beat, interactions with campers and the enduring friendships with fellow staff members (his camp family) – he loves it all! One more important thing you should know about Ryan – he absolutely loves Pentatonix Christmas music and chances are he’ll be heard humming those tunes throughout the summer.

Summer Jobs – Apply Now!

Summer Staff

Is this the year for more than just another summer job? DuBois Center is searching for fun-loving and child-focused individuals with a heart for ministry to serve on our summer staff. Amazing memories + resume building skills = a summer to remember. Check out the Summer of Service flier and consider whether serving outdoors with a dynamic team might be just the opportunity for you. Open positions include cabin counselors, barn staff and coordinators. Lifeguard certification is a plus for all positions.

Questions? Contact Shirley at  shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Application packets are available online or can be sent by email or mail.

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Block Party! – Sunday, May 6

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We’re having a Block Party in the Rustic Village and your middle and high school youth groups are invited! Join DuBois Center staff and volunteers for an afternoon of fun, food, games, contests and music. One of the best parts – IT’S FREE. We’ll roast hot dogs and make s’mores, meet some of the horses, and explore the Rustic Village. Whether you are a DuBois Center camper or not, you’re invited! Load up right after church, grab some lunch and head to camp.We’ll be on the move from 1-4:30 pm, but arrive when you can.

Youth must be accompanied by adult chaperones or parents. RSVP by Monday, April 30 – we need to stock the coolers and send permission forms. For more information or to RSVP, check out this flier or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

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