2018 DuBois Center FALL FESTIVAL on Sunday, 10/7/18 –11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fall Fest 2018

Plans are in progress for the 42nd Fall Festival which will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Fall Festival Thumbs upWe are seeking MANY volunteers for it to happen. Whether you have previously worked or are a new volunteer, we need your help. Contact information for chairpersons in the respective areas is listed below if you are willing to volunteer, and/or donate snacks, silent auction and/or upscale resale shoppe items. Also, please assist us with Fall Festival communications by word of mouth, social media, newsletters, bulletins, boards, etc.! Thank you!! Come & observe the natural beauty of DuBois Center on October 7.

The 42nd Fall Festival will include these areas with respective chairpersons & phone numbers:
Oak Lodge Café – Audrey Hicks: 618-939-8673
Sweet Shop – Kristen Belcher: 618-567-6863 & Melissa Nehrt: 314-440-6646
Pocket Tacos – DuBois Center: 618-787-2202
Beverages – Nancy Wagner: 618-444-2835
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Crafters – Susan Fuchs: 618-978-3182
Music – DuBois Center: 618-787-2202
Kidz Korner – Alaina Scherle: alainakarn@yahoo.com
Pumpkin Patch – Nancy Wagner: dnwagner@charter.net
Horses (arena) – Scott Kuether: sekuether21@gmail.com
Pontoon rides – DuBois Center: 618-787-2202
Hayrides – DuBois Center: 618-787-2202
(Tractors) – Mark Beckmeyer: 618-335-9945

Upscale Resale Shoppe – Norma Borgmann: 618-533-1658
Quilt Tickets – Norma Borgmann: 618-292-4617
Silent Auction – Norma Borgmann: nborgmann1658@charter.net

Set Up/Take Down – Rev. Todd Mushaney @618-286-4211 & Crew from Christ UCC/Dupo-Need multiple volunteers.
Set Up Fall Décor – The Fuchs Family-Need multiple volunteers.
Bankers (responsible for start-up $/charting/depositing) – Need multiple volunteers.
Cashiers (in var. areas): Don Kaiser; Roger & Julie Harris – Need multiple volunteers.
Ticket Takers for Hayrides – Need multiple volunteers.
Horse Walkers – Scott Kuether: sekuether21@gmail.com – Need multiple volunteers.
Greeters in Welcome Area (front entrance)–Marketing Committee – Need multiple volunteers.
Boat Catchers (assisting people on/off boats/catching them) – Need multiple volunteers.
“Floaters” (willing to sub in an area on a moment’s notice) – Need multiple volunteers.
Parking Lot Attendants (maintaining orderly parking on our field) – Need multiple volunteers.
Tractor Drivers – Mark Beckmeyer: 618-335-9945 – Need multiple volunteers.
Boat Drivers (for 2 pontoon boats) – DuBois Center: 618-787-2202 – Need multiple volunteers.
Publicity (distributing FF flyers & media coverage) – Marketing Committee & DuBois Center.
(Contact DuBois Center: 618-787-2202 or Norma Borgmann: 618-292-4617 if no chair or telephone number is listed).

VOLUNTEERS are NEEDED in ALL of the above AREAS! We hope YOU will be able to help at Fall Festival

In addition, SNACKS (including cookies, cakes, pies, breads, etc.) are requested for the Sweet Shop (by Roadside Cottage). Your food and/or cash donations certainly make it possible for the Fall Festival visitors to make desired purchases. All the Sweet Shop profits are designated for our Camp/Retreat Scholarship Fund so as to financially assist future campers and/or retreaters.

An “Upscale Resale Shoppe” with items that are new or nearly new treasures valued at $5.00 or more will be featured again in Oak Lodge from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Items will be priced rather than bid upon as in the Silent Auction. Suggestions for resale shop donations include: Handbags-totes; Jewelry-scarves; Indoor décor-baskets; Outdoor décor-decorative planters; Holiday décor-wreaths; and Christmas and/or Birthday Presents. All donated items will be in new or in excellent condition.

The Silent Auction (Oak Lodge) will be sold to the highest bidders from a selection of themed baskets, seasonal décor, unusual and practical items, etc. Donations of these items are truly welcomed. All donated Silent Auction entries need to be registered at the designated table by noon on October 7. Bidding numbers are required to participate. The Silent Auction will close at 3:30 pm.

There will also be 3 “Quilt Drawings” – each with unique design. One ticket is $1.00 or 6 tickets for $5.00.
We hope that you will mark your calendar now and seriously think about being a volunteer in any area. We will need volunteers on October 5 and 6 to set up all areas.

The Fall Festival is our major annual fundraiser. Profits are deposited in the General Fund with the exception of the Sweet Shop’s profits which are applied toward the Scholarship Fund. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated to help defray Fall Festival expenses and may be mailed in advance or given at Fall Festival.
Please help us promote the 42nd Fall Festival, and we hope to see you at DuBois Center on Sunday, October 7! .
Thanks for your support! The Outdoor Ministries Fall Festival Planning Committee: Norma Borgmann (Chair), Mark Beckmeyer, Susan Fuchs, Roger Harris, Don Kaiser, Alaina Scherle, and Nancy Wagner and DuBois Center staff

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nature’s Classroom Instructor


DuBois Center is currently interviewing for Nature’s Classroom Instructors. These are seasonal six-week positions from September 17 through October. Enjoy being outdoors and working with young people? Our instructors teach classes, and lead campfires and other evening activities. Parent chaperones supervise free time, dining tables and cabin times.

Training is provided, as are meals and overnight accommodations during Nature’s Classroom sessions. Weekends off. Click here for a program brochure or position description. Contact Shirley at email or 618-787-2202.

Bounty of Beauty

Purple Flowers

DuBois Center is much more than simply a summer camp or place to hold a retreat – it’s a slice of heaven right here in southern Illinois. The rolling hills, creek bottoms and Southern Flatwoods play host to a magnificent variety of life. Towering oak and hickory shelter owls, herons, foxes and a host of other creatures great and small. Ironweed, phlox and Cardinal flowers are only a few of the beautiful bursts of color that bloom between the trees.

This splendor isn’t free – in exchange for the breathtaking sights, sounds and smells, we must serve as stewards of the land. It is important to care for this creation so that we may continue to learn from and be amazed by God’s majesty for generations to come.










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Save These Dates

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Summer camp is winding down and planning for fall is in full swing. We have a great line-up of events once the sunscreen and beach towels are packed away. Save these dates and watch for additions and details.
Sept 14-15     ISC Confirmation Retreat
Sept 24          1st Day of Nature’s Classroom
October 6      Fall Festival Work Day
Oct 12-14       Mother-Daughter Retreat
Oct 19-21       Southern Illinois Art Workshop
Dec 1              Thank You Christmas Party

Help is needed in Oak Lodge Cafe for DuBois’ Fall Festival on October 7

Fall Fest 2018

St. Paul UCC in Waterloo covers the 9:00 am to 1:00 pm shift, but we need another church to cover 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm with 5-6 members to serve and clean up.  Please contact Audrey Hicks at 618-939-8673 or audhicks@hotmail.com if you can take on this most important mission.

Chaplains – Thank You!


Our last group of ISC summer campers departed last Wednesday with memories that will last a lifetime. There are so many individuals who make summer adventures at DuBois Center possible. Chaplain - HolstAmong these are the chaplains. They help pass the light and love of God from one generation to the next. They help make the curriculum come alive for our campers. They lead BLAST (Bible Learning and Spirit Time), prepare worship, and embody an amazing ministry of presence – walking with our campers and staff throughout a week of camp.

Our chaplains are a fun, inspiring, eclectic bunch. Some are ordained ministers; some are Christian educators. Some are teachers, and some are parents and/or former staff members who want to stay involved and give back. A special thanks to our 2018 summer camp chaplains:

  • ChaplainNicole Avise-Rouse – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
  • Craig and Rev. Katie Jo Bielke – St. John Evangelical UCC, Collinsville
  • Joan Daab – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
  • Rev. Christy Eckert – St. John UCC, Trenton
  • Audrey Hicks – St. Paul UCC, Waterloo
  • Rev. John Holst – Zion UCC, Marion
  • David Jackson – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
  • Rev. R.J. Morgan – Zoar UCC, New Hanover
  • Rev. Todd Mushaney – Christ UCC, Dupo
  • Alaina Scherle – St. Paul UCC, Waterloo

Thanks, also, to the churches that supported their time at camp and sharing their gifts with ISC church family.





JOB OPPORTUNITY: Nature’s Classroom Instructor

Nature's Classroom Instructor

Are you a substitute teacher, active retiree or someone with a flexible schedule? Do you enjoy the outdoors and have experience working with youth or as a teacher? Nature’s Classroom Instructors are needed from Sept 17 through October to work with school groups (grades 5-8) that stay overnight at DuBois Center and to provide a fun and supportive environment while teaching about predator-prey interactions, night life in the woods, cultural differences, erosion, teamwork and other engaging topics. Our instructors teach classes, and lead campfires and other evening activities. Parent chaperones supervise free time, dining tables and cabin times.

Training is provided, as are meals and overnight accommodations during Nature’s Classroom sessions. Click here for a program brochure or position description. Contact DuBois Center at email or 618-787-2202.

Nature's Classroom

HOT DOG it’s been a Great Summer!

Cook out

You’d be hard-pressed to name a more quintessential “summer camp” activity than cooking hot dogs (or pie irons or foil stew) over a campfire. Though it might not seem like much more than fixing dinner, each cookout is an almost sacred time. Through the smoke and sizzle, conversations often turn to faith and where we’ve seen God throughout the week. Cooking around the fire in community is a distillation of the unplugged relationship-building that forms the core of DuBois Center’s ministry. As we pack up another summer full of friendships, we take scores of warm campfire memories with us into the colder months ahead.


Calling All Handicrafters

Fall Festival Crafts

Are you gifted with gourds, clever with color or cloth, handy with hardware, talented with tools or skilled in stitchery? If yes, DuBois Center is now accepting applications for Craft Vendors at our annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 7. Each year over 2,000 people turn out for this family friendly event.

To learn more about displaying your wares, click here. To register, click here.At this event, the focus is on hand-crafted pieces; no items may be sold that are primarily commercially produced. We are also continuing to encourage the addition of truly vintage and repurposed merchandise. A limited number of vendor spaces are available, so don’t delay. For more information, contact Susan Fuchs at SusanKFuchs@gmail.com or 618-978-3182.

Fall Festival Crafts

Youth Mission Week – June 2018

Shower Stalls

These kids were on a mission! While DuBois Center’s summer staff were learning more about activity leadership, behavior management and safety procedures, eleven youth and two adults from O’Fallon UCC tackled a laundry list of work projects. The newly-installed beach house stall dividers got a fresh coat of paint – and so did quite a few arms and legs! The crew tackled major weeding projects at the labyrinth and Rustic chapel.


They also joined the summer staff in traditional staff-bonding projects – prepping the barn and waterfront for campers! Nothing builds camaraderie like raking algae out of the swim area, pulling weeds from the beach, and stripping and re-bedding stalls in the barn. On top of all that, the O’Fallon crew helped organize the barn safety equipment, inspected the lake inflatables to locate holes to patch, and deep cleaned the shelter at Lily Pad Landing – the initial greeting point for Rustic campers.

Thanks to their hard work and dedication, many projects were checked off the list that otherwise may not have been completed. A big SHOUT-OUT to the team from O’Fallon UCC – you guys ROCK!