“Thank You” Christmas Party

Christmas Party 2017

The weather was perfect for DuBois Center’s annual “Thank You” Christmas Party. Volunteers, donors and staff – who are all essential to the success of DuBois Center – enjoyed good food, uproarious laughter, off-key singing and, of course, THE Christmas Game.

This year’s “Camp Christmas” theme lent itself to traditional summer camp décor and food, including BBQ pork steaks and a s’mores cake dessert. Did you know that both marshmallows and cauliflower taste great when roasted?!  A canoe and the Big Dipper were the backdrop for the ever-popular photo booth. Check out the shots of equestrian and marketing team volunteers, as well as Hickory Lodge renovators and a camp nurse and spouse.  There are more photos in our FaceBook album.

Special thanks to Norma Borgmann for the amazing appetizers (more of a meal), Rachel Kinzinger for the desserts, the Marketing Committee for the very fun decorations and activities, and to everyone who supported DuBois Center in any way in 2017!

Bunco Night – The Challenge Saturday, Feb 24

Food Bank Donations
Calling all churches and youth, fellowship and community groups! Join Region 2 for a night of winter blues-busting fun – support DuBois Center and a local food pantry! There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, so this year’s Bunco Night is joining forces with an effort to “Fill a Food Pantry.” Besides a lively game of Bunco, cool Silent Auction treasures and a 50-50 drawing, bring a food item and take on The Challenge! By February, the major “food” holidays will be distant memories and pantry shelves will need restocking. We can help and have a lot of fun – all at the same time.
The Challenge:
1.  Bring a can or box of nutritious food to donate to a local food pantry. For each item you donate, you will receive one ticket for a special drawing – the more items donated, the more chances to win. The prize will be a fun basket of items appropriate for a variety of ages.
2.  Recruit Bunco players from your local church or community group. The church/group with the most individuals who pay and play Bunco at the event will have the honor of selecting the food pantry to receive the night’s collection.

Year-end Support for Ministry at DuBois Center

Rustic Chapel

At this time of year, we are more mindful of giving thanks – for family, friends, our church community and God at work in our lives. At DuBois Center, we are also thankful for stories, especially ones of connection, challenge and transformation. These stories tell of new-found confidence for first-time campers, deepening parent-child relationships, faith discussions that come alive, individuals transformed into communities, unlikely friendships built on respect, and so much more. Scores of dedicated volunteers, staff members and donors make DuBois Center a place of welcome and hospitality, a place to connect, belong and grow… a place where faith is nurtured and stories are written.

With your financial support this work continues. You may have received a letter lifting up “snapshots” of our ministry in the outdoors. If not, you can view the letter online. DuBois Center is your ministry, the work of your congregations, the work of the Illinois South Conference. We hope you will consider a tax-deductible year-end gift. You may use our donation site to safely donate online. If you prefer to mail your donation, please use this form.

With so many demands on your resources, we are truly honored by your gifts of financial support as well as offerings of prayer, time and talent. Thank you.

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Outdoor School at DuBois Center

Nature's Classroom

Each spring and fall, DuBois Center welcomes scores of middle school students as they embark on a journey of discovery. Nature’s Classroom, our experiential education program, was designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the world around them, while being immersed in a non-traditional setting. By stepping out of the classroom and into the woods, students gain practical skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, while simultaneously disconnecting from electronics and connecting with nature.

Nature's Classroom “Topics of study” include creek hikes focusing on stream quality and its impact on aquatic life; primitive skills such as building shelters in the woods or making dip candles and clay pots; basic rocket science with 2-liter bike-pump bottle rockets; predator-prey interactions in a giant game of hide-and-seek tag; exploration of the senses on night hikes; as well as favorites such as archery and horseback riding. Throughout their stay, students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity and critical thinking skills. The residential aspect of our program encourages students to develop stronger relationships with their classmates.

We currently have openings for new schools for our Spring 2018 season. Options include 3, 4 and 5-day programs. Check out our Nature’s Classroom brochure or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 for more information.

Gift Certificates

Gift388

Looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life? Hate crowded malls and overwhelming online sites? Gift Certificates for DuBois Center camps, events and items in the camp store might be just the answer to your shopping conundrum. Consider giving your child or grandchild the gift of a week at camp or your son and grandson a weekend together just for Fathers & Sons. Love your old camp t-shirts and sweatshirts? Share that love with all the grandkids, nieces and nephews.

Certificates are available for any amount of $10 or more. For more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

“Thank You” Christmas Party – Saturday, December 2nd – RSVP Today

Camp Christmas

This annual event is our opportunity to say THANK YOU! Thank you for your prayers and support; your gifts of time, talent and treasure; and your partnership in our shared mission and ministry at DuBois Center. Together we have touched countless lives over the past five decades with gifts of sacred space and God’s abundant love.

Volunteers, staff, supporters and friends are invited to enjoy a tasty dinner, unique entertainment and, of course, THE Christmas game. Social hour begins at 5 pm with dinner at 6 pm. Churches are encouraged to send representatives. Get all the details in your invitation.

Please RSVP to DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@duboiscenter.org by Fri, Nov 24.

Brownies on a Bench

Brownies

A new snack treat? No! Just some girls hanging out, having fun and riding horses at DuBois Center. Throughout the year dozens of scout troops take to the trails. Thanks, Girl Scout Troop #8843, for a great ride and those winning smiles!

Beginning again next March, your youth, adult or family group can too. Weekend horseback rides can be scheduled for groups of 6 or more; mid-week rides on school holidays can also be scheduled. One hour sessions, which include an orientation in the arena, cost $22 per person for day groups. A minimum of three weeks advance notice is required. For more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Summer Jobs – Make a Difference this Summer!

SummerJobs

Summer is just around the corner and staff recruitment kicks off this month. Energetic, child-focused, fun-loving – sound like you or someone you know? Check out the Summer of Service flier and consider whether an amazing summer at DuBois Center might be just the opportunity you have been looking for. Gain practical experience and build your resume. Positions include cabin counselors/activity leaders, barn assistant/counselors and coordinators.

Faith!     Fun!     Hard Work!     Great Friends!     Long Hours!     Amazing Memories!

Questions? Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org.

Gift Certificates

Gift

Looking for a unique gift for someone special in your life? Hate crowded malls and overwhelming online sites? Gift Certificates for DuBois Center camps, events and items in the camp store might be just the answer to your shopping conundrum. Consider giving your child or grandchild the gift of a week at camp or your son and grandson a weekend together just for Fathers & Sons. Love your old camp t-shirts and sweatshirts? Share that love with all the grandkids, nieces and nephews.

Certificates are available for any amount of $10 or more. For more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Bunco Night – Saturday February 24

Bunco

Save the Date – All are invited to join Region 2 for an evening of fun and fellowship. Gather the family, some friends, your youth group; come in out of the cold and get energized! This fun, somewhat frenzied dice game is so easy to learn, anyone can play!

St. Paul UCC in Columbia will open its doors at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 24; the game will begin at 7 pm. The cost to play is $10 per person, but WAIT – there’s more. Also featured is a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction with a variety of fun items. Snacks and soda will be available for purchase. Funds raised go to support ministry at DuBois Center. Check out this flyer and share it with… everyone!

Advance tickets are available; details are included on the flyer.