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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Red Flowers

Group Rides at DuBois Center

Group Rides

Is your youth group, family ministries program, scout troop or neighborhood playgroup wild about horses? Did you know that groups of six or more can schedule horseback rides at DuBois Center on weekends and mid-week school holidays?

Trail rides, with an orientation in the arena, last for one hour; the cost is $22 per person for day groups. Our Equestrian Team can also provide educational sessions related to badges for all ages and levels of scouts, or “Horse Sense” sessions for non-scouting groups.

For more information contact the DuBois Center office at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

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

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 September 17 through October. Work with school groups (grades 5-8) that stay overnight at DuBois Center.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. Then contact DuBois Center at shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Learning at Nature’s Classroom

Nature's Classroom

Each spring and fall, DuBois Center invites scores of middle school students to disconnect from their electronics and connect with nature and each other. Nature’s Classroom is an outdoor, experiential education program designed to give students the opportunity to explore relevant topics while immersed in a nontraditional setting.

“Class” topics include creek hikes focused 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 relationships through a giant game of hide-and-seek tag; the nocturnal world and our senses, and favorites like archery and horseback riding.

Throughout their stay, the students’ curiosity is cultivated and critical thinking skills enhanced. The focus on team building and the residential aspect of our program encourage the building of healthy relationships with classmates.

These comments from student evaluations tell the story: “I learned I can work really well with my class and enjoy doing it.” “I learned I like being outdoors a lot more than I thought I did.” “Sometimes you don’t even know you’re learning, because it’s so much fun.” “I loved the food.”

Click here to view Nature’s Classroom Brochure or contact the DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 for information about openings for Spring 2019.

Countdown to Mother & Daughter Retreat 2018

Mother Daughter Retreat

Just 90 days and counting to the annual Mother & Daughter Retreat at DuBois Center on October 12 – 14.

Summer is heating up, so what better time to dream about sweater weather and the important girls and women in your life?! Enjoy a playful, faith-based weekend together, one packed with engaging activities, inspiring God times, meals without cooking and wonderful fellowship.

All ages are welcome, but most activities are geared for girls and women age six and older. Registration opens August 1. Space is limited to 50. We hope to see you in October!

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.

Labyrinth

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!

 

Who Done It?

Quilt

This beautiful quilt was delivered to DuBois Center in 2017 for a raffle to support DuBois Center. However, we had enough quilts that year and wanted to save it for Fall Festival in 2018. We want to give the appropriate credit to the donor, but no name was included with the creation when it was delivered and the staff cannot recall exactly who donated it. It was safely stored in the office, but now we’d like to give credit where credit is due. We are preparing the posters and publicity for the 3 quilts donated in the this year’s drawings (more information coming soon). If you can solve the mystery of the brown quilt, please contact Norma Borgmann at 618-533-1658 or 618-292-4617 or nborgmann1658@charter.net.  Thanks for your help in finding “Who Done It?”

Pallets Needed!

Hay

We’ve got HAY! After a very dry end to the 2017 growing season, our supply was running low. Now, in preparation for heavy summer rains, additional sturdy wooden pallets on which to set the bales are needed.

Storing hay off the ground keeps it out of the mud. The drier the bales remain, the more able we are to reduce the growth of mold. Mold contributes to large amounts of waste. In addition, moldy hay is not healthy for our horses. Keeping the hay drier also helps to retain its nutritional content throughout the year.

Approximately 30 additional new or gently used sturdy pallets are needed. If you have or can find any that meet these specs, contact Scott Kuether at sekuether21@gmail.com.

Mission Week 2018

Work Week 2018

St. Paul UCC in Belleville has a long history of reaching out locally and around the country through mission trips. Since 2010, DuBois Center has been blessed to be their mission site on even-numbered years; on odd-numbered years they travel further afield. In 2014 they were joined by members of Christ UCC in Dupo, and the collaboration continues today. This year they have been joined by other friends of DuBois Center.

The priority projects for this week include: constructing and installing a new boat dock, upgrading the electric in the Rustic Village cabins, removing and replacing the siding on one side of the office, building changing stalls in the Beach House, and lots and lots of painting. Work began bright and early this morning and will continue through Friday! Please pray for the work team’s safety and hydration this week!

Watch our Facebook album for updates throughout the week.