Year-end Support for Ministry at DuBois Center

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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

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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.

Brownies on a Bench

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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.

Gift Certificates

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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.

Giving Thanks!

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Reasons to give thanks are plentiful at DuBois Center. God’s creation is majestic – the plants, the critters, the people. Enjoy these gifts from photographer Marty Kemper, one of our earth care volunteers. Delight in the dragonfly, the cardinal flower, purple sneezeweed (not purple at all), the wild hyssop – and in the words of Don Moen, “Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One.”

Final Countdown – Fall Festival

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The 2017 Fall Festival is just over a week away! The final details are settling into place and we can’t wait to see you there!

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, come out and enjoy a free event that will feature craft vendors, live music, delicious food, a Kids Korner with crafts and games, camp activities such as horse rides, pontoon boat rides, hay rides and so much more. You’ll support DuBois and have a chance to see the grounds in all their fall glory.

We do still need volunteers for the event as well, so let us know if you’re willing to help, even for an hour or two. You can help kids with crafts, take tickets and more! Contact the office if you’re interested in volunteering.

For more information, check out our event page. There, you’ll find info on our Quilt Drawing, a band schedule, donation and volunteer ideas and more.

Thank You Zoar UCC VBS!

Donation 1

This year, as part of their Campout, Getting S’more of Jesus VBS program, our friends at Zoar UCC collected a wonderful variety of supplies and cash for DuBois Center to use throughout the year. Thanks to them, we now have piles of construction paper and ribbon for crafting, hats and ties for dressing up, beach balls and bandannas for playing, glue sticks and scissors for creating, and even a bag of food for the barn cats.

Donation 2

Amid the boxes and bags that were delivered, a number of backpacks and water bottles were also included. There are always summer campers, many from low-income families, who arrive without these critical items. This gift will help replenish those supplies for next summer.

Sending a shout out to the Zoar UCC VBS team – “campers,” parents, teachers and helpers: THANK YOU for keeping DuBois Center in your thoughts and prayers, and for this very fun and timely gift!

Job Opportunity: Nature’s Classroom Instructor

Nature's Classroom

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 20 through October.

Instructors work with school groups (grades 5-8) that stay overnight at DuBois and provide a fun and supportive environment, while teaching about predator-prey interactions, nightlife in the woods, cultural differences, erosion, teamwork and other engaging topics. Our instructors teach the classes and lead campfires and other evening activities. Parent chaperones supervise recreation, 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 office at 618-787-2202 or shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org.

Mother-Daughter Retreat 2017

2017 Mother Daughter

Fall is just around the corner! School, sports, band, clubs and church programs are all picking up steam, making family time even more difficult to find.

You are invited to breathe, slow down and spend quality time with the girls and women in your life at DuBois Center’s annual Mother-Daughter Retreat, which will take place on Oct. 13 – 15 this year. Engaging activities, inspiring God time, great fellowship, meals without cooking – all are part of this weekend escape. Participate in everything or choose a more relaxed weekend with board games, knitting and leisurely strolls. Either way, the focus of this retreat is on building relationships and making memories with loved ones.

All generations and groupings are welcome: mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, aunts and nieces. Save the date – more information will be available soon!