Why International Staff?

International Staff

Have you ever wondered why we hire international staff? The answer is easy – because they’re great!

Each summer, DuBois Center recruits four to six international staff members, both through recruiting agencies and from Eden Seminary. Recently, they’ve journeyed from Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Poland, South Africa and the United Kingdom. With accents that make them easily approachable and stories about life in their home countries, it’s easy to see why our international staffers are much beloved by campers and American staff alike. We appreciate the perspectives they bring, the games and songs they teach us, and the unique opportunities they provide just by spending the summer at DuBois Center.

Spring 2018 Work Days

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Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and make a difference! Help spruce up the grounds for our busy spring and summer seasons. We can’t do it without YOU! This spring, we have two workdays planned – one for March 24 and another for April 21.

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Projects vary, depending on the weather and the skills of the workers – carpentry, cleaning, painting, raking and more. We may even remove or install a dock. Serve together with friends and family, and gain a sense of satisfaction.

We’ll gather around 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. each day. Lunch is provided, as well as necessary tools. Check out this flyer for more information. RSVP to DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

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Meet Our Summer Staff: Troy

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Summer staff recruitment is in full swing, and we will be introducing members of our 2018 team through Weekly Connection and Facebook. First up is Troy Mcrae.

This will be Troy’s second summer on staff. He will again make the long trek from Western Australia to DuBois, Illinois. Troy grew up in the “Aussie countryside” in the small town of Manjimup. Active in his church youth ministry and camping programs, he grew from youth participant to young adult volunteer leader. Troy loves being outside and spent a year as a trainee and instructor at an outdoor school. Canoeing, lifeguarding, “bush walking expeditions,” food prep and equipment maintenance were all part of his experience there.

Thinking back to 2016 when Troy last served with us, his big smile, gentle nature and amazing height come to mind. Yes, he occasionally had to duck when going through doorways. When asked about his desire to return to DuBois Center, Troy commented, “I just felt drawn back to the overwhelmingly positive atmosphere at camp. It’s impossible to finish each day without a smile on your face.”

Troy brings skills as an effective canoeing instructor, accomplished guitar player and caring camp counselor. His long-term goal is to become a professional outdoor educator. Aussie meat pies are Troy’s favorite food. Two of his favorite hobbies are cycling and larping (think Lord of the Rings meets football, with a bit of theater improv thrown into the mix). He describes himself as a massive “pop culture nerd (in the best of ways).” Welcome back, Troy!

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Spring Line-Up

2/24        Saturday    Bunco Night at St. Paul, Columbia (Sponsored by Region 2)
3/24        Saturday    Service Saturday – Lenten Work Day
4/11         Wed            Nature’s Classroom Season Begins
4/13-15   Fri-Sun      Father & Son Retreat
4/21        Saturday    Wrangle & Ride – Horse Day
                                      Service Saturday
5/6          Sunday       BLOCK Party for Middle Schoolers
5/14-18  Mon-Fri      St. Paul UCC, Belleville Work Week
5/21-23  Mon-Wed  Southern Illinois Art Workshop
5/30       Wed             Summer Camp Staff Training Begins
6/10       Sunday       1st Day of Summer Camp 2018

Dice and Green Beans this Saturday evening, Feb 24

Join Region 2 for a night of winter blues-busting fun at St. Paul UCC in Columbia. Play BUNCO, and support DuBois Center and a local food pantry! Bunco is an engaging dice game that is easy to learn; children as young as 10 or 11 can be successful and have fun. Doors open at 6:30 pm; play begins at 7 pm. Cost to play is $10 per person. This year Bunco Night is being paired with an effort to “Fill a Food Pantry.” By February, the major “food” holidays will be distant memories and pantry shelves will need restocking. Lend a hand and have a lot of fun – all at the same time! Help spread the word; invite everyone you know! Check out this flier for details.
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 this event will have the honor of selecting the food pantry to receive the food collected that evening.
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Wrangle & Ride – April 21

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Join our equestrian team on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd! Designed for both beginner and experienced riders, this is a horse-intensive day of grooming, tacking, riding, instruction and other horse-related activities. Beginners will be introduced to basic skills, while experienced riders work on more advanced options.

The cost for this event is $60 with lunch included. Register by March 31 and save $5. Final deadline is April 7 – if space is still available. Click here for a flyer and reservation form. Online registration begins February 15. Questions? Contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202.


Bunco and Beans

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Don’t forget to bring your food donations for a special challenge at this year’s Bunco Night! For each item you donate, you will receive one raffle ticket – the more items donated, the more chances to win. The prize? A super fun basket of items for all ages! Plus, the church or community group that donates the most food items will get to pick the food pantry all of the donations go to at the end of the night.

So grab your food donations and your friends, family, neighbors and church groups and join Region 2 for Bunco Night at St. Paul UCC Columbia, IL on Feb. 24. Bunco is an engaging dice game that is easy to learn – children as young as 10 can have a good time! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. The cost to play is $10 per person. Proceeds from Bunco play will benefit DuBois Center.

Father-Son Retreat – April 13 – 15

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Fathers, grandfathers and uncles – save the date and plan now to bring your sons, grandsons and nephews to DuBois Center for a weekend of quality guy time! Fish, hike, canoe and just hang out together. Make cool crafts, share in vespers and work on your archery skills. Horseback riding is available for an additional fee.

This is also a perfect opportunity for churches to extend their family or men’s ministries. Gather a group from your congregation and join us – engaging faith sessions led by Rev. RJ Morgan, our chaplain for the weekend, will be held throughout the event.

Lodging is in heated cottages and Hickory Lodge. Activities are planed from Friday evening through early Sunday afternoon, April 13 – 15. All ages are welcome, though activities are geared for boys ages 5 and older. Registration opens February 15. For more information and a paper registration form, click here.

Buddy to Buddy Mission Experience – June 30 – July 3

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This close-to-home mission experience June 30 – July 3 offers teens the opportunity to “live kindness, do justice and walk humbly.”

Youth (completed grades 8-12) buddy up with one or two young people from Hoyleton’s youth residential programs and share in crafts, nature hikes, dock swims, canoeing and more with their new friends. When the Hoyleton campers head home each day, buddies and their chaperones reflect on their experiences, plan for the next day and tackle a work project before relaxing, playing and enjoying their favorite camp activities.

Participation is by church or region group, as opposed to “open enrollment” like summer camp. Chaperones (age 21 and older) provide overall supervision for their youth. Click here to learn more or contact Shirley at DuBois Center at shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

High School Week – June 17 – 22

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High School Week is BACK for summer camp this year, from June 17 – 22. The week offers two great options – Wranglers and X-Plore. Campers experience all of the favorite DuBois Center activities, plus more! More fun, more adventure, more friends and with an extra special treat – more meals served in the Rustic Village. Plus, “Choice Times” return with even more great options.

If you have completed grades 8-12, this is a great week to build community, grow closer to God, experience nature and have some great unplugged FUN! Plan now to attend and watch for details in the coming weeks.