Brownies on a Bench


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 or 618-787-2202.

Summer Jobs – Make a Difference this Summer!


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

Gift Certificates


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 or 618-787-2202.

Bunco Night – Saturday February 24


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.

Camp Nurses – Servants with Sunscreen


Despite the falling leaves, it’s never too early to think about summer. One setting for ministry at DuBois Center is our health center. Volunteer camp nurses, most of whom are RNs, are a vital piece of our summer camp program. Many find serving at DuBois Center to be a rewarding mission opportunity, one that is quite different from their regular job. Responsibilities include reviewing camper medical forms, conducting health screenings, receiving & administering medications, providing first aid & basic medical treatment, and documentation. But when you really get down to it, nurses spend most of their time removing ticks, soothing rashes, distributing medications and providing extra TLC for homesick and nervous campers.

If you are an RN, please consider serving with us for a full or partial week. The living quarters do have AC and there is often time to join us for worship, explore the woods or just sit back and read a book. Contact Shirley at 618-787-2202 or email.

Giving Thanks!


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.”

“Thank You” Christmas Party Saturday, Dec 2 – Save the Date

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 by Fri, Nov 24

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