Buddy to Buddy Mission Experience

Looking for a meaningful and affordable summer mission trip for the young people of your church? Look no further! Bring your youth and “buddy-up” with day campers from Hoyleton’s residential programs. Help create a setting that is welcoming and accepting. Get your hands dirty with a work project, and spend quality time reflecting on this experience and God’s call to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly.” Buddy to Buddy begins with orientation on Sunday afternoon and concludes after dinner and a closing circle on Wednesday. Registration is by church or region group, not individual. Adult chaperones must accompany youth participants. The cost is $175 per person. Space is limited. Click here for more information or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Green DuBois – December 1

Join the team and make a difference! Removing invasive species is the priority for the day. They are insidious – “choking” out native plants and affecting tree reproduction essential for healthy woodlands. This is a great opportunity to move those muscles, meet and work with others who care about the environment, enhance beautiful native plants, rescue wildlife habitat, and help ensure the future of DuBois Center’s wonderful woodlands. No special skills are needed. Dress for the weather and bring lopping shears – if you have them. Minimum Age: 16. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than MONDAY, NOV 26. For more information, contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

You Can be a Lifeguard!

 
Moderate to strong swimmer? Each summer we hire seven to eight young adults with Lifeguard certification to serve on our summer staff. If you are interested, NOW is the time to start swimming. Stay in shape this winter while preparing for a great summer job. Check out courses at your local college or university, rec center, YMCA or JCC. Hint: If your school offers a course – take it. Those classes are generally less expensive than community classes. Lifeguard certification classes also include First Aid and CPR certification, both of which are prerequisites for summer staff. Questions about lifeguard certification? Contact  us by email or 618-787-2202. Happy swimming!

Wanted: Talent Scouts

With leaves and random snowflakes falling, summer camp seems eons away! However, planning is in full swing and summer staff recruitment kicks off over Thanksgiving weekend. We are in search of caring, hard-working individuals who enjoy the outdoors, love to have fun, and can embrace their silly side. They must have a passion for working with young people, and a heart for ministry and service. Paid and volunteer positions are available for Summer 2019. If you know someone who might be a good fit, either please complete the information on this form and return it or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Full application packets will be available on our website on Nov 19.

Camp Nurses – Servants with Sunscreen

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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. For more information, contact Shirley at DuBois Center by email or 618-787-2202.

GREEN DUBOIS – Stewardship Opportunity Saturday, Dec 1

Flowers

Join the team and make a difference! Removing invasive species is the priority for the day. They are insidious – “choking” out native plants and affecting tree reproduction essential for healthy woodlands. This is a great opportunity to move those muscles, meet and work with others who care about the environment, enhance beautiful native plants, rescue wildlife habitat, and help ensure the future of DuBois Center’s wonderful woodlands.

No special skills are needed. Dress for the weather and bring lopping shears – if you have them. Minimum Age: 16. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP no later than MONDAY, NOV 26.

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

Golf Cart – YES!!

Golf Cart

For over two years, a golf cart with four seats has been on our “Wish List.” This past spring, gifts to our Vehicle Fund from St. Paul UCC Belleville turned this wish into a reality. Our “new to us” golf cart looks great and runs like a dream. Summer camp nurses used it to check in with the villages, deliver medications and respond to situations throughout the grounds. Now when they need to transport someone, it’s easy for a third person to ride along – in keeping with our “safe camp” procedures. We opted for an electric model. It’s is so quiet you can approach a campfire or closing circle without disrupting.

A special THANKS to St. Paul UCC for their support!

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 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

“Thank You” Christmas Party Rescheduled for March

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This annual event is traditionally 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.

This year we are certainly no less grateful, but we did take some extra time for reflection before sending out the invitations. Our lives are packed with holiday commitments… with family, church, friends, the crew from work, our social groups… We often have to choose between two, even three holiday gatherings on the same night. On top of that, it’s DARK outside, the weather is often questionable and the roads to DuBois Center are not the best – even in the daylight. This year the Outdoor Ministries Team would like to give you a different kind of gift – the gift of time, the gift of one less place to be, one less present to wrap, a free moment to… breathe.

We do hope you will join is March when we celebrate spring, new life and YOU! Thank you for a great year, and watch this space for details in January.

Stepping Outside the Classroom

Nature's Classroom

Every spring and fall, DuBois Center transforms into a giant outdoor learning environment. Over the past month, nearly 150 students from eight schools in St. Louis, Godfrey and Centralia traveled with parents and teachers to participate in Nature’s Classroom.

DuBois Center staff taught a wide variety of classes – some are exclusive to this outdoor experiential education program, and some are camp favorites with a learning focus. There was horseback riding and archery of course, well creek walks that explored erosion and stream ecology. Students discussed history and basic principles of physics before experimenting with soda bottle rockets and an egg drop. Time spent at the Teams Course built confidence, improved communication (and LISTENING!) skills, and observation-focused woodland walkabouts highlighted the beauty and wonder that fills DuBois Center. As we pack away class materials, we look forward to our spring Nature’s Classroom season.