RSVP for the Thank You Party by Friday!

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The annual DuBois Center ‘Thank You’ Party is scheduled for Sunday, April 28. Previously held during the Christmas holidays, this event is our opportunity to share our appreciation 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 through ministry in God’s great outdoors. Volunteers, staff, supporters and friends make it all happen. If you fit into any of these categories – then YOU are invited. Churches are encouraged to send representatives.

Enjoy a yummy meal, tour the grounds by tram or pontoon boat, take a nature hike, or just sit on a dock or porch and enjoy the day. DuBois Center is beautiful in the spring, so don’t miss this opportunity! Remember to dress casually and for the weather. Activities will begin at 2 pm, with dinner at 4:30 pm. We’ll conclude by 6 pm.

Click here for your invitation. Please RSVP to DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202 by Friday, April 19.

Why Church Camp?

Peace Works

Because church camp is joyful fun! It is a sacred place. It is intensely relational and positive role models abound! Church camp is an integral part of the year-round faith formation efforts of many congregations. However, it is very different from VBS or Sunday School. Campers and leaders live, work, play and worship together from early morning until late into the evening. They grow together through shared experiences in God’s amazing creation and form an intentional community. They hear our faith stories in new places and new ways, and find opportunities to share their own. The activities are fun, challenging and filled with opportunities to grow as part of a Christian community.

Check out the 2019 Summer Adventures brochure and learn more about DuBois Center’s faith-building opportunities for all ages! Ready to register? Choose from online and mail-in registration.

SUMMER CAMP Spread the Word!

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There is still time to plan a Camp Sunday at your church, include information in your church bulletin or newsletter, and promote DuBois Center on your web site and outdoor church sign. Tools to assist can be found on our website. There are ideas for camp promotion, inserts for bulletins or newsletters and the summer camp schedule.

Please help us spread the word. Contact the DuBois Center office if you have questions or need assistance.

Catch the “I SPY” Quilt at the Quilt Show on April 27

I Spy

This fun and intriguing quilt has been on the road visiting churches throughout the Illinois South Conference. It has now returned home to Mascoutah and will be featured at the 40th Annual St. John UCC Quilt Show on Sat, April 27. This is quite the event with over 200 quilts on display, demonstrations and a Bed Turning at 9:45 am. Each year, the Happy Quilters stitch and promote an amazing youth quilt to support DuBois Center.

This year’s “I SPY” treasure is based on the popular books of picture riddles. It is 70 x 80 inches of fun created from 120 different fabrics! Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The church matches what the Happy Quilters raise, so each dollar you donate is two dollars for DuBois Center. It you can’t catch it live, click here for tickets, then print and mail them to the church with a check payable to “Happy Quilters.”

Lenten Devotional

Flower

As you prepare for the coming of Holy Week and Easter, we invite you to use the wonderful Lenten devotional created by Rev. Don Wagner with help from friends from DuBois Center and Green DuBois. Through inspiring messages and photos, this piece speaks to those who find comfort, wisdom and challenge in God’s creation and word. With spring bursting out all over southern Illinois, this tool is even more timely.

Click here to read or download this amazing resource in its entirety. For weekly segments, click here. We hope this resource is a blessing to you during the coming weeks. Please feel free to share.

GIRLS who CAMP! June 23-28

Girls

NEW this year – Girls Who Camp is designed for girls who have completed grades 5-8. Fun and adventure await as they learn more about God’s creation, each other and girls who rock the world. This week, the Rustic Village is just for GIRLS – girls who play, girls who laugh, girls who run, girls who hike, girls who swim, girls who pray, girls who create, girls who sing, girls who build, and girls who… camp! Pick up a camp brochure at your UCC church or download one. To receive a brochure by mail, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org

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Lenten Work Day – April 13 RVSP by April 10

Service Saturday

Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and make a difference! A day of service is a wonderful way to begin preparations for Holy Week and Easter. There will be projects suitable for youth, adults and families. Specific tasks vary depending on the weather and the skills of the workers – carpentry, cleaning, painting, raking and more. A hearty lunch is provided. Check out and share this flyer.

RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 to dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. If this date doesn’t work for you, join us for the Green DuBois Stewardship Day on Saturday, April 27.

Don’t Delay; Register Today! Early Bird Deadline – April 10

Camper

Summer Adventures at DuBois Center are filling quickly – some already have waiting lists! There are still lots of great options available, but don’t wait too long. Give your kids the gift of unplugged, joyful, low-tech fun this summer!

Get all the details in our Summer Camp Brochure

Horse Camps – Ready to Ride?

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Do you love to ride horses? Want to learn more about them and how to care for these beautiful creatures? Consider coming to a Horse Camp at DuBois Center!
Horse Campers spend more time with the ponies, but still have time for other camp favorites like swimming, 9-Square, vespers and crafts. If the weather cooperates, they have the option to ride each day. Some mornings, these horse enthusiasts are up and at ’em long before breakfast to feed, groom and tack the herd. An early morning ride – in the cool of the day – is a great reward for early morning chores! Later in the day, the stalls need to be mucked out. Horse campers take turns, and have fun while learning about the responsibilities of caring for horses.
Younger campers can hop aboard the Pony Express for an introduction to horse camp. Older ones can choose from a variety of sessions.
PONY EXPRESS (completed grades 4-6)
            July 21-24
HORSIN’ AROUND (completed grades 5-7)
            June 9-14, July 14-19
SADDLE ‘EM UP (completed grades 7-9)
            June 7-12, July 14-19
WRANGLERS (completed grades 8-12)
            June 16-21
Ready to register online? Click here. For more information, pick up a camp brochure at your UCC church or check out the brochure online. Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org to have one mailed to you.
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Father-Son Retreat 2019

Father Son 2019

The rains poured down and the winds blew! You’re together at camp, so whatcha gonna do? Jump in puddles, slide in the mud, play in the rain and just have fun! Watch for more photos and a recap next week here and on Facebook.