Now Hiring!

We still have open positions for summer 2021. Feeling God calling you to serve in a new way? Know a college student who needs excellent experience learning new skills? We’re looking for people like you!

We currently have openings for housekeeping staff, kitchen staff, nurses, and counselors/activity coordinators! Contact 618-787-2202 or for more information or to apply!

Posters, slides and more! Summer Camp Resources for our churches are in the mail and online

Summer Camp is back at DuBois Center, but we need your help to get the word out. We’re making resources available to you through the mail and online. Your church will be receiving promotional materials from us this week. Watch the mail for a package with posters, bulletin inserts, camp schedules, postcards, and fliers that can be posted, copied and shared. You’ll also find a letter from Hayley Elliott, our new Acting Camp Director, Top 10 Things Churches Need to Know about Summer Camp 2021, and suggestions for ways you can help us promote camp this year.

The Resources for Churches page on our website has electronic versions of the promotional materials that you can download and print. It also has slides you can download to include in your pre-service announcements. The slide sets are available in two different size, 16:9 or 4:3. You can download them from this Resource for Churches page by clicking on the appropriate link toward the bottom of the page. Choose whichever works best for your system.

Other Printable Resources:

  • Greetings and COVID-19 considerations
  • Top 10 Things Churches Need to Know about Summer Camp 2021
  • Promote Your Camp – a few helpful suggestions
  • Bulletin Inserts
  • Camp Schedule two ways – full page
  • Camp Schedule – half page
  • Leadership Experiences And Development flier


Summer Camp registration is open!

In case you missed Dakota’s FaceBook announcement yesterday, our Summer Camp registration is now open!  Not sure which camp sessions to register for, check out our Summer Camp Schedule.

To see complete descriptions and pricing for each camp, click on the appropriate age group: Adults & ChildrenCompleted Grades 1-3Completed Grades 3-7Completed Grades 5-9Completed Grades 8-12.
Dakota can’t wait to see you this Summer – neither can we!
Dakota with mask

Open House at DuBois Center

It was great to be with those who were able to be there at our Open House Sunday, April 25! The energy in the air of having a group back on site was fantastic. We blessed our new bees, said hello to the horses, and modeled what our summer cabins will look like with our COVID-19 precautions. If you missed this Open House, be sure to check out our website and social media pages for some of what you missed!

Blessing of the BeesOak Lodge

Preparation and Perseverance

When it is spring, I feel hopeful: it seems like new life is bursting forth all around us. Grass is getting greener and growing, flowers pop up anew. But what I have realized over the last few weeks is that I tend to think of spring from an annual, not a perennial perspective. When spring arrives, I tend to think that this is all fresh and new and delightful. In reality, very little of how we usually experience spring is new, growing for only one season as annual plants do. Instead, our spring is influenced by a multitude of perennial plants, which have for a time moved underground to protect themselves from the harsher elements of winter. What we see in spring is not necessarily new life, but the perseverance of life through more difficult seasons. In the same way, what we see in the fall is not plants dying, but preparation. We can give thanks to God for the preparation and perseverance of creation!

Since DuBois Center made the decision that summer camps would not happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic approximately a year ago, much has been persevering in preparation for the future. At our last Outdoor Ministry Team meeting, Nancy Wagner, chair of OMT, pointed out all of the ways that our camp, DuBois Center, has ministered to its community and extended our care for creation in this more difficult season. From partnering with Hoyleton ministries, to working on the property, to Green DuBois’ bee project and removal of invasive species around our property, to the tireless work of our marketing team, DuBois Center has persevered and served God’s mission well. In addition, it has prepared for the new possibilities that spring has to offer. Thanks be to God!

I pray you experience the abundant love of God in the coming week!
Hayley Elliott, Acting Director of Outdoor Ministries

The New Signs are here!

The new signs are here.  The new signs are here!  We have had a project to update our signs at Highway 51 and Youth Center Road and where Youth Center Road intersects with Quarry Road in the works for many years.  This project was completed recently.  Next time you’re driving down highway 51 or taking Quarry Road from DuBois to camp, check out the new signs.

Many thanks to our Marketing Committee for their efforts designing and printing the signs and to DuBois’s Property Committee for mounting the signs.  Thanks to the Outdoor Ministries Team and Conference Council for supporting and funding this effort.


Sign - 51 and Youth Center Rd

Welcome Back to your Camp and Retreat Center!

Excitement is in the air as DuBois Center is experiencing a re-awakening!

The Outdoor Ministry Team is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, April 25th between the hours of 1pm – 6pm. You are cordially invited to come see what’s happening at YOUR camp!

Advanced reservations are required to attend by contacting 618-787-2202 or

For your safety, temperatures will be taken upon arrival. Face masks and physical distancing will be required. Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available.

Enjoy these possibilities:

  • Come meet Hayley Elliott, our new Acting Director of Outdoor Ministry, Illinois South Conference UCC
  • Take a hike out to Deer Run for a tour of the recent cabin renovations
  • Visit the barn to say hello to your favorite horses – they’ve missed you!
  • Take a peek inside one of our cottages
  • Drop by the 2021 Summer Camp information booth for a schedule and description of sessions
  • Take a selfie at one of the “Picture Yourself at DuBois” photo spots
  • Bring a lunch or a snack from home to enjoy at one of our physically-distanced picnic areas (no food or drinks will be available for purchasing on site)

Click here for a flier to share.

Hello and Greetings from DuBois Center!

As I spent my first days on site at DuBois Center over the last weekend, I could not help but be reminded of one of my favorite poems by Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things”, which reads:

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

I remain encouraged that in this time of unrest and uncertainty that DuBois Center offers something to our slice of the world that is always needed: rest, and the peace of wild things.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with the ministry of DuBois Center, now is a great time! We have many ongoing projects as we prepare for a summer quite unlike any other, including ways to be involved as a volunteer, staff member, or as a financial donor. One ongoing project is the office remodel, details of which are located on our website.

Lastly, I hope that many of you will be able to come out for our open house on April 25 so that I can meet you and we can celebrate what God is doing at and through DuBois Center. Details for this event are on the website.  Register by emailing

I pray you experience the abundant blessings of creation and Creator in the coming week!

Hayley Elliott, Acting Director of Outdoor Ministry.

Plan your Summer Camp Adventures now!

The wait is over. Start planning your DuBois summer camp adventures now. Just starting out? An introductory camp like Camp Quest or Discovery Camp is a great first summer camp experience. Ready for a full week of fun? Horsin’ Around or X-Plore might be right up your alley. Want to experience camp along with your kids? Just You and Me or Family Camp might be the perfect get-away this summer. Get all the details on our Summer Camp schedule.

Registration: If you were registered for Summer Camp last year, we will reach out to you by email next week with instructions on how to re-register for camp this year. Online registration will open for everyone on April 26th.

Early-bird Discounts: Register early to Save $30 on full-week sessions and Save $15 on part-week sessions. Registration and deposit must be submitted online by Monday, May 10th.

If you are unable to join us in person this summer, DuBois Delivered! will come to you.

Hayley Is Here!

Hayley Elliott has officially begun her two-year contract as Acting Director of Outdoor Ministry. After an extensive search process which included: Zoom interviews; submissions of candidates’ faith journeys and personal theology; a strategic plan of staffing, programming, finances, and partnerships for the coming year at DuBois Center; checking candidates’ professional references; and an onsite tour of DuBois, the Search Committee unanimously recommended Hayley to serve as the Acting Director of Outdoor Ministry.

Hayley Elliott was born and raised in West Virginia, where love of nature and earth were instilled in her from a young age. She spent most of her formative summers at church camp and has fond memories of learning to swim, making friends, playing games, and learning the importance of faith formation in this setting. As she grew up, she began volunteering at camp and eventually became a camp counselor.

Hayley received a B.S. in Business Administration from Mars Hill University. Her undergraduate capstone project was related to the digital and social marketing of camps and how to reach new audiences and form new partnerships. After completing undergraduate studies, Hayley entered Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, where she completed an MTS (Master of Theological Studies) degree. While in divinity school, Hayley furthered her commitment to youth education by working at a local elementary and middle school as the lead counselor in their afterschool and summer programs.

After graduating from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Hayley and her wife, Rachel, moved to Denver, Colorado so that Rachel could complete a yearlong CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) residency. During this time, Hayley worked full time as an anti-money laundering analyst while maintaining an additional role as a co-director for youth and children at Sixth Avenue UCC and sharing her gifts at LaForet Conference and Retreat Center, the Rocky Mountain Conference’s camp.

Hayley is very passionate about outdoor ministry within the United Church of Christ and excited about the future of caring for God’s creation and extending God’s extravagant welcome at DuBois Center!

And from all of us at Illinois South Conference… Welcome aboard!