Volunteer for a Week at Camp DuBois

Volunteers

Is your vacation request due? Consider a week (or even a few days) at DuBois Center and join our Summer Camp 2019 team! We are looking for fun, engaging and caring volunteers to serve as nurses, chaplains, cabin counselors, activity specialists and barn helpers. Minimum age is 18 for most positions – young adults and older adults are welcome. Give of your time and talent, make a difference, and gain a wonderful sense of satisfaction… and even perhaps a bit of joy! For more information, check out the volunteer page of our website or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Spring Brochures are Here!

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Check your mailbox! Spring brochures are headed your way. If you’re not on our mailing list but would like more information about our Father-Son Retreat, Wrangle & Ride, Service Saturdays or Block Party, check out the brochure and registration form. You can also register online here. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, send your contact info to dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or call 618-787-2202.
Church Alert: If you’d like a stack of Spring Brochures for an event or to insert into Sunday bulletins, call DuBois Center at 618-787-2202. Help spread the word! Brochures will be available at the Day of Discipleship this coming Saturday. Let us know how many you’d like and we’ll have them ready for you.

Sneak Peek – Summer Camp 2019!

2019 Camp Schedule

The countdown to summer has begun!

Here at  DuBois Center, we are busy planning yet another incredible summer camp. Use this schedule to begin planning your summer now! Check out our Facebook page to stay up-to-date and so you don’t miss our registration when it opens.

Questions? Contact us at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202

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Volunteers are the Heart of DuBois Center

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Volunteers are the heart of strong and healthy outdoor ministry programs. At DuBois Center, volunteers serve throughout the year on committees and teams, at the barn, in the office, on work projects, as retreat leaders and fund raisers.

During the summer, there are a variety of ways to be involved and make a difference in the lives of the young people we serve. Join us for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon, a couple days during the week or a full session of camp – no matter what time you can give, know that it is a big help! Volunteers work hand in hand with paid summer staff to provide our fun, engaging and faith-filled program.

For more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Volunteer applications are available online and a list of summer volunteer opportunities can be found below.

Summer opportunities include:

– Cabin Counselor

– Chaplain

– Nurse

– Barn Helper

– Sunday Welcome Team

– Activity Specialist

– Photographer

Where Will the “I Spy” Quilt Go Next?

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Pictured is a section of the 2019 DuBois Raffle Quilt “I SPY”, made by the Happy Quilters of St. John UCC, Mascoutah. Based on the popular books of picture riddles, the quilt has 120 different fabrics, which only adds to the challenge of finding the hidden objects. It is 70 x 80 inches of fun!
Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00 and all proceeds go to DuBois Center. Click here for tickets that you can print and mail to the church. St. John UCC, Mascoutah matches all money that the Happy Quilters raise, so each dollar you donate is two dollars for DuBois Center.
Members of the Happy Quilters have already been out visiting area churches with the traveling quilt. They were just at St. Paul UCC in Lebanon this morning!
To see this work of art LIVE, catch up with it at the following churches in the coming weeks:
March 10 – Grantfork UCC, Grantfork
March 24 – St. Peter’s UCC, Okawville
April 7 – Christ UCC, Dupo

Participate in Green DuBois Next Saturday

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Join the team and make a difference this Saturday, February 16, when we will remove invasive species, such as Japanese honeysuckle. Invasives are insidious – “choking out” native plants and affecting tree reproduction essential for healthy forests, so we need to remove them to ensure the health of our grounds and native species!
This is a great opportunity to move those muscles and meet and work with others who care about the environment. We’ll work to rescue wildlife habitat, support native plant populations and help ensure the future of DuBois Center’s wonderful woodlands.
No special skills are needed. Dress for the weather – layers recommended – and bring lopping shears if you have them. The minimum age to participate is 16, unless accompanied by a parent. Lunch will be provided. For more information, or to sign up, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Please RSVP by MONDAY, FEB 11.

Our Spring Brochure is Here!

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Spring is a great time of year at DuBois Center! Signs of new life are everywhere and there is so much to do.
Our reservation book is filling with youth groups, school camps, retreats for women, confirmation students, church work days and scout groups. There is still time to plan an event for your church or group, or to get involved in one of the many events sponsored by DuBois Center.
Our Spring Brochure has information about our Father-Son Retreat, Wrangle & Ride, Service Saturdays and more. Click here to view a copy and here for a Reservation Form. You may also register for many of our events online. For more information, contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or email.

BUNCO Night is Tonight!

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Join Region 2 TONIGHT (Saturday, February 9) at St. Paul UCC in Columbia for BUNCO Night. The event supports DuBois Center and Kindercottage.

Bunco is an exciting dice game that is easy to learn. Children as young as 10 or 11 can be successful and have fun, so make sure to bring the whole family! Doors open at 6:30 pm and play begins at 7 pm. Cost to play is just $10 per person and a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be available. All proceeds benefit DuBois Center and our mission.

This year, Bunco Night is again being paired with an effort to “Fill the Cupboard” at Kindercottage. By February, the major food collection holidays are a distant memory and cupboards need restocking – so make sure to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the cause.

Help spread the word – invite everyone you know! Check out this flyer for more details.

Wrangle & Ride – Now Two Dates in Spring!

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Spring is a great time to explore DuBois Center from horseback! Join our equestrian team on Saturday, March 23 AND/OR April 13 from 9 am – 5 pm for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd.

Designed for both beginner and more experienced riders, these are horse-intensive days 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 minimum age to participate is 12 years old and the cost is $65 per person, per day with lunch included.

Online registration is now open, or you may complete and mail this form. Hurry! These days often fill up fast.

Questions? Contact DuBois Center 618-787-2202 or email.

Fuzzy Ponies!

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A question we get asked a lot at DuBois Center is, “What do you do with the horses in the winter?” The answer varies depending on the severity of the weather. Horses possess many adaptations to help them stay comfortable in even the most extreme conditions.

For instance, you might notice that our herd is fuzzier in the winter. Their thicker coats help insulate them from the cold, as well as retaining oil that repels moisture. Internally, their metabolism heats the horses from the inside out. As long as a horse has an adequate supply of hay and grain (which we provide) to fuel this “furnace,” it will not suffer from lower temperatures. Short bouts of physical exertion, such as bucking and running as well as shivering, also help to heat up muscles and stabilize internal temperatures.

During extreme conditions, like during the recent polar vortex, our horses come into the barn daily for an extra feeding. The barn is adapted as a wind shelter and left open on one end, allowing the horses to meander in and out at their leisure. In addition, there is a heated waterer outside the barn, providing the horses (and barn cats) with constant access to fresh water.

So, when the temperatures drop and wind speeds pick up, have no fear – a combination of horse anatomy and proactive care ensure the health of our herd.