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!

DuBois Center Logo

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


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


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


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


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

CAMPS for Younger Children

Younger Campers

Children who have completed grades 1-3 are often looking for ways to experience life like the “big kids.” Parents are looking for opportunities for their children to gain self-confidence, critical social skills and a greater awareness of God’s world. At DuBois Center, we have five part-week sessions designed with this in mind. Shorter sessions and smaller group sizes are ideal for this age group. Their time is filled with new adventures under the watchful eyes of caring, safety-conscious leaders.

These shorter sessions include time to ride a horse, explore the creek, swim in the lake and make lots of new friends. This summer choose from Boy Meets Camp, Camp Quest, Discovery Camp or Girl Power. Check out page 8 of the camp brochure online for details or pick one up in your church office. To have information sent by mail, contact DuBois Center at email or 618-787-2202. Ready to register? Click here.


Summer Staff

Is this the year for more than just another summer job?

DuBois Center is searching for fun-loving and child-focused people with a heart for ministry to serve on our summer staff. Amazing memories + resume building skills = a summer to remember! Check out the Summer of Service flyer and consider whether serving outdoors with a dynamic team might be just the opportunity for you. Open positions include barn staff, cabin counselors and coordinators. Lifeguard certification is a plus. Questions? Contact Shirley at email or 618-787-2202. Application packets are available online or can be sent by mail upon request.

BLOCK PARTY! – Sunday, May 5


We’re having a Block Party in the Rustic Village and middle & high school youth groups are invited! Join DuBois Center staff and volunteers for an afternoon of fun, food, games, contests and music. One of the best parts – IT’S FREE. We’ll roast hot dogs and make s’mores, meet some of the horses, and explore the Rustic Village. Whether you are a DuBois Center camper or not, you’re invited! Load up right after church, grab some lunch and head to camp. We’ll be on the move from 1-4 pm, but arrive when you can.

Youth must be accompanied by adult chaperones or parents. RSVP by Monday, April 29 – we need to stock the coolers and send you permission forms. For more information check out this flyer, to RSVP contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.