Strengthen your community with DuBois Center


We were happy to welcome a group from St. Paul – Lebanon Sunday, May 2 who worked tirelessly to clean up our signs! We also welcomed a group of Green DuBois volunteers last week to help eradicate invasive species and plant herbs in planters near one of our cottages.

We are always happy to welcome volunteer groups, or host your communities for retreats! You can contact us at for more information on how to get involved!

Registration is Open

This Is Our Prayer

Registration for a summer unlike any other is open! To learn more about our summer 2021 camps, you can visit our website or contact the office. Our residential summer camp COVID-19 mitigations are being finalized and will be available to all parents, but we are also offering family camp and DuBois Delivered this year. We hope that by offering traditional, family, and distanced options this summer, we can all be reminded of what makes DuBois Center special.

Summer Camp Schedule
Summer Camps for Adults & Children
Summer Camps for Grades 1-3
Summer Camps for Grades 3-7
Summer Camps for Grades 5-9
Summer Camps for Grades 8-12

Spend your summer at camp!


We are currently hiring staff for summer 2021! Working at a summer camp is more than just a job, it is an experience unlike any other. If you or someone you know is interested in working at DuBois Center, we are currently hiring many positions including counselors/activity coordinators, kitchen and healthcare staff, and village coordinators. You can find more information at our website. If you know someone who could benefit from this opportunity, please pass it along! We will need all hands on deck as we navigate a summer unlike any other!

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 slide

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!

Sign with Registration Banner2

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

Deer Run Lake

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!

Sign - Quarry Rd

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.