Lenten Work Days – Recap

It is truly amazing what can be accomplished by enthusiastic and willing workers in short periods of time! A HUGE THANKS to volunteers from Carbondale Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Grantfork UCC, Trenton St. John UCC, Nashville St. Paul UCC, New Baden Zion UCC, Hookdale St. Peter UCC, and other friends of DuBois Center for joining us for our Lenten Work Days this spring.
Rotted sections of wood were removed from the Nature’s Classroom buildings. In their place, a new deck was built and fascia installed. New gutters are awaiting their rain barrels. Leaves and dead branches throughout camp have been removed, as well as a fallen tree that was blocking a horse trail. Benches and equipment were moved out of storage and set in place. Work continued on the fences around camp and at the lumber shed. Deer Run Lodge was opened and tidied. And last, but definitely not least, support work on the bridge between Oak and Hickory Lodges was completed.
This work makes a significant difference! We are thankful for the new and old friends and their gifts of time and talent!

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.

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.

LEAD – June 23 – 28

LEAD photo
Leadership Experience and Development – LEAD – is a great Camp session for young people who are interested in developing their leadership skills, working with younger children, and having a great time at DuBois Center!
LEAD functions much like a “lab school” with discussion, instruction, practice and evaluation sessions. Skills gained will help participants grow as positive Christian leaders, manage camp situations and camper behavior, create a safe, fun environment, and teach basic camp skills. LEAD is designed for youth who have completed grades 10-12. Check out this flyer for more details.
Previous camp experience is not required, but we do require a special application in addition to the Camp Registration Form. The LEAD application packet is available online or by contacting DuBois Center at email or 618-787-2202.

Lenten Work Day – April 13

lenten work day

Stretch your muscles, get a little dirty and make a difference on Saturday, April 13! Help spruce up the grounds for our busy spring and summer seasons. It’s a great Lenten discipline for you and a wonderful way to get involved and help at DuBois Center. Projects 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 Monday, April 8 to 618-787-2202 or email. If this date doesn’t work for you, there will be a Green DuBois Stewardship Day on Saturday, April 27 – or call to set up a different day for your family, church or friend group!

Plumbing Skills?


Do you or does someone you know have plumbing skills extraordinaire?  DuBois Center periodically has projects that require skilled volunteer assistance in this area. Currently, the bathrooms in Hickory Lodge are at the top of our priority list. The old shower fixtures are leaking; some need to be replaced, others need to be removed and capped.

For more information contact Shirley at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

Thank You Riechmann Bros!

New Tractor

It’s a dream come true! Our NEW tractor arrived on Thursday. The ISC Property Committee has been searching for a “new to us” tractor for the past 18 months – checking in with dealers and local farmers, watching tractor sites online… and praying. A reliable tractor is crucial for our work at DuBois Center. It’s used to move hay, grade roads, mow, haul downed trees and other heavy items, plow snow, give wagon and tram rides, pull vehicles out of the mud and more.  Our 1991 International Harvester served camp well for most of the 27 years we owned it. Recently, though, it had become much less reliable with repairs becoming more critical and more costly.

Thanks to the Riechmann family, DuBois Center is now the proud owner of a new John Deere tractor with a 65 hp engine, front-wheel drive and quick-releases for all the attachments. Not only is it new, it is a significant upgrade. Much of the funding for this project came from the 2017 DuBois on Broadway fundraiser. However, the acquisition would not have been possible without the amazing deal we received from Riechmann Bros LLC and some underwriting from the family.

Green DuBois Work Day

Green DuBois Workday

Green DuBois organized removal of scrap metal from camp last week, with the help of Garrett Pribble, his father, Clifton and brother, Nathan. All told, they hauled off nearly 12,000 lbs of metal, greatly improving the area around the lumber shed and clearing several shelves in the maintenance building. There’s still at least one more load to go, which is planned for later this month. Thank you, all, for your help!

Job Opening – Summer Barn Coordinator

Summer Barn Coordinator

Looking for a rewarding summer job working with children and horses? How about hands-on experience managing a trail ride program? DuBois Center has an opening for a dedicated summer barn coordinator.

In addition to caring for our 20-horse herd, our summer barn team utilizes basic riding instruction and time “getting to know the ponies” to help campers build self-confidence and learn to respect and appreciate God’s amazing creation. For those who have never experienced a horse up close, the first moments can be overwhelming. However, with nurturing guidance, campers quickly learn that they can overcome their fears and experience something wonderful.

For more information, check out the attached flyer and contact Shirley via email or 618-787-2202.