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.

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.

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.

Join Green DuBois on Feb. 16

Invasive plants

Join the team and make a difference! Removing invasive species, such as Japanese honeysuckle, is the priority for the day. Invasives are insidious – “choking” out native plants and affecting tree reproduction essential for healthy woodlands. This is a great opportunity to move those muscles, meet and work with others who care about the environment, rescue wildlife habitat, support native plants 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. Minimum Age: 16, unless accompanied by a parent. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by MONDAY, FEB 11.For more information or to sign up, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Wrangle & Ride – Spring 2019

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Join our equestrian team on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd! Designed for both beginner and more experienced riders, this is a horse-intensive day 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 cost for this event is $65 with lunch included. Online registration begins February 1. Questions? Contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.orgor 618-787-2202.

Office & Event Coordinator – Employment Opportunity

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Enjoy connecting with people and the outdoors? Fluent in computer-speak? Looking for a position that is more than just a job? DuBois Center is seeking an Office & Event Coordinator. This is a permanent, part-time position; the purpose of which is to organize, coordinate and implement office and event functions at DuBois Center including camper family and guest relations, data management (financial, camper, guest group and employee), coordination of office help, assistance with marketing efforts and occasional guest group hosting. The person filling this position will be an integral part of the ISCUCC staff overall and the DuBois Center team.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to DuBois Center via email at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org. Click here for the position description.

WINTER PROJECTS: Looking for One?

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If you like to work with your hands and have some spare time over the winter, DuBois Center has some indoor winter projects that might be of interest. Enjoy refinishing furniture? We have a coffee table in need of some TLC. Upholstery interest you more? We have two chairs that need attention – backs and seats only. Here’s an interesting one… refinishing arrows. Removing and replacing damaged feathers takes time, patience and the right tools. We have a couple dozen that need attention. All three of these projects can be done in the comfort of your home or here at camp.

For more information, contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.