Family Camping is becoming a new norm at DuBois Center, with housing and programming based around small, intact groups. Families come for the day or stay overnight in a cottage or a side of a cottage. Most activities are done in these same small groups. For other activities, masking up and frequent hand washing or sanitizing are the norm. Everyone tries to use only the restroom in his/her own cottage or another assigned area, except in an emergency. Families carry their own hand sanitizer and take their trash directly to the dumpster.
Dr. Jillian Mayer, Director of Christian Education & Faith Formation at St. Paul UCC in Waterloo was the first to organize a true overnight family camp at DuBois Center during this season of COVID. She planned grab-and-go and cookout meals for the families as well as a variety of small group activities. Horses were a part of the mix, but riders and leaders masked up when appropriate and gear was cleaned between riders.
As the OMT (Outdoor Ministry Team) continues planning for spring and summer – watch for a variety of family-oriented events. Distance when you can, mask when you can’t, and enjoy quality family time at DuBois Center.