Days at DuBois Center are filled with fun, laughter and a variety of activities. Our camp sessions have lots in common, including many classic camp activities. A number of these can be adapted for different age groups. Some however, such as archery and canoeing, are reserved for older campers. Activities are selected to provide a progression, ensuring campers experience new challenges whether it’s their first or fifth time at camp.
We serve campers from a variety of denominations and backgrounds and many who do not have a church home. We strive to be a welcoming place of faith without imposing a specific set of beliefs.
Campers participate in faith-based programming each day. B.L.A.S.T. (Bible Learning And Spirit Time) and evening vespers are centered on the summer’s theme. The focus for each day is a specific Bible passage or story. We explore how each lesson relates to and impacts our lives today. The curriculum is developed by the National Council of Churches and provides an ecumenical approach.
We are the camp and retreat center of the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ. Established in 1965, DuBois Center has served thousands of children, youth and adults through summer camp, outdoor education and retreat experiences. Nestled among 300 acres of woodlands, lakes, creeks and meadows, our facilities provide unique opportunities for exploration, growth and renewal to groups of 8 to 120 participants. Our guests and campers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, faith traditions and community groups.
Because we affirm the value of all God’s people, the Illinois South Conference of the United Church of Christ does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, religious background, sexual orientation, or gender identity. To the extent possible, we endeavor to accommodate those with a variety of physical, mental, emotional, medical, or dietary needs.
Because church camp is joyful fun! It is a sacred place. It is intensely relational and positive role models abound. Camp is different from Vacation Bible School and Sunday School as it is a round-the-clock immersion experience. Camp activities are fun, challenging and filled with opportunities to grow in our faith.
These activities help us grow closer to God, love and care for ourselves and others, and learn to respect and care for God’s natural world.
Join us for camp at DuBois this summer as we worship, play and grow together. We are excited to be part of your child’s summer and hope to become a tradition in your family.
Who can come to DuBois for camp?
Anyone! We host camps for all ages, genders, denominations and races. Although we are a United Church of Christ camp, we open our arms to any and all who wish to join us for summer camp. Check out our camp sessions to find the right camp for you or your child.
Our camp sessions range from family camps to high school camps and are offered throughout the summer. We also offer camps with varying lengths of time, so your camper can choose the session that feels right to them.
Because our camp sessions change every year, we encourage you to download our most recent camp schedule to learn more information, including dates when each session is offered. The most recent Summer Camp brochure provides more detailed information, including descriptions of each session.
Our Leadership is the Key
Our energetic and caring team of young adults provides positive leadership and guidance for our campers, while Pastors and Christian Educators enrich the faith-based focus. Both our paid summer staff and volunteers are dedicated to providing a safe and accepting atmosphere for campers to explore and grow. Our leaders are screened and trained in accordance with our Safe Conduct procedures. In addition, our paid summer staff are First Aid and CPR certified and have completed extensive training including safety, program facilitation, building small groups and behavior management. Our full-time, on-site Director of Outdoor Ministries provides supervision and support for the program, leaders and campers.