Summer Camp

Welcome back! In Summer of 2022 we’ll be offering a variety of residential summer camp sessions for campers age 5-18. We’ve enjoyed improving and strengthening our program, staff and facility and are excited to welcome you back, or for the first time! 

DuBois Center summer camp sessions offer campfires, crafts, waterfront time and more. Many of our camp sessions have themes – if your talents and interests lie with sports, swimming, horses, science, art, or “a little of everything” – we have a session for you! 

SESSION SCHEDULE

Click here for a downloadable PDF of our Summer 2022 schedule


Helpful links:

How to Prepare for Camp

Summer Camp FAQs

Packing Lists

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SESSION INFORMATION

Just You and Me – a session for younger campers with adult chaperones 

(Adults & youth ages 5, 6, 7) 

Session #1: July 6-8 (W-F)

Session #2:  July 17-19 (S-T)

$200 per person ($400 for camper and chaperone pair) 

Our special offering for campers outside of the 8-18 age range! Adults can return to camper life as the special friend and chaperone to a younger camper. Come spend a half-week of classic summer camp with a special young person: you child, grandchild, neighbor, godchild… Play and laugh together, make new friends on a hay ride and share meals around the table with a balance of change and comfort, new and familiar, challenge and choice. 

Housing: main camp – close to the mess hall and most activities, with full-service bathrooms and optional climate control.

Check-in: Half-week sessions that start on Sunday will check in with all arriving campers. Sessions that start on Wednesday go through the same process but are usually our only midweek arrivals so the check-in process is a little quicker and quieter. 

Schedule: You and your camper companion choose your activities to fill free-choice activity blocks each day. While meals and some evening activities are for the entire group, there are blocks of time through the day for you to explore fishing, crafts, canoeing, creek walks, sports games, and our horse barn. It is always an option to rest in your bunk, take a quiet walk, or self-direct if needed.  

Parking: We provide parking for adult chaperones in specified areas. You will be directed to the designated lot upon arrival. 

Packing list for Just You and Me

Half-week camps for younger campers 

(for campers who have completed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade – or equivalent)  

We offer bite-sized camp options to our younger campers to build confidence and a love for camp. Many of our half-week campers come back to full week sessions and feel more prepared to handle a full week of new friends and adventure. We pack a full camp experience into the half-week – our campers have the chance to try horseback riding, swimming, crafts and more while knowing they’ll be back in their own bed after a few nights away. 

Housing: main camp – close to the mess hall and most activities, with full-service bathrooms.

Please note: For sessions that start on Sunday, Discovery Camp and Boy Meets Camp sessions are Tuesday checkout – Girl Power is Wednesday checkout. 

Packing list for half-week camps

Boy Meets Camp (half week)

Session #1 – June 12-14 (S-T)

$260

Our boys-only session. In the past, our Boy Meets Camp groups have explored everything from horses to lake critters to crafts to original comedy routines! 

Packing list for Boy Meets Camp

Girl Power (half-week)

Session #1: June 5-8 (S-W)

$355 

Our girls-only session. Our Girl Power campers end up trying everything from nature walks to canoeing to mud and muck! This session is one day longer than our normal half-week sessions – Girl Power camp ends on WEDNESDAY. 

Packing list for Girl Power

Discovery Camp (half-week)

Session #1: June 5-7 (S-T)

Session #2: July 6-8 (W-F)

Session #3: July 17-19 (S-T)

$260 

Camp Quest and Discovery have merged to make one awesome program! Discovery Camp closely resembles our sessions for older campers. Explore all of our classic camp activities and build your confidence as a DuBois Center rock star! 

Camping list for Discovery Camp

Summer Camps for Grades 3-7

Welcome to a full week of camp! Arrive on Sunday excited and leave on Friday tuckered out and eager to return. With five full nights at camp, there’s plenty of time for the full camp experience. 

Whether or not you had the chance to come for a half-week when you were younger, you are welcome to come out to camp for a week of new friends, activities, and adventure. Our camps for this age group are specialized for certain themes, so bring all your talents and silliness!

Housing: main camp – close to the mess hall and most activities, with full-service bathrooms, climate control, and ADA accessibility. 

Packing list for full-week camps

Settler Camp 

(for campers who have completed grades 3, 4, 5 or equivalent) 

Session #1: June 5-10

Session #2: June 26-July 1

Session #3: July 10-15

Session #4: July 17-22

$525 per camper 

The classic summer camp – for a whole week! Do you like your marshmallow lightly toasted or burnt to a crisp? Do you like hayrides or horse rides better? Canoes or kayaks? Crafts or gaga ball? Come find out! Our Settler camp is designed to help you Settle in and get to know our camp and all it has to offer. 

Packing list for Settler Camp

Imagine That! 

(for campers who have completed grade 4, 5, 6, 7 or equivalent)

Session #1: June 12-17 

$525

Join us on an investigation of the weird and wacky. Perform goopy experiments, get messy with paints, and let your imagination run wild with scientific and art projects in addition to all our usual camp activities. If you’re ready to get messy, colorful, wild and creative, this is the perfect camp for you!  

Packing list for Imagine That

Movin’ and Groovin’

(for campers who have completed grades 4, 5, 6 or 7 – or equivalent)

Session #1: June 26 – July 1

$525

Improve your aim. Move to the music. Learn a new yoga pose. Score the winning point. Learn a new sport or two or three! We invite our sport-loving campers to join the athletes on our staff to explore all the healthy ways to move and groove here at camp. All our camp activities are possible in addition to dance parties, races and pickup games. 

Packing list for Movin’ and Groovin’

Summer Camps for Grades 5-9

These camps are your first chance to be at rustic entirely dedicated to a highly specialized theme, finding your special talents at camp for swimming, horsemanship, sports or science. 

These camps might be your ticket to your first stay in rustic! Enjoy a classic camp experience or a camp entirely dedicated to a highly specialized theme! Find your special talents at camp for swimming, horsemanship, science, and outdoor skills. There’s a camp for everyone!

Horsin’ Around

(for campers who have completed grade 5, 6, 7 or equivalent) 

Session #1: June 26-July 1

Session #2: July 17-22

$570

Housing: rustic cabins

Are you eager to get into the barn? Were trail rides always your favorite part of camp? Would you like to learn more about all things horse? 

Horsin’ Around is our session for younger horse fanatics. We love our horses here at DuBois Center, and we especially love our horse lovers. No matter how much experience you have, Horsin’ Around is the right session if you’re ready for tacking, grooming, riding, and mucking. In addition to all the hands-on experience with our herd of friendly horses, you’ll have the option to take our Horse Sense class to learn about herd dynamics, horse health, anatomy and more. 

Packing list for Horsin’ Around

Nature’s Lab 

(for campers who have completed grades 5, 6, 7 or equivalent) 

Session #1: June 12-17

$525

Housing: main camp cottages

Bring some science into your camp experience! If you’ve ever spent some time outdoors and found yourself wondering “why?” or “how?” – come find out! Join our most curious and science-minded staff as we look down at tiny bugs or gaze up at a big moon. We’ll be asking big questions and discovering answers big and small. Come ready to use the scientific process, dissect with tools, and apply your curious mind to finding out more about the world around you.   

Packing list for Nature’s Lab

Saddle ‘Em Up

For campers who have completed grade 7, 8, 9 or equivalent 

Session #1: June 5-10

Session #2: July 10-15 

$570 

Housing: rustic cabins

Ready to take your love of horses to the next level? 

No matter your level of past experience, Saddle ‘Em Up is a great camp choice for anyone hoping to get started or go further with their skills and love for horses. All we ask is that you be a compassionate animal friend, ready to learn and befriend some of the best four-legged animals around! In addition to all the hands-on experience with our herd of friendly horses, you’ll have the option to take our Horse Sense class to learn about herd dynamics, horse health, anatomy and more.  

This camp is dedicated to horses – we will introduce you to basic skills and train you on riding, tacking, grooming, and more every day of camp. Come a basic (or brand new!) rider and leave with some saddle confidence! 

Packing list for Saddle ‘Em Up

Outback

For campers who have completed grades 6, 7, 8, 9 or equivalent 

Session #1: June 5-10

Session #2: July 10-15

$525

Housing: blended!

Ready for wilderness adventure? Are you a fan of Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet or other survival in the wild tales? We offer this outdoor-adventure focused session so you can try your hand at firebuilding, primitive camping, campfire cooking and shelter building in a totally controlled environment. Far enough from camp to feel adventurous, but close enough to assistance to relax, our Outback camp gives you a taste of survival with 2 nights spent hammock or tent camping in remote parts of camp. 

Packing list for Outback

Splash! 

For campers who have completed grades 5, 6, 7, 8

Session #1: July 10-15

$525
For campers who have completed grades 5, 6, 7 

Session #2: June 26- July 1

$525

Housing: main camp cottages

Water, water, water! The perfect camp for dolphins, merfolk, and any water lover who might be part fish. Make waves exploring the lake, canoeing, kayaking, or making the most of our beloved watermat – a soft floating dock for bold leaps, graceful dives, giant cannonballs and sunny snoozing. Our Splash! campers enjoy the most waterfront time of all – don’t forget your sunscreen! 

Packing list for Splash!

Trail Mix – main camp cottages! 

Session #1: July 10-15

$525

Trekkin’ It – rustic cabins! 

Session #1: June 26-July 1

Session: 2: July 17-22

$525
For campers who have completed grades 5, 6, 7, 8 or equivalent 

 

Is camp your favorite thing about camp? Are you already daydreaming about days filled with archery, nature walks, crafts, hiking, swimming, nine square, creek mud, fishing, horses, canoeing, and gaga? Trekkin’ It and Trail Mix are our “classic camp experiences” for middle-school age campers. Both of these sessions focus on “a little of everything” and are the perfect choice for camp lovers who want it all! 

Please note: the difference between Trekkin’ It and Trail Mix is housing! Trail Mix campers stay in our main camp cottages, which have attached bathrooms, climate control and are closer to main camp buildings. Trekkin’ It campers who may be ready for a little more adventure stay on the far side of camp near the barn and enjoy our cabins – which still have power, ceiling fans, and ready access to the showerhouse – and are a great choice for campers who are ready to get a little closer to nature and a little further from it all. 

Packing list for Trekkin’ It and Trail Mix

Summer Camps for Grades 8-12

HIGH SCHOOL WEEK: June 19-24

(for campers who have completed grades 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 or equivalent)

For the first summer ever, high schoolers will be the only ones at camp! 

This week is full of adventure, making friends, and filling your time with choice time activities! Options range from chair ball in the field to musical chairs on horseback to yoga at Meditation Point to a dock-to-dock swim in our 15 acre lake! This year, for our Thursday night all-camp activity, we will be hosting a talent show. Campers should bring something under 3 minutes to share their talents. Please keep in mind, anything inappropriate will not be allowed to be shown in the show.  

Please pack a plain white T-shirt when you come to High School Week!

Whether it’s your first time here or your last time as a camper, before the end of the week you’ll know you’ve found home. We love to welcome our former campers back as staff, so remember that it’s always “see you later” and not goodbye!

Enjoy a week where your whole self is welcome and celebrated while creating memories that you will cherish forever. 

Survivor 

High School Week: June 19-24

$525

Housing: blended!

Do you feel at home while outside? Are you interested in an “off-grid” lifestyle, emergency preparedness, first aid, camping, hiking, exploring, and being prepared for whatever nature might bring your way? Survivor camp is your chance to bring your existing skills and curiosities and find out more! All camper belongings will stay inside while you stay outside. All week long, you can sleep around different parts of camp, in a tent or  hammock, right underneath the stars. Perfect your bushcraft skills at Survivor! 

Packing list for Survivor

Drenched! 

High School Week: June 19-24

$525

Housing: main camp cottages

Can’t get enough sun? Thinking about being a future lifeguard at camp? Are you a beach bum? Drenched is the most epic water sport related camp around. Here, we flip canoes, slip ‘n slide down the grassy knoll, strike a water yoga pose, and launch water balloons! Be in the sun, be in the water, be at camp!

Packing list for Drenched

X-plore

High School Week: June 19-24

$525

Housing: rustic cabins

 

As your last few years of being a camper, you can still experience everything camp has to offer – X-plore has it all! Every camp activity you can think of, you can do. As this is our “classic camp” option, expect to experience things like cooking dinner over a campfire, field games in the meadow and a horse ride on the trails!

Packing list for X-plore 

Wrangler

High School Week: June 19-24

$570

Housing: rustic cabins

Horse camp taken to a whole new level – designed for campers that want the full equine experience. Join us for a ride through canter alley, in depth learning of horse care, making homemade horse treats and more. This is an immersive experience for horse lovers who already know their stirrups from their spurs. This beloved program has turned many horse campers into barn staff. It is designed to teach and explore everything revolving horses, in order to allow a camper to one day become a barn specialist!

Packing list for Wrangler

Summer Camps for Future Staff

LEAD: Leadership Experiences and Development 

(for campers who have completed grades 10-12)

$355 (25% discount after LEAD packet is completed and approved)

Housing: TBD

 

Nothing is more rewarding to DuBois Center than watching campers become a part of the summer staff team. LEAD campers gain skills that will help them grow as positive leaders, while making new friends and building their own community. Together, LEAD will learn to create a fun and safe environment, teach basic camp activities and master techniques to aid in becoming a great counselor . This program has everything to set LEAD campers up for success in becoming a DuBois Center Camp Counselor!  … Did we mention how excited we are to have more campers become staff members?!

Packing list for LEAD – we also encourage LEAD campers to bring any tools or instruments they need to demonstrate their special talents, whether sporty, arty, survival, or musical! Silly (but still functional) clothing, costumes, props and more are encouraged – just be mindful of safety and do not violate our contraband rules. 

An additional application packet is required. Contact DuBois Center for details: call 618.787.2202 or email dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org

 

Registration Information

Summer Employment – we’re hiring! 

Sign Up for Camp!

There are still openings throughout the summer and lots of new friends to be made! But don’t delay, spots are filling quickly, and a number of sessions are already full. To learn more about summer camp at DuBois Center, check out the camp brochure online or pick one up at your UCC church. To have a brochure sent by mail, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Click here to register online.

Are You Ready for a Full Week of Camp?

If your child will complete grades 3-5 this spring or summer, then it may be time to step up to Settler camp – which includes a full week of fun!
New friends and lots of fun are just the beginning. Campers run, play, sing, eat, jump, act, create, splash, pray, hike, explore, build, ride and finally… sleep! Growing and playing together, exploring God’s creation, building a Christian community – that’s Settler camp at DuBois Center.
There are three dates from which to choose: June 9-14, June 23-28 and July 7-12. Sessions are filling quickly – so don’t delay. Pick up a camp brochure at your UCC church or download one here. To receive a brochure by mail, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. If you are ready to register, click here.

Peace Works – This Year’s Camp Theme

Merriam-Webster defines peace this way: “a state of tranquility or quiet: as a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom keeping the peace.” In the Bible, the word takes on a different tone. The Hebrew word for peace – shalom – relates to concepts of totality or completeness, success, fulfillment, wholeness, harmony, security and well-being. Every culture has its own ways of describing peace and the work it requires.

Throughout camp sessions this summer, Bible verses will be paired with words and stories from around the world to explore how “Peace Works” and how each of us can live more peace-filled lives. For more information view our brochure online.

Don’t Delay – Register for Camp Today!

Summer vacation is a great time to get outside, unplug and make new friends face-to-face!

Give your kids or grandkids the gift of joyful, low-tech, faith-filled fun this summer. Summer 2019 adventures at DuBois Center are filling quickly – some already have waiting lists! There are, however, so many great options that are still available – just don’t wait too long!

Pick up a brochure in your church office or click here to view the online version. To have one mailed to you contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org. Ready to register online? Click here.

SPLASH! Camp Sessions

We had such a great time with this camp session last summer, we decided to offer two sessions in 2019 – June 16 – 21 AND July 7 – 12.

All DuBois Center campers spend time at the waterfront, but SPLASH! sessions are designed for those who want to spend even more time IN, ON and NEAR the lake. Sand castles, masks & fins, early morning canoeing, crazy water games & challenges, water experiments, vespers on the beach – who knows what cool adventures might drift our way!

Both sessions will be based out of the main camp cottages. The age groups do vary a bit between the two, so be sure to check the schedule.

Pick up a camp brochure at your UCC church or download one today. To receive a brochure by mail, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202. Space is limited, so don’t wait too long. If you are ready to register, click here.

Horse Camps – Ready to Ride?

Do you love to ride horses? Want to learn more about them and how to care for these beautiful creatures? Consider coming to a Horse Camp at DuBois Center!
Horse Campers spend more time with the ponies, but still have time for other camp favorites like swimming, 9-Square, vespers and crafts. If the weather cooperates, they have the option to ride each day. Some mornings, these horse enthusiasts are up and at ’em long before breakfast to feed, groom and tack the herd. An early morning ride – in the cool of the day – is a great reward for early morning chores! Later in the day, the stalls need to be mucked out. Horse campers take turns, and have fun while learning about the responsibilities of caring for horses.
Younger campers can hop aboard the Pony Express for an introduction to horse camp. Older ones can choose from a variety of sessions.
PONY EXPRESS (completed grades 4-6)
            July 21-24
HORSIN’ AROUND (completed grades 5-7)
            June 9-14, July 14-19
SADDLE ‘EM UP (completed grades 7-9)
            June 7-12, July 14-19
WRANGLERS (completed grades 8-12)
            June 16-21
Ready to register online? Click here. For more information, pick up a camp brochure at your UCC church or check out the brochure online. Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org to have one mailed to you.
Horse Camp 2

Early Bird Deadline – April 10

All you need to be singing a happy Early Bird tune is a completed 2019 summer camp registration and $50 non-refundable deposit by Wednesday, April 10. Save $30 on full-week sessions and $15 on part-week sessions!
View the camp brochure online or pick one up at your local UCC church. Then register and pay online or postmark your registration form and deposit by April 10. Use this form for mail-in registration. If your church pays part of the camp fee, we will send them an invoice later in the season.
For more information, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Ready for a FULL WEEK at DuBois Center?

If your child will complete grades 3-5 this spring or summer, then it’s time to step up to Settler! New friends and lots of fun are just the beginning. Campers run, play, sing, eat, jump, act, create, splash, pray, hike, explore, build, ride and finally… sleep!

Growing and playing together, exploring God’s creation, building a Christian community – that’s Settler camp at DuBois Center. Three days just isn’t enough time to explore all that DuBois Center has to offer, so consider these sessions for the next step: June 9-14, June 23-28 and July 7-12.

Check out the camp brochure and register online. For more information or to receive materials by mail, contact the DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

2019 Summer Camp Registration is Open!

We’re ready for summer! Are you? Register now to join us for a few days, a week, or more during Summer Camp 2019!

Campers have a blast making new friends and having new adventures. From swimming and canoeing in the lake to horseback riding to making crafts and so much more, there’s something for everyone at DuBois Center’s Summer Camp! We also play games, go hiking, have music time, fish, learn more about our faith and enjoy God’s creation together.

For more details, check out this summer’s brochure and schedule online here. You can also learn more about our camp, staff, this year’s theme and more here. Click here to register now! See you this summer!