Summer Camp Program

sc page collageOur Program

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.

About Us

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.

Vesper PointWhy Church Camp?

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.

Camp Sessions

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

SummerStaffOur 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.

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?

full week 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

Peace Works

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!

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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

SPLASH

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?

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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

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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?

Full Week Photo

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!

Girls on Water Mat

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!