Fall Festival Thank You

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We just want to say “thanks” to the volunteers, staff, vendors and guests who helped make Fall Festival 2018 such a success!

Watch our blog and upcoming editions of the Weekly Connection e-newsletter (sign up below if you haven’t already) to hear some of the fun stories from this event.

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Annual Meeting Worship Offering – DuBois Center Scholarship Fund

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In order for your church to prepare for the worship offering at Annual Meeting, we felt an explanation would be helpful. One of this year’s offerings will go to the DuBois Center Scholarship fund, which is used for children of families who cannot afford to attend camp through their own budgets.
Shirley speaks about it…
If we truly believe that children and youth need open space to laugh, sing, play and pray together; that meaningful connections with positive Christian role models make a real difference; that learning to respect and care for ourselves and our “neighbors” is a critical skill; and that faith grows as we learn, explore and ask tough questions, then a week at camp can be life-changing and no one should be turned away for an inability to pay.
Finances are one of the challenges being faced by most, if not all, not-for-profit camps. Experts urge organizations to charge what it actually costs to operate a program or a facility including ongoing maintenance, and then provide scholarships for those with financial needs. Groups that have not done this have faced dire consequences. You can look across the country for examples or right here in southern Illinois. Fees that cover direct costs and scholarships for those in need are critical pieces of the equation.
The Sweet Shoppe at Fall Festival raises $1,200 – $1,500 annually for scholarships. In addition, DuBois Center receives about $2,000 each year in gifts designated specifically for scholarships. Beyond that, the Center’s budget underwrites an additional $15,000 – $18,000 of camper and retreat fees for families with significant financial struggles.
DuBois Center participates in a Title XX (financial assistance) program through the American Camp Association. This program provides some reimbursement (approximately 25-30%) of a typical camper fee, and – more importantly – a way to spread the camp experience to children beyond our churches. Information on this program is sent to foster parents, families eligible for free and reduced meals at school, and those with crippling medical bills. Some of the campers utilizing this program come from UCC churches and programs, many do not. This is one way DuBois Center provides outreach on behalf of our local congregations to the wider community.

This year’s Annual Meeting worship offering will be used to build the scholarship fund which will be used to underwrite the 70-75% of camper fees not covered by Title XX reimbursement, and in doing so, reduce our annual deficit, and provide for continued outreach.

Volunteers Still Needed for Fall Festival

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Calling all church groups, individuals, families, scout troops and youth needing service hours – lend a hand for a couple hours or for the full day! Fall Festival is DuBois Center’s biggest one-day event of the year and would not be possible without the efforts of scores of volunteers.

There are so many ways to help – prep and serve food, paint faces, supervise crafts and activities in the Kidz Korner, catch pontoon boats, walk horses in the arena, take tickets, assist guests in the Upscale Resale Shop or serve as a cashier.

Sound like fun? Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

Wrangle & Ride — Saturday, Nov 3

Group Rides

Love horses? If you are age 12 or older, join us on Saturday, Nov 3 from 9am – 5pm for a day of fun with the DuBois Center herd! Designed for both beginner and experienced riders, this is a horse-intensive day of instruction – tackle grooming, tacking, riding, 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 $60 with lunch included. Families are welcome.

Register by October 13 and save $5. Final registration deadline is Oct 20 – if space is still available. Register online or click here for a flier and reservation form. Questions? Contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Fall Work Days Saturdays — Oct 6 & Nov 3

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Get outside, stretch your muscles and make a difference! Gather friends, family or a group from your church for a day of service. Projects vary depending on current needs, the weather and the skills of those attending. Our list is growing and already includes painting, cleaning, weeding, raking, cleaning, tree & brush removal and fence work.

On Saturday, Oct 6 we’ll set-up and prep the grounds for Fall Festival. On Saturday, Nov 3, we’ll tackle whatever is left on our list. Click here for a flier, or for more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

QUILTS – Don’t miss out!!

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The countdown continues… only one week until the annual DuBois Center Fall Festival and the much anticipated Quilt Drawing. This year, three beautiful and unique quilts have been donated. One is a salute to our 50 states (twin); one has an elegant diamond-star pattern (queen); and one has fun blocks in shades of brown and gold (queen). With these gems, we hope to raise a minimum of $2000.

You can help by spreading the word! A flier with photos and tickets are available to assist. There is still time to buy or sell tickets. Tickets and payments must be returned to DuBois Center by noon the day of Fall Festival – Sunday, Oct 7.

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Sweet Treats

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Looking for an excuse to bake? The Sweet Shoppe at Fall Festival is still in need of donations. Each dollar raised in this area goes directly to provide scholarships which enable children and youth from families that are struggling financially to attend camp. This team is doing a great job, but they need YOUR help! So apron up and bake on: cookies, cakes, snacks and more are welcome!

For more information, check out and share this flier or text/call Melissa at 314-440-6646 or Kristen at 618-567-6863.

Mother – Daughter Retreat — Deadline: This Friday, Sept 28

Mother Daughter Retreat

Time is running out, but you can still register for the annual DuBois Center Mother-Daughter Retreat, October 12-14. This event is open to all the great women and girls in your life. Escape for a weekend of fun, laughter, music, crafts, movement, joy-filled worship as well as favorite traditional camp activities. Click here for a flyer with registration form or save time and register online. For more information contact the DuBois Center office at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

Fall Festival VOLUNTEERS Needed!

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Calling all church groups, individuals, families, Scout troops and youth needing service hours – lend a hand for a couple hours or for the full day! Fall Festival is DuBois Center’s largest one-day event of the year and would not be possible without the efforts of scores of volunteers. There are so many ways to help – prep and serve food, paint faces, supervise crafts and activities in the Kidz Korner, catch pontoon boats, walk horses in the arena, take tickets, assist guests in the Upscale Resale Shop or serve as a cashier.

Sound like fun? Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.