Spring Happenings at DuBois Center

Start planning now for all these Spring events:
March 4 Stargazing PartyNEW
March 26-27 Confirmation Retreat
April 1-3 Father & Son Retreat
April 9 DuBois Center Open House
April 15 Stations of the Cross
April 22-24 Wrangle & Ride
April 23 Volunteer Workday at DuBois Center
April 29 – May 1 Women’s RetreatNEW
May 13-14 Photography RetreatNEW
May 15 DuBois Center Open House
May 21-22 Volunteer Retreat
For more information, visit our retreat page.

Father & Son Retreat – CANCELLED

We have been hoping and crossing our fingers, but with the number of COVID-19 cases in southern Illinois continuing to grow, it is time to cancel our annual Father-Son Retreat scheduled for April 24-26. Our staff and volunteers look forward to this weekend all year round! We are truly going to miss hanging out with everyone!

If you need help staying busy, contact Shirley at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 for information about father-son projects that can be done at home to support DuBois Center and maybe even help us prepare for F-S 2021.

To donate, transfer or receive a refund for fees paid for this event, contact Julie our camp registrar at register@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-357-1809. See you in 2021!



Fathers, Grandfathers and Uncles – SAVE THE DATE and plan now to bring your sons, grandsons, nephews or another significant young man in your life to DuBois Center for a weekend of quality guy time! Fish, hike, canoe or just hang out together. Make cool crafts, share in vespers and work on your archery skills. Horseback riding is available for an additional fee. Lodging is in heated cottages and Hickory Lodge. The weekend is geared for those age 5 and older; families participate together. Rev. RJ Morgan will be returning as our chaplain for the weekend.

Registration opens February 1. Watch for details. Questions? Contact us at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Fathers & Sons – Quality Time Together!

This past weekend, 41 fathers, sons, grandfathers and mentors – hailing from 10 ISCUCC churches and beyond – made the trek to DuBois Center for our annual Father-Son Retreat. Picture… boats on the lake, cool crafts, a hay ride, and rounds and rounds of 9-Square and Ga-ga. Picture… new friends, hikes and horseback rides. Picture… s’mores under a drizzly sky, late night UNO games, and quiet time for reflections. Together fathers and sons explored the creek, built shelters in the woods, “tipped trees,” took aim at archery targets, and dismantled a big section of the old boat dock. Now, picture

God among us everywhere! Throughout the weekend, they explored God’s call to be good roles as fathers and as sons, to be true friends and caring “neighbors.”

(Top photo: 2018 Father/Son group; Left: Aaron and Harmon Fuchs;  Right: Josh and Drake Muehlhauser)


Fathers and Sons Pack the House!

A total of 46 fathers, sons, grandfathers and mentors – hailing from 12 ISCUCC churches and beyond – made the trek to DuBois Center for our annual Father & Son Retreat on March 31 – April 2 of this year. Together, pairs and trios explored the creek and the bottoms, built a geodome, and dismantled the old docks from the swim area.

Some caught big fish, others lots of fish. Some hunted for dinosaur eggs; others used a bike pump to launch plastic bottles filled with water. The group also boated on the lake, constructed cool crafts, enjoyed a hay ride, made new friends, hiked the trails and explored on horseback rides. They also experienced campfires with singing, s’mores and quiet time for reflections.

And God was among us everywhere! Throughout the weekend, we explored Bible stories of the vine, the branches and bearing good fruit as positive role models, true friends and caring “neighbors.” After a weekend packed with activities, good food, service projects, and multiple rounds of 9-Square and Ga-ga, the group was challenged at our closing worship to “get out of the Ga-ga pit” and go into the world and produce more good fruit.

Interested in coming to camp as a Father-Son (Grandfather-Grandson, Uncle-Nephew, etc.) group? The Father & Son Retreat takes place each spring – stay tuned next winter to find out more! If you can’t wait that long, DuBois Center also offers a “Just You and Me” part-week camp for campers ages 5-7 on June 11 – 13 this summer. Check out the 2017 summer camp brochure or contact the office to learn more. If you’re a Mother-Daughter duo, we’ll have more information out soon about our Mother & Daughter Retreat this fall.

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