Sweet Treats

sweet treats
Start your ovens! It’s time to begin baking big batches of bars, cookies, candies, snack mixes, pies and cakes to be sold in the Sweet Shoppe at Fall Festival. Invite your friends and get a Bake Date on the calendar now. Proceeds go directly to the DuBois Center Scholarship Fund; help send a young person to camp! Click for a flyer to post at your church and share with friends, or a smaller bulletin insert to distribute.
WHO: Everyone is invited to contribute goodies
WHAT: Homemade or purchased Sweet Treats of all kinds
WHEN: Sale Date is Sun, Oct 6 at the DuBois Center Fall Festival. Items may be delivered to camp on Saturday, Oct 5 or before 10 am on Oct 6.
CONTACT: For more information, or to request someone to pick up your sweets, contact Angie at angiezapp1@gmail.com or 618-599-9277, or call or text Melissa at 314-440-6646, or Kristen at 618-567-6863.

Fall Festival – VOLUNTEER! Sunday, October 6

Tractor

DuBois Center’s annual Fall Festival is powered by the talent, sweat, love and cheer of scores of volunteers. Hopefully you already plan to attend and enjoy some yummy food, toe-tapping music and unique crafts, but have you considered spending a couple hours volunteering? There are lots of ways to serve – greet visitors or assist with parking, catch pontoon boats or walk horses at the arena, drive a boat or a tractor, take tickets or money, serve food, paint faces, or help with set-up or clean-up! Volunteer and support DuBois Center. Your efforts really do make a big difference!

For more information, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Green DuBois Team News

Flowers
Green DuBois would like to welcome anyone who is interested in the outdoors to join the cause!
The next team meeting will be Tuesday, September 24 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at DuBois Center. The next Stewardship Day will be Saturday, October 12, from 8 am-Noon, with a focus on removing invasive species and working on the camp recycling hub. No special skills needed, just bring your own gloves!
We have many upcoming projects focused on promoting the biodiversity of DuBois Center, maintaining our forest, and building on our ecologically sustainable practices. We also welcome donations to support this work, which can be sent to the Conference office marked for Green DuBois.
Anyone can be part of the team, regardless of church affiliation. Come to a meeting or stewardship day, or email for more information: greendubois@aol.org.

Fall at DuBois Center

Fall Line Up
Hot off the presses and soon to be delivered to churches and homes near you – check out our fall activities brochure and event registration form.
Make time to take in the beauty of the season at DuBois Center! From work days to retreats to our annual Fall Festival, there’s something for everyone in the fall.
Upcoming dates you don’t want to miss:
Sept 24        Green DuBois Meeting
Sept 28        Service Saturday
Sept 30        1st Day of Nature’s Classroom
Oct 5            Fall Festival Work Day
October 6    FALL  FESTIVAL
Oct 11-12     ISC Confirmation Retreat
Oct 12          Green DuBois Stewardship Day,
                     Wrangle & Ride
Nov 2           Service Saturday

Fall Festival – VOLUNTEER! Sunday, October 6

Fall Festival Volunteers

DuBois Center’s annual Fall Festival is powered by the talent, sweat, love and cheer of scores of volunteers. Hopefully you already plan to attend and enjoy some yummy food, toe-tapping music and unique crafts, but have you considered spending a couple hours volunteering? There are lots of ways to serve – greet visitors or assist with parking, catch pontoon boats or walk horses at the arena, drive a boat or a tractor, take tickets or money, serve food, paint faces, or help with set-up or clean-up! Volunteer and support DuBois Center. Your efforts really do make a big difference!

For more information, contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

HATS OFF to our Volunteer Nurses!

nurse hat

Health care professionals are a key component of our summer camp ministry, but rather than starched “whites” you are more likely to find them decked out in camp tees, shorts and sunscreen. Camp nurses deal with a variety of ailments – everything from ticks to homesickness, fevers to sprains. They provide special attention when a camper needs a little extra TLC or just a break from the action. Theirs is a ministry of presence, compassion and healing.

This past summer, we were blessed by the ministry of two volunteer camp nurses. A very special thanks to Donna Asbridge from St. Paul’s UCC in Freeburg and Kathy Asselmeier from St. John UCC in Maeystown. As usual, Nurse Bandit (Donna’s camp name) went above and beyond. She was present for every Sunday and Wednesday check-in day – all nine of them, whether she was the nurse for the week or not. She was always ready to jump in with her ukulele or guitar and assist with worship, or provide wise counsel for our leaders. This was summer #8 for Donna – at least in recent history, and each of these summers she has volunteered for multiple weeks. Nurse Stitch (Kathy’s camp name) was new to her role at camp, but definitely not new to nursing! She was a great addition to our team with her winning smiles and calm demeanor. Her motivation? A heart for service and hugs from her grandchildren, one of whom was attending camp on her own for the first time. Thanks to both of these amazing women!

If you are an RN, please consider serving with us next summer. For more information, contact Shirley at shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Calling all Retail Divas!

Fall Festival 2019

Plans are coming together for DuBois Center’s annual Fall Festival. One area still in need of an implementation team is the Upscale Resale Shop & Silent Auction.

Volunteers to pick-up, store and deliver items to camp are already in place. Now a team is needed for Saturday & Sunday, October 5 & 6 to set-up and run the shop.

Tasks include unpacking, setting up, pricing, recruiting cashiers and managing the shop and silent auction the day of Fall Festival. No need to start from scratch, helpful hints will be provided.

If your church or fellowship group might be interested, please contact Nancy Wagner at 618-444-2835 or email or DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Thank You to our Volunteer Chaplains!

chaplains
In June and July, we served over 400 young people in camps sponsored by the Illinois South Conference. It was an amazing summer and we are especially thankful for all the volunteer chaplains that helped make the PEACE WORKS theme come alive for our campers.
It was especially fun to see “Messy Church” techniques at play at camp this summer. Chaplains led BLAST (Bible Learning and Spirit Time), prepared vespers and provided an amazing ministry of presence – walking with our campers and staff throughout each week.
Our team was quite an eclectic bunch. Some are ordained ministers, one an in-care student. Some are school teachers, some are former campers and summer staff members. Some are retired, and some took time off work to serve with us.
Thanks so much to all the 2019 volunteer summer camp chaplains and the churches that supported their efforts. They truly had a significant impact on the faith lives of our campers and staff!:
Nicole Avise-Rouse – Epiphany UCC, St. Louis & St. Paul UCC, Waterloo
Craig Bielke – St. Paul UCC, Belleville
Rev. Katie Jo Bielke – St. John UCC, Collinsville
Joan Daab – St. Paul UCC, Columbia
Rev. Christy Eckert – St. John UCC, Trenton      
Audrey Hicks – St. Paul UCC, Waterloo
Rev. John Holst – Zion UCC, Marion
Rev. Todd Mushaney – Christ UCC, Dupo
Rev. Patrick Poole – St. John UCC, Maeystown & Zion UCC, St. Joe, Waterloo
Alaina Scherle – St. Paul UCC, Waterloo

New Life and Firm Foundation

Deer Run Collage
St. Paul’s UCC in Freeburg has a unique approach to mission work, one aspect of which is a rotating two-year commitment to study, prayer and service in partnership with DuBois Center, Hoyleton Youth & Family Services and Kindercottage. In 2019 and 2020, DuBois Center is again blessed to be the focus of their energy.
Six years ago, the congregation designed and built the new chapel in main camp and made a significant donation towards the new docks. This time around, they have taken on a variety of projects – including the renovation of the three Deer Run cabins.
Over the coming months, in collaboration with Green DuBois, these buildings will be transformed into an environmental education library and resource center, a nature blind for observing and photographing wildlife, and a day-use retreat space. First on the list – shore up the building foundations, then double the size of the decks, next upgrade the electric.
The last two Saturdays, teams from St. Paul’s have been hard at work – despite the heat. Most of the foundation work is complete and the decks are taking shape. Everything looks amazing! THANKS so much to St. Paul’s for all their hard work and support. They are truly breathing new life into the Deer Run cabins!

Volunteer Spotlight – Week 3

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We have been blessed all summer with wonderful volunteer chaplains and nurses. Week #3 was no exception!

Donna Asbridge, RN from St. Paul’s UCC in Freeburg spends most of her summer at DuBois Center caring for the health of our campers, as well as sharing her musical and pastoral skills. Rev. Katie Jo Bielke is Associate Pastor for St. John UCC in Collinsville. Nothing slows her down… even being pregnant! She returned from a youth mission trip and a day or two later headed to camp. She has a wonderful way of engaging with campers and sharing God’s message in relevant ways. For the second summer, Katie Jo shared chaplain duties with Craig, her husband who has a long history in church camping. He loves fishing and had an especially good time mentoring the little guys attending “Boy Meets Camp.” And baby? Well, baby is now well-versed in camp life and will hopefully be attending “Just You & Me Camp” in about five years!