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15 Jul

Skills that Last a Lifetime from the CIT Program

July 15th, 2021 by

The first step in becoming a Camp Ondessonk staff member is embarking on a two-week journey through the Counselor in Training (CIT) Program. Although still considered campers, these 15-year-olds begin…

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9 Jul

Staff Giving Back What Camp Gave to Them

July 9th, 2021 by

Some campers know from the beginning that they want to work their way up to staff, and some apply after never dreaming of working at Camp Ondessonk. Regardless, being a…

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3 Jul

Girls Week Establishes an Environment for Growth

July 3rd, 2021 by

Once each summer at Camp Ondessonk, female campers fill the units to take part in Girls Week. During Girls Week, campers experience the same activities as Coed sessions, but are…

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26 Jun

Volunteers Keep Camp Open for Generations

June 26th, 2021 by

At the very core of Camp Ondessonk‘s functionality is the passion and commitment exerted by volunteers who are dedicated to its preservation. Every summer and beyond, hundreds of volunteers donate…

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11 Jun

Traditional Camp Keeps Bringing Kids Back

June 11th, 2021 by

Every summer, thousands of campers cross over the Covered Bridge to experience Camp Ondessonk for the first time, or maybe even their tenth time, and the question continues to linger:…

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3 May

Monthy Giving – It Makes a Difference!

May 3rd, 2021 by

Monthly Giving- It’s easy to make a difference in the lives of others by joining the Campfire Circle.  Because YOU are the key to Camp Ondessonk’s success! You are invited…

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2 Mar

Bike Surgeon 100K Gravel Circuit Challenge

March 2nd, 2021 by

When it comes to creating a new challenging mountain bike race, look no further than Jon Greenstreet and his team at the Bike Surgeon.  Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 10:00…

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2 Feb

You need a Retreat

February 2nd, 2021 by

Camp Ondessonk has created a series of Retreats to help individuals focus on their faith and themselves. William Wordsworth: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting…

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1 Feb

Winter in the Shawnee

February 1st, 2021 by

Winter has come to the Shawnee. Last summer is a distant memory, and the next is just as far away. Skies are grey, bluebird days infrequent. Snow cover makes things…

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1 Sep

A Thank You to Camp’s Volunteer Farriers

September 1st, 2020 by

For the past few months, Camp Ondessonk has had the gracious support from three volunteer farriers: Tom Young, Danny Clancy, and Keith Brennan. Tom was a camper parent, is a…

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4 Aug

Into the Silence, A Summer Retreat Experience

August 4th, 2020 by

This summer, Camp Ondessonk expanded its offerings by adding a self-guided silent retreat. This retreat allowed participants to reflect and grow in their relationship with God in silence and nature…

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Meet Goldie, Camp’s Newest Horse

August 4th, 2020 by

Meet Goldie! Goldie is a Tennessee Walker, a popular breed in Southern Illinois, known for their size, height, sure-footedness, and smoothness. Their smoothness comes from their unique footfall pattern that…

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