Author: Tony Vrooman

Horse Specialty Camp – 1992! The Pioneers of All Horse Adventure Programs!

Two campers’ perspectives on being on the first Horse Specialty Camp: I asked Colleen Shaughnessy how horses were assigned, “I wasn’t staff but was a camper for the first Horse…
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Camp Ondessonk: A Camping Paradise

Camp Ondessonk is a rustic, outdoor, Catholic youth camp located in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois. This camping paradise is home to 983 acres of…
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Camp Ondessonk Kitchen and Dining Hall Staff

At Camp Ondessonk, the contribution of well-trained staff members makes the camp experience more meaningful, fun, and safe for campers. These staff are dedicated to their craft and are always…
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One Day Celebrating 64 Summers

On Wednesday, June 28th, the Camp Community came together to commemorate the 64th summer at Camp Ondessonk.  For campers, Camp O Day kicked off during breakfast with decorations and party…
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The Breese Legacy

By Judy Blase Woodruff Forty-five years ago, Jim Richter was persuaded by Lavern Kuhl and Vince Wesselmann to volunteer at Camp Ondessonk. It began a legacy that remains today with…
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Archives Room Update

By Judy Blase Woodruff Many friends have asked when the Archives Room in the basement of St. Noel will be open again. It has been a long, tedious task to…
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