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10 Sep

17th annual southern Illinois fat tire festival

September 10th, 2021 by

Fat Tire Fest 2021 Southern Illinois Fat Tire Festival (FTF) happening again for the 17th year in a row, one of the best MTB events in the entire MidWest! This year’s event…

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15 Jul

Mountain Biking at Camp Ondessonk

July 15th, 2020 by

Mountain Biking at Camp Ondessonk-  Camp Ondessonk opens its gates for registered Mountain Biking. Members and guests of the greater Ondessonk community can explore multiple trails designed for both beginners…

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26 Jun

The Awe of Waterfalls

June 26th, 2020 by

Why does water mesmerize us?  No matter it’s state – rain, snow, fog, clouds, waterfalls – it is beautiful. Regardless of what body it forms – the ocean, a creek, a lake – we are drawn to it.

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28 Apr

New Hiking and Biking Trails at Camp

April 28th, 2020 by

The staff at Camp have been getting a lot of projects done lately.  A big focus has been performing maintenance on existing trails, building new trails, and cleaning up overnight…

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25 Nov

Road Scholars at Camp Ondessonk

November 25th, 2019 by

Throughout the school year, Camp Ondessonk is hard at work providing exceptional outdoor adventures to kids of all ages. For nearly 20 years, Ondessonk has been a host site for…

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9 May

A renewed focus on camper progression during summer camp 2019

May 9th, 2019 by

By Alissa Hollmann- Camping Services Director This summer, returning campers should feel like things are a little different around camp.  With one of the highest enrollments we’ve seen in decades…

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3 Oct

Personal Growth through Adventure

October 3rd, 2018 by

About a month after the dust settled on the 2018 Summer Camp Season, I sat down with campers Walker Selby, Abbie Hernandez, and Josie Hooten, who were willing to share…

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25 Jun

A Kentucky Equine Excursion

June 25th, 2018 by

By Amanda Bailey Five campers travel four and a half hours out of the Shawnee National Forest to Lexington, Kentucky–the horse capital of the world, for Kentucky Equine Excursion (KEE)….

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16 Jun

Unique Adventure Camp Experiences

June 16th, 2018 by

By Kristin Marie Bivens “Ondessonk’s Adventure Camps provide an opportunity for your child to step out of their comfort zone, learn from qualified staff about the hard skills necessary for…

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24 Jun

Let’s Go On A Camp Ondessonk Adventure!

June 24th, 2016 by

  Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure! Adventure Camps at Camp Ondessonk are geared towards campers who are looking for an exciting new alternative to traditional camp….

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13 Jan

Kentucky Equine Excursion

January 13th, 2016 by

Greetings, friends of Camp! This is Lauren Lilly, from the Ondessonk Stables, and I just wanted to let everyone know that we have some very exciting new Adventure camps happening…

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28 Oct

Summer Camp Wrap-Up

October 28th, 2015 by

As the last echoes of “Rise and Shine” faded from the Old Dining Hall on the First of August, our 2015 summer camp season came to an end. Campers rushed…

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