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11 Jan

Campfire Circle Thank You!

January 11th, 2021 by

Campfire Circle Thank You! The year ended on a positive note for the Campfire Circle!  We not only reached 220 members in 2020, we surpassed our goal by nine members. …

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30 Apr

Rosemary Kerber – a Camp Pioneer

April 30th, 2020 by

Camp Ondessonk wouldn’t be what it is today without the foresight and hard work of many people. Although Camp has evolved in many ways since it’s opening day, June 28,…

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1 Dec

Today is #GivingTuesday – Anna’s Story

December 1st, 2015 by

“You inspire me to be the best counselor I can be.” I am Anna, and I’m writing on behalf of Camp Ondessonk to ask for your support today for #GivingTuesday!…

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10 Nov

How My Time as an Ondessonk Camper and Counselor Prepared Me For Being a Better Parent

November 10th, 2014 by

How My Time as an Ondessonk Camper and Counselor Prepared Me For Being a Better Parent- by Mandy (Byron) Marggraf Sing loudly. I don’t mean sing well. I mean dance around…

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9 Oct

New Camping Services Director, Alissa Hollmann

October 9th, 2014 by

Alissa earned her Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration from Illinois State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from University of New Hampshire, Durham.  She grew up in the Chicago…

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10 Jul

Throwback Thursday- The Quest For The Golden Arrowhead

July 10th, 2014 by

  As a camper, I never knew the thrill or the pride that comes with the honor of receiving the Golden Arrowhead at the end of a week of camp….

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7 Jul

Top Three Camp Skills For The Job Market

July 7th, 2014 by

I learned so much at camp, but right now, a year out of college, I am faced with the question of how to go from orienteering in woodsmanship to navigating…

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30 Apr

Father Son Weekend

April 30th, 2014 by

Participants couldn’t have asked for better weather during the Father Son Weekend event at Camp Ondessonk April 25-27.  Campers of all ages enjoyed nature hikes experiencing first hand some of…

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17 Apr

Ondessonk Community by Jason Valentine

April 17th, 2014 by

One of the hardest things to describe to a person who has never been to Camp Ondessonk is defining “Camp People”.  In my limited way, I will try to show…

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16 Apr

Camp Spirit by Dan King

April 16th, 2014 by

It’s known as “camp magic” or “camp spirit,” and embraced by campers and staff alike who feel that special energy alive at camp. I won’t deny there’s magic here— but…

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3 Apr

Camp Ondessonk Letter From The Director

April 3rd, 2014 by

Dear Ondessonk Friends, This is the time of year we receive hundreds of calls and emails from parents seeking information about summer camp registration.  Two recent inquiries prompted a mix…

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23 Apr

Camp Ondessonk Blessed with $3,750 Grant from CSMA

April 23rd, 2013 by

American Martyrs will be refurbished, thanks to the generosity of Catholics who supported the 2012 Catholic Services and Ministry Appeal for the Belleville Diocese. Camp is especially grateful to diocesan deaneries who supported this project:…

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