The Loyal Lodge
Welcome New Lodge members!
Visit our New Lodge Members page to learn how to pay your dues, find your Tribe and meet your Tribe officials, sign up for Lodge Camp and Lodge Reunions, and more!
What is Lodge?
The Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha is an honor society for campers and staff alike who have shown their loyalty and dedication to camp in an exemplary way. Through fundraisers or service, all members of Lodge strive to give back to the Camp Ondessonk community and act as ambassadors of Ondessonk’s values and camp spirit in their daily lives.
During the summer, Lodge is responsible for putting on the Lodge ceremony every Thursday night to tell the tales of the North American martyrs, as well as induct new members. All active members may come to Fall or Spring Lodge Reunions, weekends where the Lodge works to maintain the organization with elections and meetings, as well as to give back to camp through service projects. Members are divided geographically into tribes, which act independently to do service in their communities and for Ondessonk throughout the calendar year.
“The purpose of the Lodge Honor Society, from here forth known as Lodge, is to support the mission of Camp Ondessonk. Lodge while encouraging lifelong relationships and commitment to Camp Ondessonk through service to God , our Camp, and in our communities.”
The Loyal Lodges of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha represent a select group of campers, CITs, staff, and volunteers from Camp Ondessonk who work to keep alive the ideals of love and the respect for all persons, for the earth, and for the Great Spirit. Members strive to uphold these ideals and to promote the interests of Camp Ondessonk both at Camp and in their communities.
Once inducted, you are a Lodge member for life. If you are interested in reactivating your status please download the 2017 Lodge Dues Renewal Card or click here to renew your dues online. Contact the Lodge officials at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Remember, you are always a member of Lodge once inducted! You can choose to move from an associate member to an active member anytime by renewing your dues (see link above).
1) Active membership begins after completion of the induction and shall be sustained by annually re-registering as prescribed in Section 3 of this article. Active members enjoy all the duties, responsibilities, and privileges that Lodge offers, such as voting in all matters of policy and election, holding elective or appointive offices within Lodge, participating in Lodge activities such as conventions, conclaves, tribe functions, trips, etc., and other activities that the Lodge holds.
2) Associate memberships shall begin after re-registration under Section 3 of this Article does not occur. Associate membership does not have the duties, responsibilities, and privileges that active membership entails. An associate member may change to active status by fulfilling the re-registration requirements in Section 3 of this article.
2017 Fall Lodge Reunion is September 22-24. During the Fall, Lodge members reunite at Camp for fun and some hard work! The fall reunion is the time when local Lodge Councils elect their leadership and any changes to the constitution are approved. As a service organization for Camp Ondessonk, Lodge also is always involved in work projects around camp. Be sure to bring closed-toed shoes, work gloves, and get ready to work hard for a great cause!
Fall Lodge Reunion September 22 @ 7:00 pm – September 24 @ 11:30am
Download the registration forms for the 2017 Fall Lodge Reunion below.
What do I need to know? Check in at the Camp Ondessonk Trading Post upon arrival between 7-10 PM. Lodge members will be housed in units for the weekend with adult supervision provided by former Camp Ondessonk Summer Staff. Meals provided include Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Saturday as well as Breakfast on Sunday. Mass will be provided on Saturday night. Please bring appropriate work clothes along with work gloves and closed-toed shoes for the work project.