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Family Camp

St. Noel Family Experience Packages:  July 3 -Aug. 2, 2020

St. Noel Family Experiences Packages are a great way to come enjoy Camp Ondessonk during the month of July! Families have the option to select one of six different experiences that include St. Noel lodging, select meals, and an incredible family outing. The six packages available are Ondessonk Family Program Weekend, Ondessonk Family Lodging Weekend, History& Highlights Weekend, Canoeing Adventure, Climbing Adventure, and a Stables Experience. Weekend dates are available through August 2nd.  All reservations must be submitted the Monday before arrival. See the reservation form to review pricing and program descriptions. 

St. Noel Family Experience Reservation Form 2020

Questions call Nolan (618) 695-2489 x116 or email nolan.hurst@ondessonk.com


Family Camping for Camp O:  June 15 -August 2, 2020

Family Camping

Family Camping for Camp O is an excellent opportunity for your family to visit Camp Ondessonk for two nights and enjoy the beauty of our 983 acres like never before. Families will have a chance to stay Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon through Sunday morning, and camp in one of our 12 units around the lake together. Dates are available through August 2nd, and we’ve added meal options that will be delivered to your unit! Families will have access to hiking & biking trails, fishing, and other wilderness features at Camp Ondessonk. We’ve opened some limited programming and we will add more programs in the coming weeks.  The Trading Post will be open for select hours and will offer snacks, Ondessonk Gear, and Camp Ondessonk homegrown vegetables.  For your safety, some activities and facilities will be closed, including Gaga, Staff Lounge, Dining Hall, and the swimming beach. Families will be able to purchase activity passes at the Trading Post upon arrival. Activities could include archery, boating, interpretive explorations, trail rides, craft kits, and climbing wall. See the reservation form to review pricing and camping guidelines that are being implemented for your family’s safety.

Family Camping at Camp O Reservation Form 2020

Questions call Greg (618) 695-2489 x129 or email greg.santen@ondessonk.com


Fall Family Camp: September  18-20, 2020

Family Camping at Camp OndessonkCamp O is for everyone! Join us for a weekend of family fun and experience a taste of summer camp as the leaves change and the weather turns down-right pleasant. Many of our best traditional camp activities will re-open from summer. Go for a canoe paddle or an afternoon swim, take a horse ride or climb our climbing tower. For a taste of the extreme, give our high ropes course a try. Experience a Camp Ondessonk weekend the whole family can enjoy!

Click Here to learn more about Fall Family Camp and registration details.


Mother-Daughter Weekend: October 9-11, 2020

Camp Ondessonk Mother Daughter WeekendThe connection between a mother and daughter is a powerful thing. While we all get swept up in the currents of life, the bond remains strong just under the surface. Each fall women get together at Camp Ondessonk to celebrate their bond and strengthen the connections that flourish amidst the fall foliage. Join us for crisp evenings around the campfire, traditional crafts, canoeing, and other Camp activities including leisurely trail rides, and an exhilarating trip down our zip line!

Click Here to learn more about Mother-Daughter Weekend and registration details.



We’re Open All Year

Camp Ondessonk Challenge CourseWe welcome individuals and groups of all types to enjoy the beauty, solitude, and adventure of our site and the adjacent Shawnee National Forest during the school year.  Overnight accommodations vary from rustic, open-air cabins to two-room suites with private bathrooms in our St. Noel building.  Visitors can arrange horseback rides, guided hikes, meals, campfires, climbing, zip-lines, and much more.  Whether you are interested in booking a quiet weekend getaway for your family, a youth group retreat, a weekend conference, a lunch meeting, or a 400 person family reunion, we can handle it.  Click here to learn more.


Road Scholar

Camp Ondessonk mission and visionCamp Ondessonk offers hiking, horse, and other educational adventures for adults through its partnership with Road Scholar – the new program name for Elderhostel International, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning and educational travel since 1975. Road Scholar programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse, and warm camaraderie. Our Road Scholar programs include hands-on learning experiences that stimulate the senses, energize the body, and challenge the mind.

Click Here for more specific information about our Road Scholar programs.

For further questions on any of our Specialty Weekends, please contact Nolan Hurst, our Camping Services Director at nolan.hurst@ondessonk.com or via phone at 618.695.2489 x129.

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