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Ondessonk Press Room

The Ondessonk Press Room contains archive press releases.

Ondessonk Press Room Release

Batter Up for a Cause:
Campership Fund at the Ballpark

Belleville, Illinois July 26, 2010:  Camp Ondessonk, an Illinois Not for Profit 501 (c) (3) Youth Camp located in Ozark, Illinois, will host Camp Ondessonk Night at the Ballpark on Saturday August 21, 2010. The Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies and Oakland County Cruisers will face off at 7:00pm at the GMC Stadium in Sauget, Illinois.  A portion of baseball ticket proceeds benefits the Monsignor John T. Fournie Campership Fund and the Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund.

The baseball fundraising event will feature an arts and crafts kids’ zone, and a kids’ stadium parade with Camp Ondessonk staff and friends leading the National Anthem.  $8.00 admission includes a hotdog and drink, or supporters can purchase a $6.00 Field box seat.  Order tickets today online at www.Ondessonk.com.

The Monsignor John T. Fournie Campership Fund, a full-scholarship program, serves underprivileged children specifically in the Belleville and East St. Louis region. The scholarship includes full tuition, bus fare, and camping gear.  The Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund provides up to 60% tuition coverage for families nationwide with a demonstrated financial need.  Every summer, dozens of scholarship campers create a lifetime of memories, friendships, confidence and skills.

About Camp Ondessonk:

Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has offered summer camp programs to youth ages 8 to 15.  The American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association accredited programs and facilities give campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while growing in self-esteem and respect for God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk also provides conference facilities, lodging, and a variety of programs for youth and adults throughout the year.

 

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 Ondessonk Press Room Release

Japanese Students visit Camp Ondessonk

Belleville, Illinois July 29, 2010:  Camp Ondessonk, an Illinois Not for Profit 501 (c) (3) Youth Camp located in Ozark, Illinois, will host 18 Japanese students from Notre Dame Elementary School in Kyoto Japan from Tuesday July 27 through Friday July 30. The new campers are joined by their school’s principal and two teachers.  

The Japanese students will get to experience camp programming first hand starting with horseback riding, which will be a first for many of the new campers. The children will be learning basic horsemanship and riding skills, and enjoy long rides through camp’s pristine pasture lands and oak-hickory forested trails.  Camp Ondessonk’s equestrian program, one of the largest in the Midwest, is currently home to 75 horses. 

The new campers will also play the United States National Anthem on their recorders during the evening flag lowering ceremony and be the guests of honor at the camp cookout.  When we asked Yukari Shimizu, a Teacher from Notre Dame Elementary, about her visit to Camp Ondessonk she remarked, “In my opinion, the students have a very good experience by going to camp.  Camping in Japan is tents and barbeque.  But here, through activities they learn how to collaborate with each other.  Plus, getting to meet the American students is a great experience for them.  At school, our students get one English class a week for simple conversation.  We want more English experience but can’t because of everything else to learn.”

About Camp Ondessonk:

Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has been offering summer camp programs to youth ages 8 to 16.  The American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association accredited programs and facilities give campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while growing in self-esteem and respect for God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk also provides conference facilities, lodging, and a variety of programs for youth and adults throughout the year.

 

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  Contact Person:  Tony Vrooman

Company Name:  Camp Ondessonk

Telephone Number:  618-580-0441

Fax Number:  618-695-3593

Email Address:  Tony.Vrooman@ondessonk.com

Web site address:  www.ondessonk.com



Ondessonk Press Room Release
Camp Ondessonk Event:  “2nd Annual Halloween Fun Run”

Camp Ondessonk, an Illinois Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Youth Camp located in Ozark, Illinois, will be hosting the 2nd Annual Moccasin Gap 10 Mile Trail Race & Heepwah 5K Halloween Fun Run Saturday October 20th, 2012 at 10:00am.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund.  The fund provides families with financial hardship an opportunity to receive assistance for all or part of their child’s summer camp tuition.

The Moccasin Gap Trail Run will utilize a series of scenic and challenging trails within and surrounding Camp Ondessonk in the Shawnee National Forest. This rugged 10-mile route will take runners past some of the outdoor highlights of Camp Ondessonk, such as Cedar Falls (the highest free-falling waterfall in the state) and past one of the 11 known Native American Stone Fort sites in Southern Illinois.

The Heepwah 5K Halloween Fun Run will take advantage of a few scenic trails and the gravel roads around Camp Ondessonk’s Lake Echon. It will travel up a section of single track trail shared with the Moccasin Gap Trail Run before turning toward the finish line. The run offers a rewarding challenge for runners or walkers of any skill level!

An award ceremony and costume contest with great prizes will follow the race at 1:00pm honoring the following participants:

15 and under top male and female finishers
16-29 top female and male finishers
30-39 top male and female finishers
40-49 top female and male finishers
50 and above top male and female finishers

To register for the event online visit Ondessonk.com or contact Linda Scruggs at 877.659.2267 ext. 0 .  The cost is $50.00 per person for the Moccasin Gap 10 Mile Race, and $35.00 per person for the Heepwah 5K Halloween Fun Run.  All partipants are invited to attend the Free Fall Festival immediately after the race.  The Free Fall Festival is a family friendly event and will feature face painting, pony rides, climbing wall and hay rides.

About Camp Ondessonk:
Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has been offering summer camp programs to youth ages 8 to 17.  The American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association accredited programs and facilities give campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while growing in self-esteem and respect for God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk also provides conference facilities, lodging, and a variety of programs for youth and adults throughout the year.

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Contact Person:  Tony Vrooman
Company Name:  Camp Ondessonk
Telephone Number:  618-580-0441
Fax Number:  618-695-3593
Email Address:  Tony.Vrooman@ondessonk.com
Web site address:  www.ondessonk.com


Ondessonk Press Room Release
Camp Ondessonk Event:  “Practical Ideas to Care for Earth.”

Camp Ondessonk, an Illinois Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Youth Camp located in Ozark, Illinois, celebrates the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, patron saint of environmentalist, by hosting a dinner/speaker event October 18, 2012 from 6:00-8:30pm at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville IL.

The event will feature a presentation by key note speaker Author Kyle Kramer, a Catholic Climate Covenant Ambassador, titled “Practical Ideas To Be A Good Steward of the Earth.”  Kyle Kramer’s book ” A Time to Plant:  Life Lessons in Work, Prayer and Dirt” presents the honest, humorous, and hope-infused story of his journey of coming to know God and himself. For Kramer, this came by rejecting a consumerist approach to life, starting an organic farm, and raising a family in rural Southern Indiana.

To register for the event contact Linda Dennis at 618-235-9601 ext. 1052 or ldennis@diobelle.org.  Cost is $16.80 per person with dinner included. A table of eight can be purchased for $120.00.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Camp Ondessonk Campership Fund.  The fund provides families with financial hardship an opportunity to  receive assistance for all or part of their child’s summer camp tuition.

About Camp Ondessonk:
Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has been offering summer camp programs to youth ages 8 to 17.  The American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association accredited programs and facilities give campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while growing in self-esteem and respect for God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk also provides conference facilities, lodging, and a variety of programs for youth and adults throughout the year.
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