Outdoor Education Staff Training
By Chris Bretcher, Program Director
Now that September is upon us, the days grow shorter, and a cool breeze relieves the forest of the summer heat, Camp Ondessonk is wrapping up our Outdoor Education Staff Training and preparing for a full and exciting Fall season. We have many returning schools, scout troops, open camping and specialty weekend guests, and several new groups scheduled to cross the covered bridge this season. There is, however, always room for many more to come and enjoy the cooler weather, fall foliage, and slightly quieter 983 acres.
We have something for just about everyone to enjoy this Fall. School groups can look forward to adventures through the forest, up into the high ropes course, and around many of our classic activities like Archery, Canoeing/Kayaking, and Woodscraft. After a day full of these exciting activities, students will enjoy songs and stories around campfires, explorations of the nocturnal world, and lively games of Wilderness Fort around the lake. Schools and retreat groups can also rejuvenate their spirit and grow their faith and relationships through our many retreat program offerings. From Solo Reflection Hikes and lessons centered on recognizing God at work in every moment to interactive prayer services and group affirmations, we can tailor a retreat to meet the needs of any group. If you find yourself at Camp on a Monday or Wednesday afternoon this Fall, you might also see one of our Afterschool Program groups of local students from New Simpson Hill Grade School playing games, learning new skills, and exploring all that Camp has to offer. We also are open for day hiking, camping, and weekend activities for much of our Fall season.
If you or anyone you know is interested in getting outside and enjoying Fall at Camp Ondessonk this season, please check out our website for more information on pricing, lodging options, and our online reservation form. You can also call our office at (618) 695-2489 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to welcome each and every one of you across the Covered Bridge this Fall. Heepwah!