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Outdoor Summer Camp

Camp Ondessonk is an outdoor summer camp located in the Heart of the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  Children ages 8-17 experience outdoor summer programming under a full-time staff consisting of devoted individuals with extensive experience in fields related to youth development and outdoor leadership.

Camp Ondessonk Tradtional Camp
Camp Ondessonk Traditional Camp

Traditional Camp

This is where it all started.

For 59 years, traditional camps have been the Ondessonk favorite for kids ages 10-15 years old. Learn and perfect outdoor skills like canoeing, archery, horseback riding, and more. At night, roast marshmallows over campfires, or play an all-camp game of extreme flashlight tag.  Read More

Camp Ondessonk Mini Camp and Mini Camp Explorers
Ages 8-9 years old

Mini Camp & Mini Camp Explorers

Teaching what matters most

All outdoor activities are modified to best serve the mini-camp age group.  With one Ondessonk counselor for every three or four campers, mini campers receive nearly constant guidance and companionship from our caring staff.  Read More

Camp Ondessonk Small Town Big Deal
Camp Ondessonk a residential outdoor summer camp was recently featured on the new hit television show Small Town Big Deal on RFD-TV.  Watch Video
Camp Ondessonk Adventure Camp
Camp Ondessonk Mountain Biking Adventure Camp

Adventure Camps

Programs designed for teenagers.

Camp Ondessonk has specially designed outdoor adventure programming for teenagers including:  Mountain biking, Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing and River Adventure.
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Camp Ondessonk Counselors in training
CIT- Counselors In Training

Counselors in Training

Ages:  15 years only

The CIT program is a two week leadership development session designed to prepare participants for possible future counselor positions.  Read More

How to apply for a Camp Ondessonk Scholarship

The Gift of Camp

In an effort to make Camp Ondessonk more accessible outdoor summer camp to children of all economic means, three scholarship opportunities are available. Read More

 

 

 

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