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Dates & Pricing

Pricing Structure

Dates & Pricing- Camp Ondessonk is a self-sufficient organization that relies entirely on camper fees, grants, and contributions to operate. Unlike many other camps, prices are all-inclusive; all kids have access to all activities included in their session-type with no additional fees, period. Realizing that we serve a wide variety of families with varying abilities to pay, we’ve adopted a 3-tier pricing program. Please review the descriptions and decide which of the three prices your family is able and willing to pay for your child’s camp experience. This is strictly a voluntary honor system, and in no way influences, the experience children receive.

3-Tier Pricing Program
Rate A– Based on the actual cost of participation.  Includes expenses for staff, maintenance, food, programs, supplies, and wear/tear depreciation.
Rate B– This is our partially subsidized rate.  It does not fully reflect the true cost of participation.
Rate C–  This is our standard subsidized fee.  It does not reflect the true cost of participation.

Cabin Mates

If you have a group of campers that would like to attend together, each family must provide the individual names of the campers to be grouped with. If you register online, be sure to complete the Cabin Mate section. If you register by mail or fax, be sure to indicate the individual names on your form. Camper friends registering at a much later date could result in the group not receiving their unit of choice.

Multiple Child Discount

Families pay regular advertised camp session rate for the first child registered.  Request a $45 discount for each additional child you register. This discount applies to children within immediate families. Cannot be combined with Early Bird Super Session Discount.

Multiple Session Discount

Campers pay regular advertised rate for the first camp session purchased. Request a $45 discount for each additional camp session purchased. This discount applies to individual children enrolling in more than one session.  Cannot be combined with Early Bird Super Session Discounts or Lodge Camp Discount.

Lodge Camp Discount

Campers pay regular advertised rate for the first camp session purchased. If attending lodge camp as a second session, request this discount to receive a $125 discount. Cannot be combined with Early Bird Super Session Discount.

Cancellations/Refunds

Registration: Full camper registration fees (including deposit) are refundable for medical reasons only and will be issued upon receipt of doctor’s authorized medical excuse.

Cancellations made more than 4 weeks in advance of session start date are refundable except for the $100 non-refundable deposit.

Cancellations made less than 4 weeks in advance of session start date are non-refundable. Campers switching to a later session within the original four week window are not eligible for a refund.

No refunds will be given due to an early departure.

Tuition deposits and payments are non-transferable.

If cancellation is necessary, contact the registrar at 877-659-2267 or 618-695-2489 x131.

Barter Bucks:  Unused refundable barter bucks MUST be refunded on Wednesdays and Saturdays during checkout.  Unclaimed barter bucks after Saturday are void.  This does not apply to Layover Campers. Unused barter bucks for Layover Campers will automatically be transferred to their next session.

Ondessonk Tuition Payments

Log-in-to-Pay: You will be able to make your installment payments easily and securely using our new online registration system.  Log in and make a payment according to your schedule and budget.  All balances are due four weeks before campers arrival. 

2020 Online Registration 

For more information about Scholarships & Tuition Assistance email scholarship@ondessonk.com or call 877.659.2267 x109.

Early Bird Pricing

Summer Camp Early Bird online enrollment begins October 1, 2019.

The Early Bird Super Session discount pricing may not be used with Tuition Assistance Programs or combined with Multi-Child or Multi-Session discounts. Early Bird Super Session discount pricing is only valid from Oct. 1, 2019- Feb. 1, 2020.  Super Session Discounts MUST be paid in full by February 1st.  All balances NOT paid in full will automatically be changed to the Rate C amount on February 2nd. After sign up, participants within the Early Bird Super Session discount program will be required to pay the full upgrade cost if a different camping session or camping program is chosen which is not included in the Early Bird Super Session Discount pricing dates. 

Session 2: 6/7-6/13 COED Traditional Camp $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 2: 6/7-6/13 Shawnee Backpack and Zip line Adv.  $509.00 (Savings $155)

Session 2-3: 6/7-6/17 Mammoth Adventure $875.00 (Savings $174)

Session 3: 6/14-6/20 Mini Camp Explorers $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 3: 6/14-6/20 COED Traditional Camp $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 3-4: 6/14-6/27  CIT  $695.00 (Savings $109)

Session 4: 6/21-6/27 COED Traditional Camp $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 4-5: 6/21-7/1 Smoky Mountain Adv. $1,029.00 (Savings $170)

Session 6: 7/5-7/11 COED Traditional Camp $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 6-7: 7/5-7/15 Surfing Adventure $1,029.00 (Savings $170)

Session 7: 7/12-7/18 Mini Camp Explorers $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 7: 7/12-7/18 COED Traditional Camp $495.00 (Savings $139)

Session 8: 7/19-7/25  Mountain Biking Adv. $519.00 (Savings $145)

Session 8-9: 7/19-8/1 CIT $695.00 (Savings $109)

Session 9:  7/26-8/1 Climbing Adv. $509.00 (Savings $155)

Session 9: 7/26-8/1  Lodge Camp $519.00 (Savings $55)

Mini Camp COED

Camp Ondessonk Counselor In Training CIT teen summer camp

Grades: Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old
2020 Dates:

Session 1 Mini-Camp – May 31- June 3 
Session 2 Mini-Camp – June 7- June 10 
Session 3 Mini-Camp – June 14- June 17 
Session 4 Mini-Camp – June 21- June 24 
Session 5 Mini-Camp – June 28- July 1 (Girls Only)
Session 6 Mini-Camp – July 5- July 8
Session 7 Mini-Camp – July 12- July 15 
Session 8 Mini-Camp – July 19- July 22 
Session 9 Mini-Camp – July 26- July 29 

Cost: $344/$324/$304  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Mini Camp is a special three day, three-night session for younger children. It is the perfect way to give campers an introduction to the Camp Ondessonk tradition of rustic, nature-based camping in the Shawnee National Forest.

The Mini Camp schedule includes horseback instruction and riding, handicrafts, boating, swimming, archery, evening campfires, skits, and lots of singing. All 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. Incidentally, many of our staff members were once mini campers.  Register for Mini Camp

Mini Camp Explorers COED

Mini Camp Explorers Summer Camp Ondessonk

Grades: Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old
2020 Dates:
Session 1 Mini-Camp Explorers – May 31- June 6
Session 2 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 7- June 13
Session 3 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 14- June 20
Session 4 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 21- June 27
Session 5 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 28- July 4 (Girls Only)
Session 6 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 5- July 11
Session 7 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 12- July 18  
Session 8 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 19- July 25
Session 9 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 26- August 1

Cost: $634/$584/$534  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Mini-Camp Explorers offers adventurous 8 – 10-year-old children an extended experience building upon our popular Mini Camp program. By popular request, young campers will spend the entire week discovering all of the Camp Ondessonk activities and traditions so beloved by campers over the past 60 summers.

Explorers will enjoy nature walks, horseback instruction and riding, handicrafts, boating, swimming, archery, campfires, structured social time, and skits while living in a communal setting designed to develop social skills and build friendships. Mini Camp Explorers will be led by a specialized staffed equipped with the counseling skills to best serve the mini-camp age group and introduce campers to the wonderful world of outdoor, week-long sleep-away camp.  Register for Mini Camp Explorers

Coed Camp

Ondessonk Coed 2016Grades: Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old
2020 Dates:
Session 1 Coed  – May 31- June 6
Session 2 Coed  – June 7- June 13
Session 3 Coed  – June 14- June 20
Session 4 Coed – June 21- June 27
Session 6 Coed  – July 5- July 11
Session 7 Coed   –July 12- July 18
Session 8 Coed  – July 19- July 25
Session 9 Coed  – July 26- August 1

Cost: $634/$584/$534 ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

One of the biggest advantages of coed camp is that it mirrors and prepares campers for everyday living — the world is co-ed! One side of Lake Echon is designated for male campers, the other for females. Overnight camp-outs and sleeping quarters are gender-specific, with boys and girls supervised by the appropriate staff. Hurry, these sessions fill quickly!

The coed camp schedule includes two horseback rides, archery, riflery, council, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodsmanship, canoeing, kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug of war, and much more.  Register for Coed Camp

Girl’s Camp

Camp Ondessonk Youth Summer Camp

Grades: Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old
2020 Date:
Session 5 Girl’s Camp- June 28- July 4

Cost: $634/$584/$534 ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

One of our most popular programs, Girls Camp is a week you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The single-gender environment provides growing girls and teens with something genuinely important- a safe, open, accepting place where they can truly be themselves. Campers are able to leave behind social expectations, popularity contests, and worries about their outward appearance for a week filled with giggling, games, and meaningful friendships.

The girl’s camp schedule includes two horseback rides, archery, riflery, council, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodsmanship, canoeing, kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug of war, and much more.  Register for Girl’s Camp

Super Camper Layover Weekend

Camp Ondessonk Super Camper LayoverAges: 10-16
2020 Dates:
Available between Session 1 & 2: June 6, Session 2 & 3: June 13,  Session 3&4: June 20 Session 4&5: June 27,  Session 5&6: July 4, Session 6&7: July 11, Session 7&8: July 18, and Session 8&9 July 25

Cost: $50 – meals, supervision, and programming included

Because families asked for it! Campers that choose to attend multiple sessions back-to-back are welcome to take advantage of this program. This supervised, one day / one-night session will include exploration in the Shawnee National Forest, a special overnight campout, swimming, meals, and other activities.

Please note: Campers registering for back to back sessions can choose to stay in a different unit each session. Laundry service is not available. Many Super Campers pack clothing for their second week in separate bags. If your camper does this, Camp Ondessonk will happily store the second set of clothing in a safe and dry location (please call ahead of time to make arrangements).

Lodge Camp

Camp Ondessonk Lodge MembersAges: 11-16 – Must be a member of the Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha
2020 Date: Session 9 Lodge Camp – July 26- August 1

Cost: $574 or $449 as the second session during a summer.  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

The Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha is an honor society for campers who have shown their loyalty and dedication to camp in an exemplary way. Campers are eligible for Lodge induction during their second summer at camp. Participants will enjoy the highlights of Camp while living in a unit led by Lodge officials. The session includes rock climbing at Pakentuck, the High Challenge Course, an extended Horseback Ride, and in the Spirit of Lodge, a service project significant to the Mission of Camp Ondessonk. Campers receive a substantial discount if choosing Lodge Camp as the second session of their summer.  Register for Lodge Camp

Shawnee Backpack & Zip-Line Adventure

Shawnee Zip Line Adventure teen summer campAges: 13-16
2020 Date: Session 2 Shawnee Backpack & Zip-Line Adv. – June 7- June 13

Cost: $664/$614/$564  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Explore the beautiful Shawnee National Forest, on the ground and in the air. This program will combine hiking on the infamous River-to-River trail with a vertical view of the forest from zip-lines located throughout Southern Illinois.  Register for Shawnee Zip Line Adventure

Beginner Adventures

Campers in Beginner Adventure sessions spend their days’ building skills, their evenings enjoying traditional Ondessonk activities like the Tuesday night game and their nights in one of Ondessonk’s signature cabins. No prior rock climbing, backpacking, or horsemanship experience required.

Horse Camp

Camp Ondessonk Horse Adventure teen summer camp

Ages: 12-15
2020 Dates:
Session 1 Horse Camp – May 31- June 6 
Session 2 Horse Camp – June 7- June 13
Session 4 Horse Camp – June 21- June 27
Session 6 Horse Camp – July 5- July 11 
Session 7 Horse Camp – July 12- July 18
Session 9 Horse Camp – July 26- August 1

Cost: $704/$654/$604($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Love horses? Love Camp O? Want both? Horse Camp is for you. Spend your days at the Ondessonk Stables learning how to care for and groom your horse, develop basic horsemanship and riding skills, and enjoy long rides through our pristine pasture lands and oak-hickory forested trails. Spend your evenings doing those Camp O activities you love, the nights cozy in your cabin. And yes, you can bring your horse on the overnight!  Register for Horse Camp

Advanced Horse Camp

Advanced Horse CampAges: 13-16
2020 Dates:
Session 3 Adv. Horse Camp –June 14- June 20 
Session 5 Adv. Horse Camp – June 28- July 4
Session 8 Adv. Horse Camp – July 19- July 25

Cost: $724/$674/$624  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Advanced Horse Camp is designed for the horse camper with some riding experience or a previous Horse Camp session under their belt.   Advanced horse campers live in the barn, work closely with one horse for the week and participate in beginner and intermediate-level lessons.  In the evening campers participate in traditional evening programming and an overnight at Durbin’s Barn.  Campers may have the opportunity to travel off camp one night for a rodeo.

 

Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Climb

Camp Ondessonk Mountain Bike Adventure teen summer campAges: 12-16
2020 Dates:
Session 3 Hike, Bike Paddle, and Climb – June 14- June 20
Session 5 Hike, Bike Paddle, and Climb – June 28- July 4
Session 7 Hike, Bike Paddle, and Climb – July 12- July 18

Cost: $664/$614/$564  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

This program is designed to give teen campers a taste of multiple adventures within one program. This “sampler” offers a bit of each adventure, including Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Rock Camp, and River Adventure. Campers will get to ride a top of the line Specialized Carve Expert provided by the Bike Surgeon and train with Bike Surgeon owner Jon Greenstreet.  Register for Hike, Bike, Paddle and Climb

Intermediate Adventures

Intermediate Adventure sessions offer more time away from the main area of Ondessonk, a higher level of challenge, and more advanced instruction. Intermediate Adventure campers spend most nights in the back-country and return to the main area to enjoy end-of-session all-camp activities like Special Activity, Marathon, and Closing Campfire. Prior experience recommended but not required. Great attitude required.

Horse Adventure

Camp Ondessonk Horse AdventureAges: 13-16
2020 Dates:
Session 2 Horse Adventure – June 7- June 13
Session 4 Horse Adventure  – June 21- June 27
Session 6 Horse Adventure  – July 5- July 11

Cost: $724/$674/$624  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Since 1991, our long-standing Adventure Camp favorite! Exploring the scenic back-country trails of the Shawnee National Forest offers the perfect opportunity to expand horsemanship skills and develop outdoor skills. Campers will receive instruction and supervision from CHA Certified Instructors throughout their trip. Evenings are spent taking care of the horses, setting up the campsite, cooking meals, and relaxing around the campfire.  Register for Horse Adventure

Climbing Adventure

Camp Ondessonk Rock Adventure teen summer campAges: 13-16
2020 Date: Session 9 Climbing Adventure – July 26- August 1

Cost: $664/$614/$564  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Climbing Adventure campers spend their days practicing the knots, equipment, and techniques needed to rock climb outdoors. This program is designed to develop skills and knowledge that allow campers to feel comfortable on progressively more challenging climbs. The beginning of the session is spent climbing at Pakentuck on Camp’s property and culminates at Jackson Falls, an amazing climbing area within the Shawnee National Forest. One day is dedicated to learning to ascend a rope high into the forest canopy with a professional tree climber. Nights are spent camping at nearby back-country sites where participants cook and relax together.  Register for Climbing Adventure

Mountain Biking Adventure

Camp Ondessonk Mountain Biking AdventureAges: 12-16
2020 Date: Session 8 Mountain Biking Adventure  – July 19- July 25 

Cost: $664/$614/$564 ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Teenage Campers will spend the first several days at camp learning riding techniques, bike repair, and practicing on our extensive trail system. This program will conclude with an off-site ride on some of the best Mountain Biking trails the Shawnee Forest has to offer. Bring your own bike or ride one of ours! Campers will get to ride a top of the line Specialized Carve Expert provided by the Bike Surgeon and train with Bike Surgeon owner Jon Greenstreet.  Register for Mountain Biking Adventure

Camper vs. Wild

Ondessonk Outdoor EducationAges: 12-16
2020 Date:
Session 4 Camper vs. Wild  – June 21- June 27 
Session 6 Camper vs. Wild – July 5- July 11
Session 8 Camper vs. Wild – July 19- July 25

Cost: $664/$514/$564  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Participants will develop real-life leadership skills through participation in primitive camping activities. Skill development will include basic backpacking, outdoor cooking, map and compass navigation, fire building, water purification, and much more!  Register for Camper vs Wild

 

Advanced Adventures

Experienced Ondessonk Adventure Campers only. An epic opportunity for veteran campers to use the skills they’ve gained in Beginner and Intermediate Adventure sessions.

 

Mammoth Adventure

Mammoth Adventure Camp OndessonkAges: 14-17
2020 Date: Session 2-3: June 7-June 17 (boys and girls)
Cost:  $1049/$999/$949  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

This 10-day Trip and Travel Program is our newest adventure camp concept! Campers will voyage to Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park and explore America’s largest cave on foot, in canoes, and underground while crawling through the cave’s deepest passages with trained guides. Camp under the stars the Park’s youth group or backcountry sites or on the banks of the Green River on an overnight paddle exploration. Nearby adventure outfitters will tour campers through the treetops on their aerial challenge course and ziplines. Must be able to pass Camp’s Intermediate Swim Assessment. Front and Backcountry camping. Register for Mammoth Adventure

Smoky Mountain Adventure

Camp Ondessonk Summer Camp Whitewater AdventureAges: 14-17
2020 Date: Session 4-5: June 21-July 1 (boys and girls)
Cost: $1199/$1149/$1099  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

This 10-day Trip and Travel Program is for high school age only, participants will travel to Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina and experience the nation’s best introductory whitewater rivers with professional guides. This trip will also include a full day of Mountain Biking and a Mountaintop Zip-Line Tour. Campers must be able to pass the intermediate swim test.  Register for Smoky Mountain Adventure

Surfing Adventure

Surfing Adventure OndessonkAges:  14-17
2020 Date:  Session 6-7: July 5-July 15 (boys and girls)
Cost: $1199/$1149/$1099 ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

This 10-day Trip and Travel Program Surfing Adventure Campers will travel to historic Charleston, South Carolina where they will participate in a multi-day surf camp with professional surfing instructors.  In the afternoons there are opportunities for Stand Up Paddle-boarding, visiting Ft. Sumter and exploring the Francis Marion National Forest.  This program also includes a half day kayak tour through saltwater marshes with abundant wildlife.  Campers must be strong swimmers comfortable in breaking waves. Register for Surfing Adventure

 

 

Camp Ondessonk’s  Dates & Pricing for 2020 Summer Camp.  Our camper fees are extremely competitive and unlike many other summer camps, Ondessonk does not charge additional fees for horseback riding or senior camper electives.

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