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Summer Camp

Camp Ondessonk a residential youth camp provides summer camp programs for children ages 8-17 years old. We are proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. This accreditation means that Camp Ondessonk thoroughly reviews operational practices, seeks the wisdom of other summer camp professionals, and continually makes improvements within our summer camp program to comply with more than 300 written standards. Only one-fourth of the summer camps in the United States have earned this mark of distinction. In addition, Camp Ondessonk’s Equestrian Program is accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association.

If you are looking for information regarding the LIT program, click here.  Applications will be available on the Camp Ondessonk Employment Page.

2019 Summer Camp Sessions

Session 1

Traditional Coed  S1 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): June 2-8 

Horse Camp S1 (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session:  June 2-8 

Hike, Bike, Paddle & Climb S1 (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session:  June 2-8

Mini Camp S1 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 2-5: This is a 3-day COED session.  

Mini Camp Explorers S1 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 2-8: This is a 6-day COED session.  

CIT S1-S2 (Age 15 only): Coed Session: June 2-15  

o  Layover  S1: June 8

Session 2

Traditional Coed S2 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): June 9-15

0  Horse Camp S2 (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session:  June 9-15

Horse Adventure S2 (Intermediate, Ages 13-16): Coed Session: June 9-15

o  Mt. Bike Adventure S2 (Ages 12-16): Coed Session: June 9-15

Camper vs. Wild S2 (Ages 12-16): Coed Session: June 9-15  

Mini Camp S2 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 9-12: This is a 3-day COED session.  

Mini Camp Explorers S2 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 9-15: This is a 6-day COED session.  

CIT S2-S3 (Age 15 only): Coed Session: June 9-22 

o  Layover  S2: June 15

Session 3

Traditional Coed  S3 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): June 16-22

Horse Camp S3  (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session: June 16-22

Paddling Adventure S3  (Ages 12-16): Coed Session: June 16-22

Mini Camp S3 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 16-19: This is a 3-day COED session.   

Mini Camp Explorers S3 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 16-22: This is a 6-day COED session.   

0  CIT S3-S4 (Age 15 only): Coed Session: June 16-29

o  Layover  S3: June 22

Session 4

o  Traditional Coed  S4 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): June 23-29

o  Horse Camp S3  (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session: June 23-29

Horse Adventure  S4 (Intermediate, Ages 13-16): Coed Session: June 23-29

Shawnee Backpack & Zipline Adv. S4 (Intermediate, Ages 13-16) Coed Session: June 23-29

Mini Camp S4 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 23-26: This is a 3-day COED session.

Mini Camp Explorers S4 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old: June 23-29: This is a 6-day COED session.

CIT S4-S5 (Age 15 only): Coed Session: June 23-July 6

o  Layover  S4: June 29

Session 5

Traditional Coed  S5 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): June 30-July 6

Smoky Mt. Adventure S5 (Advanced, Ages 14-17): Coed Session: June 30-July 6

Mini Camp S5 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 30-July 3: This is a 3-day COED session.

Mini Camp Explorers S5 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): June 30-July 6: This is a 6-day COED session.

Horse Camp S5 (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session: June 30-July 6

CIT S5-S6 (Age 15 only): GIRLS ONLY Session: June 30-July 13

o  Layover  S5: July 6

Session 6

o  Traditional Camp S6 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): July 7-13

o  Horse Camp S6 (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session: July 7-13

Horse Adventure S6 (Beginner, Ages 13-16): Coed Session: July 7-13

Climbing Adventure S6  (Intermediate, Ages 13-16): Coed Session: July 7-13

Mini Camp S6 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): July 7-10: This is a 3-day COED session. 

Mini Camp Explorers S6 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): July 7-13: This is a 6 day COED session. 

CIT S6-S7 (Age 15 only): GIRLS ONLY Session: July 7-20

o  Layover  S6: July 13

Session 7

 Girls S7 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): July 14-20

Horse Camp S7 ( Beginner, Ages 12-15): July  14-20 

Hike, Bike, Paddle & Climb S7 (Beginner, Ages 12-16): Coed Session: July 14-20

Mini Camp S7 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old: July 14-17: This is a 3-day GIRLS ONLY session.

Mini Camp Explorers S7 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): July  14-20: This is a 6-day GIRLS ONLY session.

CIT S7-S8 (Age 15 only): Coed  Session: July 14-27 

o  Layover  S7: July 20

Session 8

Traditional Coed  S8 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): July 21-27

o  Advanced Horse Camp S8 (Intermediate, Ages 13-16): Coed Session: July 21-27

Surfing  Adventure S8 (Advanced, Ages 13-17): Coed Session: July 21-27

Mini Camp S8 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): July  21-24: This is a 3-day COED session.

Mini Camp Explorers S8 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): July 21-27: This is a 6-day COED session.

CIT S8-S9 (Age 15 only): Coed  Session: July 21-August 3

o  Layover  S8: July 27

Session 9

Traditional Coed  S9 (Entering 5th grade or 10 yrs old – 10th grade up to 15 yrs old): July 28-August 3

Horse Camp  S9 (Beginner, Ages 12-15): Coed Session: July 28-August 3 

Camper vs. Wild S9 (Ages 12-16): Coed Session: July 28-August 3

Lodge Camp S9 ( Lodge Members Only, Ages 11-16): Coed Session: July 28-August 3

Mini Camp S9 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old) : July 28-July 31: This is a 3-day COED session.

Mini Camp Explorers S9 (Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old): July 28-August 3: This is a 6-day COED session.

Pricing Structure

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.

Mini Camp

Camp Ondessonk Counselor In Training CIT teen summer camp

Grades: Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old
2019 Dates:

Session 1 Mini-Camp – June 2- June 5 
Session 2 Mini-Camp – June 9- June 12 
Session 3 Mini-Camp – June 16- June 19 
Session 4 Mini-Camp – June 23- June 26
Session 5 Mini-Camp – June 30- July 3
Session 6 Mini-Camp – July 7- July 10
Session 7 Mini-Camp – July 14- July 17  (Girls Only)
Session 8 Mini-Camp – July 21- July 24
Session 9 Mini-Camp – July 28- July 31

Cost: $329/$309/$289  ($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

Mini Camp Explorers Summer Camp OndessonkGrades: Entering 3rd grade or 8 yrs old – 5th grade or 10 yrs old
2019 Dates:
Session 1 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 2- June 8 
Session 2 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 9- June 15
Session 3 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 16- June 22 
Session 4 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 23- June 29 
Session 5 Mini-Camp Explorers – June 30- July 6
Session 6 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 7- July 13
Session 7 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 14- July 20  (Girls Only)
Session 8 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 21- July 27
Session 9 Mini-Camp Explorers – July 28- August 3

Cost: $619/$569/$519  ($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
2019 Dates:
Session 1 Coed  – June 2- June 8 
Session 2 Coed  – June 9- June 15
Session 3 Coed  – June 16- June 22
Session 4 Coed – June 23- June 29
Session 5 Coed  – June 30- July 6
Session 6 Coed   – July 7- July 13
Session 8 Coed  – July 21- July 27
Session 9 Coed  – July 28- August 3

Cost: $619/$569/$519  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Coed camp features all the activities of Boys’ and Girls’ sessions, only conducted coed. 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
2019 Date:
Session 7 Girl’s Camp- July 14- July 20

Cost: $619/$569/$519  ($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
2019 Dates: 
Available between Session 1 & 2: June 8, Session 2 & 3: June 15,  Session 3&4: June 22 Session 4&5: June 29,  Session 5&6: July 6, Session 6&7: July 13, Session 7&8: July 20, and Session 8&9 July 27

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
2019 Date: Session 9 Lodge Camp – July 28- August 3

Cost: $589 or $459 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
2019 Date: Session 4 Shawnee Backpack & Zip-Line Adv. – June 23- June 29
Cost: $649/$599/$549  ($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 campAges: 12-15
2019 Dates:
Session 1 Horse Camp – June 2- June 8
Session 2 Horse Camp – June 9- June 15
Session 3 Horse Camp – June 16- June 22 
Session 4 Horse Camp – June 23- June 29
Session 5 Horse Camp – June 30- July 6
Session 6 Horse Camp – July 7- July 13 
Session 7 Horse Camp – July 14- July 20 
Session 9 Horse Camp – July 28- August 3

Cost: $689/$639/$589  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)
Horse Camp Packing List

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

Kentucky Equine Excursion Ondessonk webAges: 13-16
2019 Date: Session 8 Advanced Horse Camp July 21- July 27
Cost: $709/$659/$609  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Description: 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
2019 Dates:
Session 1 Hike, Bike Paddle, and Climb – June 2- June 8
Session 7 Hike, Bike Paddle, and Climb – July 14- July 20

Cost: $649/$599/$549  ($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
2019 Dates:
Session 2 Horse Adventure – June 9- June 15
Session 4 Horse Adventure  – June 23- June 29
Session 6 Horse Adventure – July 7- July 13
Session 8 Horse Adventure  – July 21- July 27
Cost: $709/$659/$609  ($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
2019 Date: Session 6 Climbing Adventure – July 7- July 13
Cost: $649/$599/$549  ($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
2019 Date: Session 3 Mountain Biking Adventure  – June 16- June 22 
Cost: $649/$599/$549 ($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
2019 Date:
Session 2 Camper vs. Wild  – June 9- June 15 
Session 9 Camper vs. Wild – July 28- August 3
Cost: $649/$599/$549  ($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.

 

Paddling Adventure

Camp Ondessonk River Adventure teen summer campAges: 13-16
2019 Date: Session 3 Paddling Adventure  – June 16- June 22 (boys and girls)
Cost:  $709/$659/$609  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

Teenage Campers will experience a unique off-site canoeing opportunity as they travel to and canoe nearly 50 miles on Missouri’s Eleven-Point River while stopping each night to camp out under the stars. Teen Campers in this program should have some canoe and or kayak experience; be comfortable in deep water; swim 100 yards and tread water for five minutes.  Register for Paddling Adventure

Smoky Mountain Adventure

Camp Ondessonk Summer Camp Whitewater AdventureAges: 14-17
2019 Date: Session 5 Smoky Mountain Adventure – June 30- July 6 (boys and girls)
Cost: $875/$825/$800  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

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:  13-17
2019 Date:  Session 8 Surfing Adventure July 21-27 (boys and girls)
Cost: $850/$800/$750  ($100 non-refundable deposit is required during registration; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date)

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

 
 
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