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Adventure Camp

IMG_2104Working in small groups with two or three highly trained staff members, adventure campers focus on one set of skills for an entire week. This creates an opportunity for remarkable knowledge and skill growth. To help parents make good choices for their children, these programs are divided into three levels.  ALL OF CAMP ONDESSONK’S ADVENTURE PROGRAMS ARE COED; REGARDLESS OF THE GENDER OF THE CONCURRENT TRADITIONAL SESSION.

Like Traditional Campers, Adventure Campers are eligible for induction into Lodge, Ondessonk’s honor society.

Front-Country Camping means living in a tent at Camp or at an established campground with bathroom facilities and water available.

Backcountry Camping means living in a tent or under a tarp away from a road or vehicle.  Backcountry campers must carry all their supplies with them and must find and purify water each day.  No bathroom facilities exist.  Staff teach campers how to live comfortably without front country amenities.

ON-CAMP ADVENTURES

Campers live on-camp and spend their days building skills, their evenings enjoying traditional Ondessonk activities like the Tuesday Night Game and Lodge Ceremony.  Campers gain new experiences in smaller, more intimate groups.  These programs participate in an overnight campout on Wednesday night.  No prior experience required for these adventures.

Horse Camp

Camp Ondessonk Horse Camp teen summer campAges: 12-15
2017 Dates:

Session 1 Horse Camp – June 4- June 10
Session 3 Horse Camp – June 18- June 24
Session 5 Horse Camp – July 2- July 8
Session 6 Horse Camp – July 9- July 15
Session 8 Horse Camp – July 23- July 29 

To be placed on a waiting list for a session that is full call Becky Jennings 877-659-2267 ext. 109.

Cost: $660/$610/$560 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

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.

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Horse Camp Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Climb

Ages: 12-16
2017 Dates:
Session 1 Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Climb – June 4- June 10
Session 7 Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Climb – July 16- July 22

To be placed on a waiting list for a session that is full call Becky Jennings 877-659-2267 ext. 109.

Cost: $625/$575/$525 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

This program is designed to give older campers a taste of multiple adventures within one program. This “sampler” offers a taste of several adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, paddling, and rock climbing. All gear and instruction is provided including a top of the line mountain bike from expert guides and instructors from the Bike Surgeon in Shiloh, Illinois.

Register for Hike, Bike, Paddle and Climb.

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the HBPC Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

ON AND OFF-CAMP ADVENTURES

On and off camp Adventure sessions offer more time away from the main area of Ondessonk, a higher level of challenge, and more in-depth instruction. These campers spend their first night at camp followed by nights at local campgrounds or in the backcountry.  These adventures typically return to the main area in time to enjoy Friday all-camp activities like Marathon and Closing Campfire. Prior experience helpful but not required. Great attitude required.

Shawnee Backpacking & Zipline Adventure

Ages: 13-16
2017 Date: Session 4 Shawnee Backpacking & Zip-Line Adv. – June 25- July 1
Cost: $625/$575/$525 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Explore the beautiful Shawnee National Forest on the ground and in the air. This program will combine backpacking on the beautiful River to-River trail with a vertical view of the forest from ziplines located throughout Southern Illinois.

Register for Shawnee Backpack & Zip-Line Adventure.

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Backpacking and Zipline Adventure Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Horse Adventure

Ages: 13-16
2017 Dates:
Session 2 Horse Adventure – June 11- June 17
Session 4 Horse Adventure  – June 25- July 1
Session 7 Horse Adventure – July 16- July 22
Session 9 Horse Adventure  – July 30- August 5
Cost: $685/$635/$585 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Since 1991, our long-standing Adventure Camp favorite! Exploring the scenic backcountry trails of the Shawnee National Forest offers the perfect opportunity to expand horsemanship skills and develop outdoor living skills. Campers will receive instruction and supervision from instructors trained by the Certified Horsemanship Association throughout their trip. Evenings are spent taking care of the horses, setting up the campsite, cooking meals, and relaxing around the campfire.  It is preferred that campers have participated in Horse Camp or have previous riding experience as a prerequisite before attending Horse Adventure.

Register for Horse Adventure.

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Horse Adventure Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Climbing Adventure

Ages: 13-16
2017 Date: Session 6 Climbing Adventure – July 9- July 15
Cost: $625/$575/$525 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Climbing Adventure campers spend their days practicing knots, familiarizing themselves with the equipment, and learning the techniques of rock climbing. 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 progresses up to the Jackson Falls area, the Midwest’s premier climbing destination located in 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 on-site or at nearby campsites where participants cook and relax together.  

Register for Climbing Adventure

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Climbing Adventure Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Mountain Biking Adventure

Ages: 12-16
2017 Date: Session 3 Mountain Biking Adventure  – June 18- June 24
Cost: $625/$575/$525 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Campers will spend the beginning of this program at camp learning riding techniques, bike repair, and practicing on our extensive trail system. This program will progress with more challenging rides off-site on some of the best mountain biking trails within the Shawnee National Forest as well as the Land Between The Lakes in Kentucky. Bring your own bike or ride one of the line mountain bikes provided by the expert guides and instructors from the Bike Surgeon in Shiloh, Illinois.

Register for Mountain Biking Adventure.

Visit Camp’s Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Mountain Biking Adventure Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Camper vs. Wild

Camp Ondessonk Camper vs Wild Adventure teen summer campAges: 12-16
2017 Dates:
Session 2 Camper vs. Wild  – June 11- June 17
Session 9 Camper vs. Wild -July 30-Aug 5

To be placed on a waiting list for a session that is full call Becky Jennings 877-659-2267 ext. 109.

Cost: $625/$575/$525 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Participants will develop real-life leadership skills by learning primitive camping techniques and outdoor living skills. Campers will base camp all week from one of Camp O’s more remote campsites at Pine Lake. Lessons and activities include: basic backpacking, outdoor cooking, map and compass navigation, fire building, water purification, and much more!

Register for Camper vs Wild.

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Camper vs. Wild Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

 

TRIP AND TRAVEL ADVENTURES

These programs are based away from Camp Ondessonk and are great opportunities for older or veteran campers to use the skills they’ve gained in previous adventure sessions, on their own, or at other camps.  Trip and Travel Adventures typically spend very little time on camp before departing to allow for maximum time at their destination.  These programs involve longer travel times and the opportunities for learning about new areas of the country!

Paddling Adventure

Ages: 13-16 years
2017 Date: Session 3 Paddling Adventure  – June 18- June 24
Cost: $685/$635/$585 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Campers will experience a true Ozark river trip as they spend 4 days paddling Missouri’s beautiful Eleven Point River.  The group will receive a day of instruction at Camp prior to departing.  Our lifeguard-certified counselors will lead campers through fun ripples and easy rapids that require navigation but are appropriate for novices.  As they go, campers will work on their paddling and outdoor living skills while setting up camp each night under the stars.  Campers are required to wear lifejackets at all times in and on the water, but should still be comfortable in moving water and able to complete the intermediate swim assessment upon check-in at camp.

Register for Paddling Adventure.

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Paddling Adventure Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.


Smoky Mountain Adventure

Camp Ondessonk whitewater-rafting-adventure teen summer campAges: 15-18
2017 Date: Session 5 Smoky Mountain Adventure – July 2- July 8
Cost: $850/$800/$750 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

 

Specially designed for high school age campers, we will travel to North Carolina and experience one of the nation’s best introductory whitewater rivers with professional guides. This trip will also include backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, one of America’s greatest long trails.  Campers must be able to pass the intermediate swim test.

Register for Smoky Mountain Adventure

Visit Camp’s Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the NOC Packing List for more information.  The highlighted parts are the activities we have reserved.

Read the Smoky Mountain Adventure Itinerary to see your schedule for the week.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Surfing Adventure

Ages:  13-17
2017 Date:  Session 8 Surfing Adventure July 23-29
Cost: $815/$775/$725 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

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 Paddleboarding, visiting Ft. Sumter, or 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

Visit the Packing List Page to know what to pack.

Read the Surfing Adventure Itinerary to see what you’ll be doing.

Apply for a scholarship.

 

Kentucky Equine Excursion

Kentucky Equine Excursion OndessonkAges: 13-16
2017 Date: Session 2 Kentucky Equine Excursion (June 11-17)
Cost: $685/$635/$585 ($100 non-refundable deposit if registering by mail; remainder due 4 weeks prior to camp date; variable payment options if registering on line – $100 of which is a non-refundable deposit)

Description: Travel to the horse capital of the world; Lexington, Kentucky, with Camp Ondessonk.  Kentucky Equine Excursion participants will camp for 4 nights at the famous Kentucky Horse Park, where they will tour interactive equine presentations  and experience the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse.  They’ll spend a day touring both Rood & Riddle, a highly specialized state-of-the-art Equine Veterinarian Hospital, and one of Lexington’s famous breeding farms.  We will also visit Keeneland Race Track to watch trainers and jockeys exercise the race horses before we go on a behind the scenes tour.  Other activities include a horse show jumping competition, a special rodeo event and exclusive riding opportunities while at Camp Ondessonk!  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for future horse professionals and all horse lovers!  Campers will still get the opportunity to attend opening and closing campfire, participate in marathon, and ride their favorite horses at the Ondessonk Stables.

Register for Kentucky Equine Adventure.

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