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Ondessonk Leadership Progression

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The Ondessonk Leadership Progression begins at age 15 with the Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership program (O.W.L.) before transitioning to the Counselor-in-Training (C.I.T.) program at age 16.  Each program is designed for high school students who want to use their experience to grow socially and emotionally at Camp and beyond. Participants have the opportunity to learn about leadership styles, communication techniques, and share and identify their own ideas and values. Participants will learn skills that last a lifetime. 

The knowledge gained through Camp Ondessonk leadership programs may be used to move into staff positions at Camp if desired, or into positions of leadership elsewhere in the participant’s life. Read below to learn specific details of each phase of the Ondessonk Leadership Progression. Please contact Camping Services Director, Nolan, at 618-695-2489 ext. 116 with any questions.

Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership (O.W.L.) 

Formerly known as C.I.T.


The Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership (O.W.L) is a two-week program. Participants will focus on developing leadership skills through lessons from various leaders while acknowledging the qualities they already use in their communities at home and Camp Ondessonk.  Teenagers will discover a style of leadership built on reflection, experience, spiritual guidance, and service. Participants will have the opportunity to design and lead activities for Camp Ondessonk, explore the Shawnee National Forest, and learn to become authentic leaders through a journey of personal growth.

Ages: Applicants to the O.W.L. program must be 15 years old or entering 10th grade.

Cost: $834

2022 Dates:

  • Session 1-2, Coed Session: June 5-18
  • Session 2-3, Coed Session: June 12-25
  • Session 3-4, Coed Session: June 19-July 2
  • Session 4-5, Coed Session: June 26-July 9
  • Session 5-6, Coed Session: July 3-16
  • Session 6-7, Coed Session: July 10-23
  • Session 7-8, Coed Session: July 17-30
  • Session 8-9, Coed Session: July 24-August 6

Register for O.W.L.

Coming Soon

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  • Packing List


Counselor-in-Training (C.I.T.)

Formerly known as L.I.T.


Do you have ambitions to work as a paid staff member at Camp Ondessonk or another youth development program? Join the Camp Ondessonk team as a Counselor-in-Training for four weeks of hands-on experiential learning. Participants will work closely with leadership staff members to discover and develop the skills needed to encourage, lead, and engage campers ages 8 – 15. Counselors in Training will receive the training necessary to assist in activities like challenge, stables, woodcraft, and handicrafts, among others, while serving in a position that directly contributes to the daily operations of Camp Ondessonk, an organization accredited by the American Camp Association.

Ages: Applicants to the C.I.T. program must be 16 years old or entering the 11th grade.

Cost: There is no cost for this program. 

2022 Dates: C.I.T.s are at camp for 4 weeks.  First Session is June 5 – July 2; Second Session is July 10-August 6, 2022.  All C.I.T.s are required to attend a three-day orientation program. This orientation will either be virtual or in-person TBD. 

Application and Selection

Applications become available in early December.  C.I.T.s must complete an application and send in 3 completed reference forms.  All C.I.T.s will be interviewed prior to their selection in Late February or Early March.  It is not a requirement to have participated in the O.W.L. program to apply as a C.I.T.

Coming Soon

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  • Tentative Schedule
  • Packing List
  • Using C.I.T. program experience to enhance your resumé
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