Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership

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 Ondessonk if desired, or into positions of leadership elsewhere in the participant’s life. Read below to learn specific details of the Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership program.

Please contact the Camping Services Director at 618-695-2489 x116 with any questions.

Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership (O.W.L.)
Age: 15 years old or entering 10th grade

Ondessonk Wisdom in Leadership (O.W.L) is a two-week program designed to develop leadership skills through lessons from various leaders while acknowledging their own qualities. 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.

NOTE TO PARENTS: Do NOT pay for the Layover Weekend Session. The cost of this program includes the weekend between weeks. Although not recommended, if you MUST check your camper out over the weekend, you should check out on Saturday after 12:00 PM and return on Sunday by 11:00 AM. Call 618-695-2489 x116 to make arrangements.

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Learn about the Counselor-In-Training (C.I.T.) program.

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