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Traditional Camps

For over 60 years, Traditional Camps have been the Ondessonk favorite. Traditional Camp allows children to learn and perfect skills like canoeing, archery, riflery, horseback riding, and more. At night, campers roast marshmallows over campfires, take part in songs and skits or play an all-camp game of Moonlight Gold Rush. Each unit will also have the opportunity to cook dinner over a campfire and sleep under the stars on Wednesday night. Traditional campers get to live in our unique, rustic units and spend their time at Camp building skills and confidence and making new friends.

Coed Camp

Age Range: Entering 5th grade or 10 years old – 10th grade or through 15 years old

One of the biggest advantages of Coed Camp is that it mirrors and prepares campers for everyday living! Units on one side of Lake Echon are designated for male campers, the others for females. Overnight campouts and sleeping quarters are gender-specific, with boys and girls supervised by the appropriate gender of staff. Hurry, these sessions fill quickly!

The Coed Camp schedule includes horseback riding, archery, riflery, council, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodscraft, canoeing/kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug-of-war, and much more. Learn more about Camp’s programs and activities.

Traditional Camps Camp Ondessonk Illinois Girls Summer Camp
Traditional Camps Camp Ondessonk Illinois Boys Summer Camp

Girl’s Camp

Age Range: Entering 5th grade or 10 years old – 10th grade or through 15 years old

One of our most popular Traditional Camps, 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 can 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 horseback riding, archery, riflery, council, swimming, nature exploration, handicrafts, woodscraft, canoeing/kayaking, campfires, an overnight campout, marathon, tug-of-war, and much more. Learn more about Camp’s programs and activities.

Traditional Camps Camp Ondessonk Illinois Summer Camp Challenge Course
Traditional Camps Camp Ondessonk Illinois Summer Camp Tug of War

Lodge Camp

Age Range: 11-16 years old
Prerequisite: Must be an active member of The Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha (Lodge dues are current)

The Loyal Lodge of Ondessonk and Tekakwitha is a service society comprised of campers, staff, and volunteers 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 of Lodge Camp 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 registering for Lodge Camp as the second session of their summer. 

Super Camper Layover Weekend

Age Range: 10-16 years old

Campers that choose to attend multiple sessions back-to-back may take advantage of the layover program. This two-day, one-night session may include swimming, hiking, and relaxing at Camp, all meals, and other activities under the supervision of Counselors. Campers should pack enough clothes and supplies for their entire stay, as laundry facilities will not be made available. The layover session is not required for O.W.L. campers!

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