Tag: Ondessonk History

Camp Band Camp Ondessonk

The Camp Band?

By Pati Egan In the early 1960s and 1970s, the Belleville Diocese had an extensive grade school band program. As an example, the East St. Louis Deanery used its grade…
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Greg and Louise Haselhorst

What do you do when you have 11 grandchildren all wanting to go to Camp? You become Super Volunteers, of course!

By Pati Egan There was a special couple from St. Mary’s Parish in Trenton, Ill., who were Camp “regulars” from 1975 until 1991. They were two volunteers who were very…
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The Little Building That Could Camp Ondessonk DG

The Little Building That Could!

By Pati Egan Tucked away between Central Supply and the Dorms is a building that had very humble beginnings in 1968 or so, but has grown in importance throughout the…
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Life Before Marathon

By Pati Egan Campers since 1975 have looked forward to Fridays and Friday means Marathon. Marathon is a huge relay race that encompasses the whole Camp starting at the Archery…
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Lost Bridges of Camp Ondessonk – Unique Bridges of Camp Ondessonk

By Pati Egan Unique When cars pulled up to the Camp Ondessonk parking lot in 1959, the iconic Covered Bridge was not the first thing they crossed to begin their…
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Travel Back in Time To 1973…

By Pati Egan If we dropped a unit of campers at Camp Ondessonk in 1973, what would their experience be like? First, we would need to get them the right…
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