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Chelley Macon – Connected to Her Second Home Through the Campfire Circle

Chelley (Landgrebe) Macon has had many homes since her summers as a camper and summer staff member, but she has remained connected to her cherished second home, Camp Ondessonk. Originally…
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Camp Ondessonk's Team Embarks on Educational Journey to Promote the Magic of Summer Camp Campers at Ondessonk

Camp Ondessonk’s Team Embarks on Educational Journey to Promote the Magic of Summer Camp

In a world dominated by screens and virtual connections, the importance of outdoor experiences for children cannot be overstated. Camp Ondessonk, nestled in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest,…
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Volunteering with a Twist

Volunteering with a Twist

When people think of volunteering at Camp Ondessonk, their mind often goes to working to build or repair one of Camp’s structures, serving summer campers in one of the program…
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Camp Ondessonk New Employee Spotlight

New Employee Spotlight

Kerstie Phillips, a native of Pinckneyville, Ill., currently resides in Eddyville. She previously owned a photography business, but most recently worked at Lifetouch School Photography as a traveling school photographer.…
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Off Season Camp Ondessonk 1

“Off-Season” Part II

By Pati Egan It’s the dead of winter and your housing is in a building heated by a wood stove. It’s the 1970s and Camp was very deserted, not much…
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‘It’s really about your character’ The 30-year-old backstory of the Lodge Packet Program 

‘It’s really about your character’: The 30-year-old backstory of the Lodge Packet Program 

By Sara (Bell) Clifford  Thirty years ago, this past summer, Ondessonk campers were, for the first time, given the option to work toward Lodge Membership during the school year, rather…
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