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Teens Summer Camps

We have Teens Summer Camps specifically designed  with leadership development as its core principle.  Teenagers have the opportunity to directly participate in outdoor education and adventure under a knowledgeable staff with extensive experience in fields related to youth development and outdoor leadership.

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Beginner  Teens Summer Camps

Horse Camp       Ages:  12-15 years old

During Horse Summer Camps, teens will focus on basic horsemanship and riding technique while spending their week at the Ondessonk Stables. Teens will be assigned their very own horse for the week.

Shawnee Hills Zip Line Adventure         Ages:  12-16 years old
Explore the beautiful Shawnee National Forest, on the ground and in the air. These teen summer camps will combine hiking on the infamous River-to-River trail with a vertical view of the forest from zip-lines located throughout Southern Illinois.

Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Climb                   Ages:  12-16 years old
This program is designed to give teenage campers a taste of multiple adventures within one program. This “sampler” offers a bit of each adventure, including Backpacking, Mountain Biking, Rock Camp, and River Adventure.

Intermediate Adventure Teens Summer Camps

Horse Adventure             Ages:  13-16 years old

Horse Adventure teenage campers will spend their week expanding their horsemanship and outdoor skills, while exploring the scenic trails of the Shawnee. Skill development will include horse care, setting up a campsite, and outdoor cooking.

Rock Adventure               Ages:  13-16 years old

The Rock Adventure schedule is designed for teenage campers to develop skills and knowledge on progressively challenging climbs, beginning the session with climbs at Pakentuck, and culminating at Jackson Falls.

Mountain Biking Adventure       Ages:  12-16 years old
Teenage campers will spend the first several days at camp learning riding techniques, bike repair, and practicing on our extensive trail system. This program will conclude with an off-site ride on some of the best Mountain Biking trails the Shawnee Forest has to offer.  Bring your own bike or ride one of ours!

Camper vs. Wild              Ages:  12-16 years old
Teenage campers will develop real-life leadership skills through participation in primitive camping activities.  Skill development will include: basic backpacking, outdoor cooking, map and compass navigation, fire building, water purification, and much more!

Advanced Adventure

River Adventure              Ages:  13-16 years old
Teenage campers will experience a unique off-site canoeing opportunity as they travel to and canoe nearly 50 miles on Missouri’s Eleven-Point River, while stopping each night to camp out under the stars.  Teen campers in this program should have some canoe and or kayak experience; be comfortable in deep water; swim 100 yards and tread water for five minutes.

Whitewater Adventure       Ages:  15-18 years old

For high school age only, participants will travel to Nantahala Outdoor Center in North Carolina and experience the nation’s best introductory whitewater rivers with professional guides. This trip will also include a full day of Mountain Biking and a Mountaintop Zip-Line Tour. Campers must be able to pass the intermediate swim test.

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Click Here to register for Teens Summer Camps at Camp Ondessonk.

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