Traditional Camp Keeps Bringing Kids Back
Every summer, thousands of campers cross over the Covered Bridge to experience Camp Ondessonk for the first time, or maybe even their tenth time, and the question continues to linger: “What keeps kids coming back to camp?”
Traditional Camp Unit Leader Matt Woods reflected back to when he was a camper: “It’s a week of the summer where you can disconnect from reality. I think for kids these days, it’s a time where they can get away from their phones and from their Xbox for a week and just kind of be in the middle of the woods. I mean, I’ve made so many friends along the way since I was 12 years old, I was a traditional camper, until now I’m 22, so that was a decade ago, but I’ve come a long way.”
The programming has remained relatively the same over the years, but campers never seem to tire from shooting a bullseye at archery or sliding down the Shawnee Screamer. A traditional camper, Nolan, weighed in this week: “I keep coming back to Camp because of the atmosphere and all of the exciting things we get to do that we don’t get to do on a regular basis. So, we get to do things that we wouldn’t usually get to do in a regular summer that I know I’ll be able to do at Camp Ondessonk.”
During their time at Traditional Camp, campers get a taste of boating, riflery and rock climbing, but they also learn about teamwork, empathy and what it means to grow into their leadership style.
Although Summer 2021 has looked a little different from years past, the heart of what makes Camp Ondessonk special remains. Keeping Camp alive has everything to do with the people who love and care for it, and in return, Camp offers lessons that last a lifetime.