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Trail Rides

Camp Ondessonk located in Ozark Illinois offers riding instruction, trail rides, and overnight rides during summer camp and the school year.

Camp Ondessonk Tradtional Camp
Camp Ondessonk Traditional Camp

Traditional Camp

This is where it all started.

For 58 years, traditional summer camp programs have been the Ondessonk favorite for kids ages 10-15 years old. All children attending get an opportunity to ride a horse on trail rides and learn basic horsemanship skills. At night, roast marshmallows over campfires, or play an all-camp game of extreme flashlight tag.  Read More

Camp Ondessonk Mini Camp and Mini Camp Explorers
Horse Adventure Ages: 13-16

Horse Adventure

Teaching what matters most

Exploring the scenic backcountry trail rides of the Shawnee National Forest offers the perfect opportunity to expand horsemanship skills and develop outdoor skills.  Campers will receive instruction and supervision from CHA Certified Instructors throughout their trip.  Evenings are spent taking care of the horses, setting up the campsite, cooking meals, and relaxing around the campfire.  Read More

Camp Ondessonk Small Town Big Deal
Camp Ondessonk a residential youth summer camp was recently featured on the new hit television show Small Town Big Deal on RFD-TV.  Watch Video
Camp Ondessonk Adventure Camp
Camp Ondessonk Mountain Biking Adventure Camp

Horse Camp

Ages: 12-15

Camp Ondessonk has specially designed adventure summer camp programming for teenagers who love horses. Spend your days at the Ondessonk Stables learning how to care for and groom your horse, develop basic horsemanship and riding skills, and enjoy long trail rides through our pristine pasture lands and oak-hickory forested trails. Read More

Camp Ondessonk Counselors in training
Trail Rides

How to apply for a Camp Ondessonk Scholarship

The Gift of Camp

In an effort to make Camp Ondessonk more accessible to children of all economic means, three scholarship opportunities are available. Read More

Camp Ondessonk has one the largest horseback and trail riding programs in the Midwest.  Reserve your Trail ride today!
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