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Why Schools Come Back to Ondessonk

Why Schools Come BackSummer Camp is what a large portion of our community knows us for, but did you know that since 1988, Camp Ondessonk has been hosting students for outdoor education overnight trips during the school year? One school that has kept coming back to Camp year after year is Annunciation-Christ the King Catholic School in Evansville, Indiana.

Principal of Christ the King School, Matt Moore, has championed these trips for his students. “We have been taking our 8th graders to Ondessonk for many, many years. It’s a tradition. Even during the pandemic, the prospect of taking the students to camp was supported. It is important for us to give our students life experiences so that they grow as people. Camp Ondessonk is about the safest place you can do that right now.”

Mr. Moore also commented on what his students gain from an Ondessonk experience: “Peace. Bringing our students to Camp Ondessonk helps them grow in many ways. There is something about sitting in the woods, in silence, surrounded by beauty, that does something for us. Ondessonk slows us down and allows us to grow closer to God. It’s something that can’t be replicated in a classroom. Our students experience Ondessonk together and they grow as individuals and a class unit. The Ondessonk experience allows students the opportunity to grow as individuals and together as a class. [It] changes them as people. It’s amazing!”

There are other places schools could go for an outdoor experience. Mr. Moore explains why he brings his students to Ondessonk rather than somewhere else: “Physically, Ondessonk is a beautiful place. The people of Ondessonk are beautiful, Christ-centered people.”

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