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Specialty Weekends

Spend a beautiful Spring or Fall weekend at Camp Ondessonk relaxing with loved ones. Enjoy most of our traditional camp activities during Specialty Weekends, and gather round a campfire at night. Take a look at our Specialty Weekends Information Sheet   and find a Specialty weekend that works for your family by visiting our Event Calendar.


Ondessonk is also hosting several Saturday Workshops on a variety of interesting topics and activities. Register for these opportunities and read more information by filling out and sending in the Spring Workshop Form 2021.


For further questions on any of our Specialty Weekends, please contact Nolan Hurst, our Camping Services Director at nolan.hurst@ondessonk.com or via phone at 618.695.2489 x116.

When we are not hosting a special event, Camp is open for folks to have fun on their own.  See the Things to Do at Camp page and our Open Camping Weekends calendar.


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Our Annual Specialty Weekends are Described Below:

Maple-Sugarin’ Weekend

Camp Ondessonk Maple Sugarin Weekend Feb 20-22 2015Maple syrup-making is an ancient, time-honored tradition. In the late winter months, maple trees begin their process of releasing a sugary, mineral-rich sap — and Camp’s syrup harvesters become busy tapping these trees for their flavorful rewards. Find out how sweet a learning adventure can be as you learn to tap trees and discover the secrets of the lost art of home maple syrup production.

Current dates and prices can be found on our Events Calendar.



Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Wineries Weekend


There are many impressive waterfalls within a short hike or drive from Camp beyond Pakentuck and Phantom’s Canyon.  Learn where these hidden spots are as we tour around Southern Illinois in the Camp bus, stopping at charming local wineries along the way.  The floor of the Shawnee Forest will be alive with color as spring wildflowers will be near full bloom.  A knowledgeable guide will explain the flowers as we seek falling water.  This is a great weekend for any couple or group of friends looking for a spring getaway.  Guests will stay in a private room in St. Noel Conference Center.

Current dates and prices can be found on our Events Calendar.



Father-Son Weekend

Camp Ondessonk Father Son WeekendFathers, Sons, and the Great Outdoors. Camp Ondessonk sets aside one weekend a year for this time-honored tradition as old as America itself. No projects to be done, leaky faucets to repair, or reports to send. Dads are invited to join us for a weekend of tromping through the woods, spending evenings around the campfire, and sharing their love of the outdoors with their sons. Many of our summer camp activities will be open, as well as opportunities to go on a trail ride, climb our 28-foot climbing wall, or test your courage on our high ropes course.

Current dates and prices can be found on our Events Calendar.


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All campers, staff, volunteers, or friends of camp that participated or worked at camp at any time during (or around) the featured decade and their families are welcome to attend. Any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  One weekend price includes unit lodging, a T-shirt for each attendee, camp activities (guided hikes, climbing wall, archery, riflery, pony rides, etc.), live entertainment Saturday night, Meals from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch. Kids five years old and under stay and eat for free.  Spend some time with camp friends new and old in your favorite place on earth!

Current dates and prices can be found on our Events Calendar.


Fall Family Camp

Ondessonk 4th of July Family CampCamp is for everyone! Join us for a weekend of family fun and experience a taste of summer camp as the leaves change and the weather turns down-right pleasant. Many of our best traditional camp activities will be available.  Go for a canoe paddle or an afternoon swim, take a horse ride or climb our climbing tower. For a taste of the extreme, give our high ropes course a try. Experience a Camp Ondessonk weekend the whole family can enjoy!

Current dates and prices can be found on our Events Calendar.



 Mother Daughter Weekend

Camp Ondessonk Giving, Donate Now, donation, stewardshipThe connection between a mother and daughter is a powerful thing. While we all get swept up in the currents of life, the bond remains strong just under the surface. Each fall women get together at Camp Ondessonk to celebrate their relationship and strengthen the connections that flourish amidst the fall foliage. Join us for crisp evenings around the campfire, traditional crafts, canoeing, and other Camp activities including leisurely trail rides, and an exhilarating trip down our zip line!

Current dates and prices can be found on our Events Calendar.


 Fall Festival

DSC_0600Camp Ondessonk opens its gates to the Southern Illinois community for a free afternoon fall festival each year to get to know our neighbors and area families who enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors.  Fall in Southern Illinois provides fantastic weather for afternoon outings.   Camp Ondessonk will be offering free pony rides, climbing wall, hay rides, face painting, and hot apple cider around the bonfire.  This event is open to the public, and all programming is entirely free!

Current date can be found on our Events Calendar.


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Camp Ondessonk offers hiking, horse and other educational adventures for adults through its partnership with Road Scholar – the new program name for Elderhostel International, the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning and educational travel since 1975. Road Scholar programs bring together instructors and participants from diverse backgrounds to foster dynamic interaction, engaging discourse, and warm camaraderie. Our Road Scholar programs include hands-on learning experiences that stimulate the senses, energize the body and challenge the mind.

For more specific information about our programs, please search “Camp Ondessonk” on the Road Scholar website.



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