Held annually on June 28, the date that the first campers came through the Camp gate in 1959, Camp O Day celebrates the tradition of giving back to Camp Ondessonk.
This one-day effort has continued encourages gifts of time, talent. and treasure to ensure Camp Ondessonk will “teach what matters most” for years to come. Show your Ondessonk pride by finding the decade for which you identify (either as a camper or staff member) and encourage others to do the same! By contributing today, you will be part of Camp’s history and will increase support for programs that support Camp’s mission.
First celebrated in 2021, Camp O Day was created to commemorate the founding of Camp Ondessonk. Held annually on June 28, the date that the first campers came through the Camp gate in 1959, Camp O Day celebrates the tradition of giving back to Camp Ondessonk.
Since that first summer, Camp Ondessonk has provided the opportunity to experience firsthand the beauty of God’s creation. Located in the Shawnee National Forest of Southern Illinois, Ondessonk’s summer camp programs provide an experience that encourages campers to have fun, grow spiritually, make friends, grow in self-confidence and self-esteem, and develop values. All of Camp’s programs focus on providing a fun and enriching experience for participants by encouraging them to participate in a wide variety of new and exciting activities.
Camp Ondessonk is the result of the vision and efforts of many people who gave of their time, talents, and treasure is support of the mission to offer “Exceptional outdoor and spiritual adventures empowering kids of all ages.”
By supporting Camp O Day, you continue the tradition of supporting the mission of Camp Ondessonk in celebration of our history and the thousands of children who have entered the Camp Gate.
You can support Camp through one or more of the following:
Make a gift to support the mission of Camp Ondessonk and celebrate your time at Camp!
Purchase In-kind gifts to provide supplies!
Pledge volunteer hours to help with work projects around Camp during the next year.
Check back throughout the day to see the progress and view additional challenges throughout the day!
Looking for other ways to make an impact?
Post about Camp O Day on social media using the hashtag #CampODay and email your friends, family, and networks. Share why you contribute to Camp Ondessonk or the impact Camp Ondessonk has made on your life.