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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Jo Ellen from Goshen, IN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
This was a wonderful experience and it met all my expectations. During all three activities I felt physically challenged at times, and wished I'd been in a little better shape, but it felt really great to meet the challenges. The instructors and staff were very knowledgeable, competent, friendly and helpful, the food was excellent, and the Shawnee National Forest is amazingly beautiful and geologically and ecologically diverse. Canoeing the Cache River among the ancient cypress trees was an especially memorable experience.

Judy from Elkhart, IN Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
The time spent at Shawnee National Forest was very enjoyable. I enjoyed the staff and fellow travelers and found the activities challenging and gave me a "touch stone" for future trips. Those who lead the activities were knowledgeable and approachable. I would recommend this trip for those interested in the description.

Christine from Canton, MI Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
We have just returned from Camp Ondessonk where we had an amazing time. The camp itself is in a beautiful location, the introduction to hiking was wonderful. I'm sold, can't wait to go hiking again. Loved the horseback riding, although I was a little sore the following and day, and the canoeing was amazing. The staff and guides were helpful, knowledgeable, friendly and made the trip memorable. I would highly recommend this trip, and if you want to extend your stay, there is plenty to see in the surrounding area.

Stephen from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
If you are looking for an introduction to hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing; then this is the program for you. The setting in southern Illinois is perfect for these activities. With the staff and facilities, you will be in for a fun and education time. You will need all the activities in order to work off the large and delicious meals served.

Lorrie from Lamoni, IA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
You will be delighted with the Camp Ondessonk hiking, horseback riding, canoeing experience!

Joseph from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 09/27/13
Active and varied program, congenial group, excellent staff, good accommodations.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
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