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Program #4835RJ
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. There’s 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.
Kathleen from Plainfield, IL Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Do It! Beautiful surroundings, excellent instructors & horses, horses, horses. Not just the one they choose for you for the week, but the magnificent herd. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to do this. It was a great week.

Margaret from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This was a great program for those who "always wanted to learn about horses and to try riding." Great Equestrian Director/instructor. Beautiful location.

Anne from West Roxbury, MA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 09/14/14 - 09/19/14
I just returned from a marvelous week riding and learning about horses. "Introduction to Horses and Riding" (program #4835) is well planned and progresses from an introduction to grooming and saddling a horse to a day-long ride through the Shawnee National Forest. The equestrian director and her associate are so knowledgeable, friendly, humorous and instructors whom I admire, respect and from whom I learned so much. I had been apprehensive about riding, but they put me right at ease and helped me learn to ride and to try everything. The horse they chose for me to ride during the week was a wonderful companion. What a joy to know that as an older adult I will be able to enjoy the outdoors on horseback. Camp Ondessonk is a beautiful setting, the accommodations are very comfortable and the ample meals delicious. I love visiting different regions of the U.S. and the trip to southern Illinois was certainly worth it. I look forward to returning to Camp Ondessonk. Anne F., Massachusetts

Debra from Royal Oak, MI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
I encountered a beautiful and powerful creature and with guidance and support I realized he was a skilled patient kind partner for the trail. I encountered my fears and found I was also a skilled patient and kind partner for the trail, my horse and myself. Happy trails! Deb S.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
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