History of Oneka
Since 1908, Camp Oneka for Girls has provided a supportive environment for girls to explore nature, make friends and expand personal experience. Starting with Ernest and Persis Sipple, the traditions of Oneka remain, and have changed the lives of countless Oneka campers over the years.
The Sipples opened Camp Oneka in 1908 and moved to the current site on Fairview Lake in 1910. They built the “Lodge” as the first camp building, with a large center room and side rooms for various program areas. The girls stayed all summer, washed their clothes in the lake, and slept in tents along the lakefront. The first cabins for younger campers were built in 1934. The Sipples owned and directed camp until 1940, when Henrietta and Emily Deubler took over camp operations. The present buildings, organization and ongoing traditions of the camp can be attributed largely to their leadership. The Paulins, Lou and "T", worked for the Deublers and, in 1973, assumed full operating responsibilities. In 1986, the Dohners joined the Paulins and in 1987, Dale and Barbara began directing Oneka, becoming the new owners in October, 1991. In 2013, Kevin Mackrell and Rebecca (Dohner) Mackrell joined Dale and Barbara as Directors and assumed Director responsibilities of Camp Oneka. In 2019, Ali Hunter will join Rebecca Mackrell as director.
We believe that camp provides an experience that can teach self reliance, cooperation, independence, environmental awareness, and numerous other valuable lessons in a truly unique way. We encourage campers to try everything by scheduling many of their activities but we allow for their preferences by providing free choice time several times weekly. This insures a well-rounded camp experience.
We are also committed to the girls camp concept as a means of allowing girls to enjoy new experiences in a supportive, non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. We believe that Oneka's environment helps girls shed stereotypes that may limit their growth in reaching their full potential by participating in new activities and experiencing leadership opportunities. Activities with neighboring boy's camps provide a balance in our camp program without the constant daily distracting or inhibiting interaction.
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2019 SEASON
Below our 2019 session dates and rates--
50 day season: June 26 to August 14 (7 weeks) - $8,050.00
25 day 1st half: June 26 to July 20 (3 1/2 weeks) - $4,500.00
2-Week Session: (New Junior and Intermediate Campers Only) June 26 to July 10 - $3,300.00
25 day 2nd half: July 21 to August 14 (3 1/2 weeks) - $4,500.00Read More... >>