Ohio Wesleyan University Junior League (OWjL) of Columbus is a residential summer camp program of challenge and enrichment for central Ohio’s gifted and talented middle school students currently (at time of application) in grades 6-8. It is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan University and founded by the Junior League of Columbus, with major support from corporations, foundations, community service groups and individual contributions.

Campers attending OWjL select four courses from an academic program that includes mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities and creative development. Cultural, recreational and social activities round out the experience and include the annual OWjL dance, swimming, campus tours, crafts, and games.

Attendees reside in Hayes Hall on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus, where they live in a family group atmosphere with an adult OWjL counselor.

Approximately 540 campers are selected to attend the OWjL program, representing more than 120 middle schools in the central Ohio counties of Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union.

OWjL Mission Statement

The OWjL program is committed to bringing together gifted middle school students from economically and culturally diverse backgrounds throughout Central Ohio for a one week residential summer camp on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore a wide variety of experiential classes in a college-like setting and to learn from one another that their similarities outweigh their differences.