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.

Camper Application forms and information.

Camp Counselor forms and information. (deadline 02/15/18)

Camp Instructor forms and information.


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.


2019 Camp Dates

  • June 9-14, 2019, currently (at time of application) in grades 6 and 7

  • June 16-21, 2019, currently (at time of application) in grades 7 and 8

  • June 23-28, 2019, currently (at time of application) in grades 6 and 7

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Each year, 15-20 percent of campers require financial aid in order to attend.  Contributions of any amount are vital to the OWjL program. 

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Contact Information


OWjL Camp - OWU
University Hall 024
61 S Sandusky St
Delaware OH 43015
P 740-368-3939
F 740-368-3952
E owjl@owu.edu

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