There is space still available, if you would like to apply to be a camper.

Initial acceptance notificiations were emailed on March 31st. Form packets were mailed via USPS the same day. Please check your spam folder for an email from on March 31st.

Please be sure to read through the entire email.

OWjL Camp 2023 Dates: 

Week 1 - June 11 to 16 - students currently, as of today, are in grades 6, 7 & 8
Week 2 - June 18 to 23 - students currently, as of today, are in grades 6, 7 & 8
Week 3 - June 25 to 30 - students currently, as of today, are in grades 6, 7 & 8

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Interested in applying to be a camper? Want to become an OWjL  teacher or counselor? Click on the menu links.

OWjL 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. Its name derives from its founders, Ohio Wesleyan University and the Junior League of Columbus. The program receives 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.

Campers reside in air-conditioned Stuyvesant 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 throughout central Ohio, including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union counties.

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.

OWjL Camp


University Hall Room 024
61 S Sandusky St
Delaware OH 43015
P 740-368-3939

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Josie Bair, OWjL Camp Director

Eve Helenberger, Office Manager