Notes about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and OWjL Camp:

As the COVID-19 virus impacts our communities and schools, we want you to know our plans as this affects our preparations for our 39th OWjL Camp. During this time, we trust that you are all safe and upbeat, as hard as that might be in the absence of regular routine and social interactions. 

In light of the Ohio Department of Health advisory that this pandemic will peak in April or early May, Ohio Wesleyan University has cancelled all face-to-face classes for the remainder of the academic year (which ends with commencement on May 9th). 

As the curve flattens and social distancing restrictions are reduced, we are hopeful that—with all of our cooperation—this emergency will pass sooner than later. As such, we are moving forward with our camp planning, while working more from home and through virtual means. 

What does this mean to you? Camp is on! If federal, state, or local and University authorities were to advise the continuation of social distancing when camp should be in session, we would be obligated to follow that advice. In that case, we would offer complete refunds of tuition paid. 

When this emergency is over, our incredible staff of teachers, counselors, custodians, and food service workers will continue to put the health and safety of our campers above all else, taking extra precautions to curtail any illness.

We know this crisis will be minimized by our purposeful attempts at reducing the spread of the virus. We can’t wait to see you at camp this summer to continue this exciting program for our 39th year!

When will I be notified if I have been accepted or wait listed for camp?

All notifications will be mailed before the end of March.

When do I come to camp?

  • Week 1 Campers: Sunday, June 7, 2020.
  • Week 2 Campers: Sunday, June 14, 2020.
  • Week 3 Campers: Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. at Hayes Hall dormitory. After registration, there will be a short orientation for campers and their families at 7 p.m. on the patio. Campers should eat dinner at home on the day of registration, as the first OWjL meal is breakfast Monday morning.

What grade do I choose?

Please choose the grade level you are in when you apply for camp. So when you're applying in December or January, please choose the grade you are currently in at that time.

I can’t find the information you sent me for camp. Can I get another copy?

Please email the OWjL Camp office with your request at or download the PDFs below:

  • General Information (PDF available soon)
  • Items to Bring (PDF available soon)
  • Rules and Regulations (PDF available soon)
  • Online Payment Instructions (PDF available soon)
  • Map and Directions (PDF available soon)
  • Camper Sample Packing List (PDF available soon)
  • FAQ (PDF available soon)

When do I pick my child up from camp?

Pick up your camper in the same place you dropped them off, Hayes Hall. Pick up will be from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will meet your camper on the patio in front of Hayes Hall. Once campers have checked out with their counselor you may gather their belongings and take them home.

Can I send mail to my camper?

Campers love to receive mail! Please be sure OWjL Camp is on the envelope or package. Please use the format below:

Camper’s Name
OWjL Camp - OWU
61 S Sandusky St. Univ. 024
Delaware, Ohio 43015

Can I call my camper during the week?

We request that parents not call students. Students are not to use the telephones, and cell phones and electronics are not permitted at camp.

Who do I call in an emergency?

The OWjL Camp Office can be contacted at 740-368-3939. For emergencies during camp, an after-hours phone number will be provided with your acceptance information.

Do you accept roommate requests?

We do not accept roommate requests. We strive to have the campers make new friends and have new experiences.

What if I have a special housing or accommodation need?

If you have special housing or accommodation needs, please let us know the circumstances at

I don’t live or attend school in one of the counties listed on the registration form. Can I still apply for OWjL Camp?

Applicants must live in or attend school in one of the 10 central Ohio Counties we service. These are Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union.

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