OWjL Dance 2018

OWjL Camp Dance 

The OWjL Program

The OWjL Program  grew out of a two-year study by a task force formed by the Junior League of Columbus. This task force determined that there was a critical need for talented and gifted education for seventh through ninth graders because:

  • Low level funding from state and federal agencies precluded widespread, quality programs for talented and gifted students within their school system.
  • Students in this age group were often not included in school-sponsored gifted programs because these programs did not yet extend into middle or junior high levels.
  • Middle and secondary schools alone cannot meet all the needs for new and creative experiences for talented and gifted children.

University Hall

Picture of University Hall, the location of the OWjL Administrative Office

OWjL’s first program was held on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University in the summer of 1981 and consisted of two one-week sessions of camp. Because of the need expressed by teachers, counselors, and parents, the 1984 OWjL Program was expanded to include 6th grade students in addition to the original 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. Consequently in 1985, an additional one-week session was added to the existing two one-week sessions. Attendance continues to rise each year. In 1993, OWjL eligibility was limited to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and 510 campers participated in the program.

2nd Generation OWjL Campers

OWjL welcomed more second generation campers in 2019!  OWjL is proud the tradition continues in central Ohio families.