Be a Counselor

Camp counselors are carefully selected to represent the interests and experiences of the campers. They must have completed their college freshman year to apply. Recently, over half of the 20 counselors in the summer program each year are former OWjL campers.

Past camp counselors attend or have attended: Denison University, Kent State University, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Spelman College, The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, Vanderbilt University, and Villanova University... to name a few.

Interested applicants can read the Camp Counselor Job Description (PDF).

To apply: New applicants must make sure their complete counselor application is on file with the OWjL Office by one of the deadline dates which is January 31, 2020.

All applications received on or before the deadline will be considered for interviews. Applications received after the deadline will be placed on the counselor wait list and will only be considered if additional positions become available.

A complete application for NEW camp counselor applicants include:

  • A completed new counselor application
  • A current resume including information about experience working with teenagers or children as well as other work, camp, and leadership experience. Specify pertinent certifications in areas of CPR, Life Saving, and WSI including expiration dates.
  • Two counselor reference forms completed by individuals other than family members.

Below are links to submit the forms online and PDF files if you would prefer to print, complete and mail in to us.

To obtain a hard copy of application forms via postal mail, contact the OWjL Office at 740-368-3939 or

Camp Counselor Online Forms (complete and submit online):

  • New OWjL Camp Counselor Application Form
  • OWjL Camp Counselor Reference Form for New Applicants Only (individuals giving a counselor reference to complete)
  • Former OWjL Camp Counselor Application Form

2020 PDF Downloads (to print, complete and mail):

  • New OWjL Camp Counselor Application Form (PDF)
  • New OWjL Camp Counselor Reference Form (PDF)
  • Former OWjL Camp Counselor Application Form (PDF)

Be an Instructor

Summer 2020 marks OWjL's 39th year as an academic camp for gifted and talented sixth through eighth graders at Ohio Wesleyan University. Campers are challenged as they attend four courses each day from a liberal arts curriculum. Students select class preferences from the areas of Science/Math/Computers/Logic and Creative Development/Humanities. They are required to take at least one course from each of the two areas.

Instructing students who are genuinely interested in learning can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience. OWjL instructors are responsible for one 75-minute class each day, Monday through Friday, with a typical class size of 12-16 students. Courses are designed to provide intellectual challenge, active involvement, problem solving, and group activities.

Campers select their own courses from a curriculum guide listing class titles and descriptions. The appeal and accuracy of this information is important for campers to gain a sense of the content of each class. A sampling of previous class course descriptions can be found by going to Course Examples.

Each year, certified teachers, or experts in their field, are invited to submit course proposals. Selection of courses to be included in the curriculum guide depends on the number of proposals received in each area and any duplicates. Ultimately, student enrollment determines whether there is enough interest for the class to be taught.

To apply: interested instructors should submit a course proposal form online or download the PDF file and mail it to the address on the form as soon as possible, but no later than January 15, 2020.

A complete application for instructor applicants include:

  • A completed submission application
  • A current resume emphasizing areas of expertise or educational qualifications, including certifications, specify experience working with or instructing youth, and include a work reference or an previous OWjL instructor's reference.

Online Submissions (complete and submit online)

Course Proposal Form

PDF Download (to print, complete and mail)

Course Proposal Form (PDF)

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