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 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 Movie Night, the 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, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union.

Forms for Camper Applications

  • OWjL Student/Camper Application Form for Students to complete
  • OWjL Parent Application Form for Parents to complete
  • OWjL School Form for guidance counselors or principals to complete
  • OWjL Teacher Recommendation for teachers to complete


Forms for Camp Counselors

(deadline TBA)
  • OWjL Counselor Application Form (New Counselors)
  • OWjL Counselor Application Form (Former Counselors)
  • OWjL Counselor Reference Form (Need two for NEW Counselors only.)


Forms for Camp Instructors

  • OWjL Course Proposal Form for those who would like to instruct a class at OWjL Camp 


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, thus empowering them to achieve both academically and socially.


2018 Camp Dates

  • June 10-15, 2018, currently in grades 6 and 7

  • June 17-22, 2018, currently in grades 7 and 8

  • June 24-29, 2018, currently in grades 6 and 7

Give To OWjL Online

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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