You and your small group will spend time working on service projects serving different populations in Columbus, Ohio. During the evenings you can look forward to meals with your new friends, games, small group conversations, laughter, and reflections on the day’s experiences! You will return to campus and spend two days before classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 22, meeting and connecting with your fellow classmates, faculty, and staff.

Day One (Aug 16)

  • 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Check-in to residence hall
  • 3:00 p.m. - All new students meeting / program
  • 4:30 p.m.: Convocation program with students and parents/family
  • 5:30 p.m.: Welcome BBQ dinner for new students and parents/family on the JAY Walk
  • 7:00 p.m. Camp Meeting with your Camp Leaders and classmates
  • 8:00 p.m. First mandatory residential floor meeting
  • Spend the night in the residence halls

 

 Day Two (Aug 17)

  • Breakfast
  • Arrival and welcome
  • Service Camp group leaves for lodging campsite 
  • Introduction to service activities
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon service activity (2018 community partners listed below):
    • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed

    • Goodwill

    • Habitat for Humanity Restore

    • LifeCare Alliance

    • Mid-Ohio Foodbank

    • Out of the Closet

    • Ronald McDonald House

    • The City of Columbus

  • Dinner
  • Small group time
  • Evening activity 

Day Three (Aug 18)

  • Breakfast
  • Morning service activity (2018 community partners listed below):
    • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed

    • Goodwill

    • Habitat for Humanity Restore

    • LifeCare Alliance

    • Mid-Ohio Foodbank

    • Out of the Closet

    • Ronald McDonald House

    • The City of Columbus

  • Lunch 
  • Afternoon service activity (2018 community partners listed below):
    • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

    • Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed

    • Goodwill

    • Habitat for Humanity Restore

    • LifeCare Alliance

    • Mid-Ohio Foodbank

    • Out of the Closet

    • Ronald McDonald House

    • The City of Columbus

  • Dinner
  • Small Group Time
  • Evening activity 

Day Four (Aug 19)

  • Breakfast
  • Closing session and reflection
  • Arrive back at OWU
  • Lunch 
  • Late night social on campus

Day Five (Aug 20)

  • Your first college class (UC 160)
  • First-Year student lunch at the Pritchard (home of President Rock Jones)
  • Meet with your academic advisor
  • Evening entertainment

Day Six (Aug 21)

  • Optional vans and shuttles to area stores
  • Events and games throughout campus
  • Oh-Wooo Welcome and Student Involvement Fair (free food and music!)