Ohio Wesleyan will host three weeklong sessions of OWjL Camp in June for nearly 460 gifted middle-schoolers from throughout central Ohio. The children take classes in mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities, and creative development. (Photo courtesy of OWjL)

Spreading Their Wings

Ohio Wesleyan Hosts OWjL Camp for Gifted Middle Schoolers in Grades Six Through Eight

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host nearly 460 gifted-and-talented middle schoolers on campus from June 11 to June 30 for three weeklong sessions of the Ohio Wesleyan/Junior League of Columbus (OWjL) camp.

OWjL (pronounced “owl”) campers choose from more than 50 classes in mathematics, logic, computing, science, humanities, and creative development as they make friends and learn it’s OK to be smart. This year’s classes include “3D Printing: How to Engineer for the Future,” “A Taste of Hogwarts,” and “Hunger Games: Can You Survive?”

Students invited to attend OWjL camp are nominated by principals, guidance counselors, or teachers from more than 120 middle schools in central Ohio communities including Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties. The sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders all have earned high test scores on nationally normed tests and demonstrated exceptional talent, creativity, or leadership.

The campers are taught by Ohio Wesleyan faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as national board-certified secondary school teachers, teachers of gifted and talented students, and other experts in their fields. They also are mentored by camp counselors including students from Ohio Wesleyan and various other colleges and universities.

The 2023 camp includes three weeklong sessions running from June 11-16, June 18-23, and June 25-June 30.

The Ohio Wesleyan/Junior League of Columbus camp was founded in 1981 after a two-year study that determined the region’s gifted and talented middle school students were underserved during the school year and would benefit from programs to promote discovery and foster skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, research, leadership, and communication. Learn more at owu.edu/owjl.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and global perspective, and translate classroom knowledge into real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.