What camp will I work at?
West Ohio Camps has three beautiful camp and retreat centers spread out across Ohio. All three camps work together but have different specialties in our ministry. Camp Otterbein, in Logan, Ohio, is located in the Hocking Hills Region and offers high adventure activities to its campers such as rock climbing, kayaking, mountain bikes, and zip line. Camp Wesley, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, is centered around a 19 acre lake and offers many water-based activities like canoeing, slip-n-slides, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming. Camp Widewater, in Liberty Center, Ohio, is a fully accessible site and offers many programs for people with mobility impairments. You will have one base camp where you will work for most of the summer, but you may be asked to spend a week at one of our other camps based on our registration numbers.
Who comes to West Ohio Camps?
Our camps are open to all children, you do not have to be a member of a United Methodist Church to attend one of our events. Our campers are boys and girls ages 7-17 from all across Ohio.
What kind of camps do you offer?
We offer three different types of camps throughout the summer: WOC programmed events, partnership events, and rental groups. For WOC programmed events, our staff plan, run, and serve as counselors for the program. For partnership events, we work alongside a local church or organization and may or may not serve as counselors for the event. For rental groups, our staff host the group and lead staffed activities and serve meals. All three camps offer a variety of these different events over the summer.
Is this a paid position?
Yes. First-year staff recieve $45 per day (or about $2,600 for the summer) as well as housing and meals for the summer. Returning and leadership staff may recieve higher pay based on their experience. WOC also pays for any certifications you may need for the summer.
How long does the summer last?
Our staff are typically hired for 11 weeks of the summer, two weeks of training, eight weeks of camp, and one week of closing. For summer 2019, our season runs from May 19 - August 2 for Wesley and Widewater and May 28 - August 7 for Otterbein. There will be a mid-summer break around the 4th of July.
Will I have any time off?
Camp typically runs Sunday evening through Friday evening, meaning you get weekends off! In addition, all staff get a one hour break each day. We understand that you have a lot going on over the summer so we can accomodate up to one week off for mission trips or family vacations. Any time off needs to be scheduled before summer begins.