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Camp Oty'Okwa
South Bloomingville, Ohio

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614.839.2447 ext 177
24779 Purcell Rd
South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio
Attn: Camp Oty'Okwa
1855 East Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus OH 43229


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Big Brothers Big Sisters

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Explorer’s Camp (6-9 year olds): Explorer’s Camp is an introduction to camping and the out-of-doors. They will live in a cabin with other children their own age and their counselors. While having fun with activities such as swimming, hiking, stories and fishing, they will also be learning how to work together and be comfortable in a new environment. Campers who participate in Explorer’s Camp spend at least one night camping in the woods.

Adventure Camp (ages 10-14): Adventure Camp offers similar activities to Explorer’s Camp, only more ambitious and involved. Hikes are generally longer and campers may spend several nights sleeping out in the woods. In addition to regular camp activities, Adventure campers may also canoe, rock-climb, rappel, backpack and do team-building activities with certified staff.

Science Camp (ages 10-14): During this week long Science program campers will enjoy the following examples of programming geared towards Science: Geology, Forest Ecosystems & Critters that live there, Watershed Creeking, Birds of Prey, Flight/Rocketry, Astronomy/Telescopes, and Initiatives/Team-Building activities.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Camp Oty’Okwa offers Special Care Camp. It’s designed for children who need closer supervision and basically, just a little more attention. They are actively involved with their counselor and other children with similar needs, in our variety of camp activities. Candidates for Special Care Camp may have Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Behavior or Mood Disorders or a combination of needs. Campers must apply for the Special Care program and families meet with the Camp Director to personalize the camp program to best fit their needs. 614-839-2447 ext 177

Swimming, Science, Academics, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Camp Oty’Okwa is a residential co-ed camp owned and operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio since 1942, and offers a Summer Camp Program available to boys and girls 6-14 years old.Camp Oty’Okwa has access to over 700 scenic acres with the immediate facilities set atop one of the highest hills in the Hocking Hills area. The camp is surrounded by steep terrain, mature woodlands, rock formations, hollows and two large caves, providing an excellent site for exploration and appreciation of nature.

CAMP FACILITIES: Facilities include platform tents, rustic cabins, dining hall, activity center, pool, shelter house, basketball and volleyball courts, a climbing wall, pioneer cabin, Native American village, gathering barn and a four-acre playing field. Camp Oty’Okwa has access to over 700 scenic wooded acres that allow the campers to spend at least one night camping in the woods.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: The Summer Camp Staff is carefully selected through an in-depth interview and screening process and is hired for the entire summer to ensure consistency in the quality of the program. Staff is trained in First-Aid and CPR by a certified American Red Cross instructor. All staff members complete training to help each camper gain the most from his/her camp experiences. Medical personnel are on duty round-the-clock. Water activities are supervised by staff certified by the American Red Cross in life saving and water safety. Camp Oty'Okwa is American Camp Association Accredited. For information about ACA-Accredited Camps visit Our Camp Website Link:

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Please call 614-839-2447 ext 177 or email mbayes[AT] to inquire about financial aid and scholarships.

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