to Camp Oty'Okwa, a privately owned and preserved 700-acre gem in the Hocking Hills which is visited by thousands of people every year!
This beautiful camp is owned and operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Hundreds of children benefit from its Summer Camp programs each year, and Its year-round facilities are available to community and school groups at a very reasonable charge.
View this 4-minute video to hear what kids love about Camp Oty'Okwa and how you can help more children experience its life-changing programs!
School groups studying the environment,
Faith-based organizations holding retreats,
Businesses planning off-site conferences or team-building exercises,
Community groups holding banquets and fundraisers, and
Families gathering for memorable reunions...
... All of these, whether Large Groups (more than 30 people) or Small Groups (20 people) find that Camp Oty'Okwa offers a perfect natural backdrop for their programs and activities, and all within their budget. We can accommodate any size group from 20 to 150! While at Camp Oty'Okwa, your group will have access to facilities for meetings, activities and meals. In our beautiful modern Dining Lodge, and we will work with you to provide meals for your guests throughout their stay in our beautiful modern Dining Lodge. We offer optional programs and activities led by our staff, and school groups will be pleased to know that we offer accredited environmental education curriculum that meets the State of Ohio academic content standards in science, math, social studies, citizenship and more.
Without leaving camp property, your group can discover the diverse plants and wildlife of the Hocking Hills, take in the beauty of colorful sunrises and sunsets, and enjoy the night life of forest sounds with a canopy of constellations unseen in the cities. All of the region's special attractions are within a couple of miles of Camp Oty'Okwa.
Depending on the timing of your group's visit to Camp Oty'Okwa, you may see central Ohio children experiencing the magic of our Summer Camp program during your stay. By choosing Camp Oty'Okwa for your group, you are helping support our important mentoring programs. For more information about all of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's youth mentoring programs, including Summer Camp, please visit the agency's website at:
Interested in being a Camp Counselor with us this summer? Please click here for our online application.
For information about the new Hemlock Youth Action Team, please click here.
Join us for Hemlock Youth Action Team Community Day on March 15!Free event - open to the public. Learn about the Hemlock ecosystem and what high school students are doing to "save the hemlocks!" For more information, please click here.
EcoWeekend, a program of Columbus Audubon at Camp Oty'Okwa, is coming up May 2-4.More information is available by clicking here or visiting the website. Join in birding, animal and plant life, nature-related arts and crafts, astronomy and geocaching family activities...and lots more!
Adult Education Classes:We have some great Adult Education classes coming up soon! They are co-sponsored by Ashland University, and carry 15 contact hours or 1 semester hour of graduate credit. For course descriptions, schedule and registration forms, please click here.