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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.

The video below features Le'ajaa, one of our campers who will be back as a Junior Counselor this year. Le'ajaa is also a talented classical pianist and she was selected to entertain the audience at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio's 2104 A Taste of Class for Kids event. In the video, Le'ajaa talks about the positive impact Camp Oty'Okwa has had on her life.


  • 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. 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.

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!


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:




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Upcoming Events

Join writer and artist Julie Zickefoose, author of "The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds" on November 2 at Camp Oty'Okwa. For more information, please click here. To purchase your ticket and register, please click here. All profits from this event benefit the camper scholarship fund at Camp Oty'Okwa!

Educators: Here is a two-day conference focused on using inquiry-based education and environmental education to meet Ohio's New Learning Standards. Hosted by rural Action, a Camp Oty'Okwa partner, this is part of Rural Action's commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative to expand its Applachian Green Teachers Project. Please click here for more information and to register.

Holidays in the Country, one of Camp Oty'Okwa's most anticipated events, is coming up on December 13. It's a holiday banquet and silent auction benefitting the camper scholarship fund at Camp Oty'Okwa. For more information, please click here. To purchase your ticket and register, please click here.

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.




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