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A number of our volunteers serve as camp counselors for one of our many camps. If you are interested in becoming an OMK camp counselor see the link below, and check out the Upcoming Events page of the website for future opportunities. Don't forget to apply!


CAMP DATES for 2024:

Teen Leadership Camp (campers ages 13-17) - June 5 - June 9 with virtual staff training

  • Counselors must be 18+

Teen Camp (campers ages 12-15) - July 28 - August 1 with mandatory staff training on July 26-28

  • Counselors must be 16+

Youth Camp (campers ages 9-11) - August 4 + August 8 with mandatory staff training on August 2-4

  • Counselors must be 15+

In-Person Counselor Training: Thursday, June 13, 2024 in Columbus, OH

OVERVIEW of camp counselor descriptions

Counselor in Training: Only eligible to counselors at youth camp. You have never been a camp counselor before, but you may have attended OMK Camp Kelleys Island in the past. You will be paired with a returning camp counselor for cabin assignments.

New Counselor: Eligible for counseling at Youth or Teen Camp, pending your age - must be at least 16 to counsel at Teen Camp. You have never been a counselor for OMK Camp Kelleys Island, but you have experience working with youth in other settings that may include 4-H, scouts, or youth groups.

Returning Counselor: Eligible for counseling at Teen Leadership Camp, Kelleys Island Youth Camp, or Kelleys Island Teen Camp, pending your age. You have been a counselor for OMK Camp Kelleys Island in the past.

You do not have to have a military affiliation to apply to be a camp counselor.


  • All counselor applicants are requested to have TWO unrelated adults assess the applicant's skills and abilities as they pertain to being a camp counselor. You can direct them here or send them the direct link


Application and references are due by 11:59 pm, Sunday, February 11, 2024. Extended to 11:59 pm, Wednesday, February 28, 2024.


Interviews will be invited after applications are reviewed (March)


Camp staff decisions are typically made in the spring to prepare for summer programs.


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