We will begin to accept applications for OYO 2018 on February 1, 2018

OYO Camp Staff & Interpreter Opportunities

Do you think that your unique experiences, abilities and personality could compliment the camping experience for Deaf/HH campers? Are you a responsible, friendly, enthusiastic, hard-working person who enjoys the outdoors? Being a member of the Team OYO is hard work and involves a great deal of commitment, compassion and time; but we guarantee it will be lots of fun and very rewarding!

CIT Applicants

If you were a camper at OYO in the past and will be graduating from high school this year and/or not yet 20 years old, Deaf or Hard of Hearing and interested in the Counselor -in-Training Program, Please complete a staff application and mark that you would like to be in the CIT Program.  A handful of CIT applicants are selected each year for the OYO, 2-year CIT program. As a CIT, you will get to Shadow an experienced counselor and work with campers that are 3 or more years younger than yourself.


Qualifications and Expectations

It is important that you know up-front what our qualifications, standards and expectations are, because only you can know after some heartfelt consideration, whether or not a position with OYO Camp is a good fit for YOU.

  • 20+ years of age for Interpreting Staff . Practicum students must be currently enrolled in an Interpreter Training Program, and will be in the practicum/internship part of the program at the time of camp (We will consider practicum students under the age of 20).
  • 20+ years of age (OYO Camp Staff)
  • Deaf/HH and a high school graduate 18-20 years of age (CIT)
  • All OYO Camp Staff must work a minimum of 3 nights/4 days (this includes interpreting staff )
  • Ohio requires that you complete and submit a clean BCI & FBI background check that is valid for the entire week of camp
  • We ask that you complete and submit proof of your BCI/FBI before you can attend camp training (typically held in early June)
  • Completed high school / GED
  • Have knowledge of and experience using ASL
  • Enjoy working with and being with kids
  • Comfortable interacting, socializing, and communicating with Deaf/HH kids and Deaf/HH special needs kids
  • Follow directions well
  • Willing to assist and participate in camp activities
  • Able to walk, run and keep up with the kids = in good health (you’ll walk about 7 miles a day!)
  • Able to function clearly and enthusiastically on 6 hours of sleep
  • Interact and communicate with staff and campers in a respectful manner
  • Grant us permission to checkout your social networking site(s) as part of the reference check process
  • Willing to jump-in and help out as needed
  • Maintain OYO standards for health, safety, and security at all times
  • Serve as a role model through positive attitude and behavior
  • Would be willing to take (or have already) a basic first aid class
  • Attend daily staff meetings during Camp
  • Like to have fun and laugh
  • Cheerful at 7:00 AM every morning during camp
  • Can deal with being hot, getting dirty and possibly wet…every day 😉
  • Provide at least 2 (not relatives or partner) references for us to contact
  • Have some experience working with children and/or at a Camp
  • The Counselor in Training (CIT) Program is designed to work with OYO Campers who have graduated from high school, but are not yet 20 years old.  A limited number of CIT’s are chosen each year to shadow experienced camp counselors in order to develop the skills needed to be an effective OYO Camp counselor

Helpful Information for the CampDoc Application process

  • First: You need to register with CampDoc
  • Click on REGISTER / APPLY  located on the right side of this page to get started (or at the bottom of the page if using a mobile phone)
  • Be sure to create a password that you will remember
  • Yes, you are a Participant of OYO Camp
  • Upload a selfie of your beautiful, smiling face
  • Below your selfie pic, click on Registration
  • Click on the drop-down box arrow and select STAFF
  • If you are applying for an Interpreter or Practicum position, select INTERPRETER
  • All other positions select Staff/CIT
  • Click No, Decline Protection Plan
  • Transactions is at the top of this page- just click REGISTER
  • Now the fun begins!
  • On the right side of the screen you will notice the red bullets listing the sections you are going to complete
  • As you complete a section a green checkmark will appear
  • It will take about 20-30 minutes to compete and submit the application
  • You can stop and resume at any time
  • Email camille@adv4kids.org if you have any questions

Staff & Interpreter Selection Process

Each year, OYO selects about 70 staff. Chosen applicants will be interviewed via VP, Skype, telephone or directly. Some Team OYO positions will be required to participate in a pre-camp training program. Everyone Team OYO member is required to work a minimum of 3 nights/4 days at camp and additionally to attend the pre-camp staff orientation. All Team OYO members must complete and submit a fingerprint FBI and BCI background check.

The state of Ohio requires that anyone working directly with children must complete and submit a BCI & FBI fingerprint background check that is current and valid during camp.
Selected staff with a clean background check, will be reimbursed (up to $85) for their FBI/BCI fingerprint background check. Your receipt for reimbursement must be received by June 1 for reimbursement.

Click here for detailed background check instructions
Click here for an Example of a BCI/FBI Fingerprint Form

General Position Descriptions

Lead Counselor
You are the primary caregiver for each camper within your assigned cabin (group of same gender, similar age campers that bunk together). You lead in planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities as well as guiding the campers in their personal growth and daily living skills when not with their Tribe.                     

You are the secondary caregiver for each camper within your assigned cabin (group of same gender, similar age campers that bunk together). You lead in planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities as well as guiding the campers in their personal growth and daily living skills when not with their Tribe.

Tribe Leader
You oversee a Tribe (a group of male and female campers of similar age thoughtfully grouped together considering their preferred communication methods). You lead in planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities as well as guiding the campers in their personal growth and daily living skills when they are not in their cabins/with their bunk-mates.  Oftentimes a Leader Counselor or Counselor may also be a Tribe Leader.

 Activity Specialist                                                                                                                                                          You assist with camper enrichment opportunities as needed in a specific area such as arts & crafts, evening activities, water-sports, field-sports etc.

Interpreter                                                                                                                                                                        You translate and interpret spoken language using American Sign Language and/or manual sign language systems and vice versa to facilitate communication between hearing and Deaf/HH individuals, as assigned by the Lead Interpreter.

Practicum Interpreter
You assist in facilitating communication on a one-to-one basis and/or to small groups with thoughtful consideration by the Lead Interpreter regarding your level of experience. A small number of students are selected for OYO each year. If you are interested, we recommend you get your application in to us ASAP!


IMG_3619    IMG_3330  IMG_3646