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Staff Quick Facts Camp Ozark

Application Process

Top Staff OrientationMay 13 – May 16 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 13th)
Lake Crew OrientationMay 14 – May 16 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 14th)
Instructor Specialist OrientationMay 14– May 16 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 14th)
Work Crew OrientationMay 15– May 16 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 16th)
Skills TrainingMay 16 – May 22 (Must arrive between 6pm – 8pm on May 16th)
Returner OrientationMay 21 – May 22 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 21st)
All Staff OrientationMay 22– May 30 (Must arrive between 1:00pm – 2:00pm on May 22nd)
1st SessionMay 29 (12 noon) – June 14 (5pm)
2nd SessionJune 12 (12:30 pm) – June 28 (5pm)
3rd SessionJune 26 (12:30 pm) – July 12 (5pm)
4th SessionJuly 10 (12:30 pm) – July 26 (5pm)
5th SessionJuly 24 (12:30 pm) – August 9 (8am)
Ozark for All Session August 7 (12:30 pm) – August 14 (5pm)

All of our staff go through a 9 day Staff Orientation in May. Our campers come for a variety of durations throughout the summer: We offer five two-week sessions, six one-week sessions and one Ozark for All session. As a staff member however, you may apply for partial employment which at minimum is 3 sessions, or full-summer employment which covers the entire duration of the summer sessions. We offer flexible work options for our summer staff so that you can take summer school, get an internship, attend family vacations, etc.
6 Weeks$1,350
8 Weeks$1,800
11 Weeks$2,475
*All positions require an additional 8-day paid training period. Food and lodging is covered during your contracted time at Camp Ozark. For more information contact [email protected]
1. Sign up for an Interview
2. Fill out your online Summer Staff Application
3. Submit your References
    First year staff - 4 references through an electronic link on our website.
       I. Professional - employer, supervisor, etc.
       II. Personal - coach, youth director, teacher, parent, friend, etc.
       III. Personal - coach, youth director, teacher, parent, friend, etc.
       IV. Family Member - immediate family member

References are sent automatically. After entering their email address in the reference section of the online application, they will receive an online form that they will fill out electronically and submit through their email link. Applicants are responsible for checking with references to make sure they received the link and are able to complete the form in a timely manner.
After an interview with Camp Ozark, complete your application and submit your references if you have not done so already.
If you wish to contact your recruiter, you may email or call them directly or send any questions you have to [email protected]

You will hear back from Camp Ozark by the following dates:
Fall Recruiting: December 10th
Winter Recruiting: April 1st
Camp Ozark recruits over 700 college-age students from over 100 schools and universities across the country as well as internationally for our summer staff. Check out our Campus Page to see if we recruit at your school.
There are many factors that go into our application and interview process, but there are a few main criteria:

  Must Love Kids!
     Able to develop fun, positive relationships with campers
     Concern and proactive approach to camper safety (emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual)
     Focus on kids and show them God through your life example

  Must have energy!
     Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self-control

  Must be a positive, upbeat Christian role model!
     Strong Christian faith and an active relationship with Jesus Christ
     Good character, integrity, and adaptability

  Must have a strong work ethic!


Please check out our Positions Available Page for a listing of all positions we offer as well as further description on what each job entails.

Camp Moms - Our camp moms are all former Camp Ozark staff members who have moved on and most have children of their own.


Summer Staff members are responsible for their transportation to and from Camp Ozark. There are three main options for traveling to camp:
1. Drive yourself to camp
2. Carpool to camp with a fellow Summer Staff Member
3. Fly into the Little Rock Airport to then be transported to camp via shuttle bus (only available on limited days)

More information on specific travel instructions will be provided on the My Ozark Staff Dashboard after applicants are hired.

Camp Ozark is located 6 miles west of Mt. Ida, Arkansas (40 miles west of Hot Springs, Arkansas) in the scenic Ouachita Lake and Mountain region of west-central Arkansas. Our ideal setting provides easy access to the Ouachita River, the Ouachita National Forest, and Lake Ouachita.


This is for all Top Staff and will begin on Wednesday, May 15th
This is for all Lake Crew members and will begin on Thursday, May 16th
This is for all Instructor Specialists and will begin on Friday, May 17th
Skills Training Classes are assigned based on position hired. In the spring, our staff are informed of the training class they will be participating in.

The following classes are available and start at the specified date:

Lifeguard training- May 18th (Unpaid week due to receiving an official Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate good for 3 years)
Challenge Course Training- May 18th
Crafts Training- May 18th
Videography Training - May 18th
Photography Training- May 24th
Store Training- May 18th
Shooting Sports Training- May 18th
Horsemanship Training- May 18th
Post Office/Office Training- May 18th
Floater Training - May 18th

Summer staff members are required to attend our 9-day Staff Orientation (May 24 - June 1). Staff members are paid for participation in Orientation.


Each day is a different day at Camp Ozark, but you can check out at look at what a day in the life of all our staff positions typically looks like at by watching our "Day in the Life" videos.
You can receive internship credit in a number of areas throughout a Camp Ozark summer. We have working relationships with several colleges and universities as an accredited intern program.
Yes! We have a few different types of time off:

     Between Sessions - Session responsibilities generally end on Saturday around 2 PM and begin on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM.
     Days Off - Most staff members will receive a full day off at some point during the 2 week session.
     Lunch Off - Cabin Counselor staff will have the opportunity to have a lunch and rest period off during each session.
     Nights Off - Staff have a "Staff Time" from 10:30-12 midnight most every night.
Camp Ozark does offer 50% discounts on tuition for staff members siblings who would be first time campers at Camp Ozark. We have limited spots available for Session H.