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Registration

We understand you may have some last minute questions about your child's 1st Incomparable Camp Ozark experience. Camp Ozark 1st Year Camper Coffees provide a great opportunity to meet and greet some of our full-time staff members, meet other 1st Year Camp Ozark families from your area, and receive some last-minute information and helpful hints. Invitations will be sent to all 1st Year Camp Ozark Campers enrolled by April 1st. You may also check our calendar in April for dates and locations.
In 2018, Camp Ozark will be offering 14-day, 7-day and 21-day sessions. All Session Dates may be viewed by clicking HERE. As summer draws near, waitlists become common for most, if not all, sessions. Therefore, we encourage parents to enroll their campers as soon as possible. For specifics regarding application policies and procedures, please see our "Policies" section. For questions regarding session availability, please don't hesitate to contact our office at 870-867-4131.

Tuition for each 14-day camp session is $TBD

Tuition for each 7-day camp session is $TBD

Tuition for each 21-day camp session is $TBD

The tuition for all sessions includes a $225.00 deposit/registration fee per session. The $200.00 deposit is refundable until February 1, 2018. After February 1, 2018, the deposit is non-refundable in the event of cancellation for any reason. The $25.00 registration fee is non-refundable.
A deposit and registration fee of $225.00 must accompany all applications for each term. The $200.00 deposit is refundable prior to February 1, 2018. The $25.00 registration fee is nonrefundable. After February 1, 2018, the deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable for any reason.
Fee is all inclusive - all camp activities, camp shirt and shorts, equipment and supplies, color photo of cabin group, and regular arts and crafts activities.

Final payment is due no later than April 1, 2018.

No additional funds are requested except for personal items - stamps, souvenirs, toothpaste, extra craft activities, etc., all of which are available at the camp store. ($200.00 is suggested for a 14-day session and $100.00 for a 7-day session.)

No discounts are allowed for late arrivals or early departures.
Camp Ozark offers installment payment plans only through My Ozark until December 31, 2017. Installment payment plans are an easy way to budget and pay camp tuition. Enrolling in an installment plan online offers convenience and flexibility. All registered campers must be paid in full at the date of the last installment as a condition of final enrollment. Deposits are fully refundable (less a $25 administration fee) up and until February 1. Cancellations must be made by May 1, 2018 in order to receive a refund (less the non-refundable deposit).
Families may register their campers, pay the required deposits, and complete the required application online by clicking on the "Register Today" graphic found throughout this website.

When registering their campers, families will create an online "My Ozark" account, which will allow families to manage their camper information, make payments, save Store items and Summer Photos for future purchase, and much more.
All campers are required to purchase low-cost, no-fault, major medical insurance. The fee for this coverage is minimal, but purchase is a requirement for enrollment at Camp Ozark.
Many campers desire to experience Camp Ozark for more than one session. The fee for two consecutive 14-day sessions is $6190. Campers are fully supervised between sessions. There is a small fee for this service.
Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 are eligible for enrollment. All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Waiting lists are common for all sessions. Acceptance requires a fully completed application, signed and accompanied by the $225.00 camp deposit and registration fee.
Upon acceptance of a camper's application, he or she is placed in the proper grouping and cabin according to age, development, school grade and session. Every effort is made to place campers according to their cabin preference, but final placement is at the sole discretion of the Cabin Placement Coordinator. Campers may request to be placed in the same cabin with up to two other campers. All such requests must be submitted in writing and must be made by both campers two weeks prior to the start of the campers’ session.
Requested cabin mates must be no more than 12 months apart in age. No more than four campers from the same school or social group will be placed in the same cabin. Cross-session requests (when one-week and two-week campers request each other) are not accommodated.

Also, please understand that clear communication with a requested cabin mate is very important. We recommend that all parents involved openly communicate with one another so that all campers may have the best possible start to their Incomparable Camp Ozark experience. To best serve our camp families, the Cabin Placement Coordinator may disclose cabin placement information in order to answer cabin placement questions.

One of our core values at Camp Ozark is Friendship-learning how to be a friend, make a friend and keep a friend. Making new friends is a rich component of the cabin experience and many of our campers choose to not make requests for this reason. We encourage campers to attend without concern for cabin requests, but we will make every effort to accommodate cabin requests in compliance with our cabin placement policies.
Upon acceptance of a camper's application, he or she is assigned to one of two tribes, the mighty Caddo or the powerful Osage Tribe. Tribal assignments are completely random unless the camper has a parent or sibling who is already a member of either tribe. A camper is automatically assigned to the tribe of the parent or sibling.
NO TRIBAL REQUESTS ARE PERMITTED OR CONSIDERED WHEN ASSIGNING TRIBES.
Once a camper is assigned to a tribe, he or she is a member of that tribe for life. Several factors are considered when assigning tribes in order to make War Parties (teams) as balanced as possible.
If your child is enrolled in a session and cancellations are made after February 1st, 2018, deposits are forfeited. If you cancel after February 1st, 2018 and your camper has never been enrolled in a session for 2018 but remains on the waiting list, your deposit is refundable up until the beginning date of the session for which you are wait-listed. If your cancellation is made before May 1st, 2018, you are not liable for the tuition (less the non-refundable deposit). Cancellations made after May 1st, 2018 will result in a forfeiture of the full tuition (non-refundable deposit plus remaining tuition).
Waitlists are common for many camp sessions. Contact will be made immediately when spots open. If you camper is never enrolled in a session, your deposit is refundable up to the beginning of the waitlisted session.

Travel

There are four options for traveling to and from Camp Ozark:

1) Arrive via private automobile

2) Ride a Camp Ozark sponsored chartered bus

3) Fly into the Little Rock Airport to then be transported to camp via chartered bus

4) Fly into Bearce Airport, the local Mount Ida airport, to then be transported to camp via camp shuttles.

Parents are encouraged to personally pick their campers up at the close of camp; however, campers may travel home to selected cities via bus or be transported to Little Rock to board commercial flights home. Transportation fees are charged for these services.

Charter buses run to and from Camp Ozark for most sessions from the following cities:

  • Alexandria
  • Hattiesburg
  • Marshall
  • Shreveport
  • Austin
  • Houston
  • Memphis
  • Texarkana
  • Baton Rouge
  • Jackson, MS
  • Nacogdoches
  • Tulsa
  • Dallas
  • Lafayette
  • New Orleans
  • Vicksburg/Tallulah
  • Fort Smith
  • Little Rock
  • Oklahoma City
Fee for the bus is based on the city of departure.

Campers who wish to fly either to or from camp via commercial airline can be met at or transported to the Little Rock airport. Because a large number of our campers come from Texas, we arrange for specifically designated flights between Houston/Dallas/Austin and Little Rock to be staffed by Ozark staff members.


Camp Ozark offers fully staffed luxury charter bus service from several cities in a six state area (Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi). Several of our camp families take advantage of this extremely economical and convenient travel option. Also, it is a great way to kick-off the camp experience as campers meet new friends and connect with the Ozark staff on the trip.

Incomparable Charter Bus Experience
Our goal is to make the travel experience convenient and incomparable. We work together with reputable charter bus companies in trying to provide an incomparable experience based on a variety of factors including reliability, driver friendliness, professionalism and quality. In addition, Camp Ozark far exceeds the ACA (American Camping Association) recommended staff requirements of one per bus by providing THREE (3) staff members per charter bus.

Travel Staff Training
As part of our staff training and orientation, staff are trained on their travel supervisory responsibilities including travel safety, health, camper monitoring, emergency procedures and check-in/check-out protocols. In addition, all of our staff carry personal cell phones and camp families can track bus arrival times using Camp Ozark patented Info Stream found on the camper dashboard of your MyOzark account or by downloading the “Camp Ozark Go” iPhone app for free at the iTunes app store.

Electronics Restrictions
Due to privacy concerns and to create an incomparable experience free and “un-tethered” from electronics, transmittable devices such as cell phones or tablets with data plans are not permitted at Camp Ozark. Non-transmittable devices such as iPod, mp3 players or tablets without data plans, are permitted while traveling but are not permitted once at Camp Ozark. Upon arrival, all electronic devices are labeled and secured and delivered back to the camper at the end of the camp session.

Meals
We request that all campers pack their own lunch for the trip to Camp Ozark. Camp Ozark provides lunch and a snack (where applicable) for campers traveling home from camp. All charter buses are supplied with sanitization supplies and bottled water for camper use.

Luggage Tags
We request that luggage be restricted to two (2) pieces, a trunk and a duffle. In addition, campers may bring a small carry on such as a back-pack or satchel. In most cabins, trunks are stored under bunks and cannot exceed 15 ½” in height. For those traveling by bus or plane, luggage tags are mailed around two weeks prior to the beginning of each camp session. Please be sure to clearly mark and tag each piece of luggage with these tags. Upon arrival, Camp Ozark Staff will unload and assist campers with their luggage. For further convenience, campers may choose to ship their luggage to and from camp via FedEx or Ups.
Camp Ozark offers fully staffed charter bus service to and from the Little Rock Airport. Parents may book flights on the airline of their choice in accordance with Camp Ozark’s departure and arrival windows. In addition, Camp Ozark offers fully staffed commercial flights from Houston Hobby, Dallas Love, and Austin-Bergstrom on Southwest Airlines. Upon arrival, all campers are greeted by Camp Ozark Staff and escorted to our charter buses for transport to Camp Ozark. Camp Ozark luggage personnel are on hand to load luggage into the luggage bays once identified by each camper at the baggage claim.

Incomparable Airport Experience
Our goal is to make the travel experience convenient and incomparable. Camp Ozark staff is on hand at the Little Rock Airport for all arrivals and departures. Each camper is met at the gate (as long as permitted) upon arrival and escorted to the baggage claim area by Camp Ozark personnel. Charter buses park in close proximity to the baggage claim area and are monitored and supervised by Camp Ozark Staff. Also, camp luggage staff is on hand to assist campers with moving their luggage from the carousels to the charter bus. Travel manifests are generated from information provided in the travel section of each camper’s MyOzark account. Please make sure the flight information provided is accurate and correct.

Travel Staff Training
As part of our staff training and orientation, staff are trained on their travel supervisory responsibilities including travel safety, health, camper monitoring, emergency procedures and check-in/check-out protocols. In addition, all of our staff carry personal cell phones and camp families can track bus arrival times using Camp Ozark patented Info Stream found on the camper dashboard of your MyOzark account or by downloading the “Camp Ozark Go” iPhone app for free at the iTunes app store.

Electronics Restrictions
Due to privacy concerns and to create an incomparable experience free and “un-tethered” from electronics, transmittable devices such as cell phones or tablets with data plans are not permitted at Camp Ozark. Non-transmittable devices such as iPod, mp3 players or tablets without data plans, are permitted while traveling but are not permitted once at Camp Ozark. Upon arrival, all electronic devices are labeled and secured and delivered back to the camper at the end of the camp session. However, campers who fly are allowed to bring cell phones for convenience of communication in route to and from Camp Ozark.

Meals
Camp Ozark provides lunch and a snack (where applicable) for campers traveling home from camp. Sub sandwiches are provided to all campers upon arrival. All charter buses are supplied with sanitization supplies and bottled water for camper use.

Flight Delays
Camp Ozark will make best efforts to communicate with parents regarding flight delays for departing campers; however we ask each parent or guardian monitor their camper’s flight status. In the case of a flight delay, of course our staff members will supervise, monitor and assist the parent or guardian in making alternative arrangements for each camper. With regard to inbound flight delays, we ask that each parent or guardian notify the Camp Ozark office as soon as they are aware of any change in schedule.

Unaccompanied Minors
While Unaccompanied Minor (UA) policies vary by airline, typically they apply to children under the age of 12 flying alone or not traveling with an accompanying passenger over the age of 12. It is the parent or guardians responsibility to understand and comply with UA policies based on the airline of choice, including payment of any and all UA fees. In most cases, airlines require contact information for the pick-up designee at the arrival airport. Information regarding the Camp Ozark Staff designee is sent out approximately two weeks in advance and can otherwise be found by contacting the Camp Ozark office (assignments typically finalized in May). UA policies do not apply to those traveling on staffed flights on Southwest from Houston, Dallas, or Austin.

Little Rock Airport
The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport services six (6) airlines, offers 57 departures each day and non-stop jet service to 16 national and international gateway cities. Major airline service includes Southwest, American, Delta, United, US Airways and Frontier. The Little Rock airport offers non-stop flights to Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte, Denver, St. Louis, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Typically campers arriving from other areas of the country can book flights with one stop service into Little Rock.

Luggage Tags
We request that luggage be restricted to two (2) pieces, a trunk and a duffle. In addition, campers may bring a small carry on such as a back-pack or satchel. In most cabins, trunks are stored under bunks and cannot exceed 15 ½” in height. For those traveling by bus or plane, luggage tags are mailed around two weeks prior to the beginning of each camp session. Please be sure to clearly mark and tag each piece of luggage with these tags. Upon arrival, Camp Ozark Staff will unload and assist campers with their luggage. For further convenience, campers may choose to ship their luggage to and from camp via FedEx or UPS.
There are many places to stay near Camp Ozark. We suggest you make your reservations well in advance. First-class hotel facilities are available in Hot Springs, Arkansas, 40 miles east of Camp Ozark. In addition, there are several nice lodging, cabin and camping options within 20-30 minutes of Camp Ozark

For more information, refer to the lodging list found HERE

You may also visit the Chamber of Commerce websites for Mount Ida and Hot Springs, or any online travel review guide, such as Trip Advisor.

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.

Camp Ozark
155 Camp Ozark Drive
Mt. Ida, AR 71957
Phone: (870) 867-4131
Fax: (870) 867-4344


Each session begins on a Sunday. Opening day procedures are designed to make the parents’ and campers’ experience as smooth and efficient as possible. An Opening Day Guide, as well as both valet and luggage service, are provided to all families arriving via private automobile. Campers arriving via chartered bus or airplane receive assistance with luggage and are moved into their cabin immediately upon arrival.

Specific information regarding Opening Day schedules and events sent via email and regular mail to all enrolled campers prior to the beginning of their camp session.
We strongly encourage every parent to attend Closing Ceremonies on the last day of your camper’s session (Saturday). The program begins at 10:00 am for all two week sessions and for sessions B/D/F/G/I. There is an optional picnic lunch at 11:30 am with your camper’s cabin and counselors ($7.50 per person, advance reservations, please). For sessions A/C/E/H/J, the ceremony begins at 11:00 am. ***NOTE: there is no picnic lunch for sessions A, C, E, H or J.

Specific information regarding Closing Day schedules and events sent via email and regular mail to all enrolled campers prior to the beginning of their camp session.

Health and Safety

The two Health Centers are staffed by a camp physician and up to 9 registered nurses. Additional physicians and a full-service medical clinic are located in Mt. Ida, 6 miles away. It is the camp policy to notify parents of an illness, accident or injury in the event the camper is seen by the camp physician. Should medical bills be incurred, parents are fully responsible for payment.
Camp Ozark will facilitate the mandatory service of pre-packing campers' medications in preparation for camp. Camp families can either send their medication(s) directly to Camp Ozark, or have their doctor provide a prescription to the Camp Ozark partner pharmacy. There is a fee for this service.

All pills/capsules (prescription and non-prescription) taken on a routine basis will be individually packaged and sorted according to day and time of administration. If prescription medication is not in pill/capsule form (liquids, eye drops, topical, etc.) they will be dispensed as indicated.

All medication or prescriptions must be delivered to camp at least 3 weeks prior to the camper's arrival.
Campers that have any type of allergy, whether food, drug, environmental or other, must notify Camp Ozark via the Health Form or in writing before the camper's session begins. All allergies are entered into the camper's database. The "Camp Ozark Allergy Form" must be filled out indicating the allergen, the reaction and the treatment if exposure occurs. If the camper has a potentially life threatening allergy, a black band will be placed on their wrist on their arrival, with their allergy written on the band. Food allergies must be discussed with the Food Services Director in advance of the session and alternatives planned for the session. Supplemental foods are usually requested.
Camp Ozark takes water safety very seriously and has developed water safety policies in accordance with guidelines issued both by the American Red Cross and the American Camping Association.

Before participating in any water activity at Camp Ozark, each camper must complete a mandatory swim test supervised by our waterfront staff. At that time, all campers are fitted for life jackets under the supervision of the waterfront staff. Life jackets are color-coded by size. Campers are required to wear a life jackets when participating in all waterfront activities. The only two exceptions are limited to the water slide area where the camp ratio of swimmers to lifeguard never exceeds 2 to 1 and our EDGE program, a daily exercise program where the campers, on a volunteer basis, can choose to swim laps for twenty consecutive minutes while being monitored by a lifeguard.

Campers who pass the swim test receive a permanent "swim bracelet," which assist the lifeguards in assessing swim ability in each of our areas. Those who do not pass the swim test do not receive a swim bracelet and must wear a life jacket when participating in all waterfront activities, including the water slides and the EDGE swim. In addition each camper is issued a "buddy tag" that is required for admittance into our main waterfront area and wacky world, our youngest campers' swim area. Camp Ozark implements the "buddy system" in both of these areas, requiring all campers to participate in waterfront activities in pairs or groups of three. The buddy system is used to assist in camper monitoring and water safety.

Camp Ozark lifeguards are certified by the American Red Cross. In addition. Backboards and AED's are both available to the waterfront staff should a situation arise requiring their use.

Camp Ozark maintains an excellent safety record in all waterfront activities and reviews its water safety policies on an annual basis.
Sun Protection is taken very seriously at Camp Ozark. In addition to dispensation and application of sunscreen prior to participation in all waterfront and lakefront activities, Camp Ozark trains its staff to encourage sun protection through consistent application of sunscreen. Protective clothing, such as UV rated swim shirts, are also encouraged. While Camp Ozark encourages campers to bring their own sun protection, sunscreen is available in most program areas and UV rated protective clothing is available at the camp store.

In addition, Camp Ozark employs a monitoring system through its restriction protocols that assist summer staff in identifying and caring for campers who are particularly sensitive to sun exposure.
Camp Ozark strives to provide delicious food options that kids enjoy, while recognizing the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. At every meal, campers have the option to eat from the main hot food line or an always healthy breakfast bar in the morning or soup, salad and potato bar at lunch and dinner. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fresh fruit are also available during most meals.
All activity, medical and dietary restrictions are reviewed once submitted during registration. Campers with chronic medical conditions including, but not necessarily limited to, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, heart conditions, etc. are welcome at Camp Ozark as long as the camper can thrive within the Essential Functions defined. Each condition is considered on a case by case basis and final acceptance is at the sole discretion of the camp director in consultation with its medical team.
In order to make reasonable efforts to protect the public health of our entire camp population, Immunizations are mandatory for camp attendance - no exemptions or exceptions.
In order to make reasonable efforts to protect the health and safety of each individual camper, only emergency medications (inhalers or epi pens) or new prescriptions (newly prescribed in the week prior to attendance) can be brought on opening day. There is a $75 handling fee for any other medications brought on opening day, other than these exceptions. In addition, Camp Ozark cannot guarantee the proper dispensation of medications within the first 48 hours of receipt. Thank you for your cooperation.

While At Camp

To send camper mail, you can mail it to:

Camp Ozark
Attn: Camper Name
Session ___, Cabin #
155 Camp Ozark Dr.
Mt Ida AR 71957

We ask that you do NOT send candy, food or gum. Cell phones, MP3 or other music players, video cameras, radios, laptops, video games, and other similar electronic items should not be brought to camp. If these items are brought to camp, they will be taken up and held in a secure location in the camp office. Expensive cameras and watches should be left at home due to the risk of breakage or loss.

Food, candy, water balloons or silly string should not be brought or sent to camp.

Fireworks, guns, ammunition, and knives are strictly prohibited.

All such items will be confiscated and discarded. Ideas of things you can send would be books, magazines, activity books, games, cards, stuffed animals, hair accessories, props for the Special Events.
Parents, relatives and friends are requested not to visit campers during the session. Campers are not permitted to leave camp during the session with parents or friends. We ask your full cooperation in this policy as it is for the well-being of the camper and camp.
In order for campers to have an Incomparable Camp Ozark experience, cell phones, MP3 or other music players, video cameras, radios, laptops, video games, and other similar electronic items should not be brought to camp. If these items are brought to camp, they will be taken up and held in a secure location in the camp office. Expensive cameras and watches should be left at home due to the risk of breakage or loss.

Food, candy, water balloons or silly string should not be brought or sent to camp

Fireworks, guns, ammunition, knives and pets are strictly prohibited.
Telephone calls from parents or friends to campers should be limited to an emergency basis. Please feel free to call the Camp Mom if you need to discuss something relating to your child. Campers are not allowed to use the telephone during their stay at Camp Ozark except for radical emergencies. Campers are allowed to receive e-mail messages. Email packages are available online through your My Ozark account or the Camp Store. Emails are printed at 8 A.M. daily and delivered by 2 P.M. through the Camp Post Office.
No extra money is needed at camp except for personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, stamps, camp t-shirts, canteen/snack items, extra craft items, etc. A deposit should be made in the camper's store account; $200 is suggested for two and three week sessions, and $100 is suggested for one week sessions.

The Camp Store operates in similar fashion to a checking account and the unused balance is refunded. In the event your camper's store balance falls below $25, you will be notified via your My Ozark Dashboard. Additional store funds can be added through your My Ozark account or by calling the camp office at 870-867-4131.

All money must be turned in to the office on the first day of camp. No money is allowed to be kept in the cabins.
The Camp Ozark daily schedule allows campers to participate in a wide variety of activities, both in structured and non-structured settings. Whether it is the excitement of learning a new skill during Morning Activities, the freedom of Mish Mash, the energy and impact of our nightly Worship Services, or the non-stop fun of Special Events, the Camp Ozark program has something for everyone!

A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP OZARK:

7:20 AMWake-Up
7:35 AMMorning Show
7:55 AMBreakfast/Cabin Clean-Up
8:45 AMTribal Competition
10:05 AMChill-Out
10:35 AMFirst Activity
11:25 AMSecond Activity
12:15 PMThird Activity
1:05 PMLunch
2:00 PMRest Period
3:00 PMMish Mash
5:30 PMDinner
6:45 PMLifeline/Primetime/Ozone
7:30 PMSpecial Events
9:00 PMDevotional/Showers
10:00 PMLights Out

Morning Activities are primarily designed for campers to learn or improve upon a skill from one day to the next. Each camper will receive a unique, individualized morning class schedule based on the camper's indicated preferences. All classes are a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camper will be able to change his or her class schedule upon arrival at camp. Age and gender restrictions for some activities may apply.

Each scheduled Morning Activity generally meets once daily, Monday through Thursday, with a total of three activity periods each day.
All areas of camp are staffed and open recreationally every afternoon during our camp-wide free time known as Mish Mash. Campers are able to participate in as many activities as they'd like. Qualified staff is assigned to supervise each activity, while those not assigned are free to take kids to different activities of the camper's choosing. Organized Tournaments and Clinics are advertised and offered each Mish Mash allowing campers to benefit from instruction in a specific areas, as well as participate alone or with a group in structured play.

Mish Mash is often referred to as the camper's favorite time of the day because all activities at Camp Ozark are open, with campers having the opportunity to do "whatever they want" at this time. Mish Mash lasts about 2 hours each day.
No regulation uniform is required. All clothing and equipment must be marked with camper's first and last name. Each camper should bring a standard size trunk (15" high). A complete list of what to bring can be found here for one week campers and here for two week campers. The special event packing guide can be found here.
Camp Ozark firmly believes that all campers deserve to have an "incomparable" camp experience, and any camper behavior that negatively affects the experience of others should be addressed in a decisive and timely fashion. Camp Ozark has developed a system of Camper Monitoring designed to prevent, identify and resolve camper behavior issues. Components of Camper Monitoring include:

Monitoring of Camper Behavior
Camp Ozark employs a system of camper monitoring that involves cabin counselors, senior summer staff ("Top Staff" - older Camp Ozark "veterans" who oversee a small group of cabins), and Permanent Staff. One of the primary goals of our camper monitoring system is to be in a position to quickly identify and resolve any camper misbehavior. Our cabin counselors are the first line of "defense," but all staff members, including the Top and Permanent Staff, are trained to work together to attempt to eliminate misbehavior of any kind.

Permanent Staff
Certain members of the Camp Ozark Permanent Staff are tasked with designing, implementing and evaluating our camper monitoring program. These Permanent Staff members try to stay current on recent trends and thoughts on preventing, identifying and resolving behavioral issues, including bullying. In addition, these Permanent Staff are proactive during the summer in responding to behavioral issues that arise among campers. As issues come to their attention, whether through formal or informal channels, one or more of these Camp Ozark Permanent Staff members becomes involved.

Training of Summer Staff
Camp Ozark trains our Summer Staff in efforts to help them recognize, prevent and resolve camper misbehavior issues, such as bullying. This includes training prior to camp, during our Staff Orientation (required of all summer staff member with very few exceptions), as well as ongoing training and evaluation during summer.

Camper Supervision Rules
Camp Ozark has developed policies and guidelines aimed at adequate supervision and monitoring of campers. For example, we go to great lengths to avoid situations where campers are not directly supervised by staff members at all times. Since most campers who bully or otherwise misbehave tend to do so in the absence of adult supervision, we strive to eliminate those situations.

Opening Day Meetings
On the first night of camp, Camp Ozark conducts age- and gender-specific meetings with all campers. During these opening day meetings, a member of the Permanent Staff reviews our behavioral policies and guidelines and outlines the consequences of misbehavior (ranging from a meeting with Permanent Staff, to loss of camp privileges, to expulsion from camp in extreme cases). A Permanent Staff member will also review the formal and informal ways a child may report misbehavior by another camper or staff member. We want campers to feel safe and empowered to stand up for themselves, and to know they have options for dealing with difficult situations.

One-on-One Meetings and Daily Checks
We conduct "Camper Evaluations" once per week, during which members of the Top Staff meet with the counselors in their assigned cabins and documents a formalized report for each camper. The primary purpose of this meeting is to identify any behavioral issues that might be causing problems in the cabin. These reports are then reviewed by members of the Permanent Staff. In addition, Top Staff members are tasked with informally checking with each of their assigned cabins each day. Again, this helps keep us informed as to how the campers in a cabin are getting along, and if the counselors are having any difficulty managing behavioral issues.
Camp Moms, typically former Ozark staff members, serve as a mom away from home and strive to help make the experience of sending a child to camp as smooth and worry-free as possible for both the camper and parents. Camp Moms have a network in place that enables them to meet camper's needs, address issues such as homesickness, and give 1st time camper status reports to camp families a few days into their camper's session.
Cabins at Camp Ozark are arranged by age group and gender, and are strategically located throughout Camp Ozark. The Summit and Pines are areas set apart for our older campers and are serviced by a separate dining facility and Health Center. The typical cabin arrangement is 9-12 campers with 2-3 counselors. The cabins are rustic (screen doors, screen windows, ceiling fans), and campers sleep in bunk beds. Each sleeping area has a shelf and access to an electrical outlet (for fans or clocks). Most campers use bath houses, although some cabins do have their own facilities.
We love birthdays at Camp Ozark! Campers with birthdays while at camp are celebrated in many ways. They start their day with an announcement and celebration at the Morning Show and their entire cabins gets a birthday bag with decorations, hats, and other fun items. The birthday boy or girl receives a Mish Mash Fast Pass and a cake at lunch to share with the cabin while the whole camp sings "Happy Birthday" to the camper! Additional birthday packages to send to your camper on their special day are available for purchase via the Camp Ozark Store.