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Staff Quick Facts Camp Ozark

Application Process

Top Staff OrientationMay 17 – May 20 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 17th)
Lake Crew OrientationMay 18 – May 21 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 18th)
Instructor Specialist OrientationMay 19 – May 20 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 19th)
Skills TrainingMay 20 – May 25 (Must arrive between 6pm – 8pm on May 20th)
Returner OrientationMay 25 – May 26 (Must arrive between 6pm – 7pm on May 25th)
All Staff OrientationMay 26 – June 2 (Must arrive between 1:00pm – 2:00pm on May 26th)
1st SessionJune 2 (12 noon) – June 18 (5pm)
2nd SessionJune 16 (1pm) – July 2 (5pm)
3rd SessionJune 30 (1pm) – July 16 (5pm)
4th SessionJuly 14 (1pm) – July 30 (5pm)
5th SessionJuly 28 (1pm) – August 13 (8am)
Ozark for All Session August 11 (1pm) – August 18 (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.
6 Weeks$1,170
8 Weeks$1,560
11 Weeks$2,145
*All positions require an additional 8-day paid training period. For more information contact
1. Sign up for an Interview
2. Fill our 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

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.
The Camp Ozark S.W.A.T. Team stands for “Servants Working All Together.” The SWAT Team is a group of about 15-20 staff members. About 15 of the staff members are comprised of our Core SWAT who work all or part of the summer doing manual labor, maintenance, cleaning, and support for all camp activities. Some other SWAT team members may still teach classes and utilize their certifications and skills, but will not be living in the cabin for the session they are assigned to the SWAT Team.


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 17th
This is for all Lake Crew members and will begin on Thursday, May 18th
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 20th (Unpaid week due to receiving an official Red Cross Lifeguard Certificate good for 3 years)
Challenge Course Training- May 20th
Crafts Training- May 20th
Videography and Photography Training- May 20th
Store Training- May 20th
Shooting Sports Training- May 20th
Horsemanship Training- May 20th
Office Training- May 20th

Summer staff members are required to attend our 9-day Staff Orientation (May 26- June 3). 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 Sessions A and H.