The Summer Experience You've Been Waiting For
We provide flexible work options for staff. 1st year staff members are required to work at least 3 consecutive sessions and attend Staff Orientation. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
All positions require an additional 8-day paid training period. Listed salary does not include room and board provided during the summer. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
For many of our staff members, Camp Ozark provides opportunities to fulfill internship requirements for a variety of majors and academic programs. Contact [email protected] to learn more.
Camp Ozark is more than a summer camp, it is a life changing experience. Listen to what some of our former staff is saying.
“Camp Ozark is my favorite place in the world because it has challenged and encouraged me to live everyday joyfully and wholeheartedly pursuing the Lord and loving others”
“Camp Ozark taught me how to love. Camp and the people there show me to how to let Christ be at the center of all I do and to strive to be more like him every day.”
“Being blessed with the opportunity to surround yourself with your brothers and sisters in Christ, impacting each and every kid’s life, and having a blast while doing so, is what makes Camp Ozark the amazing place that it is.”
“I was not the most outgoing person growing up; Camp Ozark taught me how to break out of my shell and express myself to be who I am today. Because of all the new friends and experiences Camp Ozark has given me, I have not only become a better version of myself, but grown immensely in my relationship with the Lord.”
Camp Ozark is truly a magnificent place where staff and campers go to grow in their relationship with the Lord, and while growing, they build friendships with incredible people from all over the world. Talk to anyone who is a part of the Camp Ozark family and listen to the joy that the Lord provides through the incomparable Camp Ozark experience.
- Ryan Seiders, Co-Founder & President of YETI Coolers
- Laura W., Ozark Parent
Camp Ozark is a place unlike any other. Each year, our summer staff has the opportunity to BE THE DIFFERENCE in the lives of thousands of children. A place committed to sharing the message and love of Christ through an incomparable experience for kids, Camp Ozark is looking for individuals with a love for God, a servant’s heart, and a desire to see lives changed.
155 Camp Ozark Drive
Mt. Ida, AR 71957
Tel : (870) 867-4131
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HAVE A BLAST THIS SUMMER working with kids in an incomparable environment! Obviously, Camp Ozark is a ton of fun for kids, but Camp Ozark is also a ton of fun for our staff. At Camp Ozark, we have fun all day long, from the minute we wake up until lights out. We have water slides, ski boats, ziplines, and over 150 other activities for campers and counselors to use to have the summer of their life! As a staff member, you will have the opportunity to not only participate in, but also operate some of these activities.
There is no shortage of awesome things to do at Camp Ozark, but we believe that what truly makes camp fun for our staff are the unbelievable relationships they develop over the course of each session with campers. Our staff members have the most fun and are most fulfilled by the relationships created by doing these amazing activities with kids in an upbeat, Christian environment, alongside other staff members. As a Camp Ozark staff member, you will meet amazing people and develop incredible relationships, all while participating in our incomparable Camp Ozark program!
Don’t miss out on the fun summer job that’s way more than just a fun summer job!
WE LOVE KIDS and believe that every child has been extended the opportunity for a relationship with Jesus Christ. Every summer, our staff has the chance to actively share the Gospel with and disciple children of all ages. At Camp Ozark, the primary way we convey the message of Christ is by loving kids for who they are all day long, just like Christ loves us!
At Camp Ozark, we believe the greatest growth comes from our staff members committing themselves to the selfless love of their campers and developing an understanding of practical servanthood. We also provide several opportunities for our staff to pursue growth in their faith and in their ability to minister effectively to others, which include:
Each year, many of our staff members experience life-changing growth as they spend every day leading, serving, teaching, and impacting the lives of children.
Don’t miss your opportunity to grow as a disciple of Christ and deepen your faith at Camp Ozark this summer!
You will make some great friends in life, but there is something special about the friends you make at Camp Ozark. You are surrounded by over 750 other college students who share a common bond, a common mission, and a common experience. Our staff is made up of amazing individuals from all over the United States and the rest of the world. As a result of their shared experience, our staff members create sincere friendships that are rooted in Christ and last a lifetime.
You may find yourself road tripping from Austin, TX to Auburn, AL... from Nashville, TN to Boulder, CO or maybe even across the pond to the UK... just to hang out with your Camp Ozark friends.
Make lifelong friendships this summer at Camp Ozark!
Year after year, thousands of families continue to send their children to Camp Ozark to see their lives impacted by the incomparable experience we provide. Camp Ozark’s standard of excellence sets us apart from other summer jobs or camps because, at Camp Ozark, we believe we have been called to live life to the fullest and give everything we have to everything we do. As a result, you will become a better leader. You will grow spiritually, emotionally, and professionally as you practice our standard of excellence in your work this summer.
Our families experience a difference at camp Ozark because we are set apart in our commitment to excellence. Be part of that difference this summer!
You may think working at a summer camp may not measure up to experience gained at a more traditional internship, but as a Camp Ozark staff member, you will acquire and refine valuable skills that will help prepare you for any future career.
This summer, you will develop more interpersonal and leadership skills working at Camp Ozark than sitting in an office cubicle. At Camp Ozark you will be trusted with meaningful, big responsibilities on a daily basis. You will learn responsibility, strengthen your work ethic, develop a sense of ownership, cultivate many other practical life skills, and have a total blast along the way.
Spend this summer developing your professional skills at Camp Ozark!
If you work at Camp Ozark this summer, you will have a reference for life. Since 1949, Camp Ozark has impacted the lives of thousands of campers, families, and staff members who live all over the world and work in countless industries and fields. All of these people are part of the Camp Ozark family, and you will be too. Being part of the Camp Ozark family means something and has the potential to provide incredible opportunities for any future pursuit.
Anyone who has spent time at Camp Ozark knows about our standard of excellence and our commitment to that standard in everything we do. We appreciate the hard work of our staff and are excited to aid them in any career path they explore. Having Camp Ozark on your resume may help you get there.
Become part of the Camp Ozark Family this summer!
Haley graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. Her tenth year on staff, she has served as a counselor, Top Staff member, and, as a Permanent Staff member has directed Special Events, the Weekend Program, and currently works in Human Resources where she serves as a supervisor of the recruiting team. Now in her sixth year of traveling to college campuses to hire incredible summer staff members, she loves recruiting because it gives her the unique opportunity to travel to many different places, share her passion for Camp Ozark, and allows her to play a huge role in the building the best experience for the campers. She loves the Camp Ozark, the MS State Bulldogs, and can’t wait for the summer!
Harbor graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a degree in Marketing. She has served three summers at Camp Ozark; as a lake crew, a Top Staff, and as a member of the Staff Relations Team. Harbor loves the summer when she can see so many kids having a blast and forming new relationships. She also loves to be on the road recruiting because she gets to visit the staff and share about Camp Ozark. Harbor is looking forward to Summer 2019 and expects it to be the best summer of the decade!
In his second year as part of the Camp Ozark staff recruiting team, Mason graduated from Texas A&M University in May 2017 with a degree in Sport Management. He was a counselor and has served on Top Staff throughout college. This past summer he oversaw the Ropes Course as well as the Summit and Pines area of camp. He loves the Aggies, going to the movies, duck hunting and skiing; and is passionate about Camp Ozark because of the long-lasting friendships he has developed with both campers and staff during his six years on staff. He is looking forward to his time at campuses this year and is excited about sharing the opportunity to work at Camp Ozark with new future staff members!
Cameron, graduating with a Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management degree from Clemson University in 2016, is entering his fourth year as a staff member and second as a staff recruiter. He has served as a counselor, Top Staff member and most recently served as the Outdoor Skills Director during his first summer on permanent staff. He’s an Order of the Arrow recipient and has served as chief two times. He loves the Atlanta Braves and all things Clemson Tigers! He loves being a part of the Permanent Staff team because he believes there is no other place in the world that gives kids the chance to be a kid like Camp Ozark.
A long time camper at Camp Ozark, Caroline graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Kinesiology in 2018. Caroline’s love for Camp Ozark led her to serve as a cabin counselor and Top Staff member, overseeing various waterfront areas such as Wacky World, the waterslides, and the pool. She is an Order of the Arrow recipient who enjoys any type of outdoor activity, reading, and watching college football. Caroline’s favorite part about the 12 years she has spent at Camp Ozark has been the relationships she’s seen so deeply rooted in Christ and cultivated within the gates of Camp Ozark. She is excited about her first year on the recruiting trail!
Merry Grace, in her third year as a full-time staff recruiter, graduated in 2016 from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Elementary Education. During her summers at Camp Ozark, she has served as a counselor, Top Staff member, and on Permanent Staff, where she oversees every camper’s favorite part of the day, MISH MASH! She has been awarded the Order of the Arrow and is a fierce competitor, enjoying time spent playing sports, running, and being outside. She cheers on the San Francisco Giants and loves Camp Ozark. In her own words, “I love Camp Ozark because it’s a place where not only do kids get to come be kids, form friendships, grow in their relationship with Christ, but it’s a place that is filled with so much love, joy, and opportunities for growth for every single person that walks through the gates.”
Jamie graduated in 2016 with a degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. He is in his third full year of staff recruiting and has spent his summers at Camp Ozark as a counselor, Top Staff member, and supervising the Ropes Course as a Permanent Staff member. He loves the time he spends connecting with staff on their campuses and watching them flourish when they get to Camp Ozark. Jamie spends his time playing soccer, investing in relationships with campers and staff, and can always be found supporting South Carolina’s sports teams. Jamie can’t wait for another great summer at the Camp Ozark Ropes Course!
A long time camper at Camp Ozark, Ali graduated from Mississippi State University in 2015 with a Kinesiology degree. Ali’s love for Camp Ozark lead her to be a counselor, member of Top Staff, and now in her 4 years on Permanent Staff, alongside staff recruiting, she is a Program Director for Ozone and the Ozark Leadership Institute. She is a member of the Order of the Arrow and enjoys the playing sports, reading, and, of course, the Mississippi State Bulldogs! She has spent at least a portion of her summer at Camp Ozark for the last 16 years and loves the relationships with staff and campers she has developed over time at Camp Ozark. She’s done it all and is an amazing blessing to the staff recruiting team!
Chris graduated from Texas A&M University with a Recreation Park and Tourism Sciences degree in 2014. A former counselor and Top Staff member and in his fifth year on Permanent Staff, alongside staff recruiting, he is a Program Director for Ozone and the Ozark Leadership Institute. Outside of Camp Ozark, he spends his time playing sports, snowboarding, and cheering on the New Orleans Saints. A seasoned recruiter, Chris believes deeply in the call to be a staff member at Camp Ozark and is passionate about sharing the ways his life and faith have been enriched by working at Camp Ozark with potential staff members.
William recently graduated in 2017 from Baylor University with a Business Management degree. In his first year as a full-time staff recruiter, William previously served as a counselor and Top Staff member and has experience leading worship services and supervising the Outdoor Skills program area. He enjoys playing guitar, seeing movies, and playing catch with Cameron Bagwell. He’s a lifelong fan of the Houston Astros and loves Camp Ozark because it pushes him to be his absolute best while having a complete blast. He’s excited for another great summer at Camp Ozark!
Jacob graduated from Aurora University with a degree in Mathematics in May of 2018. He is entering is third year as a staff member for Ozark, but his first as a full-time staff recruiter. He has served as a counselor and a Top Staff over different areas of camp including the EDGE program, the fishing and canoe ponds, and leads many of our float trips throughout the summer. Jacob is a former Academic and Athletic All-American baseball player at Aurora University, but also spends his time playing basketball with friends and traveling with his family. Ever since he has step foot at Camp Ozark, he has displayed a remarkable love for this place and the kids that walk through the gates. He is looking forward to another incomparable year at Camp Ozark and seeing the Lord work through the staff and the children.
Joshua graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Engineering and minor in Mathematics. He is entering his sixth year on staff serving as a counselor and Top Staff member. He has worked in several areas of Camp including working with the Lifeline cabin’s Leadership Team, the Special Events team and Leaders in Training program, and assisting in supervising the Ropes Course morning and afternoon program. After growing up coming to camp as a camper himself, he is excited to hit the road to help provide both campers and summer staff the same incomparable experience that he was able to have!
After receiving his BBA from Texas A&M (1970), his MBA from the University of Texas (1973) and his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the South Texas College of Law (1977), Sam enjoyed a successful law practice. In 1985, Sam and Susan (along with three small children) left their suburban lifestyle behind and took a leap of faith when they acquired the assets of Camp Ozark. Since then, Sam and Susan have devoted their lives to serving campers and camp families by providing an Incomparable Christian camp environment and experience while encouraging others to establish and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
One of Sam greatest assets is his wealth of experience and wisdom across many different fields. Sam has been a successful business owner, lawyer, investment banker, and entrepreneur. A life-long fan and supporter of Texas A&M athletics, Sam has been very involved with the university, serving in many different capacities. Sam was a member of the Corp of Cadets, student senate, varsity baseball team and served as Head Yell Leader during his senior year. Since graduating from Texas A&M, Sam has served on the 12th Man Foundation in a variety of positions including Board of Directors in 2014. While on the 12th Man Foundation, Sam coordinated the redevelopment of the Texas A&M baseball complex, Blue Bell Park and served as Co-Chair of the Kyle Field Redevelopment Committee. Sam is also involved in his church as a Life Bible Study teacher. In addition, Sam has long been involved in mission efforts in Southwest Mexico through Gloria Al Padre and is a sought-after speaker on sexual abstinence for teens and their parents through the Sex, God and Me program.
Sam is passionate about life, his work, his faith and his family. He firmly believes that a person should give 100% to whatever he or she is doing, which is evident by the way he lives his life. His standards are high and his commitment to excellence unwavering. Throughout his tenure as owner of Camp Ozark, Sam has relentlessly pursed excellence in all areas of camp and remains forever committed to making Camp Ozark the premiere summer camp experience in the country.
Susan also brings a wealth of experience to Camp Ozark. Susan has a BS in Nursing from the University of Texas (1971), and a Master’s Degree in Health Education from Texas A&M University (2013) which has helped to equip her for her role at camp. As a Registered Nurse, Susan oversees all of Camp Ozark’s Health and Wellness initiatives. Susan has extensive experience and training in Food Safety and Nutrition, and works closely with Camp Ozark’s food service operation. With over three decades of retail experience, Susan and her team also oversee the Camp Ozark Store and retail operation, and is the creative force behind the vast array of retail offerings. Also a die-hard fan of Texas A&M, Susan has served as President of the Houston Texas A&M Mother’s Club, is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Education, and attends as many A&M athletic events as possible.
Scott's earliest memories of Camp Ozark were attending family camp with his cousins and relatives in the late ‘70's. In 1984, his father and mother acquired the assets of Camp Ozark, and Scott attended camp throughout his youth. In fact, Scott has experienced camp from many perspectives: camper, dishwasher, Lake Crew director, and Head Boy's counselor. Throughout his Camp Ozark tenure, Scott has been able to observe first-hand the unwavering commitment that both his father Sam and his mother Susan made to the mission and purpose of Camp Ozark.
Scott, along with his sister Angela, oversees all aspects of Camp Ozark. Scott is particularly involved with the Ozark staff, marketing, camper and camp family relations, camper registration and the incomparable Camp Ozark website. Scott is also co-director of the Camp Ozark Foundation.
Scott grew up in the Houston area and attended Texas A&M University, where he served as Head Yell Leader. After completing his law degree at South Texas College of Law, Scott pursued a career in commercial real estate. Eventually he and his partners (including his brother) formed their own company which was later acquired by a national firm. In 2007, Scott and his wife Secily decided to make the same commitment that his mother and father did in 1984 and now he, his wife Secily and his four children live the incomparable Ozark life.
Scott brings great perspective and vision to Camp Ozark. His commitment to pursuing excellence in all areas is a reflection of his passion for making Camp Ozark truly incomparable, and for carrying on the best traditions of Camp Ozark while looking to the future. Scott has immense talent for managing large, complex projects while also paying attention to the smallest detail. Scott possesses a genuine, Christ-centered passion for others, particularly those less fortunate, and a wry sense of humor.
Scott began dating his wife Secily in the fall of 1992 as a result of their Camp Ozark counselor experience. They married in the fall of 1996 and have four children, Sam, Jack, Tucker and Anna Scott. Both Scott and Secily are active in the community, serving in various capacities for Family Point
In 1985, Angela's parents, Sam and Susan, bought Camp Ozark. That first summer, though only 5 years old, Angela took an open bunk in the youngest girl's cabin and has never looked back. Through the years Angela has experienced Camp Ozark as a camper, LIT, counselor, Head Girl's counselor, Kitchen Crew, SWAT team member and Top Staff member. Angela joined the Permanent staff in 2009 after a successful law career.
Angela, along with her brother Scott, oversees all aspects of Camp Ozark. Angela is particularly involved with the risk management, accreditation, and the general camp program. Angela also oversees all of camp's legal and legislative initiatives.
Angela grew up in the Houston area and attended Texas A&M University. After completing her law degree, Angela took a job with the prestigious form of Bracewell and Giuliani. In 2009, Angela decided to make the same commitment that her mother and father did in 1984, and joined the Camp Ozark permanent staff. In 2012, Angela married Stephan Shaw, a practicing attorney in Houston.
Angela brings unparalleled experience and perspective to Camp Ozark. Having served in so many different roles – camper, summer staff member, summer leadership and more – Angela is uniquely suited to see camp from all angles. Additionally, Angela is fiercely competitive (just ask her brothers!), which is borne out in her commitment to make each and every area of camp the best it can be. Angela is tireless in her pursuit of excellence, and is fully committed to leaving no stone unturned in order provide the safest and most enjoyable camp experience possible.
Angela began dating her husband Stephen in 2010, and they were married in 2012. Although Stephan and Angela did not meet at camp (as so many others have done), they did meet through mutual camp acquaintances. Stephan proposed to Angela at the Cross, high above Camp Ozark, and their wedding and reception was held at Camp Ozark. Angela and Stephan have two children, Mack and Susan.
While living in the nearby town of Oden, Arkansas, Gene began working at Camp Ozark in 1979 while still in High School. In 1984 Gene joined Sam and Susan Torn for their inaugural year as owners of Camp Ozark, serving as the camp program director. Except for a short stint in the Peace Corp, Gene has worked at Camp Ozark every summer since 1979.
Gene oversees the entire Camp Ozark facility, including maintenance and new construction. In addition, Gene oversees all camp office operations, including camper registration.
Gene has a gift for managing complex projects, complimented by his great attention to detail and his unwavering commitment to getting things right, in every way, all the time. Gene loves the challenges of working at Camp Ozark, and is particularly passionate about creating new facilities and attractions the campers will really enjoy.
Growing up in Arkansas, Gene has long had a passion for the outdoors and hunting. Gene also loves garage sales and auctions, and is always on the prowl for the next great find.
Gene met his wife, Amy, at Camp Ozark when they were both members of the summer staff. Married in 1988, they have 3 children – Ginny, Callie and Will. Gene and Amy are both very active with their family as well as the local community.
Dave has been a part of Camp Ozark since 1988, when he first began as a cabin counselor. In fact, Dave was the very first Mountain Bike instructor at Camp Ozark! He then served 5 summers on the Camp Ozark Top Staff, and joined the Camp Ozark Permanent Staff in 1995. Dave and Andi now live in Arkansas very near the camp property.
Dave oversees the Camp Ozark media team (both photography and video), and assists with all marketing efforts. Dave manages a variety of summer programs, such as the Camp Ozark LIT program, nightly Special Events, and camper behavior.
Dave grew up in small-town Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University. After completing his M.S. degree from OSU, Dave pursued a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri, but soon decided to follow his heart and commit to Camp Ozark full-time. Dave began dating his wife Andi in the fall of 2013, and was married in fall 2015.
Dave has a gift for connecting with and relating to campers, and plays a critical role in ensuring our campers have a positive and meaningful experience. Dave's greatest joy at camp is getting to know campers and watching them grow in confidence. Dave also loves doing the Morning Show each day!
Originally from Kilgore, Texas, Debbie began working at Camp Ozark in 1985 while a student at Baylor University. In fact, Debbie was one of the very first people hired by Sam and Susan after they purchased Camp Ozark in 1984. Debbie also has the distinction of being the original Mish Mash lady!
With over 20 years of experience at Camp Ozark, Debbie has served as a cabin counselor, Head Girl's counselor, Top Staff and Permanent Staff. Debbie now oversees all aspects of our summer staff hiring, training and supervision. Debbie is also responsible for all HR concerns relating to the Camp Ozark permanent staff.
Debbie has a gift for encouraging and bringing out the very best from our summer staff, and plays a critical role in ensuring our cabin counselors meet the very high standards of Camp Ozark. Debbie's greatest joy at camp is seeing the hard work of staff recruiting result in an incomparable camp experience for the campers, of finding those staff members who can truly make a difference in a camper's life.
Due to her husband's service in the U.S. Marine Corp., Debbie has lived in several different places, coast to coast, while working for Camp Ozark. Debbie currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she loves to spend time with her family, attend her kid's sporting events, and run and hike the mountains in the Chattanooga area.
Debbie met her husband, Wade, at Camp Ozark while both were working as counselors, and married in 1990. They have 2 children, Andy and Bailey, and 2 huge dogs, Moose and Molly.
Patrick first connected with Camp Ozark in 2002 as a college freshman. With the exception of a two-year sabbatical to finish graduate school, Patrick has worked at Camp Ozark each and every summer since then. During his time as a member of the Summer Staff, Patrick served in several different roles: younger boys’ counselor, older boys’ counselor, Top Staff, and (perhaps most importantly) a 3-time Osage Chief. While spending each of his summers at Camp Ozark, Patrick triple-majored as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University before completing his graduate theological studies at Harvard and Duke…and then Harvard again!
Patrick joined the Camp Ozark Permanent Staff in 2009. As a member of Ozark’s leadership team, Patrick helps write and oversee the spiritual development curriculum and ministry initiatives for Camp Ozark and Ozone Ministries. He also helps manage older camper experience and the Morning Activity program.
Patrick met his wife, Katie, at Camp Ozark in the summer of 2007, and they were married in 2010. In 2012, Patrick and Katie welcomed a son, Bhrett. Patrick and Katie both work full-time for Camp Ozark, and love serving all our awesome Camp Ozark families together!
Some of Patrick’s favorite things about contributing to the Camp Ozark family include helping teenagers think through important faith questions, witnessing the life transformation that happens among young people at Camp Ozark, and talking to parents across the country about the Incomparable Camp Ozark experience! Beyond work, Patrick is a passionate sports fan, particularly regarding Duke basketball, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and Dallas Cowboys football. He loves spending time with his family, watching sports, and going to see big-budget action movies.