OYO Camp Staff & Interpreter Opportunities

Do you think that your unique experiences, abilities, and personality could complement 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!

Staff Applications are Now Open!


Qualifications and Expectations

  • 20+ years of age for Interpreting Staff.
  • 21+ years of age for OYO Camp Staff
  • Ohio requires that you complete and submit a clean BCI & FBI background check
  • Completed high school / GED
  • Prefer sign language skill
  • Follow directions well
  • Able to walk, run and keep up with the kids = in good health (you’ll walk about 7 miles a day!)
  • Team player
  • 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
  • Have some experience working with children and/or at a Camp

Staff & Interpreter Selection Process

Every year, OYO camp selects about 30 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 and attend the pre-camp staff orientation.

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 $65) for their FBI/BCI fingerprint background check. 


General Position Descriptions


You are responsible for a group of 15 to 20 campers on a daily basis.  Ensure that the safety and well-being of each camper are provided.  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 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.

Photographer/Social Media

Your responsibility will be taking daily photos in all activities and areas of camp, uploading photographs to Facebook and Instagram every day, making a 10-minute video to show on the last night of camp, and obtaining photographs for other purposes, such as for printed materials and other marketing pieces, as directed.