OYO Camp Staff & Interpreter Opportunities

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

Application deadline is March 31, 2020.

CIT Applicants

If you were a camper at OYO in the past and have been one year after graduating high school and/or not yet 20 years old, Deaf or Hard of Hearing and interested in the Counselor-in-Training Program, Please complete a staff application and mark that you would like to be in the CIT Program.  A handful of CIT applicants are selected each year for the OYO, 2-year CIT program. As a CIT, you will get to shadow an experienced counselor and work with campers that are 3 or more years younger than yourself.


Qualifications and Expectations

  • 20+ years of age for Interpreting Staff .  Practicum students must be currently enrolled in an Interpreter Training Program and will be in the practicum/internship part of the program at the time of camp.
  • 21+ years of age for OYO Camp Staff
  • Deaf/HH and a high school graduate 18-20 years of age for CIT
  • Ohio requires that you complete and submit a clean BCI & FBI background check before June 15, 2020
  • 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

Helpful Information for the CampDoc Application process

  • First: You need to register with CampDoc
  • Click on REGISTER / APPLY  located on the right side of this page to get started (or at the bottom of the page if using a mobile phone)
  • Be sure to create a password that you will remember
  • Yes, you are a Participant of OYO Camp
  • Upload a selfie of your beautiful, smiling face
  • Below your selfie pic, click on Registration
  • Click on the drop-down box arrow and select STAFF
  • If you are applying for an Interpreter or Practicum position, select INTERPRETER
  • All other positions select Staff/CIT
  • Click No, Decline Protection Plan
  • Transactions is at the top of this page- just click REGISTER
  • On the right side of the screen you will notice the red bullets listing the sections you are going to complete
  • As you complete a section a green checkmark will appear
  • It will take about 20-30 minutes to compete and submit the application
  • You can stop and resume at any time
  • Email tjveppert@dsc.org if you have any questions

Staff & Interpreter Selection Process

Each year, OYO selects about 70 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. Your receipt for reimbursement must be received by June 15th for reimbursement.

Click here for 2020 background check instructions

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 is 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.                     

Activity Specialist   

You assist with camper enrichment opportunities as needed in a specific area such as Arts & Crafts, Sports, Water Front and Team Building.


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.

Practicum Interpreter

You assist in facilitating communication on a one-to-one basis and/or to small groups with oversight by the Lead Interpreter regarding your level of experience. A small number of students are selected for OYO each year.

Photographer/Social Media

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