Camp helps boys ages 9-15 years old who seem to need more intensive care than the normal home and school environment can usually offer.
At Camp, all of life is up for investigation, and learning takes place every day, throughout the day, and in every situation the camper finds himself.
Ohio Wilderness Boys Camp helps boys experiencing trouble work toward appropriate behavior through mentors in a setting that appeals to them: the out-of-doors. Our program uses natural consequences for a boy’s good and unacceptable actions that immediately and directly impact him. Living in a world of instant and personal consequences within a peer group experiencing similar results of behavior has a profound effect on a boy.
The average Camp stay for a boy is 18 months. Connection to home and repairing damaged relationships is accomplished through letter writing and regular times of reuniting. Every 6 weeks the boy returns home for 4 days with specific goals for improvement. The therapeutic camping program has changed very negative behaviors and habits in boys. Camp is led, supported, and staffed by the conservative Anabaptist churches of Ohio and nearby states.
OWBC first enrolled boys in 2009, operating as a Residential Camp permitted by Noble County Department of Health. OWBC was further licensed by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in October 2016 as a Private, Non-Profit, Therapeutic Wilderness Camp. OWBC Outdoor Experiential School is registered as a Non-Chartered, Non-Tax Supported School with the Ohio Department of Education. OWBC is a member of Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association (WRTCA).