Mo-Ranch has added a brand-new position and hired Austin Grammer as a full-time assistant director and adventure programmer for our day camp program.
Austin has been very successful in Texas summer camping as a counselor, leadership staff and managerial staff in the Hill Country area. His passion for ministry and camping is a huge asset to our program, and we look forward to the excitement he will bring to Mo-Ranch as a full-time staff member. To learn more about Austin and the rest of the Mo-Ranch Camp family, click here.
“We were well aware of the need for growth and productivity in our day camp programming based on the feedback and recommendations from our camper families,” said Richard Bombach, director of camps. “This is a program that deserves attention because of the importance in our camper’s lives. These kids aren’t coming to camp for daycare, and they aren’t coming just to do activities.”
“We are so excited for Austin to bring in a fresh perspective to a program that is not in need of a revolution, but evolution,” said Richard. “Our job is to plant seeds of faith in a Christ-centered environment where they come to learn and grow in body, mind and spirit through intentional activities that are both safe and fun.”
Day camp programming will still include our traditional activities like swimming in the Guadalupe, high ropes activities, arts & crafts, archery and the camper favorite, “critters.” However, there will be dedicated time each day for intentional programming for camp’s activities, and there are now five themed weeks that will rotate throughout the entire summer for each session of day camp. These activities are already being planned and will have staff designated to run them efficiently and effectively.
“Our staff understands that our job is not to facilitate an activity, but to facilitate an experience,” said Richard. “It is a challenge that we are ready to face head-on with Austin at the helm.”
Our 2019 day camp theme weeks will be:
- MOlympics (sessions 1 & 6)
- Builders and Destroyers (sessions 2 & 7)
- Master Chef (sessions 3 & 8)
- Mad Scientists (sessions 4 & 9)
- Art Alive (sessions 5 & 10)
*additional theme week information can be found online here
Camper dining experience
Last year, based on staff and camper feedback, the camper dining area was moved to from the King Dining Hall to the Youth Plaza. After doing research with our campers, Mo-Ranch found that campers were losing, on average, almost an hour of programming due to the walk to the King Dining Hall, waiting time in lines and with food, and again, the walk back to the activity area.
Staff made great strides last year to provide a different location, but we have done even more to ensure the quality of food and camper comfort matches the Mo-Ranch name and expectations, as well as adding additional covered seating space in the Youth Plaza with fans. For larger camp sessions, campers will be able to spread out and have more room to foster the relationships being made while enjoying a fantastic lunch.
“We are so thankful for our parents that reached out and offered recommendations for our programming to get better,” said Richard. “We know that the steps we’ve taken will bring a better experience for our campers and our families. Our hope is that, like us, our campers get to call Mo-Ranch home.”
To learn more about Mo-Ranch Day Camp, click here.