Summer Camp Staff
At Mo-Ranch Summer Camp, we work hard to create a memorable camp experience. Our secret weapons in achieving this are our counselors! They are the ones who live out our goal daily by implementing our exceptionally well-run programs, providing contagious fun and meeting campers wherever they are at spiritually and socially. Our summer staff is selected carefully and intentionally. Many are former campers and returning counselors. All of our counselors are Christian role models for campers who have completed at least one year of college.
Counselors go through a rigorous background check, receive specific training in child behavior management, age level expectations, safety and emergency procedures and child abuse prevention. They are all First Aid and CPR certified, with most also being lifeguard certified.
Before campers even get to camp, counselors spend staff training bonding, learning and getting to know Mo-Ranch Summer Camp. We spend time learning the Bible Study curriculum, engaging in open discussions, and getting to the heart of why we are here.
Meet Our Year-Round Camp Family!
Richard Bombach is a graduate of Oklahoma State University whose calling has always been camp. After working in the Texas camping industry for 14 years, camp is not just a job to him—it’s a culture and way of life. He and his wife, Jessica, met at summer camp when they worked as camp counselors together. Deepening their connection to camp, Richard proposed to her at camp and had a former camp director officiate their wedding ceremony. The couple now has two beautiful daughters—five-year-old, Amaya, and two-year-old, Annabelle, who are both future Mo-Ranch summer campers!
Richard has always loved the Texas Hill Country and its long history of generations of campers that find their way here to grow, play and pray along the beautiful Guadalupe River. The opportunity to serve in the capacity of director of camps for Mo-Ranch Summer Camp was something that he could not pass up and presented itself to him at the right time after his battle with cancer. As a cancer survivor, Richard looks forward to sharing his journey and seeing God’s plan unfold for him with his new calling and camp family in the Hill Country.
Ellen Ludwig, Assistant Summer Camp Director & Adventure Programmer
The camp life and making a difference in children’s lives has been instilled in Ellen’s spirit from the very beginning. During her college career, she was called to the camp world immediately as a summer camp counselor at YMCA Camp Lakewood. She spent her summers at Camp Lakewood teaching kids about the outdoors, art, rock climbing expeditions and as a counselor for the Leadership Development Program. After graduating with a fine arts degree at Kansas State University, Ellen worked closely with children as an environmental educator at the Alabama 4-H Science School, and she also worked in North Carolina teaching schools about marine biology. Her camp spirit was then called all the way to France where she taught children English at American Village Camp.
Ellen has now found her home in the Texas Hill Country here at Mo-Ranch where she’s been part of the Mo team since February 2017. She is thrilled to bring new and exciting programs to summer camp with her many years of camp experience while still keeping up with Mo-Ranch traditions!
Austin Grammer joins the Mo-Ranch family this year as the adventure programmer and assistant day camp director. Austin was first introduced to the camp world as a camper of the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas. Austin attended Southwestern University, and after spending his summer at camp before his junior year of college, he decided that he wanted to pursue camp ministry as a profession.
Austin has been very successful in Texas summer camping as a counselor, leadership staff and managerial staff in the Hill Country area. He previously worked for Camp Balcones Springs as the lead event manager and head of high school programs.
Here at Mo, Austin enjoys working with some of the most passionate camping professionals that he has ever encountered. He is inspired by their passion and drive, and he loves that everyone is dedicated to making each summer better than the last! He is already extremely excited that his position allows him to dream and think about summer ALL YEAR LONG. Austin is excited to help create many new and fun activities for Mo’s day camp, and he can’t wait to meet our campers and their families.
In his spare time, Austin enjoys playing 10 different instruments (not simultaneously), cheering on the University of Texas Longhorns, floating the river and engaging in team sports. Fun fact about Austin: when he was nine, he broke his elementary school’s hula hoop time record—and it still stands today!
Nicole Conner is a Texas Hill Country native and attended kindergarten through 12th grade in Junction, Texas. After graduation, she studied early childhood development at Pensacola State College.
This August will mark Nicole’s fifth year at Mo-Ranch, but this is her first year to work in our summer camp and outdoor education departments. Nicole is excited to meet all of our campers and their parents. She enjoys communicating with our camp families, listening to their requests and finding the best solutions for them to enjoy their summer experience with Mo! Nicole is looking forward to establishing relationships with our camper families as well as creating a fun and exciting registration process for all!
Nicole’s favorite part of Mo is the feeling she gets when she drives through the gates. To her, it’s a feeling of excitement and happiness that keeps her and her family returning every chance they can. Nicole is a mom to two amazing teenagers, and she loves watching them explore the ranch. Both her son and daughter have been campers at Mo-Ranch for five years. Nicole’s son previously attended our summer camp and Teen Adventure day camp sessions, while her daughter, who is currently a camper, has gone to multiple day camp and summer camp sessions. If there’s one thing you should know about Nicole, it’s that she really loves her job and constantly thinks about Mo!
Can you turn a rock into a fun game? Do you like listening to kids and their stories? Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life?
Being a counselor is one of the hardest jobs out there, but it is also one of the most rewarding! Find out if this is the right place for you!
We are looking for:
• Young adults who after long hours of kayaking, fort-building, swimming and engaging with campers, will stand up on stage and sing their hearts out to “Because I came to Mo-Ranch.”
• A time commitment of late May to late July, with some positions running through mid-August. Staff training is required for all staff, and occurs in late May.
• Mature people who have a high sense of morality, and strong integrity. You will be in charge of campers who are looking up to you; we want leaders that are great role models.
• Young adults who are comfortable and confident in being servants. Your role is not only to facilitate activities, but to form relationships and make every camper feel loved and respected.
If this sounds like a job for you, please visit our summer camp employment page here!