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Meet Our Year-Round Camp Family!

 

 

DJ Owens, Director of Summer Camp

DJ Owens has worked at Mo-Ranch with summer camps and the environmental leadership program since 2009. He started as a camp counselor during the summer and would transition to a field instructor during the fall and spring. He has countless hours teaching and learning on Mo-Ranch property and is looking forward to the next chapter of his life here at Mo as the director of Outdoor Education Ministries. Not only will he be working with schools and private groups through ELP, but he will oversee major and minor steps through summer camp year-round.
Name a position in the Outdoor Education department and DJ has done it. He looks forward to utilizing all these skills and lessons to help build a well-rounded summer camp experience for years to come. “Summer camp gives children the opportunity to be whatever they’d like to be every summer. It’s our job to make those summers as safe and fun as possible.”
His favorite part about being at Mo-Ranch is seeing campers and guests return year to year. In fact, Billy was one of his first campers! He looks forward to working with Billy and Nicole to build a memorable program for many campers in the future and hopefully have new staff come out of these important years.

 

Nicole Conner, Office Manager

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.

Nicole has been with Mo-Ranch for seven years. 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!

 

Billy Abbate, Associate Director of Summer Camp

A Mo-Ranch veteran, Billy first attended summer camp in 2006. He loved everything about the camp experience from the culture to the environment. “Attending summer camp helped build my confidence and surrounded me with people that I could look up to and learn from.” It was his experience that first summer that kept him coming back year after year leading to his enrollment in the Leadership Development Program. “My years as an LDP opened my eyes to a potential future in the camp industry and fostered my growing love for Mo-Ranch.” He went on to become a counselor during his college years. Billy graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor’s in psychology with an emphasis in Education. After graduation, he moved to the Hill Country to rejoin the Mo team full time in the Environmental Leadership Program as a Lead Field Instructor. “Camp fostered my love for the outdoors and ignited my passion for activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, and music that I now utilize professionally on a daily basis.”

During his time as a counselor Billy met his wife, Amanda. They got engaged and were married at Chapel on the Hill four years later in October of 2020. “I want to be a positive role model and make the difference in kids’ lives that I felt when I attended as a camper. Mo-Ranch serves not just as a workplace but as my home and I’m excited to set the table for the next generation of campers!”

 

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 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.

Click here to apply to be a summer camp counselor!

 

Summer Camp Staff Employment

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!

Summer Camp Jobs

 

 

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