Additional Things to Know about Summer Camp at Mo

Opening and Closing Days

Opening Day

Registration takes place on Sunday between 2:00-3:30 pm. Please do not arrive early. There will be signs and staff directing you to the registration area. During registration you will need to visit the following tables:

Registrar: Here you will verify that we have received all of your forms and payments.

Medical officer: Our medical officer will collect your camper’s medications and review your camper’s needs with you.

Assignments: Counselors will let you know your camper’s bunk area and activity group. After you have completed the registration process, you will be directed to the dorm. There you will have time to unload your camper’s luggage, help them settle in and meet their counselors. To prevent separation issues, we ask that families not linger too long after unpacking. Counselors will be on hand to help your camper adjust and meet new friends.

Closing Day

The closing day ceremony is on Saturday at 9:30 am at the River Pavilion. Signs will direct you to the ceremony. We invite all parents, friends and family to attend.

Immediately after the closing program, camper check-out will take place at the River Pavilion. Families must stop at the medical officer and check-out tables before counselors will release your campers to you at Loma Linda. Campers must be checked-out and departed by 11:30 am.

Alternative Transportation

If your camper is arriving by bus or airplane, you may arrange transportation to Mo-Ranch through Hill Country Limousine Service at (830) 896-1429. Arrange for your camper to arrive at Mo-Ranch between 2:00-4:00 pm on opening days and depart from Mo-Ranch between 11:00-11:45 am on closing days. Please note, Mo-Ranch is a 45-minute drive from Kerrville and a two-hour drive from San Antonio.

The Mo-Ranch Summer Camp office must be notified if your camper will be arriving by alternative transportation.

We ask that you drop off and pick up your camper on the days and times listed above. If there are any extenuating circumstances, or your plans change at the last minute, please notify the camp office immediately. If someone other than those listed on the transportation release form will be picking up your camper, Mo-Ranch Summer Camp must have the change, in writing, prior to releasing your camper.

Packing List

Remember to label all personal items!

All medications, including over the counter medications, will need to be turned in during registration. Please do not pack them.

Clothing:

  • 8 T-shirts. No spaghetti straps, please!
  • 8 pairs of shorts (1 pair of khaki color)
  • 8 sets of socks and underwear
  • 1 pair sandals with heel strap/water shoes/old tennis shoes for playing in the water
  • 1 pair sturdy tennis shoes/day hikers to be worn at all times except in the water
  • light jacket or sweatshirt
  • pajamas
  • rain jacket
  • swimsuit: modest one-piece for girls, modest trunks for boys

Toiletries:
(Remember to bring something to carry them in!)

  • soap & soap dish
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • brush/comb
  • non-aerosol deodorant
  • sun screen
  • insect repellent
  • shower shoes (flip flops)

Miscellaneous:

  • dirty clothes bag
  • basic backpack
  • two sturdy water bottles (VERY IMPORTANT!!)
  • ball cap/cap with brim
  • flashlight with new batteries
  • ground cloth for campout (shower curtain liners work well)
  • fun stuff (crazy hats, big sunglasses, robes, silly costumes, etc.)
  • Bible (All campers are encouraged to have their own Bible. If your child does not have one or chooses not to bring theirs, Bibles will be available at Mo-Ranch.)

Linens:
(Will be provided, but items from home are more comfortable!)

  • twin sheets
  • pillow & pillow case
  • sleeping bag (use as a blanket and for the camp out)
  • bath towel & washcloth
  • beach towel

Optional Items:

  • camera
  • sunglasses
  • bandana
  • books
  • stamped stationary/ postcards
  • favorite stuffed animal

Do not bring any of the following items to camp; they will be confiscated:
iPod, cell phone, tablet, iPad, television, electronic games, jewelry, illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, fireworks, firearms, knives (including pocket knives), inappropriate reading material, snack foods, candy, drinks or pets.
All personal items brought to camp by campers, staff or parents are the responsibility of the owner.

Mo-Ranch will not be responsible for damaged or lost items.

Mo-Ranch will attempt to locate items left behind, but cannot guarantee retrieval or replacement of lost personal belongings.

Please notify us immediately of lost items.

Communication

Campers are not permitted to make or receive phone calls.

We have found that phone calls often promote homesickness and sometimes inhibit your camper’s growth toward independence while at Camp.

We ask you respect our judgement on this issue and communicate with your camper through letters, e-mail, and/or care packages. Your campers will be writing home to you as well. However, remember that in a one-week session, you will probably receive their letters after they have returned home. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time.

By Phone: (800) 460-4401

Camp Director – Extension 253
The Camp Director is often away from the office on Camp business or working with your children. Feel free to leave a message and the Camp Director will always get back to you.

Office Manager – Extension 250
The office manager will be in the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:45 pm. The office manager can answer most registration and payment questions for you and is your daytime emergency contact to the director, counselors, or campers. To contact the office manager directly by email, email awilkinson@moranch.org.

After Hours
In case of emergency after hours you may call (800) 460-4401 and our answering service will contact the staff member on duty immediately.

By Email:

We are excited to offer a partnership with Bunk1 to handle your email communication with your campers. Please click the link below to register and begin sending emails to your camper.

Click Here for Bunk1 Registration

By Mail:

Camper’s Name
c/o Mo-Ranch Summer Camp
2229 FM 1340
Hunt, TX 78024

We suggest you mail your first letter several days before your camper leaves for camp.

Please remember, we are way out in the country and our mail is definitely snail-mail.

Care Packages:
There is nothing that brightens a camper’s day more than a care package. Please remember to only include appropriate items for camp, such as stuffed animals, magazines, cards and small toys. Packages will be opened in the presence of a counselor and inappropriate items will be held until closing day. Food, gum, and candy are not allowed and cannot be stored.

Weather

Texas gives us many different types of weather, but one thing we can be sure of, is that it will be hot! Our counselors are trained to keep in mind how weather can affect your camper, however as a parent you can help, too.

We ask that you send you camper with hats, sunglasses, two water bottles and any other clothing that would shield those Texas rays.

Throughout the day we experience rest in the shade, and are always being reminded to drink more water. We have water monsters around camp to make hydration a priority.

In case of light rain, activities will continue as normal. In case of heavy rain or thunderstorms, we will have alternative activities planned inside.

Flooding can also be an issue in the Hill Country. When the low water crossings to the east are flooded, there is a clear route to the west that connects with Hwy 41 and Interstate 10. Mo-Ranch facilities are all safe in times of flooding.

Photo Albums

Mo-Ranch Summer Camp has password protected photo albums on smugmug.com. Families receive the password & URL on opening day. New photos will be available for viewing each day before dinner so you can enjoy camp right along with your camper.

 

If you lose the login information, contact us by email, summercamp@moranch.org, and we will verify your address and send the password back to you by email. Passwords will not be given over the phone.

Gift Shop

Visit our Mo-Ranch gift shop on opening and closing days! New items for 2017! Our shop will have numerous summer camp shirts and other souvenirs and keepsakes for memories made at Mo-Ranch Summer Camp.

During the camp session, campers will visit the Mo-Ranch gift shop for a chance to purchase souvenirs, toys, games and other camp goodies. If your camper runs out or forgets an essential item such as toothpaste or other toiletries, they will be available for purchase in the store.

At check-in on arrival day, deposit at least $25 directly into your campers store account. Campers are not allowed to bring cash into their dorm. Any funds not used from the camper’s store account at the end of the camp session will be donated to the camp scholarship fund.

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