Environmental Leadership Teacher Information and Forms
Group Leader Responsibilities
Mo-Ranch requires all Groups to bring one adult Group Leader for each activity group and one additional adult Group Leader to be available for special situations such as behavior problems or medical emergencies. We also ask that you bring a transportation vehicle in case of an emergency.
We suggest that Groups bring enough Group Leaders to have two adults per dorm section.
High School students in mentoring or service organizations often work well as additional Group Leaders.
Staff : Camper Ratios
We uphold a staff camper ratio of approximately 1:12
The American Camp Association also suggests that group leaders under the age of 18 be at least two years older than the participants they are supervising.
Group Leaders will be charged for meals and lodging only.
Group Leader Expectations
ELP Group Leader
Your job is the most important!
Being a Group Leader is the most important job in camp. The participants need your guidance in order to have a successful and safe camp experience. As Group Leaders you will be responsible for the well=being of your dorm and activity groups.
The participants will develop a special relationship with you that will become a lasting memory if you do your job to its fullest potential.
The following is a list of the expectations of Group Leaders (teachers, parents, or young volunteers), attending Mo-Ranch ELP:
- Be here for the children! – You can visit with your friends on your break time or after the program. Put your time into the participants so they have a great experience. Get involved in all activities so the participants will learn from your example.
- Follow the rules – ELP rules are for your protection. Safety is a priority at ELP. Make sure your participants are following all rules. ELP rules apply to everyone.
- Know where each individual participant is at all times – You are responsible for the 24-hour supervision of these children. Your most diligent supervision times include: wake up, moving from one location to another, meals, activities, recreation time, cabin time and lights out.
- Be a positive role model – Through your speech and actions, model good character traits and values such as responsibility, respect, caring, and honesty.
- Be on time and prepared – Please make sure your group arrives to meals and activities on time. We don’t want your students to miss out on anything. Also make sure your groups are prepared with the right clothing, filled water bottles, sunscreen and by regularly taking bathroom breaks between activities. Activity areas and dorms are often too far apart to return to the dorm to prepare or change between activities.
- Move as a group – If you move as a group, your participants will always be supervised and not left to wander. Please remember that Mo-Ranch may have up to 500 other guests on the Ranch at the same time as your visit.
- Supervise your participants during meal times – This is to make sure participants follow mealtime procedures. Please keep your participants talking in low voices so the dining hall doesn’t get too loud.
- Assist during activities – ELP staff may assign you specific duties during activities. If you are unsure, just ask the staff what you should be doing. The staff will also appreciate you handling any overt participant behavior problems so they can continue teaching the class uninterrupted.
- Keep your dorms organized and clean – Enlist the help of your participants to do a daily pick up of clothes, equipment and trash. Fewer Items will be lost if the dorm is kept clean and orderly at all times.
- Stay with your dorm after lights out – You may only leave your dorm if you have been given permission by the Trip Leader and arrangements are made to have the dorm supervised. Raiding other dorm areas, even if supervised, is strictly prohibited.
- Have fun!! – If you are having fun, your participants will too!
What Do I Bring?
Cabins are heated or air-conditioned just enough to take the edge off of the outside temperatures. They do not stay at average home comfort levels.
- 1 pillow and pillowcase
- 1 set of twin sheets
- 1 heavy blanket or 1 sleeping bag
Be prepared for any weather, and to be outside in it. Layering is the key and always bring more than you need. Group leaders or participants will not be allowed to wear offensive or inappropriate clothing. Midriff shirts, tank tops, and short shorts are not appropriate for the active programs you will be participating in.
- long pants or jeans
- long sleeve shirts
- sweatshirt or sweater
- light jacket or wind breaker
- raincoat or poncho
- cap or hat
- water shoes, sandals with a heel strap, or old pair tennis shoes (for all river activities – no Crocs)
- comfortable tennis or hiking shoes
- shower flip-flops
- bathing suit and swimming towel
- wool cap
- gloves or mittens
- extra socks
- heavy coat
- bath towel and washcloth
- soap and soap dish
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- shampoo and conditioner
Other important supplies
- water bottle
- flashlight and extra batteries
- insect repellent
- prescriptions or over-the-counter medications taken on a regular basis
What do I leave at home?
Please do not bring any of the following to camp. If found, these items will be confiscated and camp will assume no responsibility for loss.
- electronic equipment (schools may choose to allow these on the bus and ELP will store them at camp for the school)
- illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco
- guns, ammunition, knives
- practical joke devices
- glass containers, bottles, jars, spray cans
- snack foods, candy, drinks
The Mo-Ranch Environmental Leadership Program experience will be like camp in a lot of ways. It will also be like school because we expect you to come prepared to learn.
We have some very basic rules that are for your safety, and some that are out of consideration and respect for other groups that will be using Mo-Ranch.
- Take at least two other people with you and always have permission from an adult before you leave the group.
- Never use the waterfront or pool when a lifeguard is not on duty, never swim alone or at undesignated times.
- Cursing, swearing, foul language, cut-downs or put-downs are not permitted.
- Boys and girls are never permitted in each other’s dorm.
- Do not go into any building on the ranch that is not being used by your group.
- Do not throw anything from the Catwalk or Kittywalk at Mo-Ranch.
- The Ropes Challenge Course is not to be used except at scheduled times and with a trained ELP staff member.
- Bicycles, skateboards, and roller blades are not allowed.
- Cell phones, CD or DVD players, iPods, MP3 players, personal music players, Gameboys, etc. are not allowed.
- No firearms and or knives (of any kind) are allowed.
- Please do not bring valuables. Aside from the occasional thief, there are lots of places to lose things at Mo-Ranch.
- No matches, lighters or other incendiary devices (such as firecrackers, sparklers, fireworks, etc.) are allowed.
- No alcohol, controlled substances, or tobacco products are allowed.
- Do not bring snacks.
- Do not bring chewing gum.
MO-RANCH RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEND A PARTICIPANT HOME (at their parents’ expense, with no refund) AFTER REPEATED OR SERIOUS INFRACTION OF THESE POLICIES.
Participation and Registration Forms
The forms used for ELP participants are available here online as Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents. You can view them from here and print them out. The first page on both forms is a participation form, and the second page is a general registration and health form. Both pages must be fully filled out and signed and returned to the ELP office.