Environmental Leadership Staff and Instructors
Ellen Ludwig was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2011, she decided to become a summer camp counselor at YMCA Camp Lakewood during her college career at Kansas State University. Until 2014, she spent her summers at Camp Lakewood teaching kids about the outdoors, art, going on trips to rock climb and even becoming a counselor for the leadership development program. After graduating with a fine arts degree at Kansas State University, Ellen decided to work as environmental educator at the Alabama 4-H Science School. For a year, she educated schools and the public about birds of prey and worked closely with those birds. She also worked in North Carolina teaching schools about marine biology. For the summers of 2015 to 2017, Ellen worked over in France teaching English at a camp called American Village.
Ellen started working at Mo-Ranch in February of 2017 as an ELP instructor. She is excited to develop new and exciting programs for summer camp while still keeping up with Mo-Ranch traditions.
The Environmental Leadership Program is staffed by a group of professional, caring adults from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Field Instructors go through a rigorous selection process that includes interviews, references, criminal background checks and a drug screening. All staff participate in an extensive training program that focuses on communication and teaching skills, child behavior management, age level expectations, risk management and child abuse prevention. Staff receive specialized training and/or certifications in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguarding, Ropes Course Facilitation, Canoeing and Archery.
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