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Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

OUR CAMP COUNSELORS

We spend many months recruiting college students from all over the world who can teach our Judeo-Christian values of faith, respect, responsibility, honesty and caring to our campers. In addition to passing a very thorough interview process, our counselors must also pass a criminal background check and drug test. All personal references are checked to see whether the staff member’s character meets our standards and goals.

After a staff member is chosen, they receive two weeks of intense staff training to learn how to safely care for our campers. The trainings emphasize safety, child growth and development, activity skills and group dynamics. You will find them to be some of the most professional and highly trained staff around. All staff arrive at camp with imagination, creativity and a true desire to make a difference.

The health and safety of each camper is our primary concern. A health care supervisor is available to tend to the campers and the staff. We also have a local physician on call for any camp emergency.

STAFF

Andrew "Mish" Hood
Camp Executive Director
Andrew "Mish" Hood

I was born and raised in Scotland before moving to the United States to pursue a career in resident camping. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master’s degree in Business before making the full-time move to the States to work as a Director at a YMCA resident camp in Virginia. I have accumulated 13 years of experience in resident camping, and am excited to be leading YMCA Camp Cullen into the future.

Favorite Camp Activity: High Ropes and the unique challenge that this activity presents to each participant

Ross Barnes
Land Program Director
Ross Barnes

I was born in Zimbabwe, raised in England and now call the US home. I fell in love with camping as a counselor at YMCA Camp Silver Beach in Virginia where I spent five fun-filled summers as a climbing instructor, assistant land director, head counselor and program development director. I am very excited to continue my camping journey and apply my experience here at YMCA Camp Cullen. Favorite Camp Activity: All things artsy, I love creating things.

Kelly Lovell
Equestrian Director
Kelly Lovell

I grew up in Arizona and experienced camping through involvement with the Girl Scouts. I got to Texas as quick as I could to attend Texas A&M and since graduating with a degree in Animal Science, specializing in Equine Production and Management, I have made Texas my home. Many people ask if I have a favorite horse, but I love them all equally and take great pride in caring for them the way the campers would want them cared for! Favorite Camp Activity: Wild West Week!

William "BJ" York
Outdoor Survival and Y-Guides Director

I was born and raised in Texas. I started my journey with the YMCA through Indian Guides with my dad, which is where my love for the outdoors began. After receiving a degree in History from Tarleton State University, I continued to work for the YMCA. After my first year of summer camp I was hooked! I’m very excited to raise my daughter in a camp atmosphere and to share my love of the outdoors with everyone.

Wesley Fogg
Youth Development Director - Aquatics

I am from Virginia and grew up in the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. I spent my summers at camp where I learned how to kayak, water ski and sail. I graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in Psychology and Political Science, but I always knew that camp was where I belonged.

Favorite Camp Song: Bananas of the World Unite

Favorite Memory of Camp: Being myself, truly myself, for the first time

Advice for Campers: Be yourself.  If you don’t who will?

It’s an opportunity to make new friends, to have a break from technology. It’s the first real chance I’ve had to be responsible and independent.

Morgan E., 13