Sam and Susan Torn have dedicated their lives to serving today's youth

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Our People Camp Ozark


Sam and Susan Torn, owners, have dedicated their lives to serving today's youth through the incomparable experience that is Camp Ozark.

Sam first came to Camp Ozark in 1951 at the age of 3 with his family. He later spent five summers as a camper and six years as a counselor at Camp Ozark (then known as Ozark Boys Camp). A former baseball player and yell leader at Texas A&M, Sam's biggest asset is that he has experienced Camp Ozark from every angle -- camper, counselor, staff member, parent and owner -- and is able to translate these experiences into the development of an incomparable camp program. In addition, Sam is a frequent speaker to parents and teenagers on a variety of subjects including abstinence, parenting and growing in faith.

Susan, a registered nurse, oversees all food, medical and support aspects of the camp on a daily basis. Sam and Susan are not absentee owners. They live on the premises during the summer and oversee all aspects of Camp Ozark on a daily basis. Sam and Susan have three adult children and nine grandchildren: Son Scott, his wife Secily and their four children, Sam II, Jack, Tucker and Anna Scott; son Chris, his wife Ceci, and their five children, Caroline, Caitlin, Mary Claire, Christopher II, and Charles Henry; and daughter Angela, her husband Stephan and their two children, Mack and Susan.




Our staff comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, they are united by a genuine love and passion for children, and are fully committed to helping Camp Ozark fulfill its stated mission.


Summer Staff

Our Incomparable Summer Staff is at the heart of the Ozark experience.

Each and every summer, Camp Ozark employs over 700 of the finest college-aged young people in America as members of our Summer Staff. Camp Ozark recruits summer staff from over 100 different schools and universities, with recruitment beginning in mid-October and continuing through February and March. If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting, challenging and rewarding summer opportunity, please see our section regarding

Staff Opportunities




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