IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Devon Lehman, Volunteer
When not at Camp I am a: Program Coordinator for Larimer County Department of Human Services for Children, Youth, and Families
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2013
Favorite camp activity: Camp Dancing, Candle Chats, and Parents’ Cafe Au Lait
Favorite meal at Camp: No-Hands Spaghetti
Favorite Camp dance: “The World’s Greatest”
How would you describe camp in three words? Magic, beauty, and possibility
In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I’ve been a cabin volunteer and a program volunteer.
Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? As Paul Newman once said, every child deserves the chance to “raise a little hell!” Camp gives everyone a chance to step into their stretch zone in an environment where success is
possible. Camp allows kids the chance to have new experiences and create memories that last a lifetime.
How do you think you’ve made a difference as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? Having been a volunteer and a summer staff member, I know first hand how important volunteers are to camp! Volunteers are such a vital part of the camp experience. Volunteers bring their own creativity, expertise, and passion to camp to make each week or weekend a unique experience.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? What doesn’t motivate me? I love everything about camp and cannot imagine my life without Roundup River Ranch. I think meeting the campers and families and seeing the transformation that happens in such a short period of time is what keeps me coming back.
What is your favorite memory from volunteering? My favorite memory is from a family weekend when we were able to give a father and son the opportunity to do the challenge course after some creative planning. Seeing the two of them have a really special moment at the top of the challenge course after encouraging the son to meet his father up there was one of the best moments of my camp experiences.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? Camp allows me to see life in a different way. Camp is all about seeing the possible in the impossible. Camp lets me see all the different opportunities in an experience, and problem solve in a completely different way. I think camp has made me live a more vibrant life full of finding joy in even the ordinary.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? It is life-changing. I can remember the moment during my first Serious Fun experience where my life changed forever. Give it a chance, I promise it is worth it! I’ve heard the saying, “From the outside looking in, you can’t understand it. From the inside looking out, you can’t describe it.” I think this is the perfect way to explain camp, because it’s hard to put into words
what camp means to each and every one of us.
Know what’s most extraordinary about camp? How it makes kids with serious illnesses feel like “ordinary” kids.
Our campers are giggling, laughing, conspiring, art-making, arrow-shooting, horseback-riding, canoe-paddling kids. That is both exhilarating and healing. Eye-opening and inspiring. Ordinary and extraordinary.
The truth is, our campers are sick and tired of being labeled as “sick.” They’re just kids who want to be kids. And that is precisely what every day (and s’more-roasting night) is all about. (And of course, it’s all always free of charge!)
Not only are we nestled in one of the most beautiful places in the Colorado mountains (see awe-inspiring photos right here), but we’re also a place that has a real honest-to-goodness magical quality about it. Campers discover that they are more courageous than they thought, more capable than they imagined, and more blissfully “ordinary” than they had realized.
More than 1,000 campers experience Roundup River Ranch each year and we welcome campers from across Colorado and an 11-state region. That makes for a huge number of potential new BFFs!
Our intentional programming philosophy means campers choose what they want to tackle, push themselves to try new things, and celebrate with all of camp for their accomplishments. Read more of the feel-great details here.
Here’s just a sampling of the things that make Roundup River Ranch so much more than simply camp:
• A crazy-fun zip line.
• The awesome climbing wall.
• A special seat that helps all kids zip line. (Yay for everyone getting to zip!)
• Canoes, beautiful canoes.
• A fishing lake. (Catch, wish, and release please)
• Big, beautiful, ride-me-today horses.
• Archery (How’s your aim?)
• An Art Yurt. (You have to see it to believe it.)
Songs, dancing, Stage Night, ridiculous costumes, star-gazing, cabin mates, fantastic counselors, and so, so, so much more.