Medical Care and Facilities
Dennis and Patty Gibbons
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dennis and Patty Gibbons , Volunteers
When not at Camp we are:
Dennis: A retired Colorado State Patrol Trooper
Patty: A retired librarian
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2011
Favorite Camp Activity: Stage Night
Favorite Meal at Camp: Pizza
How would you describe camp in three words? Best week ever
In what volunteer roles do you serve at Roundup River Ranch?
Dennis: Facilities volunteer
Patty: Kitchen volunteer, cabin volunteer, and medical desk volunteer
Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? So children with serious illnesses can focus on just being kids, instead of being ill.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? The joy that it brings to the children. We also love working with the staff.
What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? The wonderful spirits of some of the children we have met keep us coming back to volunteer. The children we meet are so inspirational to us.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? Being trusted by the full-time staff to work independently on projects makes us feel good. Volunteering at Roundup River Ranch gives us a true sense of being needed and appreciation.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? You can truly make a difference by helping campers enjoy a summer camp experience in spite of some very real challenges they have faced in their young lives.
What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Just do it. There is nothing like the feeling you will get from your time at Roundup River Ranch
Some of the most renowned medical professionals in the Rocky Mountain region are here. (Although they may be wearing a tutu or superhero cape when you meet them.)
Roundup River Ranch offers a unique combination of awesome camp fun and pediatric, specialty-specific medical care. We know it takes a lot of trust for parents and guardians to feel good about their kids coming to camp and we want to make sure families and campers have the utmost peace of mind about the care we offer.
We provide comprehensive, individualized medical care for each of our campers. We recruit physician and nurse volunteers with experience caring for children who have the medical conditions we serve. These professionals leave their lab coats and scrubs behind and join our medical team at camp. And while they may not “look” like doctors or nurses when they’re swinging from a zip line, the truth is they are constantly focused on the needs and well-being of every camper.
Amazing medical facilities just steps from all the fun.
Our medical facility, called The Depot, is a state-of-the-art facility stocked with all the medical equipment and supplies needed to provide urgent, emergent and routine pediatric care. We work closely with families to ensure that every aspect of their child’s care is done exactly the same way at camp that is done at home. This includes accessing central lines, providing IV therapy, and even overnight peritoneal dialysis. We have nurses and doctors available and on call 24 hours a day while campers are on site.
The best of the best for our campers.
We know physicians and nurses are incredibly busy in their professions. But that doesn’t stop them from volunteering their precious free time to join us at camp and make the experience all the more memorable for our campers. Many of these amazing, compassionate people are the same world-class physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals who care for our campers in clinics and hospitals back home.
For physicians and nurses interested in joining us as a medical volunteer, pediatric clinical experience is preferred and eligibility to volunteer is determined following a personal interview. Preference is given to medical volunteers with experience and training in the diagnoses being served each session.
“I want every kid to be able to keep a little bit of camp inside them all year. Kids need medicine to heal their illnesses but they need camp to heal their soul.” - Dr. Lia Gore