Medical Care and Facilities

Connor Dethlefs & DJ Stanec

Volunteers

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Connor Dethlefs & DJ Stanec , Volunteers

When not at Camp I am a: 

Connor- coffee shop frequenter, adventurer, and College Possible coach.

DJ - Senior Communications Major at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I’m also part of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity- Iota Chapter at Coe College.

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 

Connor- 2013

DJ - 2016 

Favorite camp activity: 

Connor - Stage Night 

DJ - Fishing

Favorite camp meal:

Connor - Coffee!

DJ - No-hands Spaghetti 

Favorite camp dance:

Connor - “The Whip”. When the campers taught it to the counselors, it was just so awesome.

DJ - “Eeenie Meenie”

How would you describe camp in three words? 

Connor - Magical, awe-inspiring, and addicting 

DJ - My happy place 

Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? 

Connor - Every child deserves to simply be a kid. Camp allows children with serious illnesses to explore and be free - something not always guaranteed under the caring, watchful eyes of parents and doctors back home.

DJ  - Camp gives children with serious illnesses a place to grow and explore who they are, without the limitations of their medical condition. There is a freedom at camp that allows every single kid to be themselves and become comfortable with their illness because they’re with peers who understand. 

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch?   

Connor - It’s life-changing. When I first volunteered, I thought I was going to change kids’ lives; yet, I left with them having changed my life. The feelings and memories that I’ve left camp with each time is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

DJ  - As cliché as it is, seeing the smiles on each campers’ face is what motivates me to volunteer. Seeing how camp impacts every single camper, and seeing everyone, including the counselors grow from their experiences at camp and knowing that I had a hand in making each of those individual experiences special means a lot to me. 

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life?  

Connor - It has given me perspective on life. In our “everyday lives,” we tend to forget the power of small moments. At camp, you live in the present moment surrounded by good people, and there’s nothing more you could ever need.

It has provided me with some of the most meaningful, memorable experiences of my life. Without hesitation, I would encourage others to experience it for themselves.

DJ - I have been reminded about who I want to be as a person, and what being yourself means. Seeing these kids, who are so comfortable in their skin has reminded me that being myself is okay. I have learned so much from the campers about not taking the little things in my life for granted. 

The campers at Roundup River Ranch will change your life in ways you never thought possible. They teach resilience, perseverance, and how to embrace sheer joy in life. Plus, who wouldn’t want to feel like a kid again for a week?

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.

Read more details about our Medical Volunteer positions here >

“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