Volunteer FAQs

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?

Thinking about volunteering? You won’t regret a single joyful, inspiring, life-changing moment.


Roundup River Ranch Volunteer FAQ’s
 

Click here to apply to volunteer and review the Volunteer Qualifications and Requirements. After you submit your Volunteer Application, a member of the Volunteer Team will contact you to talk about the camp season. 

The minimum age to volunteer during a camp session is 19. We do offer off-season opportunities for school-age groups. Please contact Jenika, our Volunteer Manager, at jenika@roundupriverranch.org for availability and scheduling. 

Click here to learn more about the volunteer opportunities and responsibilities of each role that we have available. 

We offer off-season and intersession opportunities for groups (Corporate, Civic, Faith-based, Fraternity/Sorority, Educational, Recreational, Etc.). Please contact Jenika, the Volunteer Manager, at Jenika@roundupriverranch.org for availability and scheduling. 

Each year we rely on the support of a diverse group of volunteers to provide camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. Volunteers are welcome throughout the year to serve while camp is in session (May through October) and during our off-season by assisting with events, facilities, administration, and other activities. 

A typical day at camp is 12-14 hours in length. All session-long volunteers are given one hour off per day. During this time, volunteers are encouraged to focus on self-care and rejuvenation. Volunteers are expected to remain on-site throughout their committed session. 

Session Volunteers will be provided housing the night of Volunteer Orientation through the last night of the session. Volunteers will finish their role by noon on the last day of the session. All linens will be provided in addition to a bath towel and a wash cloth. Toiletries will not be provided. The first meal served will be lunch on the first day of Volunteer Orientation. Throughout the session, volunteers will eat with campers and staff. The last meal served is breakfast on the final day of the session.  

Time

Summer Camp/Family Camp Schedule

7:30 am

Early Elk – Morning Program

8:30 am

Breakfast

10:00 am

Program Blocks

12:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 pm

Feet off the Floor Time

2:30 pm

Program Blocks and a Snack

5:15 pm

Cabin Time

6:00 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Cabin Time

7:15 pm

Evening Program

8:45 pm

Candle Chat (Summer)/ Teen and Adult Lounge (Family Camp)

9:30 pm

Camper Bedtime

* Times may vary

Upon your arrival to camp, follow the signs to Volunteer Orientation and park behind Trent’s Cookhouse (red building), where orientation begins promptly at 11am. Volunteer Orientation will cover the following topics: a tour of camp, policies and procedures, mealtime procedures, child protection training, emergency procedures, medical training and depot tour, roles and responsibilities, behavioral support (summer camp only) and of course camp dancing! 
 
A full medical team is present during each camp session; Non-medical volunteers are not responsible for the medical care of a camper. Prior to your arrival, “Our Camper’s Special Considerations Manual” will be made available for your review and there will be an overview of the week’s diagnosis during Volunteer Orientation Medical Training.  
 
All Volunteers, unless otherwise specified, should report to our camp location in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at 8333 Colorado River Road, Gypsum, CO 81637. Specific directions to camp will be provided to volunteers prior to their arrival.  
 
The weather varies throughout the camp season. Since we are located in the heart of the Rockies weather can change fairly quickly. The days get warm and the nights are often cool. We recommend that volunteers pack layers to prepare for the weather. A packing list will be provided to Volunteers prior to their arrival. 
 

 

Contact Information

Jenika Doberstein
Volunteer Manager
jenika@roundupriverranch.org / 970.524.5720 


Victoria Mueller
Volunteer Coordinator
victoria@roundupriverranch.org / 970.524.5717
 

Dr. Marita Bledsoe
Medical Director
marita@roundupriverranch.org / 970.524.5710