IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Tina Medina, Volunteer
When not at Camp I am a: mother, wife, and artist
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2017
Favorite Camp Activity: Art
In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I volunteer my time as an artist to create art pieces for Camp and special events.
Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? It is important because children with serious illnesses need a space where they can be children, be creative, and have fun and not worry about the everyday stress of having an illness.
How do you feel your volunteer time has made a difference to Roundup River Ranch campers? I hope my work brings smiles to the campers faces and fills them with joy.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? I love being creative, and sharing that passion fills my heart.
What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? Creating a larger- than-life coloring book page illustrating camp activities on a canvas.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? Being given the opportunity to be creative fulfills me and anytime I can share that with someone I feel so impactful.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? Volunteering is just a good energy exchange. Being selfless and giving back will improve your life and those you help.
What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? The staff and other volunteers at Roundup River Ranch are amazing, friendly, and inspiring. Working with them is an outstanding experience.
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.