IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Becca Sachs, Volunteer
When not at Camp I am a: Physician Assistant at Children’s Hospital Colorado and owner of Damselfly Glass Design (because, uh, who doesn’t love kiln-fired, trout-inspired glass art?).
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2013
Favorite camp activity: Making art in the Yurt and Stage Night.
Favorite meal at Camp: I can’t choose one. The kitchen staff is amazing.
Favorite Camp dance: Rather Be and Eenie Meenie
How would you describe camp in three words? Beauty, laughter, and sweetness
In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I’ve been a Medical and Cabin Volunteer
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? Everybody deserves to have a carefree week or weekend away from the city and technology every so often to reconnect with themselves, their friends, and/or their family. This is especially the case when regular medical care, medications, or medical worries add to the daily stresses of being a kid or a parent.
Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? When my patients and families see me outside of the exam room, I think it helps us all to see each other in a more relatable light. I get to know my patients and families better at camp and talk about non-medical topics. That inevitably makes our medical visits more dynamic and fun and leads to more open communication.
What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? Seeing families laugh and make memories together at Family Camp fills my heart. The Roundup River Ranch campers, families, and staff remind me why I do what I do, and why we fight so hard for the best quality of life for our patients.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? Beyond impacting my practice as a PA, it reminds me to appreciate the small, silly, joyous memories I make with my family and friends.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? Because I can’t put it into words, so you’ll just have to experience it yourself. Volunteering at Roundup River Ranch was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s a really special place run by and filled with wonderful people. You won’t regret it, and you won’t be able to volunteer just once.
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.