Medical Care and Facilities
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.
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