Volunteer FAQs

Becca Sachs

Volunteer

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. 

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