Volunteer FAQs

Joanne Beda



Joanne Beda, Volunteer

When Not at Camp I am a: busy retiree

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2011

Favorite Camp Activity: Dancing 

Favorite Meal at Camp: Breakfast

Favorite Camp Dance: “Rather Be”

How would you describe camp in three words? Fun, heart-warming, and busy

In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I volunteer at the medical desk in The Depot. 

Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? Children with serious illnesses are still children and deserve to have experiences that they may not be able to have except at camp. Camp is an opportunity for children with serious illnesses to have fun, make new friends, and see their medical practitioners in a safe and friendly place where the focus is on the activities and not their illness.
How do you feel your volunteer time has made a difference to Roundup River Ranch campers?
It is my hope that I am one more friendly face to the campers who helps make their time at camp memorable.

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? Seeing the strength that campers display while dealing with an illness puts my life in perspective and makes me want to be a stronger, more positive person.

What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? A few years ago, I happened to be dancing near a few boys who were at camp for the first time. They were reluctant to join in, so I encouraged them and eventually they started to dance. After that, their cabin counselor told me that they would look for me and wait until I joined them before they would start dancing.

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? The children I see at camp have reminded me what is important in life and not to take your health, friendships, and having fun for granted.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? This is an experience that will change your life and become a part of you no matter how many times you are at camp.

What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Just try it!  I have never seen or heard about anyone who did not have a wonderful volunteer experience. One thing that I have enjoyed about camp is meeting some of the most interesting people I have ever met.  Campers, staff, and other volunteers are some of the nicest, warmest, most caring, and energetic people that anyone can ever hope to meet. Being at camp has enriched my life and the people I’ve met are why I continue to volunteer.

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.  


Summer Camp/Family Camp Schedule

7:30 am

Early Elk – Morning Program

8:30 am


10:00 am

Program Blocks

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

Feet off the Floor Time

2:30 pm

Program Blocks and a Snack

5:15 pm

Cabin Time

6:00 pm


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