IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Gerry Salani, Volunteer
When Not at Camp I am a: dad and hard working sales representative for Wagner Equipment.
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2013
Favorite Camp Activity: Fishing
Favorite Meal at Camp: Lunch
How would you describe camp in three words? Commitment, compassion and love
In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I come out for most Family Camps. I love supervising the early fishing and “catching” kids coming down from the zipline.
Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? They have a once in a lifetime opportunity to do activities they’ve never been able to do before.
How do you feel your volunteer time at Roundup River Ranch has made a difference? I give it my all when I’m there and spread love, joy, and smiles all around!
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? I honestly feel I can make a difference in a camper/sibling/parent’s life, and those are such joyful moments!
What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? Hearing when a camper says “ I’ve never caught a fish before,” or, “I’ve never been on a zip line”.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It make you realize how fragile life is, every day is a gift. It’s not fair and there are no guarantees, but there are amazing places like Roundup River Ranch.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? Yes, being at camp warms my heart and it’s a extremely rewarding.
What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Please do it! Going to camp is great and you feel even better when you leave. It’s an experience that will remind you to stay positive, be happy and smile! I truly enjoy the fantastic staff and feel a lot of love, compassion, commitment and positive energy whenever I’m at Roundup River Ranch.
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.