The Camp

Dr. Michele Chetham

Physician Volunteer

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Michele Chetham, Physician Volunteer

When Not at camp I am a: Pediatric Emergency Physician at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children 

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2012

Favorite camp activity: Equestrian

Favorite meal at camp: No-hands Spaghetti ...I like to watch. And the salad bar is the best one ever!!

Favorite camp dance: “Macarena”

How would you describe camp in three words? Courageous, limitless, love 

In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I’m a volunteer physician in The Depot and support our amazing team of medical volunteers. We also go to program areas to be extra helping hands and provide medical support as needed. 

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? Children with serious illnesses touch my heart with their courage and perseverance. I usually encounter my patients and their families in the Emergency Department when they stressed and uncomfortable. Roundup River Ranch provides a beautiful place for children with serious illnesses to let go of stress, relax, and enjoy life. I love to be a part of that. It gives me a fresh perspective for my job as a medical professional.  

What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? I have so many favorite memories! The first time I watched the Stage Night, I was in tears as I witnessed so many brave children get up to fearlessly dance, sing, play instruments, and tell jokes. 

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It has made me so appreciative of the gift of life and working in medicine. Seeing children (and their families) who face so many challenges with great courage, encourages me to do the very best I can to love, help and support them in a medical environment and at Camp. 

Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? Volunteering at Roundup River Ranch is an amazing and enriching experience. Being with the campers and working alongside so many dedicated healthcare professionals from across the country is so inspiring.

The Roundup River Ranch administration and staff are the most inspiring, humble and dedicated 
individuals I have ever worked with! Thank you!

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.

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