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Dennis and Patty Gibbons



Dennis and Patty Gibbons , Volunteers

When not at Camp we are: 
Dennis: A retired Colorado State Patrol Trooper
Patty: A retired librarian 

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2011

Favorite Camp Activity: Stage Night

Favorite Meal at Camp: Pizza

How would you describe camp in three words? Best week ever

In what volunteer roles do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? 
Dennis: Facilities volunteer
Patty: Kitchen volunteer, cabin volunteer, and medical desk volunteer
Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? So children with serious illnesses can focus on just being kids, instead of being ill. 

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? The joy that it brings to the children. We also love working with the staff. 

What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? The wonderful spirits of some of the children we have met keep us coming back to volunteer. The children we meet are so inspirational to us.

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? Being trusted by the full-time staff to work independently on projects makes us feel good. Volunteering at Roundup River Ranch gives us a true sense of being needed and appreciation.

Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? You can truly make a difference by helping campers enjoy a summer camp experience in spite of some very real challenges they have faced in their young lives.

What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Just do it. There is nothing like the feeling you will get from your time 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.

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