Volunteer FAQs

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!

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