Volunteer FAQs

Dr. Ed de Zoeten

Medical Volunteer

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Dr. Ed de Zoeten, Medical Volunteer

When not at Camp I am a: Pediatric Gastroenterologist

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2010

Favorite Camp Activity: Zip lining

Favorite Meal at Camp: Breakfast 

Favorite Camp Dance: I love all the dances, it’s fun to just get moving. But I really love“Ice Cream and Cake”.

What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering? I love spending time with my 4 kids and my wife, going to soccer games, plays, recitals. I love 
skiing as much as possible and my new thing is playing the ukelele.

How would you describe camp in three words? Joyous, humbling, laughter

In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I am a medical volunteer. I provide medical care for anyone at camp, and 
hopefully provide peace of mind for parents and campers that camp is a safe and positive place even when you have multiple medical issues. But I will do anything that is needed..clean, play, talk, listen.

Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? Providing a “typical” camp experience to kids that, due to their illness, may not be able to experience this outside of Roundup River Ranch is invaluable.  This is often the first time that these campers interact with other kids that have similar issues, they learn they are not alone, they learn independence, they make life long friends.  All of these life experiences are priceless.
 
How do you feel volunteer time has made a difference to Roundup River Ranch campers? 
I think my patients that go to camp see me there acting like a kid, not dressed like a doctor, wearing costumes, or dancing and it changes their perspective of me a bit.  We have something in common that we can reminisce about. In addition, I think as physicians we provide the safety net for campers to stretch their wings in ways they haven’t before.

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? The joy on the campers' faces and the friends I have made at Roundup River Ranch.

What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? I have so many great memories that it’s hard to pick.  One was when a camper came up to me after dancing and said to me “Dr. Ed... you are so weird! I’m glad you are here!”  Others include night fishing and the first time I was invited to candle chat.

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It recharges my batteries every year.  It gives me a different perspective on why I do what I do. It also has shown me how you can impact a child’s life in so many different ways.

Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? This is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. There is no greater gift, for both the giver and the receiver, than making a child smile.

What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Do it!!  You won’t be sorry you did it. Be ready to play, laugh, work, participate and come home re-energized.

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, the 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 Calamari
Volunteer Coordinator
victoria@roundupriverranch.org / 970.524.5717
 

Dr. Marita Bledsoe
Medical Director
marita@roundupriverranch.org / 970.524.5710