Volunteer FAQs

Greer Gardner

Volunteer

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Greer Gardner , Volunteer

When not at Camp I am a: Town of Vail community host, golfer, skier, and a volunteer for Bravo! and Roundup River Ranch. 

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2009

How would you describe camp in three words? Life-changing experience.

In what volunteer role do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? 
I volunteer in the administrative office. I write notes to our donors, make phone calls, solicit in-kind donations, and help with special projects. I am also a member of the Board of Directors. 

Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? I spent 11 years as a patient 
advocate and insurance specialist at Children’s Hospital in Denver, so I witnessed the toll a serious illness takes on a family. 
Children with serious illnesses focus so much on their illnesses- they have few friends and are often isolated from everything except hospitals, doctors, 
nurses, and medication schedules. After a diagnosis, “normal” childhood ceases. Camp offers the chance for children with serious illnesses to simply focus on being kids. 

How do you think you’ve made a difference as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? My time is spent encouraging others to support camp or thanking them for their generosity so that camp can continue to offer experiences totally free to our campers and their families. I have also introduced several of my friends to the magic of Roundup River Ranch at camp events, A Grateful Harvest and A Taste of Camp. 

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? I can see that “outside” help is a benefit to the staff so that they can focus on other tasks. The projects I complete are often just “time consuming” and relieve the staff to focus on other things. 

What is your favorite memory from volunteering? I have served on the A Grateful Harvest committee for three years and it is very gratifying to see that unique evening be a resounding success. 

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It continues to make me realize how grateful I am to be a small part of such a dedicated group as the Roundup River Ranch family. 

To paraphrase Paul Newman “You can leave camp, but camp never leaves you.” When you hear a camper describe what camp has meant to him or her, you know that all you do to support the continued mission of camp is so important. I am so proud to be a part of the Roundup River Ranch team- the most professional, dedicated, and enthusiastic group I have ever been associated with.

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