Camp FAQs

You have Q’s? We have A’s! We’re a perfect fit to be camp friends.

Camp is FREE for all of our campers and their families. Whoo-hoo! Yippee!

At camp, you could make new friends from 11 different states! While a majority of our campers are from Colorado, there may be campers from Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Additionally, we accept campers from outside of our service region on a case-by-case basis.

You mean awesome? Of course! But even more amazing, is that you’ll probably meet kids who are going through the very same things you are. Our campers often remark about how they never feel “different” when they’re at Roundup River Ranch. And we know that’s a great feeling. At camp, we celebrate our differences and similarities. You will meet a diverse group of campers from many backgrounds, all of whom have a medical condition or medical illness. Most of the time, you will meet other campers who have the same or a similar condition as you do. Regardless, we strive to ensure that all Roundup River Ranch campers feel at home and welcomed as a member of our camp family.

There is no typical day at camp! We have many different activities and fun things to do throughout the day. Sometimes we change plans to ensure that all campers have the best time possible. We follow a set schedule each day that includes:

  • Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. every day. If you wake up really early, there are sometimes “Early Elk Activities” such as archery, fishing, Legos, and more before breakfast.
  • After breakfast, you will go to different activities with your activity group or your cabin. Sometimes we have an all–camp activity, and all campers love Silly Olympics – but we cannot ruin that surprise!
  • Lunch is at 12:30 p.m. Then we have Feet Off the Floor Time in our cabins to prepare for a full afternoon of fun.
  • In the afternoon, you will go to more activities – some with your activity group or cabin, others that you choose.
  • Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. After dinner, we have different activities such as campfires, camp games, Stage Night, Carnival Night, and more.
  • We then return to our cabins for Candle Chat and bedtime. All campers need a full night of sleep to prepare for the next day’s activities.

All kinds of yummy stuff! Our campers love eating meals at Roundup River Ranch, its some campers favorite part of the entire week! You’ll have great food, the company of your cabin mates and new friends, and you’ll get to take part in some crazy dances that follow meals. Trent’s Cookhouse is always where the fun is.
While our menus rotate weekly, there are three full meals served every day:

  • Breakfast: The most important meal of the day! You may enjoy cereal, fresh fruit, muffins, bacon, sausage, pancakes, French toast, and more. A variety of juices and milk are also served.
  • Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, hamburgers with a variety of fixins, and quesadillas are sample lunch options. We always have a salad bar, complete with Newman’s Own Salad Dressings, available for campers. And for dessert, there may be cookies, cake, or other delicious treats.
  • Dinner: There might be pizza, chicken parmesan, or everyone’s favorite – no-hands spaghetti dinner! We always have a salad bar, complete with Newman’s Own Salad Dressings, available for campers. 

For vegetarians, in addition to the salad bar, there is always a vegetarian dish available. This could be a veggie burger, meatless spaghetti sauce, or eggplant parmesan.

If you have allergies or cannot eat certain foods because of dietary needs or religious reasons, you will receive a meal that suits your dietary preferences or requirements. There will always be something delicious to keep you energized. Our medical and kitchen teams are available to speak to you to ensure that your dietary needs are met and accommodated.

We want you to know you are in incredible, caring, expert hands here. You will be taken care of by many committed and trained staff members at Roundup River Ranch. Everyone is at camp to ensure that you have fun, you are safe, and to be your friend. You will have Cabin Leaders who accompany you to all activities and stay with you in your cabin. You will meet enthusiastic and well-trained Activity Leaders who will lead all camp activities. There are also nurses and doctors in The Depot and at our activity areas to provide all the medical care you need while at camp.

At Roundup River Ranch, you will sleep in one of our six camper cabins with up to 11 other campers who are in your age group. No need to bring a sleeping bag! We supply comfy linens and have incredible mattresses. You may sleep in a standard twin bed or on a bunk bed. There will also be Cabin Leaders and volunteers who will share the cabin with you to provide assistance, support, and friendship.

In most cabins, adults sleep in Staff/Volunteer Rooms that are in close proximity to the Camper Sleeping Rooms. This ensures that campers are able to receive the support they need at all times. In some instances, when additional medical support is needed, nurses or other adults will provide overnight care in the Camper Sleeping Room.

If you can imagine it, we probably do it! Fun is around every corner here. You’ll find so many ways to have fun and also challenge yourself, try new things and even show others how to accomplish something new, too. You will do some things with your activity group, some with your cabin, and sometimes you will choose which activities you would like to do and join other campers who want to do the same activity. You usually have the opportunity to participate in all of our activities at least once.

Our activities include archery, art, boating, fishing, horses, music, nature and discovery, drama, the challenge course (includes our climbing wall and zip line), and many other camp-wide or cabin games and activities. Throughout the day, you may enjoy time with your cabin, playing games, solving mind puzzles, etc. After dinner, you will enjoy evening programs, such as Carnival Night, campfires, camp-wide games, a scavenger hunt, and more.

First of all, pack your sense of humor. And some good jokes, if you have them. Then the three most important other things to bring to camp are a smile, a great attitude, and a readiness to have fun! You’ll need closed toe shoes and a water bottle for sure. For all your other items, a full packing list will be supplied to all accepted campers in your welcome packet, or please click here to view the full list.

The following items are not allowed at Roundup River Ranch: electronic games, laptop computers, knives, lighters, matches, sharp tools, weapons of any sort, personal sports equipment (rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles, etc.), cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs, valuables (jewelry, watches, etc.), food items (snacks, chewing gum, candy, etc.), or money – there is nowhere to spend money at camp.

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