Medical Care and Facilities
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Joanne Beda, Volunteer
When Not at Camp I am a: busy retiree
Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2011
Favorite Camp Activity: Dancing
Favorite Meal at Camp: Breakfast
Favorite Camp Dance: “Rather Be”
How would you describe camp in three words? Fun, heart-warming, and busy
In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I volunteer at the medical desk in The Depot.
Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? Children with serious illnesses are still children and deserve to have experiences that they may not be able to have except at camp. Camp is an opportunity for children with serious illnesses to have fun, make new friends, and see their medical practitioners in a safe and friendly place where the focus is on the activities and not their illness.
How do you feel your volunteer time has made a difference to Roundup River Ranch campers? It is my hope that I am one more friendly face to the campers who helps make their time at camp memorable.
What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? Seeing the strength that campers display while dealing with an illness puts my life in perspective and makes me want to be a stronger, more positive person.
What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? A few years ago, I happened to be dancing near a few boys who were at camp for the first time. They were reluctant to join in, so I encouraged them and eventually they started to dance. After that, their cabin counselor told me that they would look for me and wait until I joined them before they would start dancing.
How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? The children I see at camp have reminded me what is important in life and not to take your health, friendships, and having fun for granted.
Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? This is an experience that will change your life and become a part of you no matter how many times you are at camp.
What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Just try it! I have never seen or heard about anyone who did not have a wonderful volunteer experience. One thing that I have enjoyed about camp is meeting some of the most interesting people I have ever met. Campers, staff, and other volunteers are some of the nicest, warmest, most caring, and energetic people that anyone can ever hope to meet. Being at camp has enriched my life and the people I’ve met are why I continue to volunteer.
Some of the most renowned medical professionals in the Rocky Mountain region are here. (Although they may be wearing a tutu or superhero cape when you meet them.)
Roundup River Ranch offers a unique combination of awesome camp fun and pediatric, specialty-specific medical care. We know it takes a lot of trust for parents and guardians to feel good about their kids coming to camp and we want to make sure families and campers have the utmost peace of mind about the care we offer.
We provide comprehensive, individualized medical care for each of our campers. We recruit physician and nurse volunteers with experience caring for children who have the medical conditions we serve. These professionals leave their lab coats and scrubs behind and join our medical team at camp. And while they may not “look” like doctors or nurses when they’re swinging from a zip line, the truth is they are constantly focused on the needs and well-being of every camper.
Amazing medical facilities just steps from all the fun.
Our medical facility, called The Depot, is a state-of-the-art facility stocked with all the medical equipment and supplies needed to provide urgent, emergent and routine pediatric care. We work closely with families to ensure that every aspect of their child’s care is done exactly the same way at camp that is done at home. This includes accessing central lines, providing IV therapy, and even overnight peritoneal dialysis. We have nurses and doctors available and on call 24 hours a day while campers are on site.
The best of the best for our campers.
We know physicians and nurses are incredibly busy in their professions. But that doesn’t stop them from volunteering their precious free time to join us at camp and make the experience all the more memorable for our campers. Many of these amazing, compassionate people are the same world-class physicians, surgeons, and medical professionals who care for our campers in clinics and hospitals back home.
For physicians and nurses interested in joining us as a medical volunteer, pediatric clinical experience is preferred and eligibility to volunteer is determined following a personal interview. Preference is given to medical volunteers with experience and training in the diagnoses being served each session.
“I want every kid to be able to keep a little bit of camp inside them all year. Kids need medicine to heal their illnesses but they need camp to heal their soul.” - Dr. Lia Gore