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Joanne Beda



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.

Our volunteers and counselors are first and foremost our campers’ cheerleaders. 

The application period for the 2018 Camp Season is now open! We look forward to camp sessions filled with AMAZING volunteers like you.

We are so excited that you are interested in being a part of the magic of Roundup River Ranch. Please review the following information to familiarize yourself with the Volunteer Application Process before you begin your application. 

Volunteer Qualifications:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older
  • Complete the Volunteer application
  • Three references
  • New Volunteer interview or Returning Volunteer check-in

Volunteer Requirements:

Once confirmed, New and Returning Volunteers will receive access to their CampSite Staff Dashboard (currently under construction) to complete the volunteer requirements. Returning Volunteers must update their records yearly. The Volunteer Contract is contingent upon the full completion of the following:     

  1. Medical Requirements:
    a. Health History Form
    b. Healthcare Form (must be updated every 2 years)
    c. TB/PPD Skin Test Results. Volunteers must update if they are determined to be at high risk.
    d. Immunization record documentation and dates
    • MMR
    • Tdap/td (must be up-to-date)
    • Varicella or date of illness
    • Hep. B or waiver
    • Hep. A (recommended for all and required for Kitchen Volunteers)
    • Current Flu Season Vaccination
  2. Background Checks (3): Yearly criminal background check, Fingerprint criminal background check, and CDHS background inquiry check
  3. Agreements and Policies - Sign off and acknowledge our policies and agreements. 
  4. Attend Volunteer Orientation 

If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Team at