Volunteer FAQs

Liz Logan Sterett

Volunteer

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Liz Logan Sterett, Volunteer

When not at Camp I am a: lifestyle design coach, which means I inspire people to design a life they love. I love what I do because like camp, I get to bring out the best in people and help them live with intention and 
authenticity. 

Otherwise, I enjoy connecting with nature…a dirt path, a walk on the ocean, riding my bike up mountain passes, feeling the fresh air on my face. I love living for simple things. I love being in love with my beautiful family, and new husband.

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2016

Favorite Camp Activity: Singing and spending time with campers 

Favorite Meal at Camp: No-hands Spaghetti Dinner

Favorite Camp Dance:  The A Grateful Harvest performance dance, whatever that happens to be. 

How would you describe camp in three words? Magical, Impactful, Powerful

In what volunteer role do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I was the A Grateful Harvest Event Committee Chair in 2016 and 2017.  

Why do you think it is important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? Everyone needs camp, but when you have a serious illness, camp especially reminds you all of the power you have inside, gives you courage, and connects you to nature by being in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

How do you think you’ve made a difference as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? I know the campers have forever made a difference in my life.  That’s the magic of Roundup River Ranch, no matter who you are, camp is a guiding star shining down, reminding us all that we are in this life together.

What is your favorite memory from volunteering? Probably learning the dance for A Grateful Harvest with all the campers. I will never forget the energy in that room and the smiles on all their faces. The campers souls shine so brightly, it’s beyond words.

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It has reminded me to slow down, take deep breaths, and live in the moment.  Roundup River Ranch has brought me back to my childhood camp days and volunteering at Children’s Hospital in Denver. 

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? Is this a trick question? Just kidding. Everything Roundup River Ranch represents, the beauty of camp itself, the campers, the passion of all the people who have made camp possible. It’s a winning combination, and one I’m humbled to be a part of.

Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? I think we live in a self-involved world these days. Volunteering at camp is an opportunity to get out of your head, and focus on amazing kids that need your help.  It’s a chance to drop into the present moment and open your heart to a greater good. I love Roundup River Ranch and am forever changed by my experience as a volunteer.

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