Vail Valley Spotlight: Roundup River Ranch
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Executive Director: Ruth B. Johnson
Location: Administrative office is located in Edwards. The campsite will be located on Colorado River Road in Dotsero.
Phone number: (970) 926-2448
Web address: http://www.roundupriverranch.org
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Years in business: Roundup River Ranch was founded in July 2006. The grassroots organization is a provisional member of the Hole in the Wall Camps, founded by the late Paul Newman and is projected to begin operations in 2011.
What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?
The mission of Roundup River Ranch is to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses by providing them with a camping experience that is fun, safe and empowering. There are more than 35,000 children in the Rocky Mountain region suffering from a serious illness and less than 15 percent of those children have an opportunity to attend camp because of their illnesses.
When the camp is fully operational, it will serve up to 1,500 children every year. Until operating in Colorado, the camp will serve children from the region by bringing them to other camps around the country as part of the camp’s special “On the Road” program.
Where does your funding come from?
The fulfillment of the camp’s mission and vision depends upon the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations.
How many staff members work for you?
The Roundup River Ranch has four staff members in addition to an active board of directors and advisory committee.
Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?
For children with serious illnesses, laughter really is the best medicine. The idea behind the camp is for children who have been cheated out of their childhoods because of illness to regain a sense of joy in life, leaving camp with a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of control over their lives. After coming back from an “On the Road” program this summer, the camp received the following note from one of our campers:
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. It was a lot of fun! I met a lot of new people and tried many new things I’ve never done before. This camp kept me smiling and on my feet. I have built a lot of confidence from this camp. I felt the magic!”