Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times provides a full range of health care services for its campers through the generous support of medical volunteers. Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’ “Med Shed” health care center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. It was specifically designed to serve the needs of the campers impacted by cancer. The Med Shed includes an examination room, resting and sleeping areas, a medication dispensary and a Catheter Care Cabin.

But none of these services can be provided without the staff of volunteer doctors and nurses. These volunteers provide a safe healthcare environment for all who participate in the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times programs: patient campers, sibling campers, Family Camp parents, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times staff, and volunteers.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Volunteers:

The Doctor:

  • Oversees all medical situations that may arise
  • Supervises all medical procedures
  • Prescribes medication and treatments
  • Reviews the orientation of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times program staff on the specific care needs of attending campers

The Charge Nurse:

  • Reviews camper applications prior to camp session with the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times doctor
  • Oversees organization, administration, and documentation of camper and staff medications
  • Coordinates with Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times director and doctor to secure transportation should a camper require attention beyond the scope of the facilities

The Nurse:

  • Provides treatment as directed by the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times doctor
  • Routine tasks including dispensing and documenting of camper and staff medications
  • Support and supervision of Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times central venous catheter care
  • Routine drop-ins ranging from splinters, fevers, and tummy aches, to potentially serious accidents or illnesses

Sleeping accommodations are provided in the Med Shed complex. Nurses may share a sleeping room with one to four other nurses. Doctors have smaller single or double rooms.

Volunteers are asked to volunteer for a minimum of two days, but Summer Day Camp may be as many as seven days. For Spring, Fall, and Winter Camp weekends, a three to four day commitment is asked.

In appreciation of volunteering, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times welcomes doctors and nurses to invite their spouses and children to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. If the children are of camp session age, they may participate as a camper. They will be assigned to a cabin, live and sleep with their cabin mates under the supervision and leadership of our cabin counselors and participate in all activities as a camper for the entire week.

Barco’s Nightingales Foundation is a proud sponsor of camperships to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. We encourage those interested in a unique and fulfilling volunteer experience to apply.

~Michael and Frida Donner