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Summer Adventure: Western Water

Summer Adventure: Western Water

location icon Steamboat Springs, Colorado

June 12-17
6 Days
Grades Entering

Featuring Northwestern Colorado’s Yampa River, this trip offers a great opportunity to build outdoor skills and is perfect for water lovers. You will learn basic whitewater and river dynamics while experiencing moving water both on a kayak and stand-up paddle board, as well as fly fishing. You will also spend time hiking in the beautiful Steamboat Springs area with a summit attempt of Hahn's Peak!

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Activities & Skills



paddleboarding icon Paddleboarding

A fun way to explore and play on the water paddleboarding is an increasingly popular adventure sport. Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUPing, is an outdoor aquatic activity that involves standing on a long surfboard and using a paddle to navigate and move around the lake, or down the lazy river. It’s very easy to learn and it’s also a great workout!

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kayaking icon Kayaking

We will use inflatable kayaks on a guided tour of the upper Colorado River. A quintessential way of exploring our natural environment, kayaking dates back almost 4,000 years! Kayaking can be both relaxing and exhilarating and is easy to learn but difficult to master.



raft icon Peak Attempt

The group will attempt to summit Hahns Peak, at 10,774 feet above sea level. Along the way, we will focus on map reading and compass skills, hiking etiquette, and outdoor stewardship. We might stop to observe wildlife, or look closely at the different rock types.



raft icon Fly Fishing

We will spend a portion of one of our river days learning how to fly fish.


First & Last Day

On the first day we'll meet at Keystone Science School's campus, get checked in and meet the rest of our group at the Trip Briefing. We'll go over our gear list and make sure our packs are ready. Then we'll load up the van and head to our Adventure location, usually an hour or more of travel. Once we get to our location, we'll learn some of the basics of the activities to follow, like gear, basic climbing systems or river safety. Then we'll cook dinner and have our first Evening Meeting as we get to know each other.
On the final day after activities are done, we'll head back to KSS, and have our Pin Ceremony where we award campers for their acheivements.


Schedule and duration of activities are subject to change.

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Backpacking or Basecamping?

basecamping icon This Adventure Utilizes Base Camping

Base camping allows us to set up tents and kitchen in one area which serves as a jumping-off point for multiple adventure activities. When we are base camping, we are only carrying with us what we need for that specific day and we are sleeping in an established campground next to or near our van. Base camping often means access to pit toilets or even bathrooms with running potable water. Because we don’t need to carry everything with us, our kitchen can be bigger with more supplies— like a double-burner propane stove, pots and pans, and access to picnic tables.

From Parents

Words of camper parents from our 2022 Adventure programs.

"My kid looks forward to this every year! It is so important for her to get out of her usual routine and meet new people and get a chance to be on her own."

"KSS is important to give my son experiences in nature and in new areas of the state."

"No phones. Dedicated time to focus on self. Reminders about gratitude. Getting in touch with nature. The counselors are strong, sweet, great role models."

"We love KSS. The growth our kids have each summer is priceless. Thank you for all the hard work, planning and everything (heart) that goes into what you do!"

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