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Summer Adventure: Intro to Adventures

Summer Adventure: Intro to Adventures

location icon Summit County, Colorado

July 31 - August 5
6 Days
Grades Entering

Intro to Adventures is designed for Discovery Campers looking for a little more adventure. This program will take place in Summit County and will ease campers from Discovery Camp into our Adventures programs. Loosely following the Discovery Camp schedule, this program is a great blend of Discovery camp’s traditional outdoor activities and a great introduction to adventure skills.

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Schedule of Activities & Skills

Rock Climbing

Day 1: Welcome to Adventures!

Meet instructors and fellow students, then head out and setup the group's campsite.

Day 2 Wilderness Backpacking & Backcountry Camping

After taking inventory of the supplies needed for their offsite adventure, students will go to a trailhead and hike into their campsite with their belongings on their backs. They will learn basic backpacking skills, how to set up camp, and cooking in the outdoors.

Rock Climbing

Day 3: Challenge Hike

Starting from their Backpacking campsite, campers will continue on their journey by completing a challenge hike for the day, and return back to the basecamp in the afternoon.

Day 4 Adventure Day 1: Rafting

We will spend the day rafting on the Arkansas River.


Rock Climbing

Day 5 Adventure Day 2: Rock Climbing

Students will learn the basics of rock climbing, belaying, and climbing skills at various local boulder and climbing locations in Summit County

Day 6: Return to KSS & Goodbye

Campers will return to Keystone Science School to say their goodbyes and to be picked up from programming.


Schedule and duration of activities are subject to change.

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Backpacking or Basecamping?

basecamping icon This Adventure Utilizes Basecamping and one night of Backpacking

Basecamping: Base camping allows us to set up tents and kitchen in one area which serves as a jumping-off point for multiple adventure activities. We only carry with us what we need for that specific day and we're sleeping in an established campground next to or near our van. This often means access to pit toilets or even bathrooms with running potable water. 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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