Mission Moment: Campers Pushing Outside of their Comfort Zones
Camp is a place of fun, belonging, and personal growth. Our programmatic goals are woven into the concept of challenging our campers to try new things to push them outside their ‘comfort zone’. This practice allows them to grow in different aspects of their own lives. We aim to foster specific talents like developing independence, making new friends, and leadership skills. Ultimately, this ends with campers gaining confidence by achieving things they previously thought were beyond their reach.
Summit Day Camp launched in 2015 in partnership with Summit School District (SSD) to support students and their families with ten consecutive weeks of full-day Monday to Friday summer camp. Each summer the program serves at least 140 students with up to 60% of families qualifying for the Free and Reduced Lunch or Child Health Plan+ rates.
It takes our full community of local funders and many donors to make our sliding fee scale possible. Every summer our sliding fee scale directly supports families with at least $185,000 of financial support to attend Summit Day Camp. A special thanks to every funder and donor who supports this vital program.
At Keystone Science School, we believe camp and outdoor education is for everyone! We create spaces of true belonging in which campers, students, and staff can be their authentic selves while experiencing the magic of camp and the outdoors. We strive to make everyone in our community feel comfortable, supported, and validated, regardless of their gender, race/ethnicity, religion, ability, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation.
Gender diversity is one of the many ways in which our campers and staff are “different together.” Keystone Science School has a long history of welcoming gender-expansive campers and staff who identify as transgender, genderqueer, gender noncomforming, and nonbinary. In line with our values, we ask that everyone at KSS respects each other’s gender identity, including their name and pronouns.
Mission Moment: What KSS Means to Me - Aniston Zabawa
In April, Ian McCluskie, Program Manager, looked at his calendar for the week and saw his days packed with back-to-back interviews. It was time to meet, interview, and get to know our Summer Camp team and he was leading the charge.
There are many details to coordinate to ensure that potential Camp Counselors are qualified to be part of our Summer Camp team from minimum hours working with kids to Wilderness First Aid certifications. Each detail is important and tracking each is quite the effort.
Astro Mark Astro Alert: A Full Lunar Eclipse, May 15th - That’s Amore!
By “Astro” Mark Laurin, Keystone Science School Adjunct Instructor & Volunteer
Greetings Fellow Stargazer!
You’ve heard the lyrics to the Italian song, “When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” Of course you have. And this Sunday, May 15th, the Moon will be that big pizza pie as the cosmos serves you up a huge Italian style pie of celestial goodness. Yum.
Fun fact. Did you know that lunar eclipses only occur at Full Moons, and are visible anywhere the Moon is above the horizon at the time of the eclipse? .