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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.

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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? .

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When my family and I moved to Summit County in 2017, I was interested in learning more about some of our community's most impactful non-profit organizations. Keystone Science School (KSS) quickly jumped out as one that strongly supports our entire community through several different programs. I was able to get to know the leadership at KSS and join their Campership Committee, assisting in selecting recipients of KSS scholarships on an annual basis. This was a rewarding and fulfilling experience that allowed me to learn more about the organization and the people it serves.

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Employment: Camp Staff A Day in the Life

Counselor and CamperAs a counselor at the Keystone Science School, you will work long and hard hours, but every second will be worth it. Not only do you get paid to go on adventures in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, but while you are engaging on these adventures, you will also get to have impactful conversations with campers about the natural world and watch them do things they never thought they would be able to do. Campers will walk away remembering the impact that you had on them, and you will walk away remembering the impact that they had on you.

There are several different counselor positions available at KSS:

Dedicated Counselor: Dedicated counselors are committed to working one program the entire summer: day camp or discovery camp. Day camp counselors will still help support discovery camp counselors and dedicated discovery counselors will still receive one night off a week.

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Our Staff - Why They're Awesome and the Experience Needed

At the Keystone Science School, staff are certified and trained extensively in preparation for the summer months. They go through pre-hire screenings, must meet minimum job requirements, and spend two weeks in staff training before campers arrive.

Staff photo by Dillon Resovoir

Job Requirements:

To be eligible for a summer job at KSS, applicants must meet certain requirements.

    Certifications: All staff members must have a current CPR/AED/First Aid certification. In addition, all crossover, day, and discovery camp counselors are required to have their Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification. This is a 16 hour class that teaches first aid skills specifically for situations in which definitive care is more than an hour away. Adventure instructors must have their Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. This is a 10 day course that expands on the WFA curriculum.

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