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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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SummitCove Vacation Lodging and Property Management

 

SummitCove_Logo-01.jpgKeystone Science School has a variety of corporate partners, and we’re thankful for the partnership with SummitCove Vacation Lodging and Property Management. They have made a positive impact on KSS and their employees through our long-standing partnership. Read more about our partnership and this strong community supporter.

 

SummitCove Vacation Lodging and Property Management offers over 350 vacation rentals at Keystone Resort, Colorado. We are a full service property management company and also offer HOA Management services, contract housekeeping services, maintenance services and much more. We have been in business in Summit County since 2001 and are committed to providing the best experience possible for our employees, owners and guests. Co-owner and Sales Manager of SummitCove, Cheri Reeburgh, opens up about why Keystone Science School is important to her family personally and the company.

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Discovery Overnight Camp: What to Expect?

Discovery Overnight Camp is the flagship overnight program at Keystone Science School. This overnight camp option offers a traditonal overnight camp experience mixed with Science, Adventure, and FUN! Campers can choose from 1 or 2 week sessions. Each session follows the same core activities and adventures with a different science theme hidden in each week.

Sleeping Accommodations- Where do you start?

The first step of Discovery Overnight Camp is choosing your sleeping accmmodations: the dorms or the tents in Snake River Village. The dorms, Bighorn and Henry, each have 8 rooms with 2 bunk beds in each, which you can see in our 3D tour. Campers will be placed in a room with children of similar grades. In addition, the dorms have a lobby area with couches and a shared bathroom. The other sleeping accommodation is the canvas tents near the Snake River. There are 4 tents, each sleeping 6 or 7 campers. This choice adds more of a rustic feel to the camp experience, but everything that a camper could need is in a building a short walk away.

The play-by-play of a week full of camp magic:

    Monday: After campers move into their designated living space for the week, their trail group will jump into team building. This allows campers to begin forming friendships right off the bat. They will spend most of the first day with their age-sorted trail group. However, at the end of the evening, all of the trail groups will join together for the opening campfire. The counselors will perform silly songs and skits and campers will laugh with one another, strengthening the bonds that they have started making.

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How to Reduce Feelings of Homesickness

log-style-dorms.jpgWhether this is your child’s first time coming to camp or they have been coming year after year, here are a few tips to avoid homesickness when planning for your child's KSS Summer Camp experience. All of the tips come down to preparation and allowing your child to be a part of the planning process.

Get to Know the KSS Campus -The more your camper is familiar with the Keystone Science School campus the better prepared they will be. You can review the Our Campus section of our website, which includes a campus map, 3D Tours of select buildings including the dorms and the Rives Dining Hall. Families are also welcome to schedule a tour of campus. Just call (970) 468-2098 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a KSS staff member would be happy to give your family a full tour of campus while sharing more details about the schedule and a KSS Camp experience.

Review the Schedule - The more your camper understands the schedule and what’s next, the more they will be comfortable with the experience. KSS Camp Counselors are amazing and will be reviewing the full weekly schedule and the next day’s schedule throughout the experience but you can still cover the basics before their time at camp begins. Each program webpage (Overnight & Day) includes a sample schedule. Sometimes the most anxiety comes from not knowing what to expect on the first day of programming, so be sure to read the blog which highlights the check-in process of all our overnight programs.

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Adventure: Group Sizes and Group Dynamics

KSS Adventures come in a variety of group capacities, and no matter size, each program is full of adventure and opportunities to develop long-lasting relationships with like-minded peers. Our smallest programs are 10-13 campers per group and our largest are 26 campers. While there is not a “better option,” each group capacity provides some minor impacts on the group dynamic and “feel” of the program.

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