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Our Inclusion Policy

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.

A Special Note on Gender Inclusivity

KSS Value: We are Different Together

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.

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Mission Moment: What KSS Means to Me - Aniston Zabawa

 

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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

 

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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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FirstBank Sponsor Highlight

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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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