Frequently Asked Questions
We have day and residential programs available for campers ages 5-17. Our programs follow a progression that ensures that campers can return each year for a fresh, exciting experience with new things to learn. From Day Camper to Discovery Camper to Keystone Mountain Adventurer or Counselor Assistant, campers have the opportunity to evolve from curious learners to confident leaders. With so many different programs to choose from, you and your camper are bound to find the right fit.
Whether you choose a residential or a day program, going to camp can be both an exciting and anxious time for a child, especially if this is the first time away from home. We believe that it is very important to support and encourage your child from the time of registration to the time he or she returns home to share the experience of camp with you. You can assist us in providing a positive and rewarding experience for your child by instilling in them the belief that they are ready to leave home, even if it just for a day at a time.
Each program is broken into sessions and each session has a special theme attached to it such as astronomy, water quality, or myth busters. We do our best to incorporate each session’s theme into every activity in fun and creative ways. Discovery Hikes are the major science education component of all of our programs. Hikes range from one to three miles in length and are enhanced with loads of activities, games, investigations, and discoveries. In our Day Camp programs, we also incorporate science into our adventure days, station exploration periods, and camper choice time. Our Discovery Camp program will have at least one science-themed evening program during the session.
Our counselors are an average age of 22 years old, come from all over the world, and are a mixture of teachers and outdoor educators with a passion for providing children with the opportunities and skills to learn about science, explore the world around them, and grow into engaged citizens. Each of our counselors is certified in a minimum of Wilderness First Aid and CPR, have experience in scientific studies, teaching, or both, and also complete two weeks of intensive staff training. Please visit our Meet the Staff page to learn more about our amazing counselor team.
Every program’s day-to-day schedule is a little different, but we can guarantee that your child will enjoy plenty of Science. Adventure. Fun! no matter what. Some of our most popular activities include curriculum-based Discovery hikes, adventure days (ex. museum trips, whitewater rafting, indoor skydiving) camper choice activities (ex. Archery, tie-dye, sports), challenge hikes, backpacking overnights, rock climbing, and fun large-group programs (ex. Campfires, Camp Chaos, CLAW color war).
For Day Camp programs, your camp fee covers all of our activities and adventures, a healthy afternoon snack, and all transportation throughout the camp day. Day campers will need lunch each day (or purchase a bag lunch for $7.50/day) and transportation to and from our drop-off/pick-up locations. For residential camp programs, your camp fee covers all of our activities and adventures, all meals (from the first-day dinner through last day breakfast), lodging, equipment usage, and all transportation throughout the camp session. We will provide tarps, stoves, and other group gear for all backpacking trips. Residential campers will need transportation to and from our campus (we can transport campers to and from the Denver airport for an extra fee) and their own personal gear for backpacking trips, such as sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and hiking boots.
We pride ourselves on how we handle homesickness, but how you prepare your camper leading up to their departure can make an amazing difference in their camp experience. The staff that will work with your child receive specialty training in separation anxiety and homesickness. Talking about being away from home now is one of the best ways to be a part of camp later. Homesickness and overcoming it is a normal process that helps children develop independence and self-confidence.
Our campus is nut-free and our kitchen team makes wonderful accommodations for those allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, gluten, or dairy. Please indicate any special dietary needs or allergies when you register your camp and on your health history form. We will work with you and your camper to meet those needs. If you would like to know more about our health and safety policies, please check out our Health and safety page.
Our groups are age and grade specific for all of our programs (Counselor Assistants are assigned to an age group). This allows for appropriate programming for your child. For Discovery Camp, we do allow up to two bunk requests per session and we do our best to honor those requests.
Electronic devices are not allowed at camp, including our Day Camp programs. Campers are constantly engaged in plenty of outdoor and community-based activities and will not need additional stimulating input. This policy is in our liability form and campers will be reminded at the beginning of their camp session. For residential programs, the absolute best way to show your pride in your camper is to send mail. Campers love to get mail! We also have a camp e-mail address where you can send a daily note to your child.
Every session will have a healthy mix of new and returning campers. Our campers come from all over the country and we even have some international campers. Community-building is a large part of our programs and we make sure that every camper, new or returning, feels welcome and included.
Registering is easy! You can register online and set up your online account. Supplemental paperwork is needed for all of our programs in addition to registration. Once you've registered online, please check your confirmation email which will tell you exactly which forms are needed for your sessions. All paperwork will be attached to your confirmation email and can also be found on your online account. Once completed, we highly encourage you to scan and upload your paperwork to your online account. We will not accept hard copies of paperwork at drop off and pick up.
If a session that you’re interested in is full, you will automatically be added to the waitlist for that program. If a spot becomes available, we will contact you as soon as we can. We will hold waitlist spots for three days after we contact you.