2024 Summer Camp Registration Opens January 10th, 2024
CAPs on stage at the Campfire


_9th-12th grades______

CAP (Counselor Assistant)

  • For campers entering grades 9th through 12th

The CAPs are the leaders of Discovery Camp and a final step in the camp progression along with our Adventures program. In addition to all the magic of camp, CAPs also work on their leadership skills, develop friendships, create healthy relationships, gain experience in outdoor skills, science, and teaching, and increase their self-confidence. Each CAP will be paired with a staff mentor who they can learn from throughout their session. CAPs will have special leadership trainings, activities, and exclusive time just for the CAPs.

Session 1June 10-15$1,399
Session 2June 17-22$1,499
Session 3June 24-29$1,499
Session 5July 8-13$1,599
Session 6July 15-20$1,599
Session 7July 22-27$1,599
Session 8 & 9July 29 – Aug. 9$3,199
View Weekly Themes and Activity Options

ThemeAdventure Day Activity Options
Session 1Forest EcologyRafting – Horseback Riding – Rock Climbing
Session 2GeologyRafting – Horseback Riding – Rock Climbing
Session 3Water EcologyRafting – Horseback Riding – Rock Climbing
Session 5Forest EcologyRafting – Ropes Course – Rock Climbing
Session 6GeologyRafting – Ropes Course – Rock Climbing
Session 7AdventureRafting – Ropes Course – Rock Climbing
Session 8 & 9DeluxeRock Climbing – Ropes Course

Same camp fun, more responsibility

You’ll still get to participate in all of the awesome camp activities as our Discovery campers, like climbing, rafting, and mountain hiking.

But after the day’s activities, you get to debrief separately with your CAP friends. Counselor Assistants also have their own room in the dorms or tents, and their own Candle Chat each night. Each day will feature designated time for CAP leadership development training.

Mentorship & Leadership Experience

CAPs experience camp alongside our other campers, with more! CAPs are assigned a counselor mentor that they will shadow and assist during the week at camp. At the start of the camp, your mentor will check in with you on what you want to get out of your time as a CAP and help set some goals for the week.

You’ll go on the week’s adventures with your counselor mentor and their group of campers. You’ll have the opportunity to lead games, help campers with wilderness skills and support counselors with tasks. CAPs are given leadership opportunities based on their behavior and desire for this responsibility.

Two CAPs form a heart on top of a mountain at sunrise

Skills Learned

Teambuilding Skills
Risk Management
Time Management
Customer Service
Group Management

The CAPs helping counselors prepare food for campers

Activities & Schedule

No prior experience is necessary. If you have never climbed, rafted, or spent a night out backpacking, it’s okay!

CAPs on stage at the Campfire


Welcome to Camp!

We’ll get settled in our dorms/tents, and pack for the next day’s Wilderness trip. We finish the day with our Campfire tradition, where campers can sing, laugh and make new friends. Read More

Three CAPs pose outside of an old mountain cabin


Wilderness Backpacking

Campers depart campus for a Wilderness Overnight Trip, where they will backpack and experience a night in nature.

CAP high on the ropes course


Camper Choice

Campers spend the day on campus or around Summit County, where they can choose from activities like Disc Golf, games at Rainbow Park, an on-campus Earth Trek, fishing, Archery and tye-dye. We end each day with a Candle Chat. Read More

A CAP ascends up Buffalo Mountain through the boulder field


Challenge Hike

We leave KSS before sunrise for a Challenge Hike – where campers push themselves outside of their comfort zones on a difficult hike in a beautiful location, sometimes as far as summiting a mountain at 14,000 feet! Read More

A group of CAPs getting ready for whitewater rafting


Adventure Day

Depending on the week they sign up for, choices can include Rafting, Horseback Riding, a Ropes Course or Rock Climbing. We end the day with a fun and laughter filled Talent Show, followed by our closing camper ceremony and the week’s Camper Awards.

Discovery Camp counselors light the torches during the Celebration Ceremony


Camp Celebration

On the last day of camp – we’ll pack up and have a celebration with arriving families, where we’ll will sing camp songs, meet the counselors and watch a video celebrating the memories from the week.

In the words of parents

“My daughter’s second year attending, and she wants to go back again next year! Some activities pushed her limits, but the great friends and counselors helped her push through and gain confidence and pride in her accomplishments.”

“He had more fun than either of us imagined, and he loved feeling like a leader among his peers.”

“From my camper’s perspective, the counselors are fun and engaging; and as a parent I know that my children are going to be challenged and well-taken care of. My kids can’t wait to go again next year!”

Our Staff

All Discovery Camp staff go through comprehensive training, have been background checked, hold a Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED certification at minimum, and have gone through extensive risk management training.

A group of CAPs putting on harnesses for the ropes course
The week's CAP group posing for a photo on the sodfield

Get Ready for Camp!

Family Resources

Check out these other KSS Adventures!

Adventures is the next step in progression at KSS, focused on the development of outdoor skills and leadership while exploring Colorado by foot, on rope, or watercraft, for grades 5th-12th.

Adventures Backpacking trip

Utah Multisport

June 10-21 | Grades 10th-12th

Hiking in the Sand Dunes

Rocky Mtn National Park 10-Day

June 24 -July 3 | Grades 10th-12th

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