Day campers gathered at the Launch Pad at the beginning of Camp.

Day Camp

_K-5th grades______

Day Camp

  • For campers entering grades K – 5th.

Offered in week-long sessions, our KSS campus day camp utilizes our 23-acre campus and surrounding areas to instill an appreciation for nature and the outdoors. Each session follows the same core activities and adventures with a different science theme hidden in each week.

DatesScience ActivitiesAvailability
Session 1June 10-14Forest EcologyWaitlist Only
Session 2June 17-21GeologyWaitlist Only
Session 3June 24-28Science of FoodWaitlist Only
Session 4July 1-3AdaptationsWaitlist Only
Session 5July 8-12Aquatic EcologyWaitlist Only
Session 6July 15-19WeatherWaitlist Only
Session 7July 22-26AdventureWaitlist Only
Session 8July 29 – Aug. 2Flora & FaunaWaitlist Only
Session 9August 5-9CLAWWaitlist Only
Session 10August 12-16AstronomyWaitlist Only
Session 11Aug. 19-21 or Aug. 19-23DinosaursWaitlist Only
Day camper ziplining on the Ropes Course at Arapahoe Basin.

Full Pay Rate


5-day Sessions3-day
(Session 4 and 11)
Full Pay Rate$525$375

*Lunch is not included with price of program, and can be purchased for $50 each week. ($30 for session 4 & 11) Lunch is included for SSD families.

Summit School District
Subsidized Rates


Summit School District District Students can access KSS Day Camp programs due to support from many local foundations, businesses and individuals. Click here to learn more.

5-day Sessions3-day
(Session 4 and 11)
Local SSD Family Rate$345$207
CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) Rate$185$111
Free & Reduced Lunch Rate$55$33

There are limited spaces available for these subsidized rates.

Scholarships


Scholarships are available for those with a financial need!

Day Camp Sleepover

Optional Add-on


Tuesday nights during camp

Day Camp Sleepover is a great opportunity for campers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new! Campers will play group games, have a campfire experience full of skits, s’mores, and friends! Dinner and breakfast are included in this experience. Capacity is limited, enroll early to ensure a spot!

Day campers coloring inside

Activities
& Schedule


Each week incorporates unique science activities that make up a small part of the overall camp experience. Campers will have the best summer ever no matter which sessions they choose!

Day campers on an Earth Trek to Lilypad Lake

Monday

Earth Trek Day

Spend the day out on local trails exploring the science theme and enjoying a picnic.

Day camper learning to ride a bike

Tuesday/Wednesday

Skills Day

Develop a variety of traditional summer camp skills, including biking, archery, arts & crafts, sports, etc. Each Tuesday there is also an Optional Tuesday Sleepover.

Day camper moving through a tunnel at the Ropes Course at Arapahoe Basin.

Tuesday/Wednesday

Quest Day

We may embark on a fun-filled field trip or have the field trip come to us for a day full of exploration and learning.

View Quest Day Field-Trip Schedule
  • Session 1: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
  • Session 2: Country Boy Mine
  • Session 3: Breck Create Gardens
  • Session 4: TBD
  • Session 5: Leadville Fish Hatchery
  • Session 6: TBD
  • Session 7: Breck Epic
  • Session 8: TBD
  • Session 9: Breck Epic
  • Session 10: TBD
  • Session 11: Dino Ridge
Day camper meeting local fireman and sitting in the firetruck

Thursday

Station Rotation
& Community Day

In addition to on-campus activities, we invite local community superheroes to come to KSS to facilitate an activity or to teach us about their passions, generally all focused around the science theme. 

View Community Day Schedule
  • Session 1: Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
  • Session 2: USGS
  • Session 3: TBD
  • Session 4: Nature’s Educators
  • Session 5: Nature’s Educators
  • Session 6: FORTCAST
  • Session 7: Flight for Life
  • Session 8: Nature’s Educators
  • Session 9: Sheriff’s Office
  • Session 10: TBD
Day campers during tye-dye

Friday

Camp Day

Wear a costume! Wear any costume you would like, or choose a costume that is in-line with the theme of the week! Celebrate the theme with culminating activities that tie the week together.

In the words of parents:

“We love that the kids are able to explore and experience the outdoors. We see camp as an opportunity for them to gain confidence, try new things and learn skills like leadership.”

“Camp opens up new experiences that she otherwise wouldnt have, gives her more exposure with different peer sets, and expands her problem solving. I’ve never seen her so tired!”

“We love that kids are learning about nature and science and that they are outdoors enjoying themselves. Counselors are great!”

A silhouette of a group of campers on a mountain at sunrise.

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


Keystone Science School has the power to effect change in outdoor education. We know the trail won’t be easy, yet we remain resolute in our responsibility to press forward and help make the outdoors more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive. With each step we take, we learn from existing footprints and create new ones where there are none. If you’re looking for Keystone Science School, you’ll know where to find us–on the trail.

Our Staff


All Day 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.

Day campers learning archery

Check out these other KSS Camps!


Discovery Overnight Camp is the next step in progression for day campers at KSS.

We also have a day camp in the fall, Harvest Camp!

Rafting through rapids on an Adventure trip.

Discovery Camp

June – August | Grades 1st-8th

Practicing archery during Harvest Camp in the fall colors

Harvest Camp

October 25-27, 2024 | Grades 1st-6th

Thank you to our 2024 Summit School District Sponsors


Copper Environmental Foundation
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Climax Molybdenum logo
Alpine Bank
Axis Sports Medicine logo

We are so thankful for our Summit School District Partnership sponsors! If you are interested in supporting this program please contact our Development Director, Owen Dodd at ododd@keystonescienceschool.org or call (970)513-5833.


Keystone Science School is American Camp Association Accredited
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