2024 Summer Camp Registration Opens January 10th, 2024
Discovery Campers reaching the summit!

Discovery Camp

_1st-8th grades______

Discovery Camp

  • Overnight camp for kids entering grades 1st through 8th.
  • 6-12 day sessions offered each week from June until August.

Utilizing our 23 acre campus and surrounding Rocky Mountains of Colorado, KSS offers a traditional camp experience with a mix of Science, Adventure, FUN! Each session follows the same core activities and adventures with a different science theme hidden in each week.

DatesGrades EnteringRate
Session 1June 10-152nd-8th$1,399
Session 2June 17-222nd-8th$1,499
Session 3June 24-292nd-8th$1,499
Session 4July 1-31st-8th$549
Session 5July 8-132nd-8th$1,599
Session 6July 15-202nd-8th$1,599
Session 7July 22-272nd-8th$1,599
Session 8 & 9July 29-Aug. 92nd-8th$3,199
Session 10Aug. 12-162nd-8th$1,349
View Weekly Themes and Activity Options

ThemeAdventure Day Activity Options (choose 1 per session)
Session 1Forest EcologyRafting, Horseback Riding, or Rock Climbing
Session 2GeologyRafting, Horseback Riding, or Rock Climbing
Session 3Water EcologyRafting, Horseback Riding, or Rock Climbing
Session 4Forest EcologyN/A
Session 5Forest EcologyRafting, Ropes Course, or Rock Climbing
Session 6GeologyRafting, Ropes Course, or Rock Climbing
Session 7AdventureRafting, Ropes Course, or Rock Climbing
Session 8 & 9DeluxeRock Climbing or Ropes Course
(and Rafting trip for all campers)
Session 10AstronomyRafting, Ropes Course, or Rock Climbing


Camp scholarships are available for those with a financial need!

Science Activities

Each week incorporates unique science activities that make up a small part of the overall camp experience. Although the main focus of all camp sessions are traditional camp and adventure activities.

Transportation Options

Transportation/LocationSessions AvailablePrice
Morrison ArrivalAll Sessions$85
Morrison Departure All Sessions$85
Denver Intl. Airport Arrival
Sessions 8/9 only*$129
Denver Intl. Airport Departure
Sessions 8/9 only*$129

*Additional fee of $200 will be charged for flights scheduled outside of the designated flight window

Lodging Options

Campers have the opportunity to sleep in our dorms or our canvas tents.

KSS allows for group/dorm requests within the dorms and Snake River Village. We work hard to ensure that each group is composed of campers of similar ages and ask that no group/dorm requests be made for campers that are more than 2 years apart in age or grade. There is a location in your forms to put in these requests.

Snake River Village

Campers sleep in canvas wall tents, each with 6 beds, adjacent to the beautiful Snake River. Our tents are on raised wooden platforms and each camper gets a cot with mattress and room to store their belongings. The tents are a short walk from the bathrooms, showers and dining hall. They even have their very own campfire pit!

Log-Style Dorms

Our log cabin-style dormitories features bunk beds, restrooms with showers, and community space. There are two different dormitories both of which are centrally located on our campus. There are four campers per room, and counselors stay in a room off of the community space. View a virtual 3-D tour of our dorms here.

Activities & Schedule

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

Day 1

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 about the Campfire here.

Day 2

Camper Choice

Campers spend the day on campus or around Summit County, where they can choose from activities like Disc Golf, Earth Treks, fishing, Archery and tye-dye. We end each day with a Candle Chat.

Camper aiming at the archery target during Camper Choice

Day 3

Wilderness Backpacking

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

Group of Discovery Campers reaching the summit of Lenawee Mountain

Day 4

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! Learn more about the Challenge Hike.

Day 5

Adventure Day

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

Day 6

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.

Schedules for shorter sessions

Session 4: Designed for our younger campers trying their first sleepaway camp, or campers just looking for a shorter session. This session follows the normal discovery camp schedule but does not have the Adventure or Mega camper choice days.

Session 10: Just a day shorter, this session still packs a lot of punch. This week follows the traditional Discovery camp schedule with the exception of the Mega Camper choice day.

In the words of parents:

“No phones. Dedicated time to focus on self. Reminders about gratitude. Getting in touch with nature. The counselors are strong, sweet, great role models.”

“My kid looks forward to this every year! It is so important for her to get out of her usual routine and meet new people and get a chance to be on her own.”

“We love KSS. The growth our kids have each summer is priceless. Thank you for all the hard work, planning and everything that goes into what you do!”

CAP Counselor Assistant Program

For students entering grades 9th-12th

The Counselor Assistant is the leader of Discovery Camp and a final step in the camp progression. In addition to all the magic and fun of camp, CAPs also work on their leadership skills, develop friendships and create healthy relationships, gain experience in outdoor skills, science, and teaching, and increase their self-confidence and self-awareness.

Our Staff

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

Check out our 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

Intro to Backpacking

July 5-8 | Grades 5th-8th

Hiking in the Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes N.P. Adventure

June 19-24 | Grades 6th-8th

Keystone Science School is American Camp Association Accredited
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