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Pathfinders FAQs

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions for our Pathfinders Day Camp program, like what to pack and when to arrive.

Drop-off and Pick-up



  • KSS Campus: 8:30am-9:00am
  • Summit High School: 8:45am
  • Upper Blue Elementary: 8:30am


  • KSS Campus: 4:30pm-5pm
  • Summit High School: 4:30pm
  • Upper Blue Elementary: 4:50pm

Where is this camp located?


Pathfinders starts and ends on the Keystone Science School campus. Each day will begin on campus, and for many of the days, we will travel off campus on daily adventures.

What do I need to pack?


View the  Day Camp packing list here.

How much time will be spent on the themed activity?


We will typically spend 3 days on each themed activity. Some examples of this are: rock climbing, horse workshops, and paddleboarding. The other days will be spent exploring the local area, participating in group games, teambuilding, and enjoying traditional camp activities.

What is the difference between each session of the same theme?


Each themed session is designed to be the same so that no matter the session you choose, you will get the same quality experience!

How is the waitlist Managed?


There is no cost to be on the waitlist. Payment will only be processed once a family agrees to enroll the camper, and the enrollment is processed by a KSS staff member. A deposit is not charged to be on the waitlist.

The waitlist operates on a first-come-first-served basis. KSS may prioritize campers that already have an enrolled sibling in the session.

When a space becomes available, a KSS staff member will reach out to a waitlisted family either via email or phone with a timeline of when we can accept a response. Once the allotted time has passed, we will move on to the next camper on the waitlist. We will reach out to waitlisted campers again if another space opens up. A waitlisted camper may be removed from the waitlist if we do not receive a response after multiple attempts to contact the family.

If you want to know where your camper is on the waitlist, you can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (970)468-2098

What is the lunch option available for purchase?


The Pathfinders lunch option is a sack lunch each day with a sandwich and snack option. We will ask for lunch selections the week prior to the session.

How does KSS handle Dietary Restrictions?


Keystone Science School is familiar with accommodating most dietary restrictions such as gluten-free (including diets for Celiac Disease), dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, etc. It is important that parents complete health history forms indicating diet preferences to ensure our kitchen is equipped to provide meals for your participant.

Nuts: Keystone Science School is a nut-aware campus, which means our kitchen and the food we provide does not contain nuts, nor are any of the ingredients manufactured in a facility containing nuts. We ask that campers and participants follow this policy and also do not bring foods containing nuts.

If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (970)468-2098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What to do if my Camper/ Student has medical restrictions?


If your camper or participant has medical restrictions, it is important to indicate any medical needs or concerns in the medical history forms within your KSS Online account. Please contact us if your participant will be bringing medications (both over the counter and prescription) or your participant will need specific accommodations at (970)468-2098 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If your camper is bringing a medication, vitamin, supplement, etc. including over-the-counter medications or naturopathic remedies, they will need to bring the following for each item:

  • A completed medication administration permission form signed by a physician
  • It needs to be in the original packaging or bottle
  • Cannot be expired
  • The dosage of medication brought must match the dosage on the Medication Administration Permission Form
  • Only bring the number of doses that the participant will take during programming

Lost and Found


Please fill out this form and we will contact you if we are able to find the lost items.

Can I contact my camper/student during programming?


We pride ourselves on quality programming that engages all of our participants. We feel the use of technology detracts from this experience and therefore we do not permit participants to have access to technology for the duration program. Cell phones, laptops, smartwatches, etc. are prohibited and will be confiscated during programming - please leave these at home.

We have access to our staff at all times both on-campus as well as when in the backcountry. Our motto is “No news is good news.” We will inform parents if any medical, behavioral, or other concerns arise. If you have an emergency, or need to get in contact with your participant, you can contact us at our main office at (970)468-2098.

What qualifications are staff required to have?


Keystone Science School hires qualified staff who must meet several qualifications in order to be employed at KSS. Staff must go through both state and federal background checks and obtain first aid training. Day Camp staff have a minimum of First Aid and CPR training as well as experience working with children or a demonstrated ability to do so. All Overnight Camp staff have a minimum of a Wilderness First Aid certification and past experience working with children. All staff go through a comprehensive staff training to give them the tools they need to deliver life-changing experiences. Also, they are rockstars!

What Accreditation does KSS have?


  • Licensing through the state of Colorado
  • American Camp Association