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Discovery Camp

Discovery Camp

For Campers Entering Grades 1st-8th

Utilizing our 23 acre campus and surrounding areas of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Keystone Science School offers a traditional camp experience with a mix of Science, Adventure, FUN! 1 or 2 week long sessions are offered each week from June until August. Campers will have the opportunity to sleep in our dorms or one of our canvas tents. Each session follows the same core activities and adventures with a different science theme hidden in each week.

Thanks for a great summer! Summer Camp 2024 registration will open on January 10th, 2024.



2023 Session Dates & Rates

    Dates Grades Entering Dorm Rate Tent Rate Adventure Options Science Activities
Session 1 June 5-10 2nd-8th $1,299 $1,349 Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding Forest Ecology
Session 2 June 12-17 2nd-8th $1,399 $1,449 Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding Science of Food
Session 3
Girl Tent Space Avail.
June 19-24 2nd-8th $1,399 $1,449 Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding Flora & Fauna
Session 4
Waitlist Only
June 26-July 1 2nd-8th $1,499 $1,549 Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding Geology
Session 5
Girl Tent Space Avail.
July 5-8 1st-6th $619 $649   Engineering
Session 6
Waitlist Only
July 10-15 2nd-8th $1,499 $1,549 Rafting, Climbing or Ropes Course Aquatic Ecology
Session 7
Waitlist Only
July 17-22 2nd-8th $1,499 $1,549 Rafting or Ropes Course
(Two Wilderness Overnight Trips)
Adventure Week
Session 8 & 9
Tent Space Available
July 24-August 4 2nd-8th $2,999 $3,099 Week 1: Ropes Course or Climbing
Week 2: Rafting
Discovery Deluxe
Session 10
Waitlist Only
August 7-11 2nd-8th $1,249 N/A Rafting, Climbing or Ropes Course Astronomy

Scholarships are available for those with a financial need, click here to apply.


Check Out These Other KSS Adventures

  Dates Grades Entering Rate  
Intro to Backpacking July 5-8 5th-8th $649 Details
Sand Dunes N.P. Adventure June 19-24 6th-8th $1,549 Details

Adventures is the next step in progression at KSS. Our field-based Adentures are focused on the development of outdoor skills and leadership while exploring Colorado’s stunning parks, monuments, and most scenic natural environments by foot, on rope, or watercraft, for grades 5th-12th.

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Science Activities

Each week incorporates unique science activities that make up a small part of the overall camp experience. The main focus of all Discovery Camp sessions are traditional camp and adventure activities. Campers will have the best summer ever no matter which sessions they choose!

CAP - Counselor Assistant Program

For grades 9-12, the Counselor Assistant is the leader of Discovery Camp and a final step in the camp progression.

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Discovery Camp Transportation Options

Transportation/Location Sessions Available Price
Morrison Arrival to Program All Sessions $75
Morrison Departure from Program All Sessions $75
Denver International Airport (DIA) Arrival to Program Session 8/9 only *$129
Denver International Airport (DIA) Departure from Program Session 8/9 only *$129

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



Important Info

Discovery Camp FAQs Apply for a Scholarship Payment & Cancellation

Lodging Options

As with any year, KSS is allowing group/dorm requests within the dorms and Snake River Village. We are also working hard to make sure that each group is composed of campers of similar ages. We ask that no group/dorm requests are made if campers are more than 2 years apart in age or grade. See our KSS Campus Map for lodging locations.

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Snake River Village (SRV) - Rustic Canvas Tents
(Grades 4-6 Only)

If falling asleep to the calming sounds of the Snake River sounds like summer camp to you, then look no further than 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!

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Log-Style Dormitories
(Grades 2-8)

Discovery campers have the option of staying in our log cabin-style dormitories, featuring 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

Welcome to Camp
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

Day 2: Wilderness Backpacking & Camping off-campus

Begin with an optional Sunrise Celebration on Lake Dillon. Campers then depart campus for a Wilderness Overnight Trip, where they will backpack into nature and learn basic backpacking skills, and how to set up camp.

Camper Choice
Day 3: Mega 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.
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Challenge Hike
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!
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Adventure Day
Day 5: Adventure Day

Depending on the week they sign up for, choices can include Rafting, Horseback Riding 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.

Day 6
Day 6: Camp Celebration, Goodbye!

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.

Detailed Discovery Schedule Intro to Discovery Schedule Session 10 Schedule

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.

Learn More about CAP

From Parents:

Words of camper parents from our 2022 Discovery Camps.

"My kids LIVE for adventure and love the options and the environment at keystone! Kids need so much time outside and KSS nails it!"

"I love the thoughtfulness with which kids are welcome into camp and the energy of the staff."

"KSS camp instills confidence, gives them an opportunity to be themselves and to explore."

"Camp has given my son an opportunity to learn more about nature, teamwork and leadership in the past few years."

ACA Accreditation

Keystone Science School is American Camp Association Accredited

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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.

Meet the Team

Have questions?

What to pack? Drop-off and pick-up procedures? Visit our FAQ page to read our most asked questions for Discovery Camp.

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Need Help Registering for Camp?

Whether this is your first time registering for camp or you are a returning camper, we are here to help answer questions and navigate the enrollment process with you. Get in touch with us today!

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