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.
2023 Registration is now open!Enroll & Access Account
Session Dates & Rates
|Dates||Grades Entering||Dorm Rate||Tent Rate||Adventure Options||Science Activities|
|June 5-10||2nd-8th||$1,299||$1,349||Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding||Forest Ecology|
|June 12-17||2nd-8th||$1,399||$1,449||Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding||Science of Food|
Male Tent Space Avail.
|June 19-24||2nd-8th||$1,399||$1,449||Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding||Flora & Fuana|
|June 26-July 1||2nd-8th||$1,499||$1,549||Rafting, Climbing or Horseback Riding||Geology|
Tent Space Available
|July 10-15||2nd-8th||$1,499||$1,549||Rafting, Climbing or Ropes Course||Aquatic Ecology|
|July 17-22||2nd-8th||$1,499||$1,549||Rafting or Ropes Course
(Two Wilderness Overnight Trips)
|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
|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
|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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Discovery Camp Transportation Options
|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 InfoDiscovery Camp FAQs Apply for a Scholarship Payment & Cancellation
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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: 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.
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
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."
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
What to pack? Drop-off and pick-up procedures? Visit our FAQ page to read our most asked questions for Discovery Camp.