Pathfinders on an Earth Trek in the mountains


_6th-8th grades______

Pathfinders Day Camp

  • For middle schoolers entering grades 6th through 8th

Designed for middle school-aged campers, KSS offers an adventure-focused day camp option. Campers will travel around Summit County to enjoy outdoor recreation. Each week will follow an adventure theme like rock climbing or equine husbandry. All sessions include team-building and leadership activities that will encourage collaboration, responsibility, and problem-solving, and being active stewards of our environment and community.

Theme Option 1

DatesTheme Option 1Availability
Session 1June 10-14RockWaitlist Only
Session 2June 17-21RockWaitlist Only
Session 3June 24-28RockFilling Fast
Session 5July 8-12RockWaitlist Only
Session 6July 15-19RockWaitlist Only
Session 7July 22-26RockWaitlist Only
Session 8July 29-Aug. 2RockWaitlist Only
Session 9Aug. 5-9RockWaitlist Only

Theme Option 2

DatesTheme Option 2Availability
Session 1June 10-14HorseWaitlist Only
Session 2June 17-21WaterWaitlist Only
Session 3June 24-28HorseWaitlist Only
Session 5July 8-12WaterWaitlist Only
Session 6July 15-19HorseWaitlist Only
Session 7July 22-26WaterWaitlist Only
Session 8July 29-Aug. 2HorseWaitlist Only
Session 9Aug. 5-9WaterWaitlist Only
Group of Pathfinders kayaking on Lake Dillon


Theme*Full Pay Rates**SSD Free &Reduced Rate

*Lunch is not included with price of program for full rates, and can be purchased for $50 each week. Lunch is included for students qualifying for Free & Reduced meals.

**$65 per session for Summit School District students qualifying for F&RL (Free and Reduced Priced meals) – Limited Spaces Available!


Scholarships are available for those with a financial need!



Explore and learn the basics of rock climbing while participating in lessons focused on geology. Incorporated lessons will also include climbing safety, technical knowledge, and KSS’ Leadership Framework.


This theme is centered around equine husbandry, partnered with a local ranch for in-depth learning. Incorporated lessons include comprehensive horse care, arena leading and learning, arena riding, and KSS’ Leadership Framework. 


Learn about water ecology, management, and water safety while exploring local rivers and lakes. This theme will have campers diving into our lessons while also learning about paddleboarding, fly fishing, and rafting. Also incorporated is KSS’ Leadership Framework.

& Schedule

This schedule is intended as a general outline and is subject to change based on the session.


Earth Trek Day

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

Pathfinders student rock climbing


Theme Day 1

Spend the day learning the outdoor skills based around the week’s theme (rock/water/horse).

Pathfinders camper catching a fish!


Theme Day 2

Progress to the next step for your week’s theme, with indoor climbing, fly fishing or equestrian workshops!


Theme Day 3

Take all you’ve learned and put it all together for the third day, you’re a natural now!

Pathfinders camper learning archery in the sage field


Camp Day

Celebrate the theme with culminating activities that tie the week together, with activities and games on campus.

In the words of campers

“I loved the encouraging people and counselors, the experiences, and the amazing places.”

“My favorite part was meeting new friends!”

“My favorite part was hanging out and play with the horses while hanging out with my friends. I don’t have a least favorite part.”

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 Pathfinders staff go through four 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.

Pathfinders instructor with campers at the climbing wall.

Check out these other KSS Adventures!

Adventures is the next step in progression at KSS, focused on the development of outdoor skills and leadership while exploring by foot, on rope, or watercraft, for grades 5th-12th.

Adventures Backpacking trip

Colorado Nat’l Monument Adventure

June 17-22 | Grades 6th-8th

Hiking in the Sand Dunes

Steamboat Lake Adventure

July 15-20 | Grades 6th-8th

Thank you to our Summer Camp Sponsors

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We are so thankful for our Summer Camp sponsors! If you are interested in supporting this program please contact our Development Director, Owen Dodd at or call (970)513-5833.

Keystone Science School is American Camp Association Accredited
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