The Red Pirates group during CLAW 2023

Our Staff – Why They’re Awesome and the Experience Needed


At the Keystone Science School, staff are certified and trained extensively in preparation for the summer months. They go through pre-hire screenings, must meet minimum job requirements, and spend two weeks in staff training before campers arrive.

Job Requirements:

To be eligible for a summer job at KSS, applicants must meet certain requirements.

Staff Training:

Before the summer begins, all staff go through an extensive two week training. Staff will not only learn the necessary skills to have a successful summer, but they will put those skills to test during the staff training overnight camping trip and challenge hike. In addition to this, staff training allows the supportive and understanding staff community to form before campers arrive.

  • Campfires and building fires
  • Missing person
  • Lightning
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Van driver training
  • Mandatory reporter training
  • JEDI training
  • Standard precautions training
  • Bullying and homesickness training
  • Mental health training
  • Medication Administration training

In the Field:

There are a variety of things that KSS instructors do in the field to make sure that campers are having the best experience and are staying safe.