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Colorado Summer Camp: A Lesson in Decision Making

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Keystone Science School wants to make our summer camp program accessible to everyone. In this spirit, we have a financial aid program called our Campership program. We are currently seeking campership applications from those interested in receiving financial aid for the Summer of Imagination. Please share this information with your friends and apply for our campership program.

Keystone Science School is well known for our summer camp program called Discovery Camp. At Discovery Camp, campers sing, make new friends, and have lots of outdoor adventures. A large part of Discovery Camp is teaching campers skills of independence. Campers are always looked after, but they are also challenged and required to make decisions that encourage independence. Sometimes it’s a simple decision of packing their backpack all by themselves for an overnight camping experience. While this might seem like a simple task this can often be challenging to decide between a lightweight flashlight or a heavier flashlight with much more power.  Once the camper is on their overnight backpacking trip, they begin to learn about the impact of their choices. Would it have been better to pack the lightweight flashlight or maybe that extra pair of socks? These camp experiences are what shape campers into future leaders and critical thinkers.

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Is it possible to scuba dive through the Roberts Tunnel?

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Keystone Science School has a great partnership with Denver Water, Aurora Water and Colorado River District. They are a strong supporter of the H2O Outdoors program which is a free overnight program for any high school student living in Colorado. Along with supporting the H2O Outdoors program our partners have provided several trainings for our staff. In a recent training the instructors asked Matt Bond, Youth Education Program Manager for Denver Water, would it be possible to scuba dive and survive a swim through the Roberts Tunnel, a 23-mile trans-mountain diversion which travels 23 miles connecting the Dillon Reservoir to the South Platte River? There’s are a ton of variables and the sheer pressure of water and rock would be the main concern. Matts answer is below and please DO NOT ATTEMPT!

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Please, Sir, May I Have S’more?


summer camp coloradoDreaming of summer camp this winter? Let your dreams become reality as summer camp registration is now open!

Take a glimpse into the world of one our most beloved camp counselors and previous Assistant Camp Director, Cat Scanlan, as she reflects on the meaning of camp.

Walk by any summer camp and you will find camp counselors wearing knee high socks, torn up gym shoes and shorts that go past their belly buttons. You'll see campers in white shirts covered in dirt and sticky fingers from ooey, gooey s'mores. They are probably sitting around a campfire, the smell of burnt wood in the air and you can hear laughter and songs. Those magical moments of sticky fingers and laughter make great stories, but for those of us who experienced summer camp, we know those moments are so much more.

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Support Tollgate on their Journey to Keystone Science School



School ProgramsKeystone Science School has always facilitated environmental and outdoor education field trips. With all of our programs we strive to not be program providers but program partners. We work tirelessly to make sure that our programs serve as an extension of the classroom curriculum. This is why we have always enjoyed working with Tollgate Elementary in Aurora, Colorado. Teachers at Tollgate are never afraid to think outside the box within the development of their programs. Being a partner is not just limited to curriculum development but also logistics and fundraising. Over the years we have had a strong relationship with Tollgate and we’re excited to welcome the 3rd grade class in March of 2017.

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Girls in STEM~ Tech Retreat 2016

Inspiring and encouraging confidence, developing leadership skills, learning through interactive activities, and more, are all things that we strive to do at every Girls in STEM program here at the Keystone Science School. Girls in STEM began in April of 2015 and since then we have held eight highly successful programs each with its own unique theme (Build-A-Thon, Maximizing Momentum, Exploring Environments, etc.) This includes new efforts to take Girls in STEM on the road to hold programming off of the KSS campus.

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