Summer Expeditions

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Our field-based wilderness expeditions 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. Gain outdoor skills, appreciation for the natural world, and lifelong friendships while cooking together and sleeping in a tent under the stars. Every expedition features the same core set of leadership, leave no trace, risk management, and outdoor living skills.

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    Base Camp
    Ages 11-14

    Base camp is set for us to embark on multiple adventure sports like rock climbing, rafting, kayaking, and hiking–depending on the session. Develop leadership and outdoor camping and cooking skills while making new friends and exploring the Rocky Mountains!

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    Backcountry
    Ages 12-13

    A mix of base camp and backcountry camping, we will focus more time on specific adventures, leadership and wilderness skills while spending each night in a tent under the stars. Sleeping away from base camp allows for unique challenges and lifelong memories.

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    Extended Wilderness
    Ages 14-17

    These two week expeditions develop and grow outdoor and leadership skills with multiple adventure sports and extended wilderness travel. We’ll have opportunities to take turns leading the group, leaving with the skills to be able to plan and pack for future adventures.

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Base Camp Expeditions

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06086/8-13 $1349 12-14 Canyon Country Hiking, Canyoneering, Paddleboarding
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06156/15-20 $1399 12-14 Steamboat, Colorado Kayaking & Paddleboarding
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06226/22-27 $1429 11-14 Rifle, Colorado All-Girls Climbing
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07067/6-11 $1349 11-12 Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking & Climbing
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07067/6-11 $1399 13-14 Browns Canyon, Colorado Climbing, Rafting, Hiking
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07137/13-18 $1399 11-12 Browns Canyon, Colorado Climbing, Rafting, Hiking
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07137/13-18 $1349 13-14 Rocky Mountain National Park Hiking & Climbing
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Backcountry Expeditions

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06226/22-27 $1499 12-13 Gunnison River, Colorado Canoeing & Hiking
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07207/20-25 $1299 12-13 Gore Range, Colorado Backpacking & Rafting
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07277/27-8/1 $1349 12-13 Keystone, Colorado Climbing & Basic Mountaineering
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Extended Wilderness Expeditions

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06086/8-19 $2299 15-17 Canyon Country Backpacking & Climbing
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07207/20-31 $2299 14-16 Rocky Mountain National Park Backpacking & Climbing
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What is base camping?

Base camping allows us to set up tents and kitchen in one area which serves as a jumping-off point for multiple adventure activities. When we are base camping, we are only carrying with us what we need for that specific day and we are sleeping in an established campground next to or near our van. Base camping often means access to pit toilets or even bathrooms with running potable water. Because we don’t need to carry everything with us, our kitchen can be bigger with more supplies— like a double-burner propane stove, pots and pans, and access to picnic tables.

What is backcountry/wilderness camping?

Wilderness camping, or backcountry camping, refers to when we are camping away from our transportation in a primitive or unestablished campsite with only the things that we carry with us. This means we need to carry on our backs everything from our clothes and sleeping bags to group gear like tents, food, and cooking gear. The challenge of carrying everything with us is rewarded by getting further into the wilderness than possible by someone hiking in a day. The other benefits are the secluded sounds of nature and expansive views of the night sky without the haze of nearby lights.


Meals

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Learn the ins and outs of backcountry cooking. Armed with a camp stove, spice kits, and basic pot set you will take a turn preparing meals for the group. We will provide ingredients to meet the needs of any dietary restriction.

Curriculum

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Each expedition program offers hands-on opportunities to learn how to travel in the backcountry. Everyone on the program will practice outdoor living skills such as how to prepare meals, hang a bear bag, and map reading. Each expedition also highlights leadership skills with an understanding of judgment and decision making, communication, tolerance for adversity, and self-awareness.


Combine Multiple Sessions with Fusion Weekends


Extend your KSS adventure with our Fusion Weekends. Add days on either end of your session or connect multiple sessions together! Every Fusion Weekend includes camping in Snake River Village on our campus, a swimming trip, and other special activities. Laundry will be available.

Register Now Fusion Drop Off & Pick Up Options

 DatesRate
Fusion A 6/13-6/15 $449
Fusion B 6/20-6/22 $449
Fusion C 7/11-7/13 $449
Fusion D 7/18-7/20 $449
KSS Drop-off and Pick-Up
  • Drop Off: Saturday, 12pm-12:30pm
  • Pick Up: Monday, 8-8:30am
  • Directions
Morrison Drop-off and Pick-Up

Meet Keystone Science School counselors at the T-Rex Park and Ride in Morrison. Be sure to select the Morrison Drop-Off and Pick-Up within the registration options.

  • Fee: $45 (Each Way)
  • Drop Off: Saturday, 1pm-1:30pm
  • Pick Up: Monday, 10:00am-10:30am
  • Directions
DEN Airport Arrival and Departure

Travel by plane to Denver International Airport. We’ll be sure they are greeted by a KSS Counselor when they get off the plane. We send our counselors behind the TSA security checkpoints to greet each child directly at the airline gate. Be sure to check the arrival or departure option within the registration and book your camper’s travel to arrive and depart within the specified time windows.

  • Fee: $80 (Each Way)
  • Arrival: Saturday, 2-4pm
  • Departure: Monday, 7-9am

Arrival & Departure Options

KSS Drop-off and Pick-Up
  • Drop Off: 10am
  • Pick Up: 1pm (Expedition Farewell)
  • Directions
Morrison Drop-off and Pick-Up

Meet Keystone Science School counselors at the T-Rex Park and Ride in Morrison. Be sure to select the Morrison Drop-Off and Pick-Up within the registration options.

  • Fee: $45 (Each Way)
  • Drop Off: 10:00am-10:30am
  • Pick Up: 1pm-1:30pm
  • Directions
DEN Airport Arrival and Departure

Travel by plane to Denver International Airport. We’ll be sure they are greeted by a KSS Counselor when they get off the plane. We send our counselors behind the TSA security checkpoints to greet each child directly at the airline gate. Be sure to check the arrival or departure option within the registration and book your camper’s travel to arrive and depart within the specified time windows.

  • Fee: $80 (Each Way)
  • Arrival: DEN between 7:00am-9:00am
  • Departure: DEN between 2:00pm-4:00pm

Keystone Science School is American Camp Association Accredited

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

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