Keystone Science School Offers Incredible Summer Camp Programs

Keystone Science School has amazing programs for kids ages 5 – 17, all summer long.  They offer many different camps during the summer and break them up based on age.  The day camps are Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5, with an optional overnight on Wednesdays.  They have 1 camp counselor to about 6 kids. They also offer overnight camps, which are 6 days and they pack in a lot of outdoor adventure.  In both the day camps and overnight camps, the campers go on nature hikes, summit mountains, go white water rafting, learn to rock climb, have campfires and really live the wilderness camp experience!  Lastly, they also offer 2 Wilderness Adventure Camps where kids sleep in tents while exploring Colorado and Utah. The Keystone Voyagers Camp is for kids ages 12 – 14 and it is one week long. The other camp is Keystone Mountain Adventures and this is a multi-week camp.  These camps are field-based and not only do the kids learn a lot about science, and nature they also build leadership skills and friendships. The Keystone Science School also offers financial aid to campers to make this experience more affordable.  Families can plan a summer vacation based on the camp dates and parents can enjoy some alone time while kids attend camp during the day! Choose a condo or vacation home in the West Keystone area of the resort to be super close to the Science School headquarters! 

 

The camp I picked for my girls, 8 and 10 years old, was the Water Adventure Camp.  It was $449 for the week. We did get some financial aid so that really helped. In this camp my girls learned so much about water ecology and water safety through fun activities.  They went canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding and white water rafting, which was their favorite. They both wanted to spend the night on Wednesday and it was probably their most memorable part of camp.  They sang songs around the campfire with the new friends they made. They loved spending the night with their new friends and their super cool Camp Counselor. They also loved the independence. At the end of the week both my kids were happy, tired and couldn’t wait to do it again next summer.  This camp helped build their self esteem and leadership skills. Making friends was also a highlight and they are both busy planning their next adventure with the kids from camp. I love that my kids are involved with other kids that like the out of doors more than their electronics! This is definitely an experience that will positively affect both my girls’ lives and we will be signing them up again next summer!  

Keystone Science School

I think it is worth mentioning that the Keystone Science School also offers a few other programs.  The Catch Program is an after school and summer program for kids in the Summit County School District.  ‘Catch’ stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. These programs are offered on a sliding fee scale and teach healthy physical activity and eating habits, while having fun.  Keystone Science School also offers a Girls In Stem Program. It is an empowering, hands-on program that brings real-world learning in a fun environment. Female STEM professionals are involved in the program to help support females students who want to enter the male-dominated workforce, in science and math.

Whichever program you and your child pick, they are guaranteed to learn and grow so much, while having the best time of their lives.  The Keystone Science School is an amazing experience for kids!

Keystone Science School Now Offers Winter Break Camps

Whether you live here in Summit County or are visiting for the holidays, you can now send your kids to Keystone Science School over winter break!  The camps are indeed scheduled with Summit County’s School District Calendar, but coincidentally, the dates also align with many of our guests holiday vacations.  There will be both day and overnight camps available for kids ranging in ages from 5 – 17.  The camps focus on science and technology, mixed with adventure through interactive education. The are aimed at helping kids work on developing their scientific and critical thinking skills, plus having fun with their peers.

 

Kids Sledding on Hill in Keystone

Keystone Science School came up with the winter camp idea after surveying and listening to local parents as they spoke of hardships over break in finding child care as well as keeping kids stimulated and engaged over school breaks.  This is a chance for parents to drop them off at camp for a fun time instead of trying to find child care. KSS will offer potential campers with the same model from their summer camp, but instead with winter-based activities, such as snow-science and winter hiking.  They will dig snow pits, learn about snow and snow stability.  Other activities may include cross-country skiing, sledding, campfires, snow forts, arts and crafts, archery and more.

Keystone Science School’s winter camp is happening on December 27–28, 2018 and again from January 2–4, 2019. The cost is $65 per day for day camp and $85 per day for overnight camp. For more details, visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org.

It’s Colorado Gives Day! Help Us Give Back

Today, Tuesday, December 8 is Colorado Gives Day.  ColoradoGives.org is an online giving website that supports over 1,800 local Colorado nonprofit organizations.  The Community First Foundation started this site back in 2007, offering an easy year-round way to give to charities online and host fundraisers with accurate and up to date information. Since 2010, with the help of their corporate sponsor, FirstBank, they have been hosting Colorado Gives Day.  All of the charities listed on the site are recognized by the IRS and Secretary of State are are in good standing.

SummitCove Lodging in Keystone has joined the Colorado Gives campaign and is giving back to 4 local Summit County charities with their 24 hour ‘ColoradoGives’ lodging sale. Each guest that books a lodging reservation on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 under the ‘ColoradoGives’ promotion code will be offered 5% off their reservation and then SummitCove Lodging will then donate 5% of the nightly revenue from that reservation to their listed charity partners.  The total donation amount will be split amongst for charities: SOS Outreach, Keystone Science School, Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) and League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS).

This campaign is just one of many charity fundraisers that SummitCove Lodging employees will be working on this winter.  The ‘2015 – 2016 SummitCove Charity Challenge’ is a friendly internal employee competition in which each department is challenged to choose at least one charity or cause to support and come up with fundraising ideas to implement throughout the winter season, raising goods, funds, and/or volunteer time for that cause.  Each department will track their efforts and is incentivized with the chance to win a team lunch at the end of the ski season, going to the team with the most productive fundraising efforts.

You can be a part of our Colorado Gives Day Campaign by making a winter 2015 – 2016 lodging reservation with SummitCove!  Choose from over 300 properties in the Keystone Ski Resort area, including budget friendly studios, walk to the slopes ski condos, spacious townhomes or a beautiful 5 bedroom private home with private hot tub and 2 car garage. Reserve your discounted Keystone lodging here and feel good about giving back on Colorado Gives Day!

Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

Keystone Summer ‘Funtivities’

April showers might bring May flowers somewhere, but in my memory April showers always brought May ‘I-am-almost-out-of-school’ jitters. The sunshine beckons kids out of their school seats and onto bicycle seats. And as the days get longer and the sunshine gets warmer, we are looking forward to the coming season like school children ourselves!

As you ponder your summer plans and weekend ventures, we will share some of our favorite activities around Keystone so you won’t miss a thing.

Keystone Science School
Enroll the kids in a number of different, fun learning camps at the Keystone Science School.  Every kid should get to go to camp and whether its a day camp, discovery camp, or a leadership program, there really is something for everyone. Check out the programs and register here.

Hiking
Keystone has a myriad of trails fit for exploration and adventure. Not only can you take the Gondola to the top of Keystone for fast access to scenic trails and views, but you can take a guided hike to learn about the natural and local history of Keystone. Or, check out one of the hundreds of trails in Keystone and surrounding areas of Summit County!

Biking
Whether you want to speed down some singletrack or meander along the bike path, Keystone has it all. On June 12, Keystone will open their lifts again to take you and your downhill bike to enjoy up to 100 miles of singletrack mountain biking and its renowned bike park. For those of you who wish for an easy family bike ride, the bike path wanders from River Run Village to Lakeside Village to Keystone Golf Course to Lake Dillon. This bike path is a great way to enjoy the scenery beyond the villages!

Horseback Riding and Wagon Rides
Horses aren’t just for sleigh rides on snowy winter nights, but also for enjoying the trails and scenery during the summer! Check out the Keystone stables for an adventure this summer! Keystone also hosts Wild West Nights throughout the summer; nights where you can enjoy a free bike-in movie, brats, beverages and campfire s’mores while you can try out a game of horseshoes… don’t forget your cowboy boots!

Golf
Keystone Resort boasts two golf courses: The River Course and Keystone Ranch. Golf your way through beautiful scenery and mountain vistas. With 18 holes at each golf course and out of this world views, Keystone will keep you occupied during your vacation.  There are also numerous free clinics and fun tournaments to join throughout the season to work on your game and have fun.

Keystone Summer Festivals
With  at least one fun summer festival happening every month of the summer, you won’t want to miss attending at least one.  Pick your passion, whether its bacon, beer, wine, music, peaches, running and more and attend the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, the Bluegrass and Beer Festival, Mountain Town Music Festival or Oktoberfest with the Das Bier Burner 5K!  All of the festivals are family friendly and free to attend, with options to buy tasting tickets and passes to enjoy the food and drinks. Check out our summer festival packages here. 

Water Fun
Lakeside Village hosts a plethora of fun activities during the summer. Attempting stand up paddle-boarding for the first time? Keystone Lake is small and will be a great way to start paddle-boarding or perfect that technique, plus at $15 its an easy way to test the waters. Paddle boats are also a great way to check out the scenery from the lake. Not interested in watersports? Grab some fish feed and keep them busy or signup for a free fly fishing class!

With so much to do, you may have to stay a few days! Check out our rates and availability and book your Keystone summer vacation today!

Written By: Amy Drees

Keystone Science School Open House This Wednesday!

Do you have children?  Give them something to look forward to this summer with a fun and rewarding summer camp for kids!

SummitCove Vacation Lodging is hosting an Open House with the Keystone Science School
! Learn about Camp, ask questions, and sign up for summer programs at discounted rates!

Bring your kids and come with an appetite as we learn more about the incredible Summer Camp Programs offered by KSS. Keystone Science School is a non-profit organization that has been in Summit County since 1976.

What is Keystone Science School?
What kind of programs are offered?
Why should I sign my child up for camp this summer?
Can my whole family stay in Keystone while my child is at camp?

 

Visit the Keystone Science School Open House!
When?
Wednesday, May 1st
6 – 8 pm
Where?
SummitCove.com Golden
900 13th Street
Golden, CO 80401

(See it on a MAP!)

Learn all about the Keystone Science School and what programs are being offered this summer.  Ask questions and find out everything you’ve been wanting to know, and more!  Meet the Camp Director, win prizes and get a great feel of how the summer programs operate.  There will be special discounts on summer programs for those who register.  Complimentary Pizza, Salad, & Drinks will be provided!
Complimentary pizza, salad and drinks will be provided.  Child supervision with games and songs will be available while parents learn more about camp programs. A deposit will be required for on-site registration.

Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Dos Locos and Keystone Science School Benefit Event This Friday

The 15th annual Dos Locos and Keystone Science School Benefit Event is taking place this Friday, August 17, and the night includes the chance to bid on unique, valuable items at the silent auction, along with participating in a fun scavenger hunt.  Dinner will include a gourmet Mexican buffet and live music with The Pine Beatles, a community based band out of Breckenridge. Throughout the night there will be loads of fantastic prizes and giveaways, including a grand prize for a week long trip to Mexico. Cost for the event is $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 4-12, and kids under 3 are FREE.  The event kicks off Friday evening at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:30.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Dos Locos is located in the Mountain View Plaza, just a quarter of a mile down the road from SummitCove Property Management in Keystone.

Keystone Science School Announces H20 Outdoors Program in April

The Keystone Science School has announced that it will host a three-day program for high school students called “H20 Outdoors” from April 21st-23rd.  Located in Keystone, CO, the Science School is a field science school that challenges students to develop critical thinking skills as they explore nature and science education. There are various camps and programs offered throughout the year, and many include an outdoor element.  The H20 Outdoors program will be open to high school students.

The program is designed to provide students with insight into the world of Colorado’s water resources.  Students will learn about water law in Colorado, while hiking the continental divide and conducting experiments.  Students will also have the chance to meet experts in the field.  Students who would like to attend the program should register soon as the deadline is March 16, 2012, and arrangements must be made directly through the Keystone Science School.  Details are available online or by calling 970.468.2098.

For families with students who attend the program, SummitCove will offer a special rate.  Our Vacation Planners can assist in reserving lodging close to the Keystone Science School location.