6th Gr. Camp Cuyamaca Oct. 14-18

~ 6th Grade Team News

The adventure is near!

We're here to support the kids along this journey of a lifetime. They will return home with priceless memories including: new friendships, science discoveries, a craft, and adventures which include geocaching, archery and/or rock climbing!

We'll be updating you with photos throughout the week. (Note: write down your child's class wiki log in (firstlastname) and password (4 digits) so that you can access the photos!)

One piece of advice leading up to the 4-night trip would be to encourage your student to have a sleepover away from home BEFORE leaving on Oct. 14th. This alleviates some of the concerns about being away from home and strengthens their resilience.

Open House @ Camp Cuyamaca

Saturday, Sep. 7th, 10am-2pm

12561 Highway 79, Descanso, CA 91916, USA

Learn all about Cuyamaca Outdoor School, home of San Diego County's original 6th Grade Camp, or relive your own camp memories, when we host our annual Open House on Sept. 7 in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

The event provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the expansive campus, meet the outdoor school staff, try rock climbing, take a hike, or simply relax in the great outdoors.

Parents, teachers, principals, students, alumni, and anyone interested in outdoor education are invited to spend the day connecting with nature. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 12561 Highway 79, Descanso. Additional details and directions are available in both English and Spanish on the COS webpage.

Open house is a great way for parents to get to know camp ahead of their child's weeklong visit with their school and ask questions about what to expect during the week. Students come away with a sense of the fun they will experience, while we ease any concerns that parents might have.

Student Assembly @ SP Theater

Wednesday, Sep. 11th, 9:15-10:15am

3901 Townsgate Drive

San Diego, CA

One of the Camp staff members will be visting our 6th graders, right inside our SP Theater. Although this presentation is designed for the students, curious parents are welcome to observe from the back rows of chairs. Many great Q & A's covered, including a photo slideshow of camp views.

Pink Registration Form (2-sided) provided to students in class & $325 Payment are requested by Fri. 9/20 to your Homeroom Teacher

Student Packing List (recommendations)


It's really important to label ALL items (reusable water bottle, jacket, sweatshirts, hat/beanie, luggage, etc...). We recommend 2 pairs of shoes and a plastic bag for dirty/dusty clothing.

Dietary Needs @ Camp

What if a student has special dietary needs (vegetarian, food allergies, etc...)?

We can accommodate dietary needs. Vegetarian and lactose intolerant students simply need to note this on the pink health form. Anything else (like gluten free, very picky, peanut allergies, etc.) need to contact the Child Nutrition Supervisor 2 weeks in advance. These needs require a physician-signed Medical Accommodations Form: http://www.sdcoe.net/student-services/outdoored/Pages/6th-grade-camp-forms.aspx.

We are a tree nut and peanut-free facility.

Camp Cuyamaca Office

Call or write to Cuyamaca Staff with additional questions.

Holly Ellis, Program Assistant (holly.ellis@sdcoe.net)

Greg Schuett, Cuyamaca Principal (gschuett@sdcoe.net)

Sue Whitaker, RN (susana.whitaker@sdcoe.net)

760-765-3004 (24 Hrs a day when students are present)
Kim McAlexander, CNS (kmcalexander@sdcoe.net)

SENDING mail to your CHILD

You'll want to plan ahead for mailing a letter to Camp Cuyamaca - we recommend postmarking by Saturday (or Monday at latest) in order to expect delivery during the week.

Cuyamaca Outdoor School
12561 Highway 79
Descanso, CA 91916-9731
write student's first & last name @ Solana Pacific

Some students enjoy sending mail HOME! Pack stationary & stamped/addressed envelopes.

Sample Student Schedule @ Camp

Cuyamaca Outdoor School Curriculum includes:

  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts including: biology, botany, geology, meteorology, and astronomy
  • Students participate as real scientists through a collaboration with UC Riverside
  • Outdoor skills and Native American traditions
  • Self-esteem and character development through team building, conflict resolution, etc.

Cuyamaca Outdoor School, also known as 6th grade camp, has connected over one million students with science and nature since 1946. Generations of school children have participated in hands-on lessons in an overnight camp setting. The activities aim to nourish an appreciation of nature, create a deeper understanding of science concepts, and provide an opportunity for students to explore their independence in a safe, educational and fun environment.

Cuyamaca Outdoor School, operated by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), is the only outdoor education program in San Diego County featuring credentialed teachers and a curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Nearly 12,000 students each year attend Cuyamaca Outdoor School during five-day excursions in the mountains of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

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Science Curriculum & Activities

  • Our curriculum is correlated with the Next Generation Science Standards
  • We are participating in a Citizen Science study with UC Riverside regarding the Gold-Spotted Oak Borer beetle that is devastating oak trees in California

  • We just received awesome ProScopes & iPads that are used in the field to explore on a “micro” level!

  • We also incorporate concepts such as energy flow, cycles, interrelationships, changing of forms, botany, geology, etc., during our hikes.

  • All students receive a beautiful field journal that they get to take home

  • 2 Nature Studies (hiking & hands-on science activities)

  • one All Day Adventure (like a nature study, but 6 hours in duration, eating lunch out in the field and being further from camp)

  • a craft class (rock or wood)

  • WRAP recreation class: rock climbing or archery (choice), geocaching, low elements challenge

Night time:

  • Night hike or astronomy (depending on the time of year)

  • Cabins: Storytelling and team building activities

Cuyamaca T-shirt order form (optional)

Directions to Camp Cuyamaca