Sixth Grade Camp
Sixth Grade Camp is scheduled for March, 2013.
Each Monday throughout the school year, more than 200 sixth grade boys and girls travel up Highway 79 to Camp Cuyamaca. There, under the leadership of trained camp counselors and their classroom teachers, they explore their new environment in a thrilling and adventuresome learning experience.
For five days, they live together in a camp and outdoor setting.
The students take an active part in planning their week, setting
standards of behavior, and accepting the responsibilities that are a
natural part of camping and outdoor living.
Camp Cuyamaca is at an elevation of 4100 feet. It is about an hour and a quarter drive from our school, about nine miles north along Highway 79 off of Interstate 8. The phone number to the camp office is 760-765-3000.
The outdoor curriculum of the school camp program is a curriculum of
action: working, exploring, discovering, creating, growing,
sharing, cooperating, and learning.
Upon arrival the first day of camp, students are randomly assigned to a
cabin for their week's stay. The boys' cabins are Northwind and
Southwind, and the girls' cabins are Eastwind and Westwind. Within each cabin, there are two
bathrooms and four bedrooms. Each bedroom sleeps approximately 20
children. Beds and mattresses are provided in modern,
I, along with the other teachers attending camp that week, will be at camp for the entire week, and on location 24 hours a day. We will be joining the students three times each day for breakfast, lunch, and supper. We will also be interacting with students throughout each day during classes, hikes, craft activities, recesses, journal sessions, evening programs and other unstructured free time.
The following selections are some random samplings taken from the
2009-2010 school year menu.
Located in the center of campus is the health office. It is open 24 hours a day. If children need to take medications to camp with them, those medications will be held in the health office, and children will have access to them when needed. Likewise, if children become sick, they will be cared for by the nurse on duty.
WHAT TO BRING
The following is a list of recommended gear and clothing for school
camp. Please mark names on all items of clothing and
WHAT IF I DON'T GO?
Camp attendance is not a mandatory requirement of the sixth grade curriculum. Students who choose not to participate will be provided a classroom with a teacher at school. Their schedule will be somewhat altered as they may not be attending their PE classes at their regularly scheduled periods. The activities for the week are determined by the teacher in charge of that class. Normally, it is a more relaxed schedule than usual and consists of lighter, less-structured activities.