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 Arizona Students Attend SDCOE 6th Grade Camp

Students from Gila Vista Junior High School in Yuma, Az., traveled 145 miles this week to spend the week at Camp Cuyamaca for 6th Grade Camp.

Although schools from throughout the county and even some from Imperial County participate in 6th Grade Camp, Gila Vista is the only school from another state.

This is the second year students at the school have spent a week at the camp. Before that, there were two Yuma elementary schools that attended, one for about 20 years.

"Camp Cuyamaca Outdoor Science School has been a fantastic opportunity for our sixth-graders," said James Gribble, a teacher who has taken students to camp for the past eight years, first with C.W. McGraw Elementary School, and for the past two years with Gila Vista. "Camp Cuyamaca gives students a chance to see and apply science concepts that have been taught in school using only books or videos."

​​​​​Camp Cuyamaca Outdoor School—also known as 6th Grade Camp—serves about 12,000 students each year during four- or five-day excursions. The camp in the mountains east of San Diego features hands-on lessons that incorporate life science, earth science, outdoor skills, Native American lore and art, and many social growth opportunities.