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 Making Camp More Accessible to All 6th-Graders

camp crop.jpgThe San Diego County Board of Education recently approved a plan that will make it easier for all children, regardless of socio-economic status, to attend the San Diego County Office of Education's 6th Grade Camp at Cuyamaca Outdoor School.

This change -- a result of SDCOE's commitment to equity and to being a trusted partner to San Diego County school districts -- means more students can join more than 1 million alumni who carry lifelong memories of their camp experiences in the outdoor schools run by SDCOE.

A new few schedule includes an Equity Credit designed to help districts provide substantial assistance to students who are identified as socio-economically disadvantaged, as well as an array of discounts, such as for multi-year contracts or September bookings, that can be combined to make camp even more affordable.

Reservations are now being accepted by completing an online participation agreement. The application for our annual camp William E. Van Arsdale Scholarship, with new criteria, also is now available.

As one of SDCOE's educational programs, Cuyamaca Outdoor School offers unrivaled quality and value. Cuyamaca is the only program in San Diego County certified by the California Outdoor School Association as a Residential Outdoor Science School. With a curriculum designed by our credentialed teachers to take full advantage of the Next Generation Science Standards, our lessons incorporate trail experiences and citizen scientist projects to create hands-on learning that is meaningful, memorable, and fun. For many students, the experience transforms how they feel about science and themselves as learners.

Located in the beautiful, expansive, and unspoiled 25,000-acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, SDCOE's Cuyamaca Outdoor School is San Diego County's original 6th Grade Camp. Today -- March 17, 2017 -- marks 71 years of continuous operation for the program. Cuyamaca Outdoor School is California's largest and longest-running 6th Grade Camp, serving more than 11,000 students each year.

Cuyamaca Outdoor School's veteran team of teachers, program specialists, and support staff are among the most qualified and experienced in the state. And to ensure the safety and inclusion of all students, a full-time registered nurse and two health services technicians provide around-the-clock support for students.

To learn more about getting students to Cuyamaca Outdoor School, please contact Principal Greg Schuett at 760-765-3000 or or Interim Senior Director of Outdoor Education and Student Support Services Bob Mueller at 858-292-3696 or They are happy to answer questions, arrange a tour, or schedule a school visit to meet with teachers, parents, and students.