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Cuyamaca Outdoor School: The Original 6th Grade Camp

Cuyamaca Outdoor School, known to more than 1 million alumni as 6th Grade Camp, has been connecting students with science and nature since 1946.


Hear what camp is all about from retired Principal Greg Schuett

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 weeklong, overnight 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. With continuous operation since 1946, Cuyamaca Outdoor School is California's largest and longest-running 6th Grade Camp, serving more than 11,000 students each year.

Now, the San Diego County Board of Education has made it easier to give students this once-in-a-lifetime experience at Cuyamaca Outdoor School. Our new fee schedule includes an Equity Credit designed to help schools provide substantial assistance to students who are identified as socio-economically disadvantaged, as well as an array of discounts that can be combined to make camp even more affordable.

For more information, call 858-290-5982.