Nearly 1,200 people descended upon Cuyamaca Outdoor School earlier this year to learn more about the county’s original 6th Grade Camp.
Attendees rock climbed, interacted with birds and nature, ate in the cafeteria, and enjoyed a day in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.
"Open house is a great way for parents to get to know camp ahead of their child's weeklong visit with their school," said Bob Mueller, executive director of Outdoor Education and Student Support Services for SDCOE. He added that it’s also a great way for alumni to reconnect with 6th Grade Camp.
Cuyamaca Outdoor School has been holding the annual open house for 20 years. Principal Greg Schuett said that it started small, with about 100 people, but has grown to nearly 1,200 in each of the last three years.
“It’s very heartwarming to see how much this program means to families in San Diego County,” Schuett said. He added that generations of families have been coming to camp. They exchange stories about what they did at camp, and share advice on how to be successful and enjoy the experience, he said.
For many students, it’s their first time away from home, and either the student or the parents are a little nervous. Schuett said that the Open House is a great way to help both feel more comfortable about the trip.
Attendees had the opportunity to tour the facility, which included the science rooms and cabins, talk with the nurses, nutritionists, and other staff about any concerns they may have, and ask questions about the program.