Heritage Sixth Grade Camp
The sixth graders from Heritage Elementary participated in a week-long overnight camp at Cuyamaca Outdoor School in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park from September 9th to the 13th.
After breakfast each morning, students took off with their hike leaders around the camp to explore the seven natural resources that support life on earth through a number of nature studies. Then, in the afternoon, students participated in a variety of activities that ranged from crafts (rock or manzanita wood), to rock climbing, to archery, and even geocaching. After dinner students participated in a variety of evening activities that included a campfire program, a night hike, a fire-making challenge, and even a talent show.
Throughout the week the theme ICARE (an acronym for Integrity, Cooperation, Attitude, Respect, and Esteem) was woven into all of the activities in which the students participated. Our ‘White Tigers’ represented the school with pride by demonstrating these characteristics in their interactions with each other, their hike leaders, and at meal tables when seated with students from the other schools. Students earned ICARE cards for demonstrating these traits and then were acknowledged each day in front of their peers.
During the week, students were encouraged to appreciate nature, understand how life functions on earth, think like a scientist, and change our human impact on the environment. As John Muir once said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” Participating in this kind of learning environment was exciting and inspiring for the students, many of whom had never slept away from home before this camp experience. Memories that will last a lifetime were created during this week!