Our goal at Sixth Grade Camp is for your students to experience Jesus through the wonder of His creation. Through our curriculum, based on the same science standards you are teaching in your classes, our desire is to demonstrate the power, creativity, and intelligence with which Jesus created the universe as well as to teach your students how God uses science to reveal Himself. Our classes are designed to broaden your students' perspectives and encourage them to think critically about the world they live in.
Students will attend daily Barn Meetings in which they are taught spiritual principles through our farmyard animals as well as daily devotion time with their counselors to grow their faith. On the final full day of camp, your students will be challenged to apply what they have learned through hands-on activities on a survival hike. The week of camp culminates in a campfire on the final night in which your students will be given the opportunity to reflect on and share how they see Jesus differently than they ever have before.
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"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
- Romans 1:20
Students will learn how God equipped them to use their physical senses to be aware of the world around them. We will discuss the importance of physical awareness to survival as well as how physical awareness and deepen our spiritual awareness. Throughout the week, students will be challenged to take their eyes off of themselves so they can see God and others more clearly.
The Web of Life
Students will learn the basics of an ecosystem. We will discuss the critical role each organism plays in relationship with one another and how God thoughtfully designed organisms to live together to perfectly provide everything the ecosystem needs to survive. Students will learn what their role is in an ecosystem and their responsibility as stewards of God's creation.
Students will learn how God designed organisms to adapt to their changing surroundings. As environments change, animals, plants and other organisms have the ability to adjust their behavior or physical appearance to adapt to survive, demonstrating how intricately designed God's creation is.
Students will learn about the ecosystem of an oak tree. We will discuss how God designed all of the organisms that live in and around oak trees specifically to interact with each other. Students will investigate the main three types of oak tree that grow in the California Chaparral, learning to identify them based on their bark, leaves and acorns.
Students will learn about the main types of rattlesnakes found in San Diego County, and how to identify them. We will discuss how pit vipers strike and how their venom works. Students will also learn basic outdoor safety in areas where snakes can be found and what to do in the event of a snake bite.
Students will learn the basic human needs for survival and how ancient civilizations would have supplied these needs. In particular, we will discuss the Kumeyaay people who lived in Southern California and what they did to survive. We will discuss the idea of stewardship and how we can efficiently use, without exploiting, the resources God has given His people.
In this special evening presentation, students will learn about the components with which God has constructed the universe. They will learn about the vast immensity of space, revealing to them a glimpse of how big our God is. Our goal is to wow the students with the intelligence, creativity and power of the God who created the universe and them.
On the last full day of camp, students will apply what they have learned on an all afternoon adventure. They will go on an instructional hike in which they learn about the native plants and their uses for outdoor survival. They will practice building shelter and a solar still to collect water. Students will also learn the key components to making a fire and heat their lunch on a fire they make with their cabin group.
Zip Line // BMX Track // Giant Playground
Dakota's General Store // Farmyard // Archery
Obstacle Course // Night Games // Campfires
Pools (seasonally available) // Gaga Ball
9 Square in the Air // and more!
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6th Grade Camp FAQ's
What time is check-in?
Schools can start checking students in at 9:00am on Tuesday
What time is check-out?
Check out starts at 2:00 on Friday
What's the weather like?
October in Jamul can have warm days and cool nights, sometimes with rain. Be sure to pack an appropriate sleeping bag, some warm layers, and rain gear.
Can parents pay to add extra activities online?
Since registration for students is between IHC and the schools directly, parents can only pay for activities and not add them. Parents work with the schools to see what activities will be available during their time at camp.
How much money should I give my student?
We recommend no more than $50 for your student. That's more than enough for snacks, souveniers, and other fun things throughout the week without being afraid they'll lose it.
What things can my camper purchase in the store?
Our camp store sells treats – candy, soda, chips, ice cream, etc. – ranging in price from $0.10 to $4.00. We also sell souvenirs – rocks, arrowheads, small jewelry, sunglasses, shirts, hats, etc. Most items cost less than $5.00 though walking sticks and hats can cost up to $20.00.
Can my camper call home?
Generally speaking, We do not allow calls home unless there is an emergency in order to discourage homesickness. For campers missing home, hearing a parent’s voice can often make the matter worse and the child is less likely to enjoy camp. We can deliver messages to your camper via their teacher if needed, as well as emails each morning. Please do not send your camper with a cell phone, and remember that cell service is scarce in our valley.
Do you have a camp nurse on site?
Indian Hills Camp does not have a nurse on site all year round. First aid supplies are always available to the primary medical caregivers of each group to aid campers with any bumps, scrapes, medicines in the event of sickness. In case of emergency, our staff is equipped with first aid training, and we are less than 25 minutes away from the nearest urgent care.
Does your kitchen accommodate for dietary restrictions?
Yes! Please include that information in your camper’s registration form. If your camper has a serious or life-threatening allergy, please contact the office so that we can best facilitate that need. Our kitchen does not serve nuts of any kind.
Can I send letters or messages to my camper?
Yes! Messages and letters are delivered at meals daily. Send emails to registration@indianhillscamp with the title: "6th Grade Camp Message - Your Camper's Name." If you'd like to send a physical letter, remember to send it a week in advance. Please address physical mail as follows: Indian Hills Camp Camper Name School Name 15763 Lyons Valley Rd. Jamul, CA 91935