Students in each Middle School grade have the opportunity to participate in camping trips throughout the school year. During these trips, youngsters are introduced to camping, and learn new skills as they grow in knowledge and confidence.
Sixth-graders take a three-day trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Southern Colorado where they are introduced to camping while exploring the 700-foot-high sand dunes.
Seventh-graders learn about spelunking in lava tubes on one of four three-day trips to a primitive camping environment 125 miles west of Albuquerque, the El Malpais National Monument.
Eighth-graders learn more advanced skills during any of three four-day backpacking trips that travel to such areas as the Gila Wilderness, Cruces Basin Wilderness and other isolated places within the Southwest. They also have a chance at learning cross-country skiing and snowshoeing while on a three-day winter trip.