Information for Families
Camper Applications - Camp fills up quickly. Send in camper applications early to reserve a spot.
2020 Schedule - Camp will consist of three one-week sessions this summer. Camp sessions run Monday through Friday.
- Session 1: June 15 to June 19
- Session 2: June 22 to June 26
- Session 3: June 29 to July 3
Camper Fees - Camper registration is $185 per camper for a one-week session. This is a flat fee with no discount for early registration.
Information on camper applications must be complete and legible. Please choose your preferred camp session and understand that if a session is full, you may be contacted to see if another week will fit your schedule.
Mail completed applications and payment to:
Summer Adventure Camp
c/o Silver River Museum
1445 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470
- Any notice of cancellation must be reported to the camp clerk, Judy Evans at 352.236-5401.
- If notice of cancellation is received 14 days prior to the session start date, 100% of the registration fee will be refunded.
- If notice of cancellation is received 7 days prior to the session start date, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded.
- If notice of cancellation is received less than 7 days prior to the start date, no refund will be given.
No refund will be given if campers are sent home during the camp session due to illness, misbehavior, or any circumstance beyond the control of the Marion County School Board.
The Silver River Museum is located within Silver Springs State Park. Enter from Baseline Road (NE 58th Avenue) about one mile south of State Road 40 (Silver Springs Blvd.). As you enter the state park the park rangers will direct you back to the museum for drop-off or pick-up.
Family Contact Information
It is critical that accurate and legible emergency contact information be provided for each camper. Please list a complete home address and three emergency contacts (including cell and work phones). Relatives, friends or neighbors are suitable as extra contacts as long as they can contact the camper’s family if necessary.
- Water bottle (refillable)
- Sunscreen & insect repellent
- A hat
- Disposable camera (put your name on it)
- Raincoat if weather is poor
- A smile and plenty of energy
Items Not Allowed
- Any item not allowed in Marion County Public Schools
- Gum and or candy
- Pocket knives or any sharp objects
- Valuables, jewelry, or money
- Personal electronics (iPods, MP3 players, games, radios, etc.)
- *Camper may bring cell phones but they will be left in the museum classroom during the day
Lunch, Snacks and Water Bottles
Lunch and snacks will be provided by MCPS. Lunches from home are optional. If lunches are sent from home, they should be packed in smaller coolers or lunchboxes with ice packs.
Please send a refillable water bottle with your camper to use during the day. Water bottles should be labeled with the camper’s name and can be refilled here at the museum.
Special needs regarding food should be made prior to the week your child attends camp. Contact the camp director to make special arrangements pertaining to food limitations or allergies.
Medications and Camper Health
Any medications for your child must be delivered to camp staff on the first day of camp. Prescription medication must have a current expiration date and packaged in the original container including:
- The camper’s name
- The prescription number
- The identification of the medication
- The proper dosage
- The date it was dispensed
- Complete instruction for use
- The doctor’s name
A separate Authorization Form for Prescribed Medications must be completed for each medication. Camp staff cannot accept medication that is not properly labeled with a completed authorization form. Campers using inhalers should bring two inhalers with them.
Click HERE to download/print the Medical Information Form.
Children taking ADD or ADHD medications are not uncommon at camp and usually present no special problem. Dosage for these types of medication should not be changed, reduced, or suspended prior to, or during your child’s week at camp.
Please notify us prior to your child arriving camp if your child has any allergies, especially to insects or food items. If your child has a prescription for an Epi-Pen, please check the expiration date and deliver it to the camp staff upon check-in with appropriate paperwork.
Campers with Special Needs
If you have a child with special needs who can participate fully in all activities, please contact the camp director to decide whether our program is a good fit for your camper. We will make every effort to accommodate special requests while maintaining a safe and rewarding camp environment.
While the Silver River Museum is ADA accessible, the Summer Adventure Camp program is not designed for children with serious physical disabilities, or emotional or neurological disorders. Special needs camps with appropriately trained staff and specially designed equipment do exist and are a safer more rewarding choice for these campers.
Due to the number of campers we accommodate, campers will not have access to a telephone under normal circumstances. The camp staff will contact you in the event there is a problem. In the event of an emergency during the day, you can reach your camper quickly by calling the Silver River Museum main phone at (352) 236-5401.
We have found that family visits can detract from the daily activity schedule. Except for emergencies, family visitation is not allowed while camp is in session. Families are welcome to tour the camp, meet the staff, and help campers settle-in on Monday morning during check-in.
Daily activities are a vital part of the camp experience and campers are encouraged to participate fully. Campers are expected to follow all camp rules such as cooperating with others, cleaning up after themselves, wearing shoes and following staff directions.
Camper discipline at the Silver River Museum is limited to calm verbal counseling by an adult staff member. In the event of serious behavioral issues, camp staff will call to the camper’s family for assistance. Serious behavioral problems will result in a camper being sent home without a refund.
The safety of campers and staff is paramount. Outdoor safety, changes in the weather, and camper wellbeing are constantly monitored. Campers are never left unattended and travel with their groups and the same staff all week. The buddy system is employed for all activities and restroom visits.
Camp staff are trained in first aid and CPR, and maintain a “two deep leadership” system where at least two staff members are always with campers. Staff to camper ratio is 1:5. Each camp session is limited to 20 children. Staffing for one session includes two adult museum staff members and two teenage counselors.