Sam Davis Home Summer Camps!
Camps run from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day.
Limited space available in each camp.
School of the Soldier
June 6-10, 2016
Your marching orders have arrived! Grab your haversack and canteen as you head off to join the ranks. Campers spend an active week complete with drills, crafts, campfire cooking, and spy games as they learn about the life of Civil War soldiers. Period dress is optional.
Register Now (Deadline to Register: May 23, 2016)
The Science of History
June 20-24, 2016
The Science of History will focus on the plantation’s natural resources and will feature engaging, hands-on activities designed to inspire campers to take a closer look at the world around them. Activities will include a creek stomp, a meadow safari, outdoor living skills, and maybe even getting up-close and personal with some wildlife!
Register Now (Deadline to Register: June 6, 2016)
Jane Davis Academy
July 11-15, 2015
Campers become acquainted with 19th century life for young girls and boys in our Jane Davis Academy through crafts and games. Activities will include Victorian parlor games, painting, nature studies, scrapbooking, singing, dancing, and much more! Period dress is optional.
Register Now (Deadline to Register: June 20, 2016)
- Members $100 (Become a Member)
- Non-Members $125
- Before and After Care: (Must register prior to using this service.)
- Before Care: 7:30a.m. - 9:00a.m. ($10 a day/$40 a week)
- After Care: 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m. ($12 a day/$50 a week)
- Combo Rate ($80)
A limited number of scholarships are available to those who qualify for 25%, 50%, or 75% off tuition. Free Before and After Care included with all awarded scholarships. Please contact Alex Collins at (615) 459-2341 or email@example.com for more information and an application.
Registration will open February 1, 2016. Once completed, please mail the Release and Indemnity Agreement to the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation (HSDH&P). Payment is due upon registration. If paying by check, please complete the 2016 Summer Camp Registration Form and mail in with your check payment. Checks should be made payable to Sam Davis Memorial Association. A camper's spot is not guaranteed until you receive a written notice from the Director of Collections & Education.
Mail Release and Indemnity Agreement and/or check to:
Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation
Attn: Summer Camp
1399 Sam Davis Road
Smyrna, TN 371567
All camps are held at the Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation in Smyrna, TN. If a camp takes a field trip to another site, guardians will be notified prior to the start date of camp and will be asked to fill out a permission form.
Before Care check-in will take place in the Creek House at 7:30 a.m. Guardians who arrive earlier than 7:30 a.m. will be required to wait with their child until check-in time. An authorized adult must accompany camper(s) into the building.
Regular camp check-in will take place no earlier than 8:45 a.m. in the Creek House. Campers arriving before 8:45 a.m. must be enrolled in Before Care. An authorized adult must accompany camper(s) into the building.
Regular camp check-out begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. An authorized adult must retrieve their camper(s) from the Creek House and present identification. Only the registered guardian and emergency contact will be allowed to sign out campers. If another adult will be signing out a camper, the Director of Collections & Education must be notified by the registered guardian in a timely manner. Any campers remaining past 3:00 p.m. will be charged the daily After Care rate.
After Care check-out occurs anytime between 3:15 and 5:00. An authorized adult must retrieve their camper(s) from the Creek House and present identification. Only the registered guardian and emergency contact will be allowed to sign out campers. If another adult will be signing out a camper, the Director of Collections & Education must be notified by the registered guardian in a timely manner. Guardians who fail to check-out their campers by 5:00 p.m. will be charged $1.00 a minute after.
Snacks and Lunch
All campers are expected to bring their own lunch, snacks, and water. Please send a lunch and two snacks labeled clearly with the camper’s full name. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for daily use. Filtered water will be available, and campers are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles. Campers are also asked to bring their lunch in reusable containers and lunch bags to limit waste. Because of the increasing number of campers with nut allergies, we ask that you refrain from sending your camper with any food containing nuts.
Clothing, Bug spray, and Insect Repellent
Campers are asked to wear comfortable and seasonally appropriate attire. There is a chance the clothing will get dirty. Wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes. Heelies, flip flops, sandals and other backless shoes are not allowed due to safety concerns. Participants may choose to wear period clothing from their own collection. The HSDH&P will only provide period clothing for specific activities, not the duration of the camp. It is recommended that the campers come with their own insect repellent and sunscreen clearly labeled with the camper’s name.
All campers are expected to act appropriately before, during, and after camp. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, cursing, bullying, both verbally and physically, shoving, and disrespect towards staff and campers. If a camper exhibits inappropriate behavior, counselors will address the issue immediately and will contact either the guardian or emergency contact. If a camper continues to disrupt the camp environment after the inappropriate behavior has been addressed by counselors and guardians, HSDH&P reserves the right to cancel that camper’s enrollment with no refund. Guardians are expected to go over the Code of Conduct agreement with campers and turn in a copy prior to the first day of camp that has been signed by the guardian and camper.
All electronics are prohibited during regular camp hours and will be collected at the start of camp each day. This includes tablets, MP3 players, cell phones, etc. If there is an emergency, the camper may use his/her phone after consulting a camp counselor. In special circumstances, phones may be kept on a camper during camp; however, this should be discussed with the Director of Collections & Education prior to the start of camp. Electronics may be used by campers during Before Care and After Care.
HSDH&P will make every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. Since we are not a special needs camp, there may be some needs that we are unable to meet. Please discuss your camper’s needs with the Director of Collections & Education prior to registering so that program compatibility can be determined.
Non-English Speaking Campers
Currently no interpreters are provided for, and the HSDH&P Staff cannot accommodate non-English speaking campers.
Campers Taking Medicine
SDH prefers that all medicines be administered at home before the camper arrives at camp. If medicine during camp is necessary, the camper must check his/her medicine in each morning. Campers are not allowed to hold onto their own medicines. If a camper needs to take medication during the day, discuss his/her needs with the Director of Collections & Education before the first day of camp. Medicine will not be accepted if it is not in the original packaging. Staff will make every effort to help campers with medicine, but ultimately it is the camper’s responsibility to make sure the medicine is taken at the appropriate time.
If a camp is full, the registering camper will be added to a waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. If spots become available, the guardian will be notified within two days prior to the beginning of camp.
The HSDH&P staff reserve the right to cancel a camp that has fewer than eight participants no later than two weeks from the first day of camp. If a camp is cancelled, a full refund will be issued within 30 business days of the camp’s cancellation.
You may cancel your camper’s registration up to two weeks before the first day of camp. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for all cancellations, and cancellations within two weeks of the first day of camp will forfeit all registration camp fees. No refunds will be issued for missed days of camp.