"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Camp Scholarship News

Jul 15th, 2012 | Category: Announcements, Camp, Education

A note from our Managing Director

Summer camp is in full swing! We have served nearly 7000 children a year since 2001 with hands-on, feet-wet education programs. The demand is growing and so is the hope for scholarships. Each year we provide camp and field trip scholarships for individuals and K-12 schools that could not otherwise afford to attend. These scholarships provide disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to experience the water for the first time while cruising on a boat, SCUBA diving at Blue Springs or kayaking along the Indian River Lagoon. The smiles are priceless and the memories will last a lifetime.

One of our camp scholarship parents stated, “Without the scholarship, it was impossible to bring my children to enjoy God’s creation, our ocean. This was my children’s first time to the beach. It was the best thing ever for them.”

As I write this letter, we are in our second week of summer camp adventures at our new facility. The new facility provides a wonderful space for children ages 4-16 to learn about the importance of Florida’s oceans and estuaries and how they can preserve and protect these unique marine habitats. Our new facility is outfitted with fish tanks, touch tanks, microscopes, audio/video equipment, labware, fishing supplies, archery equipment and so much more. Many of these additions are a tribute to your support toward our Discovery Exhibit Fund. Thank you. This combination of facility and equipment allows us to enhance our programs and engage students and campers in a new way that leads to ‘light bulb’ moments. For all of this we are thankful!

This year we’d like to increase scholarship opportunities for disadvantaged youth by raising $10,000 for the Marine Discovery Center’s Children Scholarship Fund. These funds will go directly to either Camp Scholarships or K-12 Field Trip Scholarships. For $20, a child can experience a field trip to the Marine Discovery Center. For $600 the whole class can come! For $200, a child can experience five days of our hands-on, feet-wet adventure camps. These experiences will provide opportunities for the children to foster a love and understanding of the environment – a way of ensuring that future generations will protect and cherish our unique marine habitats.

Please help us reach our goal of $10,000 by making a contribution to Marine Discovery Center’s Children Scholarship Fund. If you would like to speak with me directly about this opportunity, please call me at (386) 679-3622.


Chad Truxall
Managing Director
Marine Discovery Center