Camper Policies

We expect our campers to come prepared daily to practice, play, and perform. We expect our campers to uphold the standards of our community of camp musicians; helping to maintain a safe and welcoming environment, and helping to foster positive relationships between fellow campers. Bullying, substance abuse, theft, and other negative behaviors will not be tolerated. Most of all - WE EXPECT OUR CAMPERS TO LEARN AND HAVE FUN!!!


Attendance at all camp events, rehearsals, and performances is mandatory for all campers.  Attendance will be taken at the start of each class, every day.  Campers are not permitted to stay in their rooms if they are not feeling well.  Anyone not well enough to go to a camp activity must be resting in sick bay or receiving medical treatment. 

Campers are only permitted to leave camp as follows:

  • Parents may sign-out campers out by going to the Camp Help Desk (lobby of HMU) or the Camp Dorm Office (second floor of Southgate) and showing ID.
  • Parents may give written permission for an adult over the age of 21 to sign-out their child by using the Sign-Out Permission Form which is a part of the Supplemental Forms packet.  You may submit the form online, bring it to us in person, fax it to 850.644.5257, or send via e-mail to 

Campers may visit with friends and relatives who are not music campers in the lobby of the Southgate Campus Centre during the evening hours before curfew and on Saturday & Sunday afternoons only.  Guests must register with the dormitory supervisor and are subject to the Rules of Camp.  For the safety of all campers, the camp staff reserves the right to deny visitation between campers and non-camp guests.  Only music campers are permitted in the residential areas of Southgate.

Cell Phone Policy

Campers are allowed to have cell phones for use during free time, but they must be TURNED OFF COMPLETELY and PUT AWAY OUT OF SIGHT during all classes, rehearsals, and performances.  Campers may not take video or photos during performances with their phones unless they have received prior approval from the Camp Director, an Assistant Camp Director, or Dorm Supervisor prior to the event.

Cell phones that are turned on, visible, or being used during class, rehearsals, concerts/performances may be confiscated according to the following policy by any member of the camp staff:

  1. First Offense: The cell phone will be confiscated for a period of 24 hours.
  2. Second Offense:  The cell phone or device will be confiscated for the duration camp.  The item will be returned to the camper at check-out.

If a camper's cell phone is confiscated, parents will still be able to contact the camper either through the Camp Office or the Southgate Campus Centre. 

Dress Code

Dress for all camp activities is casual (shorts, t-shirts, jeans) but should be appropriate for classroom instruction and for group recreation activities including swimming.  Revealing clothing is not permitted and it is at the discretion of the camp staff to require campers to change or cover up if an outfit or bathing suit is deemed inappropriate.  

Lost and Found

We do maintain a lost and found.  Any items left/lost at camp can be returned at the families expense via the UPS store on campus.  The following is the process for items from lost and found:

  1. Contact our office at 850-644-9934 or email us at with a specific detail and description of the item(s). 
  2. We will contact you as quickly as possible about whether the item was in the lost and found or not.  If we have found the item(s) you can choose to have it shipped back to you. 
  3. Once you confirm that you want the item shipped we will bring it over to the UPS Store. ONCE WE HAVE DELIVERED IT TO THE STORE WE WILL CONTACT YOU. 
  4. After you are notified that the item is at the UPS store you will need to call them at (850) 561-9180. You will need to be prepared to pay with a credit card over the phone and can decide with the UPS representative your preferred method of shipping.  It is up to you to ensure the item is actually shipped; the camps are not responsible for any item once it is dropped off with UPS.

The camp office closes for the summer on July 29.  Any lost/found items not claimed by this date will be discarded or donated.

Personal Vehicles

Overnight campers who drive themselves to camp must turn in their car keys to the dorm staff upon arrival.  They will receive a free parking permit for the Southgate Parking Garage where they must leave their car for the duration of camp. 

Day-campers are not permitted to transport overnight-campers in their personal vehicles.  Any overnight-camper who travels with a day-camper in the day-campers car for any reason may be dismissed from camp.  

Any camper who transports another camper(s) in their personal vehicle does so at their own risk and is responsible for anything that happens to the other campers while in their car. 


Campers, counselors, and staff will all be doing a lot of walking at camp. Campers can not and will not be transported in any camp vehicle unless there is an accommodation for a disability made in advance with the Administration Office.  It may be hot, it may rain, and campers will be tired - but walking is good for you.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring an umbrella, and get ready for life on campus!

Official Rules and Regulations

  1. HOURS
    All overnight campers must be in Southgate Campus Centre after 6:00 p.m. unless attending a camp concert, evening program, or rehearsal or practice session with a camp group supervised by staff members. Overnight resident campers must be in their dorm rooms and quiet time is observed by 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and by 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
    Music campers may not “date” non-music campers. Contact with non-music campers living at the Southgate Centre is discouraged.
    Practice rooms are available and monitored in the music buildings; practicing is not permitted in the Southgate dormitory as it is a residence.
    Resident overnight campers are not permitted to drive a car while at camp. Students who drive to camp from their hometown must turn in their car keys to the Dormitory Supervisor upon arrival and retrieve them during check-out. Day-Campers who drive themselves to camp and have a vehicle on campus are responsible for any other campers they may transport in their vehicles. Day-Campers are not permitted to transport overnight campers in their vehicle. Any overnight camper who leave campus in a day-camper’s car does so at their own risk and becomes the responsibility of that day-camper. Day-Campers who transport overnight campers in their car are subject to dismissal from camp.
    All campers are required to wear their identification badges at all times.
    Campers should not use elevators in the College of Music buildings unless they have a disability that requires that use (please notify our camp office) or are transporting a large instrument.
    1. Furniture may not be moved from one room to another.
    2. Charges will be made for damages to property. Any damages will be billed to the students and/or parent(s) by the Southgate Campus Centre.
    3. No room visitation is permitted by members of the opposite sex.
    Day Campers attending classes, visiting, or eating at the Southgate Campus Centre will be subject to all the rules and regulations pertaining to resident campers.
    Campers desiring access to the Warren Allen Music Library must follow all library rules and regulations. Campers do not have checkout privileges.
    Cell phones and all other hand-held devices (including music players, computer games, tablets, and other similar devices) are not permitted during camp classes, rehearsals, and performances. All such items must be turned off completely and put away out of sight during these times. If cell phones or any of the above devices are turned on, visible and/or used at inappropriate times, Counselors, Instructors, and Administrative Staff are permitted to take the following actions:
    1. First Offense: Device will be confiscated and given to Camp Director for a period of 24 hours.
    2. Second Offense: Devise will be confiscated and given to the Camp Director for the duration of Camp. The item will be returned to the campers upon check out.
    1. Campers who violate these regulations shall be subject to discipline by the Director of Campus Life, the Dean of Students, the Assistant Camp Directors, or the Camp Director.
    2. Any camper who persistently violates academic or Southgate Campus Centre regulations or standards of the University makes himself/herself liable for suspension by administrative action.
    The use or possession of any non-prescribed drug, alcohol, marijuana, tobacco products, or any other controlled substance; the use of fireworks; the possession of any weapon; stealing; bullying; or the breaking of any civil law or city ordinance is grounds for automatic dismissal from the Summer Music Camps. Should you be dismissed for any of these reasons, your parents or guardians will be notified. They will be responsible for your immediate transportation home. Students dismissed from camp at any time will not be reimbursed any funds paid, including tuition and housing & food payments.