Discovery Camp

General Information

Discovery Camp is an 8 week, themed educational camp program for ages 5-10. This camp is held at Dunbar Recreation Center, Mon-Fri from 7:30am-5:30pm during the summer. Campers will have the chance to be outside, do experiments, build things, get messy, work as a team, develop leadership skills, and have fun! Each week may include in-town field trips to various locations. Past field trips have included the San Marcos Discovery Center, Rio Vista pool, Sunset Bowling Lanes, and more! We also work with SMCISD to provide lunch for the duration of the program.

Registration Information

Registration opens annually in April and is only available on the ACTIVE net website. If you need assistance creating your online account, or if you are having trouble logging into your account, our website has step-by-step instructions that can guide you. Please make sure your account information, including your cell phone number and email address, are up to date. For additional assistance, including questions about camp waitlists, please call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512-393-8280. 

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Children ages 5-10 are eligible to register


  • Residents: $150 per child/week 
  • Non-residents: $175 per child/week 
  • These prices include 1 field trip to a various location and trips to the: Discovery Center, Rio Vista Pool, and lunch provided by SMCISD

Dates and Time

  • Monday - Friday; 7:30am - 5:30pm
  • Stay tuned for 2024 dates!


  • Dunbar Recreation Center, 801 MLK DR

Parent Resources 

ePACT for Summer Camps

San Marcos Parks and Recreation is proud to announce our adoption of ePACT Network for better safety! ePACT is a secure emergency network that we will use to collect medical and emergency contact information electronically. Not only will ePACT replace paper forms, but it will also ensure we have a way to communicate with you in the event of an unexpected situation.

Why We Are Using ePACT

  • To save you time - With ePACT, you only need to complete your child’s information once, and can then use that same record for other programs or subsequent years.
  • Improved privacy and security - Eliminating paper forms ensures that your key information is safe and secure. ePACT maintains the same levels of security as online banking, and limits access only to the administrators we assign for enhanced privacy.
  • Better support - ePACT makes it easy for you to share comprehensive health and emergency contact details, so we can provide the best support to your child. Plus, you can update this anytime and we will automatically receive those new details.

How It Works

  • You’ll receive an email from ePACT invite to share information with San Marcos Parks and Recreation.
  • Click ’Complete Request’ to create a free account, or log-in if you already have an existing ePACT account.
  • Enter the required information, like medical conditions, and share it with San Marcos Parks and Recreation so that program staff has access.
  • For ePACT assistance, please review their informational packet (English).

Cenikor at Camps

The Cenikor Prevention Education team provides health and wellness education for grades 1-12.  A positive educational curriculum, presentations and activities will focus on self-image, self-regulation skills, tackling peer & social media pressure, and healthy self-care practices. 

Discovery Camp topics include: health and wellness education topics related to adopting healthy stress strategies and self-care practices, recognizing healthy choices and healthy friendships, conflict resolution, positive coping skills related to anxiety and anger, along with fun team building, communication and social skills.