State Specific Resources

State Specific Links
Alabama

Alabama Nursing Scope of Practice

Alabama Suicide and Crisis Numbers

Governing Body for camps: 

Alabama State Board of Health – Bureau of Environmental Services – Division of Food, Milk and Lodging

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 
 
 
Alaska

Alaska Nursing Scope of Practice

Alaska Suicide Prevention Alaska Mental Health Services and Crisis Hotlines

Governing Body for camp regulations: 

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Municipality of Anchorage | Department of Health and Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

Day Camps

Child care licensing is required for day camps. However, if a day camp is ACA-accredited, the licensing process can be waived. There is a separate licensing site and information for facilities in Anchorage, although the requirements for day camps are the same. 

Alaska Child Care Facilities Licensing

Municipality of Anchorage Licenses and Permits

Arizona

Arizona Nursing Scope of Practice

Arizona Crisis Network

Arizona Crisis Hotlines

Governing Body for camp regulations: 

Department of Health Services, Office of Environmental Health

Department of Health Services, Bureau of Child Care Licensing

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps

Day Camps are regulated as “Child Care Centers,” except if all of the following are true: 

(a) The day camp is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting organization for day camps as approved by the department. 
(b) The day camp operates for less than twenty-four hours a day and less than ten weeks each calendar year.
(c) The day camp posts a notice at the facility and on its website that it is not licensed under the laws of this state as a child care facility.
(d) The day camp provides programs only to children who are at least five years of age.
(e) The day camp requires fingerprint cards of all personnel pursuant to section 36-883.02 
Details

Child Care Provider Application

Resident Camps

Food Safety & Environmental Services – Forms

Only camps in Coconino county are licensed through the Arizona Department of Health Services. Camps in Arizona’s other 14 counties are licensed through their county health or environmental health departments.

Arkansas

Arkansas Nursing Scope of Practice

Arkansas Crisis Resources

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Overnight Camps: Arkansas Department of Health

Day Camps: Department of Human Services | Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
California

California Nursing Scope of Practice

California Youth Crisis Line

California Crisis Hotlines

Governing Body: 

California Department of Public Health

License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Permitting is done by local or county health departments.

Cailfornia Local Health Department Information

California Department of Health | Organized Camps

As part of the regulations for Organized Camps there needs to be a qualified Health Supervisor on site.

San Bernardino County Public Health: Housing and Camp Inspections

Colorado

Colorado Nursing Scope of Practice

Colorado Crisis Services

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care

License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day and Resident Camps

Child Care Center License Information

Division of Child Care, Licensing Fees

  • $77-$528, depending on number of children served
Conneticut

Conneticut Nursing Scope of Practice Conneticut Crisis Services Conneticut Crisis Resources The Office of Early Chldhood regulates camps in Conneticut

Governing Body: 

Connecticut Dept. of Public Health | Youth Camp Licensing Program

License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day and Resident Camps:

Application Form & Updated Youth Camp Licensing Information

  • For Profit $815.00; Non-profit $315.00 (Initial, Renewal)

Youth Camp Statutes and Regulations

Delaware

Delaware Nursing Scope of Practice Delaware Crisis Intervention

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis
Delawre Crisis Services
  • Crisis Helpline
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Services

The Office of Early Chldhood regulates camps in Conneticut

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Florida

Florida Nursing Scope of Practice

Florida Community Crisis Services

Florida Suicide Hotlines

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida Local County Health Departments

Florida Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Georgia

Georgia Nursing Scope of Practice

Georgia Crisis and Access Line

Georgia Access Services

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Georgia Department of Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Day camps may need to be licensed through Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, unless exempt.

Exemption Rules & Information: Day camp programs for children five (5) years and older that are operated between school terms, whose primary purpose is to provide organized recreational, religious, or instructional activities. The day camp programs may operate during summer and other school breaks and shall operate for no more than twelve (12) hours per day.

Applicant’s Guide to Licensing for Child Care Learning Centers and Group Day Care Homes

Hawaii

Hawaii Nursing Scope of Practice

Crisis Line of Hawaii

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Hawai’i Department of Health (camps with food service)

Hawai’i Department of Human Services (camps serving elementary school-aged children)

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

As an after school child care program – only camps that serve elementary school-aged children: Child Care Licensing

 

Resident Camps:

Child Care Licensing

Child Care Licensing – Exemptions

Food Establishment and Swimming Pool Guideline

Idaho

Idaho Nursing Scope of Practice

Idaho Crisis Hotline

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare

Idaho Division of Building Safety

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Day camps are exempt if operating for less than 12 weeks out of the year, or for just one day per week. Otherwise, day camps are licensed as a Daycare Center.

Rules Governing Standards for Child Care Licensing

Resident Camps:

Summer camp programs lasting less than 9 consecutive weeks are not required to be state licensed and are not state regulated. Residential facilities for children that provide programs lasting 9 consecutive weeks or longer must be state licensed. These programs are licensed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Child Residential Care Licensing office in Boise. Dial 1-208-334-5700 and ask for a Child Care Licensing Specialist.

Rules on Children’s Residential Care Facilities and Therapeutic Outdoor Programs (sections 500, 700, and 800)

General Safety and Health Standards

Illinois

Illinois Nursing Scope of Practice

Illinois Mental Health Collaborative

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Illinois Dept. of Public Health | Division of Environmental Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Indiana

Indiana Nursing Scope of Practice

Indiana 24-Hour Crisis Line

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Indiana State Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

***The Indiana State Department of Health does not license Indiana camps, but does have some regulations that certain camps must follow. See links below.***

Resident Camps

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Youth Camp Construction Approval and Facility Inspection Program

Iowa

Iowa Nursing Scope of Practice

Iowa Helpline Iowa Crisis Helplines

Governing Body: 

Iowa Department of Human Services

Iowa Department of Public Health : Camps with Food Service

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day and Resident Camps:

Both day and resident camp programs may be exempt from attaining a child care license through several exemtions, including those that receive national accreditation.

Food Establishment Permit Required

Iowa Administrative Code: IAC 441-109.1(237A)

Child Care Centers and Preschools: Licensing Standards and Procedures

Summer Camp Food Regulation

Kansas

Kansas Nursing Scope of Practice

Kansas Crisis Hotlines

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Kentucky

Kentucky Nursing Scope of Practice

Kentucky Crisis Hotlines

Governing Body: 

Kentucky Department for Public Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Louisiana

Louisiana Nursing Scope of Practice

Louisiana Crisis Intervention

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Department of Health and Hospitals

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Maine

Maine Nursing Scope of Practice

Maine Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Maine Department of Health and Human Services | Division of Environmental Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Maryland

Maryland Nursing Scope of Practice

Maryland Crisis Hotline

Maryland Crisis Hotline and Regional Hotlines

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene | Youth Camp Certification

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Massachusetts

Massachusetts Nursing Scope of Practice

Massachusetts Emergency Services Programs

Massachusetts Crisis Resources

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services 

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps and Overnight Camps:

105 CMR 430.00 – Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children

Camps operated by a municipal recreation department are exempt from this licensing requirement. See Advisory to Municipal Boards of Health and Recreation Departments.

Michigan

Michigan Nursing Scope of Practice

Michigan Mental Health Hotlines

Governing Body regulating camps: 

State of Michigan | Department of Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Minnesota
Minnesota Nursing Scope of Practice
Minnesota Crisis Resources
  • Minnesota has 24/7 crisis services available across the state, available both by phone and in-person by calling the appropriate county crisis phone number. A list of crisis services numbers can be found below as well as on the Department of Human Services website.
  • Crisis Text Line is a text-based crisis line available across Minnesota 24/7. Text MN to 741 741.
  • In the metro area, people in crisis can call **CRISIS (274747) from a mobile phone. This mobile phone service will soon be available statewide.
  • Outside of the Twin Cities, you can use the directory for mental health crisis phone numbers in Minnesota by county.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will continue to be available without interruption at 800-273-TALK (8255).
Governing Body regulating camps: 

Minnesota Department of Health | Environmental Health Division

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Resident Camps: Separate license required for youth camps providing lodging, camps providing food service or camps with a pool or spa

Lodging License: Lodging in Minnesota | Youth Camps

Food License: Licensing and Plan Review

Minnesota Statues, Chapter 157 (Section 157.16)

Additional relevant statutes and rules: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 144 (Sections 144.71-144.74) and Minnesota Administrative Rules, Chapter 4630 (4630.2300-4630.4750)

Special requirements for camps in Hennepin County, MN 

Mississippi

Mississippi Nursing Scope of Practice

Mississippi Crisis Services

Governing Body: 

Mississippi Department of Health 

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps: Most day camps might meet one of the exemptions for child care license. See below.

How to Get a Child Care License

Resident Camps:

Youth Camp Regulations

Missouri

Missouri Nursing Scope of Practice

Missouri Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline

Governing Body: 

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

Resident and Day Camps:

Note “summer camp” exemption in 210.211.1 Licensing & Regulations

Child Care Laws, Regulations & Guidelines

Montana

Montana Nursing Scope of Practice

Montana Crisis Contacts

Montana Crisis Text Line

Governing Body: 

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 
Nebraska

Nebraska Nursing Scope of Practice

Nebraska Family Helpline

Nebraska Health Related Hotlines

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Most day camps may be exempt from child care center licensing but may still attain a voluntary license:

Child Care Licensing 

Resident Camps:

A permit is required for the operation of a recreation camp. Annual fee is $25

Title 178 – Envorinmental Health, Chapter 1 – Rules and Regulations Relating to Recreation Camps

State of Nebraska Revised Statute: Chapter 71, 71-3101 to 71- 3107

Nevada

Nevada Nursing Scope of Practice

Nevada Crisis Hotline

Governing Body regulating camps: 

Nevada Department of Health & Human Services | State Health Division

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

The boards of health of health districts and counties shall issue licenses to qualified applicants for the operation of children’s camps. No children’s camp may be operated without first obtaining such a license.

Day Camps:

Most day camps are likely exempt from child care facilities regulations: Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 432A, Services and Facilities for Care of Children

Resident Camps:

Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 444 – Sanitation, Children’s Camps (444.220-444.320)

Southern Nevada Health District: Requirements for Equipment and Structure of Children’s Camps

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Nursing Scope of Practice

New Hampshire Crisis Intervention Services

New Hampshire Samaritans Help Services

Governing Body regulating camps: 

N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
New Jersey

New Jersey Nursing Scope of Practice New Jersey Regional Crisis Hotlines

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

New Jersey Youth Camp Standards N.J.A.C. 8:25

Form CB-11: Application for Certificate of Approval to Operate a Youth Camp

ACA accreditation accepted in lieu of a pre-operational and operational inspections.

New Mexico

New Mexico Nursing Scope of Practice New Mexico Crisis Hotline New Mexico Agora Crisis Center

License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Day camp programs may need to receive a child care license as “out-of-school time programs,” however summer camps, wilderness camps, and programs operated for recreational purposes by recognized organizations such as churches, schools, and the boy and girl scouts, are exempted, provided such camps and programs are not conducted in private residences.

Child Care Licensing 

Resident Camps:

Permits are required for camps that provide food services, swimming pools, and drinking water:

Contact an NMED Food Specialist or your District Field Office for more information.

 
New York

New York Nursing Scope of Practice New York Child and Adolescent Mental Health Crisis Services

Governing Body: 

New York State Department of Health 

License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

In New York State, when a children’s program qualifies as a camp, it must have a state, city, or county health department permit to operate legally Details

The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs contains requirements for camps for children with developmental disabilities, and requires amendments to the children’s camp regulation (Subpart 7-2). The amendments apply to camps with 20% or more campers with a developmental disability and include new requirements for:

staff screening and training and

incident reporting/management.

Information for complying with the legislation and amendments is found on the Justice Center’s website. Here are some helpful links:

 

New York City requires all camps within its boroughs to be inspected and licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Child Care (BCC)

North Carolina

North Carolina Nursing Scope of Practice North Carolina Crisis Solutions

Governing Body: 

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
North Dakota

North Dakota Nursing Scope of Practice North Dakota Youth Crisis Hotlines

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

North Dakota Division of Food and Lodging

Summer Camp Application available for camps operating in Bottineau County, Burke County, McHenry County, McLean County, Renville County, Sheridan County, and Ward County.

Ohio

Ohio Nursing Scope of Practice Ohio Crisis Hotline / Text line

Governing Body: 

Resident Camps: Ohio Department of Health | Local Health Departments

Day Camps: Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Day camps are required to be registered with ODJFS; Those that want approval to provide state funded child care must be ACA accredited.

Child Day Camps

Day Camps Forms
 

Resident Camps: 

Ohio Administrative Code, Resident Camps, 3701-25

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Nursing Scope of Practice Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse Hotlines

Governing Body: 

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

Day Camps — Licensing Requirements for School-Age Programs and Summer Day Camps

Overnight Camps — Licensing Requirements for School-Age Programs and Summer Day Camps 

A residential camp is considered a “School Age Program.” If accredited by ACA, camp is automatically certified.

Oregon

Oregon Nursing Scope of Practice Oregon Crisis and General Access Numbers

Governing Body: 

Oregon Health Authority – Community Liason for Local Health Departments

Local Health Department Directory

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Nursing Scope of Practice Pennsylvania County Crisis Numbers

Governing Body: 

Pennsylvania Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Camp Owners must register camps which meet the following criteria:

1. Camp exists for the primary purpose of providing outdoor “group living experience” for children, youth and adults.

2. Camp is established for conducting an organized program with social, recreational and educational objectives.

3. Camp program is held at a camp facility, designed for the purpose of providing an outdoor living experience.

4. Camp program is held a minimum of five consecutive days.

Child Care Center regulations

Child Care Center applicability

 Resident Camps:

A permit is required to operate resident camps

Pennsylvania Organized Camps Page

Pennsylvania Code, Title 28, Part II, Chapter 19, Section 19.11-19.14

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Nursing Scope of Practice Rhode Island Mental Health Services

Governing Body: 

State of Rhode Island | Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
South Carolina

South Carolina Nursing Scope of Practice South Carolina Crisis Hotlines

Governing Body: 

South Carolina | Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

South Carolina | Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Carolina | Department of Social Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Day camps which allow campers to attend for 3 consecutive weeks or longer are considered Child Care Centers and must be licensed by the Department of Social Services.

If not licensed by the Department of Social Services, then day camps must be licensed by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs if providing services to children with special needs

Residential Camps: 

Residential camps providing services to those with special needs need to be licensed with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

South Dakota

South Dakota Nursing Scope of Practice South Dakota Help Hotlines

Governing Body: 

South Dakota Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
Tennessee

Tennessee Nursing Scope of Practice Tennessee Mental Health Crisis Line Tennessee Mobile Crisis Services

Governing Body: 

Tennessee Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Texas

Texas Nursing Scope of Practice Texas Crisis Hotline

Governing Body: 

Texas Department of State Health Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 
Utah

Utah Nursing Scope of Practice Utah Crisis Hotlines

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day camps (as Child Care, up through age 12) and Programs for Venerable Individuals are required to be licensed.

Utah Administrative Code, Rule R392-300. Recreation Camp Sanitation.

Child Care Rules and Interpretation Manuals

Provider Forms

Vermont

Vermont Nursing Scope of Practice Vermont Local Support Lines Vermont How to Get Help

Governing Body: 

Vermont Department of Health

Vermont Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
No
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Likely exempt from Early Childhood Program regulations–see Regulations

Resident Camp:

Guide to Operating a Food and/or Lodging Establishment in Vermont

Food Service Establishment Health Regulations

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Find your Local Permit Specialist

Virginia

Virginia Nursing Scope of Practice Virginia Crisis Services

 
Governing Body: 

Day Camps (during summer months):

Dept. of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division 

Overnight Camps:

Dept. of Health | Office of Environmental Health Services

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Standards for Child Day Centers including summer day camps

Overnight Camps:

Summer Camp Operating Regulations

Va. Code Ann. § 35.1 governing campgrounds

Washington

Washington Nursing Scope of Practice Washington Mental Health Crisis Lines

Governing Body: 

Washington State Department of Health

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

Day Camps

To receive child care subsidies, day camps must be licensed. ACA accreditation provides automatic licensure. Details

Overnight Camps

State Board of Health Regulations: Chapter 246-376 WAC, Camps

Department of Early Learning Regulations: Title 170 WAC

Individuals who work in foodservice must have a Food Worker Card

Food Worker Card

Chapter 246-217 WAC, Food worker cards

West Virginia

West Virginia Nursing Scope of Practice West Virginia Crisis Services

Governing Body: 

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources | Office of Environmental Health Services

Department of Health and Human Resources | Bureau for Children and Families (for Day Camps)

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
No
 
License Information: 

Camps with food service must be certified by Office of Environmental Health Services.

Day camps must be certified if operating more than 30 days per year.

West Virginia Food Safety Program

Food Establishments, Title 64, Series 17

Day Care Centers Licensing, Title 78, Series 1

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Nursing Scope of Practice Wisconsin Suicide Hotlines

Governing Body: 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
Wyoming

Wyoming Nursing Scope of Practice Wyoming Mental Health Crisis Hotlines Wyoming Crisis Text Line

Governing Body: 

Wyoming Department of Family Services | Division of Early Childhood

 
License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
 
License Information: 
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