State Specific Resources
Nursing Compact States (US)
State Specific Links
- Nursing Scope of Practice
- Behavioral Health Crisis Hotlines
- American Camp Association resource: Database of State Laws and Regulations Applicable to Camp
Alabama State Board of Health – Bureau of Environmental Services – Division of Food, Milk and Lodging
Day and Overnight Camps:
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Municipality of Anchorage | Department of Health and Human Services
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.
Department of Health Services, Office of Environmental Health
Department of Health Services, Bureau of Child Care Licensing
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
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.
Overnight Camps: Arkansas Department of Health
Day Camps: Department of Human Services | Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education
California Department of Public Health
Permitting is done by local or county health departments.
As part of the regulations for Organized Camps there needs to be a qualified Health Supervisor on site.
Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care
Connecticut Dept. of Public Health | Youth Camp Licensing Program
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Crisis
- Crisis Helpline
- Sexual Assault Crisis Services
The Office of Early Chldhood regulates camps in Conneticut
Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
Florida Department of Children and Families
Florida Local County Health Departments
Florida Department of Health
Georgia Department of Human Services
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.
Hawai’i Department of Health (camps with food service)
Hawai’i Department of Human Services (camps serving elementary school-aged children)
Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare
Idaho Division of Building Safety
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.
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)
Illinois Dept. of Public Health | Division of Environmental Health
Day and Residential Camps
Day Care Centers
Indiana State Department of Health
***The Indiana State Department of Health does not license Indiana camps, but does have some regulations that certain camps must follow. See links below.***
- 410 IAC 6-7.2 Youth Camps
- 410 IAC 6-12 Plan Review, Construction Permits, and Fees for Services
- Central kitchen and dining halls shall comply with 410 IAC 7-24 Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements
Iowa Department of Human Services
Iowa Department of Public Health : Camps with Food Service
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
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kentucky Department for Public Health
Department of Health and Hospitals
Maine Department of Health and Human Services | Division of Environmental Health
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene | Youth Camp Certification
Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
Day Camps and Overnight Camps:
Camps operated by a municipal recreation department are exempt from this licensing requirement. See Advisory to Municipal Boards of Health and Recreation Departments.
State of Michigan | Department of Human Services
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).
Minnesota Department of Health | Environmental Health Division
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
Additional relevant statutes and rules: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 144 (Sections 144.71-144.74) and Minnesota Administrative Rules, Chapter 4630 (4630.2300-4630.4750)
Mississippi Department of Health
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Most day camps may be exempt from child care center licensing but may still attain a voluntary license:
A permit is required for the operation of a recreation camp. Annual fee is $25
Nevada Department of Health & Human Services | State Health Division
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.
Most day camps are likely exempt from child care facilities regulations: Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 432A, Services and Facilities for Care of Children
N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau
ACA accreditation accepted in lieu of a pre-operational and operational inspections.
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.
Permits are required for camps that provide food services, swimming pools, and drinking water:
New York State Department of Health
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
Information for complying with the legislation and amendments is found on the Justice Center’s website. Here are some helpful links:
- Justice Center – Frequently Asked Questions
- Statewide Central Register Access
- Staff Exclusion List Checks, Training Webinar
- Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs
- Mandated Reporter Training Webinar
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 Department of Health and Human Services
Day Camp Licensing:
Resident Camps: Ohio Department of Health | Local Health Departments
Day Camps: Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
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 Health Authority – Community Liason for Local Health Departments
Local Health Department Directory
Day and Resident Camps
Ch. 330 Division 30
Pennsylvania Department of Health
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.
A permit is required to operate resident camps
State of Rhode Island | Department of Health
South Carolina | Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
South Carolina | Department of Health and Environmental Control
South Carolina | Department of Social Services
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
- South Carolina | Department of Social Services – Child Care Licensing
- South Carolina | Department of Disabilities and Special Needs – Recreation Camp Licensing
- S.C. Code of Laws, Title 63, Chapter 13 (Childcare Facilities)
Residential camps providing services to those with special needs need to be licensed with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
South Dakota Department of Health
Tennessee Department of Health
Texas Department of State Health Services
Day camps (as Child Care, up through age 12) and Programs for Venerable Individuals are required to be licensed.
Vermont Department of Health
Vermont Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services
Likely exempt from Early Childhood Program regulations–see Regulations
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation: Find your Local Permit Specialist
Day Camps (during summer months):
Dept. of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division
Dept. of Health | Office of Environmental Health Services
Washington State Department of Health
To receive child care subsidies, day camps must be licensed. ACA accreditation provides automatic licensure. Details
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
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)
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wyoming Department of Family Services | Division of Early Childhood
Day and Residential Camps:
Only nonprofit summer camps are exempt from licensure