DPH: Program Description

Program Description

Youth Camp

"Youth camp" means any regularly scheduled program or organized group activity advertised as a camp or operated only during school vacations or on weekends by a person, partnership, corporation, association, the state or a municipal agency for recreational or educational purposes and accommodating for profit or under philanthropic or charitable auspices five or more children who are at least three years of age, and under sixteen years of age, who are (A) not bona fide personal guests in the private home of an individual, and (B) living apart from their relatives, parents or legal guardian, for a period of three days or more per week or portions of three or more days per week, provided any such relative, parent or guardian who is an employee of such camp shall not be considered to be in the position of loco parentis to such employee's child for the purposes of this chapter, but does not include (i) classroom-based summer instructional programs operated by any person, provided no activities that may pose a health risk or hazard to participating children are conducted at such programs, (ii) public schools or private schools in compliance with Section 10-188 and approved by the State Board of Education or accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education which operate a summer educational program, (iii) licensed day care centers, or (iv) drop-in programs for children who are at least six years of age administered by a nationally chartered boys' and girls' club.


Resident Camp

Resident camp” means any youth camp which is established, conducted or maintained on any parcel or parcels of land on which there are located dwelling units or buildings intended to accommodate five or more children who are at least 3 years of age and under sixteen years of age, for at least seventy-two consecutive hours and in which the campers attending such camps eat and sleep.


Day Camp

Day camp” means any youth camp which is established, conducted or maintained on any parcel or parcels of land on which there are located dwelling units or buildings intended to accommodate five or more children who are at least 3 years of age and under sixteen years of age during daylight hours for at least three days a week with the campers eating and sleeping at home, except for one meal per day, but does not include programs operated by a municipal agency.


Exemptions

Some youth camp programs are legally exempt from licensing and, as such, are not required to meet licensing standards. A listing of what programs are exempt from licensing can be found in Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-420.  Note: Statutes are revised to January 1 of odd numbered years and therefore should be read in conjunction with Public Acts that have been enacted into law but not codified into existing statutes.





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