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Children's Camps and Campgrounds

Children Camp Inspections

Each overnight, day and travel children's camp is inspected to make sure that they are in compliance with the provisions of State Sanitary Code, Subpart 7-2 Children’s Camps and Laws of Suffolk County Chapter 260 Defibrillators Article II Use in Camps. Children's camps must be inspected twice yearly by this Unit with at least one inspection made during the time the camp is in operation. Children's camp regulations cover staff credentials and supervision, health, safety, swimming, overnight and day trips, sports and activities, fire safety, facilities design & location, staff training, and food safety. Pursuant to Suffolk County Resolution 589-2005, the most recent children's camp inspection report is posted on this site.

Children’s camp inspection report
Laws of Suffolk County Chapter 260 Defibrillators Article II Use in Camps

Other Links
The National Playground Safety Institute
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
Division of Criminal Justice Services – Sex Offender Registry

State Information

The following documents concerning regarding Children’s Camps are available at from the New York State Department of Health website.

Regulations
  • Subpart 7-2 of the New York State Sanitary Code: Children's Camps
  • Subpart 6-1 of the New York State Sanitary Code: Swimming Pools
  • Subpart 6-2 of the New York State Sanitary Code: Bathing Beaches
  • Subpart 6-3 of the New York State Sanitary Code: Recreational Aquatic Spray Grounds
Fact Sheets, Brochures and Other Information
  • Bunk Bed Guardrail Requirements
  • Children's Camps in New York State
  • Epinephrine Auto-Injector Use by Children's Camps
  • How to Obtain a Permit to Operate a Children's Camp
  • Sex Offender Registry Search Procedures for Children's Camps
  • Water Supply Start-up Procedures for Children's Camps
  • Wilderness Swimming Guidance
  • Wilderness Swimming Site Field Assessment Tool
Required Certifications
  • Aquatic Certifications for Bathing Facilities
  • Camp Aquatics Director for Children's Camp Bathing Facilities
  • Camp Trip Swimming Program Safety Certifications for Children's Camps
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification for Children's Camps and Bathing Facilities
  • Counselors-In-Training for Children's Camp Program
  • Epinephrine Auto-Injector Program Certifications for Children's Camps
  • First Aid Certification for Children's Camp Staff
  • Learn to Swim Programs for Children's Camps
  • Progressive Swimming Instructor for Children's Camps
Managing Illness in Children's Camps
  • Procedures for Handling Vaccine-Preventable Diseases at Camp
  • Recommended Immunizations for Campers and Staff
  • Required Reporting for Injury and Illness Poster (PDF, 640KB, 1pg.)
  • Procedures for Handling Outbreaks at Camps
  • Recognizing, Reporting, and Preventing Mumps at Children's Camps
  • Guidance for Camps on Influenza
  • Health Advisory: Prevention and Control of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Infections in the Camp Setting
  • Meningococcal Disease
Bats in Children's Camps
  • General Guidelines for Management of Bat-Related Incidents at Children's Camps
  • Fact Sheet for Bat Habitat Inspection and Batproofing in Children's Camps
  • Bat Capture Kit for Children's Camps
Forms
  • DOH-367 - Children's Camp Facility & Staff Description
  • DOH-367a - Children's Camp Additional Staff Qualifications
  • DOH-2040 - Children's Camp Written Plan Checklist
  • DOH-2271 - Prospective Children' Camp Director Certified Statement
  • DOH-1309 - Engineering Report for Swimming Pool Plans
  • DOH-1323 - Report on Operation of Swimming Pool
  • DOH-2287 - Daily Report on Beach Operations
  • DOH-2436 - Engineering Report for Bathing Beaches
  • DOH-2286 - Swimming Pool & Bathing Beach Safety Plan Checklist

Campground Inspections

AS A RESULT OF INSPECTION, THE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES MAY ISSUE CITATIONS TO A CHILDREN’S CAMP FOR MATTERS RELATING TO SAFETY ISSUES WITHIN THE CHILDREN’S CAMPS. OWNERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DISPUTE THESE VIOLATIONS AT A DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING. CITATIONS ARE ALLEGATIONS ONLY, AND MAY BE DISMISSED. THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE REFLECTS THE RESULTS OF THOSE INSPECTIONS.

Campgrounds are inspected for compliance under the provisions of State Sanitary Code, Subpart 7-3 Campgrounds. Campgrounds are facilities with more than five camping sites and are occupied for more than 60 hours in any calendar year. Campgrounds regulations cover drinking water, sanitation systems, general sanitation and fire safety. A swimming pool or bathing beach operated as a part of a campground shall be included under the permit and shall be maintained and operated so as to comply with the provisions of State Sanitary Code, Part 6 –1 Swimming Pools and State Sanitary Code, Part 6 –2 Bathing Beaches.

Campgrounds are inspected for compliance under the provisions of State Sanitary Code, Subpart 7-3 Campgrounds. Campgrounds are facilities with more than five camping sites and are occupied for more than 60 hours in any calendar year. Campgrounds regulations cover drinking water, sanitation systems, general sanitation and fire safety. A swimming pool or bathing beach operated as a part of a campground shall be included under the permit and shall be maintained and operated so as to comply with the provisions of State Sanitary Code, Part 6 –1 Swimming Pools and State Sanitary Code, Part 6 –2 Bathing Beaches.

State Sanitary Code, Subpart 7-3 Campgrounds
State Sanitary Code, Part 6 –1 Swimming Pools
State Sanitary Code, Part 6 –2 Bathing Beaches

Other Links
Swimming Pool and Bathing Beach Operating Permit Requirements
Suffolk County Parks Web Site