Youth Camps

Each year, thousands of children depart home to enjoy camp each summer. Camps are a great way for children to interact with each other and learn valuable lessons about nature and about themselves. Parents, though, may have several concerns about their children staying healthy and safe when they are away from their care. The Health Department works to ensure that the camps meet all local and state regulations so the campers may enjoy a safe and healthy experience.

What are the greatest health concerns at camps?

Keeping illness out of a camp is the best way to ensure that the campers stay healthy.

  • Make sure food and water are handled properly and come from an approved source.
  • Provide adequate handwashing facilities in all areas of the camp.
  • Teach handwashing to prevent illness.
  • Ensure all windows and doors are properly screened to prevent the entrance of pests and animals, such as mosquitoes or bats that could carry diseases.

 

What are the greatest safety concerns at camps?

Water activities and adventure/challenge activities present important safety concerns that parents should be aware of.

  • Supervise all water activities at pools, lakes or beaches.
  • Do not allow campers to swim at lakes or beaches that have been closed due to dangerous conditions.
  • All play equipment should be safe and the activities should be supervised at all times.

Where can I learn more about camp safety?
The links and related documents below contain more in depth information on specific topics.

The camp you choose for your child to attend should be addressing the issues and ensuring that the health and safety of your child is their top concern, along with a memorable summer of fun and exciting adventure.