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Youth Camp Program

Youth Recreation Camp Licensing

The licensing program does not evaluate the camp curriculum but does address a broad range of health and safety issues. A "youth recreation camp (YRC)" is defined as a program that operates for at least 10 days per license year for the purpose of providing recreational opportunities, or a combination of recreation and instruction, to 10 or more youth per day, at a place which is continuously or periodically used for such purposes. The term includes residence camps and seasonal and year-round day camps.

Youth Skill Camp Program

DHHS oversees the criminal background check requirement established for youth skill camps. This program is not a licensing program; it requires criminal background checks to be conducted for all personnel who may be left alone with children. The owner must obtain these checks and submit certification of completion to DHHS with a $25 fee on a yearly basis. A “youth skill camp” is a non-profit or for-profit program with a specific curriculum that has been developed to impart a specific skill to minors. It is taught by one or more knowledgeable and experienced instructors and includes the teaching of sports, the arts, and scientific inquiry.

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