Youth Recreation Camp Licensing Program

Youth Recreation Camps are an educational and fun way to get kids active, help them make new friends and discover new skills they can enjoy throughout their lives. There are camps for sports, the arts and even science, too.

The Department of Health and Human Services licenses youth recreation camps. While we don’t evaluate the camp curricula, we do help to ensure a healthy, safe environment so that the focus can be on coaching and mentoring children.

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.

Important Resources and Forms

Applications for Youth Recreation Camps

The application for Youth Recreation Camps is available through the NH Connections Portal. To apply, go to the portal, log in to your online account, and complete the application.

If you do not have an online account, go to the NH Connections Portal to create one, then email the following information to

  • Camp name (legal name for the license)
  • Camp physical address
  • Phone number
  • Director and/or camp administrator
  • First and last name
  • Email (used to set up online account)