What is needed for written operating procedures?
  • Supervisor qualifications and training
  • Staff skill verification criteria and process
  • Participant eligibility (if any)
  • Staff-to-participant supervision ratios
  • Equipment needed
  • Safety procedures
  • Emergency procedures specific to the location
  • Environmental hazards
  • Access and equipment control
  • Equipment and maintenance repair
  • Plans for coping with excessive numbers of flies, mosquitos, other insects or rodents.

Note: Descriptions of activities that include a skilled staff member, use of fire or heat-producing equipment, and/or require injury-protection equipment are required in the written procedures. Written operating procedures are not required if the camp is ACA accredited

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1. What is considered an organized camp?
2. Does “five days” mean five consecutive days?
3. Are day camps considered organized camps?
4. Do building construction plans have to be approved by the local health agency?
5. Are showers and toilets required?
6. What information is required from an organized camp?
7. What is needed for written operating procedures?
8. What is required in regards to water?
9. Can you serve food at an organized camp?
10. My camp is near a lake, river, stream or ocean and I plan on including water activities for the campers. What safety is required?