Organized Camps

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The Amador County Environmental Health Department performs application processing, plan checking, annual inspections for the food facilities, swimming pools and natural bathing areas, and camp water supply. Operating permits are issued to the organized camps.

Organized camps are defined in the California Health and Safety Code Section 18897

    (a) “Organized camp” means a site with program and facilities established for the primary purposes of providing an outdoor group living experience with social, spiritual, educational, or recreational objectives, for five days or more during one or more seasons of the year. 
    (b) The term “organized camp” does not include a motel, tourist camp, trailer park, resort, hunting camp, auto court, labor camp, penal or correctional camp nor does it include a child care institution or home-finding agency. 
    (c) The term “organized camp” also does not include any charitable or recreational organization which complies with the rules and regulations for recreational trailer parks provided for by subdivision (b) of Section 18301.

Organized Camp Forms and Useful Information:

Organized Camp Application

Organized Camp Inspection Form

Organized Camp Pre-Opening Checklist

Organized Camp Notification of Opening Dates and Director's Criminal History Statement Form Letter

Information regarding rope course safety
    Association for Challenge Course Technology -- This site provides an information link between the
       Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and challenge course professionals around the 
       world.  
    Challenge Works -- ROPES Course, Challenge Course, equipment, design, installation, inspection, training
    Ultimate Camp Resource -- Camp games and activities.

Amador County Fee Schedule for Organized Camps

Organized Camp Links:

http://www.acacamps.org/accreditation/hnolearn.php -- ACA Accreditation Program. The main purpose of the ACA-accreditation program is to educate camp owners and directors in the administration of key aspects of camp operation, particularly those related to program quality and the health and safety of campers and staff.

http://www.acacamps.org/accreditation/stdsglance.pdf -- This is a general overview of the ACA standards. Standards-at-a-Glance is a reference to the basics.

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=hsc&group=18001-19000&file=18897-18897.7 -- Organized Camp Codes.  California Health and Safety Code Section 18897 et seq.

www.calregs.com -- California Code Regulations Title 17, Section 30700 et seq.  (At site click on Search for a Specific Regulation Section; enter Title and Section; click on Search)

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/environhealth/water/Pages/OrganizedCamps.aspx -- California Department of Public Health Organized Camp information on the new regulations.

    

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