Recreational Camp for Children

In Massachusetts, recreational camps for children must be inspected and licensed by the local board of health in the city or town where the camp is located. In order to be licensed, the camp must meet all regulatory standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and any additional local requirements. 

On March 23, 2018, important amendments were finalized to 105 CMR 430.000: Minimum Standards for Recreational Camps for Children (State Sanitary Code, Chapter IV) which will go into effect this summer. The purpose of the amended camp regulations is to revise outdated standards, clarify language, add new requirements and improve the overall clarity and readability of the regulation for the housing, health, safety and sanitary conditions for minors attending recreational camps for children in Massachusetts.

All revised forms and guidance are accessible on line at the Mass.gov website. Additionally, the documents provided here are updated and reflect the regulation amendments.