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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A site with a program and facilities established for the primary purpose of providing an outdoor group living experience with social, spiritual, educational, or recreational objectives, for five (5) days or more during one or more seasons of the year. The following criteria apply to the definition of an organized camp:
Note: Does not include a motel, tourist camp, trailer park, resort, hunting camp, auto court, labor camp, penal or correctional camp and does not include a child care institution or home-finding agency. The definition of an organized camp does not allow the renting or leasing of facilities by an individual, family, or group for the principal purpose of sporting or other unorganized recreational activities.
Yes. According to the legislature, the camp must operate one or more sessions that is at least 5 consecutive days in length, or if it is a day camp, at least 5 consecutive days in length or 5 days is not more than 14 days.
The term “day camp” is not defined by law, however, if it meets the requirements of an organized camp stated above, then yes, it would be considered an organized camp.
Yes, the Nevada County Environmental Health Department (NCEHD) can delegate the responsibility to review and approve building and construction plans to the local building and planning officials. An inspection would be required by the EH Department after, or in conjunction with, the building final inspection.
At least 30 days prior to the operation of any camp, construction of any new camp or any major expansion of physical facilities, a written notice shall be sent by the site operator to NCEHD.
Toilets are required for all organized camps. Showers are required only for camps that have campers present for three or more consecutive days and nights.
On an annual basis and at the change of ownership, the site operator must submit the following to the Nevada County Environmental Health Department (NCEHD):
You must have a dependable supply of potable water adequate to furnish 50 gallons of water per person per day. Drinking water must be provided and be centrally located within the camp. Please contact the NCEHD for more information if you plan on or already have a well as the source of potable water.
If you plan on having a food facility on an organized camp, you must apply for a permit. Please contact the NCEHD for more information.
A lifeboat or equivalent water safety device (e.g. rescue buoy or rescue tube) must be readily accessible near any lake, river, stream, or ocean used by the camp. This requirement also applies to field trips away from the camp where water activities will occur.