Comments sought on summer youth camp regulations

September 17, 2012|By Meredith Cohn

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is asking the public for informal comments on proposed changes to regulations for summer youth camps.

The regulations that look at health and safety issue haven’t been updated since 1992.

More than 700 youth camps are certified and inspected annually by state health officials and just as many that are run by government agencies or accredited alternatively through Boy Scouts of America or other groups.

Officials are looking at these questions:

1.      Should there be a change in the frequency of inspections for camps, based on their health and safety experience, inspection history, and risk?

2.      Should camps that have affiliations with national accrediting organizations be exempted from certain requirements of the Youth Camp Act and associated regulations? 

3.      Should camps of a certain size be required to have health professionals on staff? 

4.      Should there be changes in medication administration rules for certain types of medications?

5.      Should there be new requirements for youth camps in the response to and reporting of certain illnesses and injuries, including concussions? 

6.      Should camps be allowed to use electronic medical records?

7.      Should immunization history requirements be the same for residential as for day camps?

Written comments should be mailed Sept. 21 to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston St., Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, emailed to or faxed to 410-767-6483. 

A public meeting is slated for Oct. 10 at 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr., in Columbia. The Youth Camps Safety Advisory Council will take the comments into consideration and make recommendations to the state department

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