Camp Program

2016 Camp Season Licensing

Camp Renewals

If you had a licensed camp in the 2015 you will be applying for a renewal license. To move forward with the renewal process, please complete the 2016 Camp Program Update Form (PDF), as well as the Self Certification Form (PDF) and submit them to the Concord Health Department. The Health Department will review your submission and use the information to formulate your 2016 Camp Program Fee. Once this is complete, you will receive your 2016 Renewal Application in the mail. Camp Fees will be updated by May 1, 2016 for the 2016 Season. Please check back at that time for updates Camp Fees.

All camps must have a pre-operational inspection at least one week prior to the program start date.

Note: new camps are required to have an inspection 1 month prior to program start date.

Please scheduled your pre-operational inspection no later than June 1, 2016 in order to accommodate all camp schedules. These inspections cannot be scheduled until all required paperwork is submitted to the Health Department.

New Camps

If you are planning a Camp for 2016, not previously licensed in Concord, you will need to submit an Application for Recreational Camp (PDF), as well as secure a Site Assignment (PDF) from the Board of Health. This process may several months, so please plan accordingly. Sample forms and documents may be obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.

Note: new camps are required to have an inspection 1 month prior to program start date.

Please review the Recreational Camp Code (PDF) in its entirety to ensure that your camp meets all code requirements. All camps must comply with Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offenders Registry Board (SORI) requirements. If you have not been assigned an agency code reviewer number, you will need to go through this process prior to submitting your CORI/SORI requests. Again, note that this process may take several weeks .

Christian's Law

Massachusetts General Law c. 111, §127A½, commonly referred to as Christian's Law, was enacted on July 12, 2012. The law requires that all municipal and recreational programs or licensed camps conducting swimming at fresh or saltwater beaches must:
  1. Ensure that all minors are swim tested at the first swimming session
  2. Provide a properly sized and snug fitting personal flotation device (PFD) type I, II, or III to all minor children determined to be either a non-swimmer or an at-risk swimmer
  3. Allow parents or legal guardians to provide their own properly fitting PFD to the child if they so choose

Tick Education Requirements

All licensed camps are required to distribute the following materials to parents of campers

Camp Guide to Preventing Tickborne Illness At Camp (PDF)

Memo to Camp Operators (PDF)

How to Order Tick Cards

Download the Tick Education Card Order Form (PDF) and complete with your mailing address and how many cards you will need then simply fax the form to:
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Infectious Disease
at 978-640-9671.