Substitute House Bill No. 5882

Public Act No. 01-94

AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF YOUTH CAMPS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-420 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As used in this chapter:

[(a)] (1) "Youth camp" means any regularly scheduled program or organized group activity advertised as a camp or operated by a person, partnership, corporation, association, the state or a municipal agency for recreational or educational purposes and accommodating for profit or under philanthropic or charitable auspices five or more children, under eighteen years of age, who are [(1)] (A) not bona fide personal guests in the private home of an individual, and [(2)] (B) living apart from their relatives, parents or legal guardian, for a period of three days or more per week or portions of three or more days per week, provided any such relative, parent or guardian who is an employee of such camp shall not be considered to be in the position of loco parentis to [his] such employee's child for the purposes of this chapter, but does not include (i) classroom-based summer instructional programs operated by any person, provided no activities that may pose a health risk or hazard to participating children are conducted at such programs, (ii) schools which operate a summer educational program, or (iii) licensed day care centers;

[(b)] (2) "Resident camp" means any youth camp which is established, conducted or maintained on any parcel or parcels of land on which there are located dwelling units or buildings intended to accommodate five or more children for at least seventy-two consecutive hours and in which the campers attending such camps eat and sleep;

[(c)] (3) "Day camp" means any youth camp which is established, conducted or maintained on any parcel or parcels of land on which there are located dwelling units or buildings intended to accommodate five or more children during daylight hours for at least three days a week with the campers eating and sleeping at home, except for one meal per day, but does not include programs operated by a municipal agency;

[(d)] (4) "Person" means any individual, partnership, association, organization, limited liability company or corporation;

[(e)] (5) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health; and

[(f)] (6) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.

Sec. 2. Section 19a-426 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

The Department of Public Health shall inspect or cause to be inspected the facilities to be operated by an applicant for an original license before the license shall be granted, and shall annually thereafter inspect or cause to be inspected the facilities of all licensees. No annual inspection shall be required under this section in the case of facilities of a licensee located in any dormitory, classroom or other building or any athletic facility owned and maintained by any college or university, provided a timely safety inspection of such building or facility, satisfactory to the department, is conducted by or on behalf of such college or university.

Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 19a-428 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(b) The Commissioner of Public Health shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, allowing physical examinations or health status certifications required by youth camps prior to the date of arrival at youth camps to be made by a physician, an advanced practice registered nurse or registered nurse licensed pursuant to chapter 378 or a physician assistant licensed pursuant to chapter 370. Such regulations shall permit a physical examination that is required for school purposes to also be used to satisfy any such required youth camp examination or certification, subject to such conditions regarding the timeliness of such examination as the commissioner deems appropriate.

Approved June 6, 2001