CHAPTER 368r
YOUTH CAMPS

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Sec. 19a-420. (Formerly Sec. 19-539). Definitions.

      Sec. 19a-420. (Formerly Sec. 19-539). Definitions. As used in this chapter:

      (1) "Youth camp" means any regularly scheduled program or organized group activity advertised as a camp or operated only during school vacations or on weekends 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, who are at least three years of age and under sixteen years of age, who are (A) not bona fide personal guests in the private home of an individual, and (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 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, (iii) licensed day care centers, or (iv) drop-in programs for children who are at least six years of age administered by a nationally chartered boys' and girls' club;

      (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 who are at least three years of age and under sixteen years of age for at least seventy-two consecutive hours and in which the campers attending such camps eat and sleep;

      (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 who are at least three years of age and under sixteen years of age 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;

      (4) "Person" means the state or any municipal agency, individual, partnership, association, organization, limited liability company or corporation;

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

      (6) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.

      (1969, P.A. 820, S. 1; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 79-145, S. 1; P.A. 91-329; P.A. 92-195, S. 2, 3; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-79, S. 61, 189; 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; P.A. 01-94, S. 1; 01-195, S. 144, 181; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 36, 58; P.A. 04-221, S. 17; P.A. 07-129, S. 6; 07-252, S. 88.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner and department of health with commissioner and department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 79-145 redefined "youth camp", "resident camp" and "day camp"; Sec. 19-539 transferred to Sec. 19a-420 in 1983; P.A. 91-329 clarified that camps owned by the state or a municipal agency are included in definition of "youth camps"; P.A. 92-195 redefined "day camp" to exclude municipal programs; P.A. 93-381 replaced department and commissioner of health services with department and commissioner of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-79 redefined "person" to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 01-94 redesignated Subdivs. (a) to (f) as Subdivs. (1) to (6), made other technical changes and amended the definition of "youth camp" by adding exception for classroom-based summer instructional programs; P.A. 01-195 duplicated technical changes made by P.A. 01-94, effective July 11, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4 changed effective date of P.A. 01-94 from October 1, 2001, to June 6, 2001, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 04-221 amended the definitions of "resident camp" in Subdiv. (2) and "day camp" in Subdiv. (3) to add "under sixteen years of age", effective June 8, 2004; P.A. 07-129 amended Subdiv. (1) to redefine "youth camp" as program or activity that operates only during school vacations or on weekends and serves children who are at least three years of age and under sixteen years of age and to add additional exceptions in new Subparas. (B)(iv) and (B)(v), effective September 1, 2007; P.A. 07-252 amended Subdiv. (1) to redefine "youth camp" as a regularly scheduled program or organized group activity advertised as a camp or operated only during school vacations or on weekends, delete former Subpara. (B)(iv) re programs that accommodate children under 3 years of age or operate at times other than during school vacations or on weekends, and redesignate existing Subpara. (B)(v) as Subpara. (B)(iv), amended Subdivs. (2) and (3) to establish minimum age requirement of 3 years for resident and day camps and amended Subdiv. (4) to redefine "person" to include the state and municipal agencies, effective September 1, 2007.

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