Children's day and overnight camps are regulated by the Ulster County Department of Health according to the State Sanitary Code Subpart 7-2.
The Ulster County Department of Health strives to help children have a rewarding, fun experience at camp while in a safe and healthy environment. Permits are required and camps are inspected at least twice a year.
There are about 30 day and 30 overnight camps in Ulster County serving thousands of children each year.
IMPORTANT NOTES ON AIR QUALITY DUE TO WILDFIRE SMOKE:
- DOH website on smoke from fires: Exposure to Smoke from Fires (ny.gov)
- These specific measures are a local decision, camp directors should know their local AQI forecast and alert level
- Follow DOH/USEPA AQI guidance
- Orange: 101-150: outdoor activities are ok for children but they should be shorter, less intense, take more breaks, watch for symptoms and follow all camper asthma action plans
- Red: 151-200: similar to above but further curtail intensity and length of outdoor activities and consider rescheduling or moving activities indoors - for day camps this may mean seeking indoor activities or canceling camp during a red or higher alert level.
- Purple and higher (>200): avoid all physical activity outdoors, seek indoor options and follow indoor guidance regarding air conditioning, air purifiers, etc. as available. Consider cancelling camp.
- For more information on asthma and asthma action plans:
- Asthma action plan: https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4850.pdf
- Video for coaches about athletes and asthma: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/asthma/athletic_field.htm
- Asthma brochures https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/asthma/brochures.htm
For a realtime (updated every 20 minutes) of air quality in your specific zip code, CLICK HERE
These are the recommendations for schools and childcare providers:
- Continue to monitor air quality at airnow.gov.
- Consider implementing an Air Quality Flag Program where each day your organization raises a flag when the air is unhealthy. On these days you can use this information to adjust outdoor activities.
- New York State recommends that schools and child care providers suspend outdoor activities and field trips when air quality is unhealthy.
- When air quality is good, resume normal activities.
The highlighted program above, called the Air Quality Flag Program, has the following 4 steps and even some air quality lesson plans for use:
Digital Camp Director's Meeting - 2023
Upcoming Red Cross Training Classes (CPR, Lifeguard Certification, Babysitting Certification, and more)
Emergency Pesticide Notification at Children's Camps
Children’s Camp COVID-19 2022 Guidance
2023 Children's Camp Cover Letter
Pool/Sprayground Operator Letter for Guidance to Prevent the Spread of Poliovirus
Children’s Camps COVID-19 Testing Consent Form
For important information on the Coronavirus, click here..
Important Measles Information:
NYSDOH Measles Response Playbook
American Red Cross courses offered at the Kingston YMCA
Ellis & Associates Lifeguarding/CPR Courses can be found at https://www.jellis.com/classes/local-lifeguard-training
FACT SHEETS 2023:
Fact Sheet Memo 2023
CPR Fact Sheet 2023
First Aid Fact Sheet 2023
Lifeguard Fact Sheet 2023
Requirements for Children's Camps in New York
- Aquatic Spray Grounds
- Camp Trips
- Camp Trip Swimming
- General Activity
- Horseback Riding
- Rope and Challenge Course
Camp Meeting Archive:
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For further information about any of these programs and services, please call Environmental Health Services