CHAPTER 368r
YOUTH CAMPS

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Sec. 19a-420. (Formerly Sec. 19-539). Definitions.
Sec. 19a-421. (Formerly Sec. 19-540). License required. Qualifications. Duration of validity. Fees.
Sec. 19a-423. (Formerly Sec. 19-542). Disciplinary actions. Due process and appeal procedures. No review of denial of initial license applications.

      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) public schools, or private schools in compliance with section 10-188 and approved by the State Board of Education or accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the State Board of Education, 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; P.A. 09-232, S. 99.)

      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; P.A. 09-232 redefined "youth camp" in Subdiv. (1).

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      Sec. 19a-421. (Formerly Sec. 19-540). License required. Qualifications. Duration of validity. Fees. No person shall establish, conduct or maintain a youth camp without a license issued by the department. Applications for such license shall be made in writing at least thirty days prior to the opening of the youth camp on forms provided and in accordance with procedures established by the commissioner and shall be accompanied by a fee of eight hundred fifteen dollars or, if the applicant is a nonprofit, nonstock corporation or association, a fee of three hundred fifteen dollars or, if the applicant is a day camp affiliated with a nonprofit organization, for no more than five days duration and for which labor and materials are donated, no fee. All such licenses shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance unless surrendered for cancellation or suspended or revoked by the commissioner for violation of this chapter or any regulations adopted under section 19a-428 and shall be renewable upon payment of a eight-hundred-fifteen-dollar license fee or, if the licensee is a nonprofit, nonstock corporation or association, a three-hundred-fifteen-dollar license fee or, if the applicant is a day camp affiliated with a nonprofit organization, for no more than five days duration and for which labor and materials are donated, no fee.

      (1969, P.A. 820, S. 2; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; May sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6, S. 13, 117; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; 95-317, S. 4; P.A. 01-195, S. 145, 181; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 176.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner and department of health with commissioner and department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-540 transferred to Sec. 19a-421 in 1983; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-6 increased license and renewal fees from $100 to $650 except if applicant is a nonprofit, nonstock corporation or association then from $25 to $250; 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. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 95-317 added the fee exemption for five-day duration day camps with donated labor and materials; P.A. 01-195 referenced Sec. 19a-428 re regulations and made technical changes, effective July 11, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 increased fees from $650 to $815 and from $250 to $315.

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      Sec. 19a-423. (Formerly Sec. 19-542). Disciplinary actions. Due process and appeal procedures. No review of denial of initial license applications. (a) The commissioner may take any of the actions authorized under subsection (b) of this section if the youth camp licensee: (1) Is convicted of any offense involving moral turpitude, the record of conviction being conclusive evidence thereof; (2) is legally adjudicated insane or mentally incompetent, the record of such adjudication being conclusive evidence thereof; (3) uses any narcotic or any controlled drug, as defined in section 21a-240, to an extent or in a manner that such use impairs the licensee's ability to properly care for children; (4) fails to comply with the statutes and regulations for licensing youth camps; (5) furnishes or makes any misleading or any false statement or report to the department; (6) refuses to submit to the department any reports or refuses to make available to the department any records required by it in investigating the facility for licensing purposes; (7) fails or refuses to submit to an investigation or inspection by the department or to admit authorized representatives of the department at any reasonable time for the purpose of investigation, inspection or licensing; (8) fails to provide, maintain, equip and keep in safe and sanitary condition premises established for or used by the campers pursuant to minimum standards prescribed by the department or by ordinances or regulations applicable to the location of such facility; or (9) wilfully or deliberately violates any of the provisions of this chapter.

      (b) The Commissioner of Public Health, after a contested case hearing held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, may take any of the following actions, singly or in combination, in any case in which the commissioner finds that there has been a substantial failure to comply with the requirements established under sections 19a-420 to 19a-428, inclusive, the Public Health Code or regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-428: (1) Revoke a license; (2) suspend a license; (3) impose a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars per violation for each day of occurrence; (4) place a licensee on probationary status and require such licensee to report regularly to the department on the matters that are the basis of the probation; (5) restrict the acquisition of other facilities for a period of time set by the commissioner; or (6) impose limitations on a license.

      (c) The commissioner shall notify the licensee, in writing, of the commissioner's intention to suspend or revoke the license or to impose a licensure action. The licensee may, if aggrieved by such intended action, make application for a hearing, in writing, over the licensee's signature to the commissioner. The licensee shall state in the application in plain language the reasons why the licensee claims to be aggrieved. The application shall be delivered to the commissioner not later than thirty days after the licensee's receipt of notification of the intended action.

      (d) The commissioner shall hold a hearing not later than sixty days after receipt of such application and shall, at least ten days prior to the date of such hearing, mail a notice, giving the time and place of the hearing, to the licensee. The hearing may be conducted by the commissioner or by a hearing officer appointed by the commissioner, in writing. The licensee and the commissioner or hearing officer may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses. The licensee shall be entitled to be represented by counsel and a transcript of the hearing shall be made. If the hearing is conducted by a hearing officer, the hearing officer shall state the hearing officer's findings and make a recommendation to the commissioner on the issue of revocation or suspension or the intended licensure action.

      (e) The commissioner, based upon the findings and recommendation of the hearing officer, or after a hearing conducted by the commissioner, shall render the commissioner's decision, in writing, suspending, revoking or continuing the license or regarding the intended licensure action. A copy of the decision shall be sent by certified mail to the licensee. The decision revoking or suspending the license or a decision imposing a licensure action shall become effective thirty days after it is mailed by registered or certified mail to the licensee. A licensee aggrieved by the decision of the commissioner may appeal in the same manner as provided in section 19a-85.

      (f) The provisions of subsections (c) to (e), inclusive, of this section shall not apply to the denial of an initial application for a license under section 19a-421, provided the commissioner notifies the applicant of any such denial and the reasons for such denial by mailing written notice to the applicant at the applicant's address shown on the license application.

      (g) If the department determines that the health, safety or welfare of a child or staff person at a youth camp requires imperative emergency action by the department to halt an activity being provided at the camp, the department may issue a cease and desist order limiting the license and requiring the immediate cessation of the activity. The department shall provide the licensee with an opportunity for a hearing regarding the issuance of a cease and desist order. Such hearing shall be held not later than ten business days after the date of issuance of the order. Upon receipt of such order, the licensee shall cease providing the activity and provide immediate notification to staff and the parents of all children attending the camp that such activity has ceased at the camp until such time as the cease and desist order is dissolved by the department.

      (1969, P.A. 820, S. 4; P.A. 77-614, S. 323, 610; P.A. 93-381, S. 9, 39; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4, S. 16; P.A. 06-195, S. 9; P.A. 09-232, S. 100.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced department of health with department of health services, effective January 1, 1979; Sec. 19-542 transferred to Sec. 19a-423 in 1983; P.A. 93-381 replaced department of health services with department of public health and addiction services, effective July 1, 1993; 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; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-4 deleted provision re appeal of denial in Subsec. (a) and made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b); P.A. 06-195 deleted former Subsec. (a) re denial of applications for original youth camp license, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as Subsec. (a) and amended same by replacing provision authorizing department to suspend, revoke or refuse to renew youth camp licenses with provision authorizing department to take any actions authorized under Subsec. (b) and by rewording Subdiv. (4) to authorize department to take disciplinary action against licensees that fail to comply with statutes and regulations for licensing youth camps, added new Subsec. (b) to authorize specific disciplinary actions following contested case hearings, added Subsecs. (c) to (e) re due process and appeal procedures and added Subsec. (f) to exempt denials of initial applications for youth camp licenses from due process and appeal procedures; P.A. 09-232 added Subsec. (b)(6) re imposition of limitations on a license and added Subsec. (g) re issuance of cease and desist orders to halt youth camp activities that imperil health, safety or welfare of children or camp staff.

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