Children's Camps

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.




  • DOH website on smoke from fires: Exposure to Smoke from Fires ( 
  • 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:  




These are the recommendations for schools and childcare providers:

  • Continue to monitor air quality at
  • 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:

Source: Air Quality Flag Program Main Page |


NYSDOH Guidance for Measles in Children's Camps - 2024 


Digital Camp Director's Meeting - 2023


Upcoming Red Cross Training Classes(CPR, Lifeguard Certification, Babysitting Certification, and more will be listed when available) 


Emergency Pesticide Notification at Children's Camps


Children’s Camp COVID-19 2022 Guidance


2024 Children's Camp Cover Letter

2023 Camp Operator Letter - Polio

Pool/Sprayground Operator Letter for Guidance to Prevent the Spread of Poliovirus

Parent Polio Guidance

Children’s Camps COVID-19 Testing Consent Form


For important information on the Coronavirus, click here..


Important Measles Information:

UCDOH Commissioner's Letter to Children's Camp Operators and Orders Requiring Attendees and Staff to be Vaccinated against Measles

Measles Doc 1

Measles Doc 2

NYSDOH Measles Response Playbook


American Red Cross courses offered at the Kingston YMCA 

Ellis & Associates Lifeguarding/CPR Courses can be found at



Fact Sheet Memo 2024

AED Guidance for Camps - 2024

AED Guidance: Camp Operator Letter - 2024

AED Plan - 2024

Aquatics Director Fact Sheet 2024

Camp Trip Swimming Fact Sheet 2024

CPR Fact Sheet 2024

CPR Level 3 & 4 Fact Sheet 2024

EPI Pen Program

First Aid Fact Sheet 2024

Learn to Swim Fact Sheet 2024

Lifeguard Fact Sheet 2024

Progressive Swimming Instructor 2024

Swimming Pool Operator Fact Sheet 2024



Aquatic Director Requirement Effective 2012

Bed Separation Slides

Buddy Board System for Swimming Areas

Bunk Bed Fact Sheet

Child Safety Act - 1392-a

DOH 367 Final 01-12

DOH 367-Addendum

Doh 61 - Abuse Report

DOH 61 -Fire Report

DOH 61 - Rabies Exposure Form

DOH61a - Injury Report

DOH 61b - Illness Outbreak Report

DOH 61e - Epinephrine Admin Report

DOH 61g - Outbreak Histories

DOH 61h - Multiple Victim Injury Report Form

Fact Sheet for Bat Habitat Inspection

Fight the Bite - Insect Repellants

Fire Report Form

General Guidelines for Management of Bats

General Safety Tips for PaintBall

H1N1 Flu Guidance

Heat Illness Fact Sheet

Helmet Information Pamphlet

How to Obtain a Permit to Operate a Children's Camp

CDC and NYSDOH Information on Preventing Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury

LDSS-3770 - Database Check

Life Jackets - The Fit is It

Lyme Disease Fact Sheet

Lyme Disease - How to Remove the Tick

Meningococcal Parent Letter

Meningococcal Response Form

MRSA Fact Sheet

Mumps Fact Sheet

NYS Camp Information for Facility Operators

Citywide Immunization Registry Access

NYS Immunization Information System Camp Access User Training

Sample Camp Operator Letter for NYSIIS and CIR Access

Information Required for Children's Camps to Access NYSIIS 

NYS Fecal Incident Response In Pools Fact Sheet

NYS Vomit & Blood Contamination In Pools Fact Sheet

Parent Polio Guidance

Pertussis Fact Sheet

Prospective Camp Director Statement

Rabies Fact Sheet

Rabies - What to do Fact Sheet

Region 3 - Forest Ranger and USGS

Required Reporting Poster

Requirements for Children's Camps in New York

New Safety Plan Template

Sample Buddy Check Clip Board Sheets

Sex Offender/NYS Registration Procedures to Protect Children

Tick and Insect Repellants

Univeral Application Form - Application for Permit to Operate

Vaccine Preventable Disease Camp Operator Letter 2018

Vaccine Preventable Disease Camp Procedure 2012

Vaccine Preventable Disease Letter Attachment 2012


Swimming Pools Subpart 6-1

Bathing Beaches Subpart 6-2

Children's Camps Subpart 7-2


Swimming Pool Operation Sheets

Bathing Beach Operation Sheets

Drinking Water Operation Sheets

Camp Meeting Archive:

2019 Digital Camp Director's Meeting

2017 Digital Camp Director's Meeting  


For other important public health information, including information on the Coronavirus, click here..


For further information about any of these programs and services, please call Environmental Health Services