2023 Camp Season Licensing
If you had a licensed camp in 2022, you will be applying for a renewal license. To move forward with the renewal process, please see visit The Town of Concord Online Permitting portal Permit eyes https://concordma.gov/2738/Online-Permitting
MDPH promulgated changes to the recreational camp regulations in 2018. Camps must comply with all requirements of the new regulation prior to issuance of your 2023 license. Please see information above for links to the revised regulation, guidance documents and forms needed for camp licensing.
All camps must have a pre-operational inspection at least one week prior to the program start date.
Please schedule your pre-operational inspection no later than May 15, 2023 in order to accommodate all camp schedules. These inspections cannot be scheduled until all required paperwork is submitted to the Health Department.
If you are planning a Camp for 2023, not previously licensed in Concord, you will need to submit an Application for Recreational Camp (PDF), as well as secure a Site Assignment (PDF) from the Board of Health. This process may take several months, so please plan accordingly. Sample forms and documents may be obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website.
Note: New camps are required to apply for licensing no later than 90 days prior to the camp opening date, and must have an initial inspection 1 month prior to program start date.
Please review the Recreational Camp Code in its entirety to ensure that your camp meets all code requirements. All camps must comply with Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offenders Registry Board (SORI) requirements. If you have not been assigned an agency code reviewer number, you will need to go through this process prior to submitting your CORI/SORI requests. Again, note that this process may take several weeks.
Code--Documents and Guidance
Standards for Training of Health Care Supervisors on Administration of Medication
More information, the 2018 Recreational Camp regulations, and guidance documents and forms, are also available at MDPH's Mass.gov website:
Christian's LawMassachusetts General Law c. 111, §127A½, commonly referred to as Christian's Law, was enacted on July 12, 2012. The law requires that all municipal and recreational programs or licensed camps conducting swimming at fresh or saltwater beaches must:
- Ensure that all minors are swim tested at the first swimming session
- Provide a properly sized and snug fitting personal flotation device (PFD) type I, II, or III to all minor children determined to be either a non-swimmer or an at-risk swimmer
- Allow parents or legal guardians to provide their own properly fitting PFD to the child if they so choose
Tick Education Requirements
All licensed camps are required to distribute the following materials to parents of campers
Camp Guide to Preventing Tickborne Illness At Camp (PDF)
Memo to Camp Operators (PDF)
Tick Information Card for distribution to parents