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.


Upcoming Red Cross Training Classes (CPR, Lifeguard Certification, Babysitting Certification, and more) 



COVID-19 Test Kits


 This CDC program ends 6/21/2022!


 The CDC has expanded a program to allocate rapid, point-of-care and over the counter COVID-19 tests kits to camps. The information is posted on their website ELC Reopening Schools: Support for COVID-19 Screening Testing to Reopen and Keep Schools Operating Safely | DPEI | CDC at


 The Office of School COVID Support will be coordinating requests made by camps. These camps should email their interest about obtaining test kits to SchoolQuestionsCOVID[at]health.ny[dot]gov and they will receive information about placing an order. Camps are being asked to submit all necessary information to the Office of School COVID Support by end of day June 17, 2022.


 Camps will need to comply with the Limited Service Laboratory requirements in order to conduct testing. This information will be provided to camps by the Office of School COVID Support when they request information about the test kits.



Children’s Camp COVID-19 Interim Guidance

NYS DOH COVID-19 Update for Children’s Camps

 Interim Guidance at Children’s Camps Camp Operator Letter

Children’s camps COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

Children’s Camp Guidance

Once you have reviewed the new guidance and attested to it digitally please send Laura Bell an email confirmation at lbel[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us.  Permits will not be issued until guidance has been attested to. 


For important information on the Coronavirus, click here..


Important 2020 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



Aquatics Director Fact Sheet 2022

Camp Trip Swimming Fact Sheet 2022

CPR Fact Sheet 2022

CPR Level 3 & 4 Fact Sheet 2022

EPI Pen Program

First Aid Fact Sheet 2022

Learn to Swim Fact Sheet 2022

Lifeguard Fact Sheet 2022

Progressive Swimming Instructor 2022

Swimming Pool Operator Fact Sheet 2022


Abuse Report Form

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 - Rabies Exposure Form

DOH61a - Injury Report

DOH 61b - Illness outbreak Report

DOH 61e - Epinephrine Admin Report

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

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