Youth Camp Facilities
Environmental Management Branch
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
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The Kentucky Youth Camp program permits both residential camp facilities and day camp facilities. Local health departments conduct inspections of each youth camp twice per year, with follow-up inspections and complaint investigations as necessary.
To register a complaint on a youth camp, please contact your local health department. Local health department contact information
Types of Youth Camps
A youth camp is operated for campers less than 18 years of age who live away from their guardians while attending the camp for recreational, educational or vacation purposes. The youth camp is operated for five or more campers and may or may not charge a fee.
A youth camp permitted as a residential camp is operated on a permanent campsite and has facilities for overnight lodging of the campers. A youth camp permitted as a day camp is a camp that is operated for all or part of the day, but does not include overnight lodging of campers.
A day care is operated with the intent to provide child care on a routine basis during parents' working hours, before or after school, or during school vacation periods. Day care facilities are not regulated under the youth camp program. The Office of the Inspector General, Division of Regulated Child Care is responsible for licensing child day care programs and is also responsible for complaint investigations against child day care programs, residential child caring facilities and child-placing agencies. Visit the website.
||Statutes and Regulation
KRS 211.180 - Functions of Cabinet in the regulation of certain health matters -- Inspection fees -- Hearing
902 KAR 10:040 - Kentucky Youth Camps
Plans for new youth camps and modifications to existing youth camps must be submitted to local health departments. For further information on submitting youth camp construction, expansion, or remodeling plans, please see the information below and contact your local health department environmentalist.
Local health department contact information
Guidelines for Youth Camp Plan Submittal DPH (Rev. 5/6/13)
- Three sets of plumbing plans and three plan application forms shall be submitted to the local health department. Note: four sets of plans must be submitted if the water source is private.
- The local health department reviews the plans and forwards approved plans to the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC) for further approval.
- Approved plans are returned to the local health department with an approval letter. Plans that are not approved are returned to the local health department with a deficiency letter.