Organized Camp Program




Organized camps provide creative, recreational and educational opportunities through the provision of programs and facilities to overnight campers, who are typically youth. In San Diego County we have approximately 35 Organized Camps that serve an estimated 250,000 people each year.  The Department of Environmental Health and Quality's Organized Camp inspection program aims to ensure the physical settings of camps are maintained and operated safely so that campers have a positive and safe experience.

Environmental Health Specialists inspect overnight organized camps annually pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code for:

  • Review of the food facility (kitchen and food preparation area);
  • Review of the swimming pool(s) or other natural bathing place;
  • Review of infirmary records;
  • Inspection of the water system;
  • Inspection of housing accommodations;
  • Review of emergency evacuation plans;
  • Inspection of plumbing facilities, and;
  • Review and discussion regarding potential vector concerns.

View an Organized Camp Inspection: VIDEO


Intent to Operate
Organized Camp Self Inspection Checklist
Guide to Organized Camp Documentation Requirements
Emergency Procedures Plan Template: Fillable Document        Non-Fillable Document
2014 Organized Camp Seminar: Presentation
Laws and Regulations Relating to Organized Camps (California Health and Safety Code)
CDPH Organized Camp Program Website
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