Organized Camp Program




June 8, 2020

The County has been informed that Overnight Camps will not be included with Day Camps and Campgrounds as part of the phased reopening plan and Health Order amendments moving forward on June 12, 2020.  Unfortunately we don’t know at this point when Overnight Camps will be able to resume operations. We will provide updates as soon as information becomes available.

If you have a specific question regarding the Health Order or the timeline for reopening of Overnight Camps please contact the County’s COVID specific email at:

June 5, 2020
Day Camps and Child Care Programs/Providers will be allowed to reopen on June 12, 2020. 

May 29, 2020
As of today, the County of San Diego is in “Stage 2” of California’s re-opening plan, which does not allow Organized Camps to operate.  Camps are currently identified as a business that can operate in Stage 3 with modifications.  To prepare for those modifications to protect the safety and health of staff and campers from COVID-19, please read the American Camp Association Guidance (ACA), which includes links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.  Please use this information to plan how your camp can implement the recommended measures to safely re-open.



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’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: PDF
Organized Camp Self Inspection Checklist: PDF
Guide to Organized Camp Documentation Requirements: PDF
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
Report a Foodborne Illness (Food Poisoning) by filling out this form and emailing it to or fax to 858 505 6998.

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