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Organized Camps 



The Pennsylvania Department of Health annually registers organized camps in Pennsylvania pursuant to Act 497 of 1959, as amended, 35 P.S. §§ 3001-3004.  An organized camp is defined by law as a program and facilities established for the primary purpose of providing an outdoor group living experience for children, youth and adults, with social, recreational and educational objectives, and which is operated and used for five or more consecutive days during one or more seasons of the year.  The term “organized camp” does not mean establishments commonly known as tourist camps, motels, trailer parks, lumber camps, construction camps, labor camps, penal camps and hunting camps.  The annual registration fee shall be ten dollars ($10). 


For your convenience, the camp registration process has changed to an annual email notification, directing you to the link below.  Once a registration form and payment have been submitted, a Certificate of Registration will be issued.  Registrations follow the Commonwealth's fiscal year and are valid from July 1-June 30. 

Act 497 - Organized Camps

Register a camp for the 2017 season (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018)

Register a Camp for the 2018 Season (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

Child Protective Services Law (amended in 2015)

Questions about registering a Pennsylvania camp should be directed to 717-787-4366 or


Updated:  January 2018












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