While summer camps offer wonderful opportunities for children to grow and learn, summer camps are not subject to the same rules and regulations of other child care institutions (1). Camps are regulated by the states, resulting in a wide variety of licensing standards (2). Further, there are no mandatory national standards for camp accreditation and limited access to federal justice resources, such as affordable FBI background checks (3, 4). Currently, New York State does not require perspective camp counselors to undergo a background check in order to work at a summer camp (5).
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- The Federal Child Protection Improvements Act was passed in 2018 and provides organizations serving vulnerable populations access to FBI background checks, however the Act has not been implemented. https://www.acacamps.org/news-publications/hot-topic/child-protection-improvements-act-becomes-law
- NYCRR 7-2.5 states, in part: “It shall be the responsibility of the camp operator to verify a prospective counselor’s background and character through reasonable and diligent inquiries, including but not limited to character references submitted.”