The News 12 report noted that single-purpose camps are growing increasingly popular in the state of New York. These camps allow kids with specific interests to focus on improving their skills in those areas, from baseball to robot-building to ballet. Because these camps are classified as single-purpose programs, they avoid the law that typically requires camps to run criminal and sex offender registry background checks on
Other regulations that are common at sleepaway camps but not at single-purpose camps are minimal age verifications for camp
A new piece of legislation could close the loopholes and force single-purpose camps to meet the same standards as other types of camps. The bill, proposed by State Senator David Carlucci, has already passed the State Senate. It is currently stalled in the General Assembly, coverage explained, where it will be revisited next year. If passed, the law would require single-purpose camps to search criminal records and sex offender registries for all prospective employees. Carlucci has stated that he views sex offender checks as particularly important to keep predators away from vulnerable kids.
News 12 noted that there are currently about 2,400 single-purpose camps in the state of New York. The state’s Department of Health has estimated that, at this point, there are probably as many single-purpose camps operating in New York as there are traditional or sleepaway camps. Some of these camps could be running background checks on their
If Carlucci’s bill gains support in the General Assembly and becomes law, it would likely go into effect sometime next year, coverage noted. News 12 encouraged parents to “ask a lot of questions” and find out which policies single-purpose camps observe for employee screening, health and safety inspections, and more.
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