day camp" means a program in which only school
children attend or participate. "School child" means a child who is enrolled in or is eligible to be enrolled in a grade of kindergarten or above and who is less than fifteen years old.
The camp's program
shall meet the following requirements:
child day camp shall offer a program that operates for no longer than
seven hours per day. The seven hours do not include transportation time
from a child's home to the child day camp and from a child day camp to a
child's home, and does not include transportation to and from pick-up and
drop-off sites which are not the child's home.
program may schedule one or more overnight activities in conjunction with
its child day camp operation.
camp may serve children for more than twenty-four consecutive hours while
also serving school children who attend seven or fewer hours per day.
child day camp shall operate only during one or more public school
district's regular vacation periods or for no more than fifteen weeks
during the summer.
child day camp shall operate outdoor activities for all children who
participate in the program for a minimum of fifty percent of each day that
children attend or participate in the program, except for any day when
hazardous weather conditions prevent the program from operating outdoor
activities for a minimum of fifty per cent of that day.
Day Camp Rules - Click here to be directed to Chapter 5101:2-18 Child Day Camps emanual which contains all rules, forms, procedure and manual letters
Registered Child Day Camps - Registration of child day camps with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is required by sections 5104.21 and 5104.22 of the Ohio Revised Code. Registrations must be submitted through the Ohio Child Licensing and Quality System (OCLQS). Please contact the Child Care Help Desk, option 1, to gain access to OCLQS.
Approved Child Day Camps - Approved child day camp means a child day camp that is approved to enter into a provider agreement to
provide publicly funded child care pursuant to rule 5101:2-16-44 of the Administrative Code. Approved child day camps shall meet one of the following
- Be accredited by the American camp association (ACA).
- Be accredited by any nationally recognized organization
that accredits child day camps by using standards that the ODJFS has determined are substantially similar and comparable
to those of the ACA.
Bureau of Child Care Licensing and Monitoring Registered Day Camp Summary
Web Based Search for Child Day Camps
For more information contact:
Child Care Policy Help Desk at:
1-877-302-2347 Option 4 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org