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COVID-19 Guidance For Organized Camps

At this time, the County of Fresno is in Stage 2.5 Recovery of the California State Order which prohibits the opening of Organized Camp Facilities for group camping.

Effective June 12, 2020, the State of California has approved the opening of Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation. Refer to the state of California COVID 19 Roadmap and the Guidance for Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation. This guidance allows for the opening of organized camps with restrictions for family groups at this time. For the opening of an organized camp as a family group campground facility, complete and submit a detailed plan that describes how you will be using your property and facilities, and that addresses the operational elements of the family campgrounds facility contained in the Guidance for Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation to or submit via fax at 559-455-4646.

In preparation for the reopening of Organized Camp Facilities, the County of Fresno has developed Recreational Health Operational Procedures for the Prevention of the Spread of COVID 19  and Food Facility Operational Procedures that must be completed by camp operators prior to the reopening of their Organized camp facility.

The following additional links may prove useful regarding organized camp reopening:

CDC Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps:

COVID 19 Community Facilities, Schools/childcare, and Summer Camps

Youth Programs and Camps During the COVID 19 Pandemic Decision Tree

American Camp Association Coronavirus Guidance:

Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020

CDC and State of California Guidance for Food Facilities:

State of California Industry Guidance Dine-In Restaurants

State of California Dine-In Restaurants Checklist

CDC Coronavirus considerations for aquatic venues:

Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19

Coronavirus and swimming information:

CDC guide to Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities

USA Swimming Facility Re-Opening Messaging and Planning

CDC Coronavirus Communication Resources

Organized Camp Information

Environmental Health Specialists inspect organized camps for compliance with State and local laws pertaining to maintenance, use, and occupancy of these facilities.

These camps are usually operated by church groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and YMCA type organizations offering programs of organized, supervised activities for the primary purpose of providing outdoor group living experiences.

Organized camps which do not operate on a year year-round basis must submit an annual written notice of intent to operate at least 30 days prior to operation. Camps operating year-round are only required to submit this "intent" letter at the time of initial start-up.

The letter of intent shall be submitted to the Fresno County Environmental Health Division which will notify the State Fire Marshall of the camp's intent to operate. A copy of the notification to the State Fire Marshall will be sent to the camp by the Environmental Health Division.

Organized Camp Plan Checks

Plans must be submitted to both the Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning, and the Environmental Health Division for review and approval when constructing or remodeling organized camp facilities.

Fresno County Environmental Health Division
PO Box 11867
Fresno CA 93775-1867

Fresno County Department of Public Works and Planning
2220 Tulare Street
Fresno CA 93721
Telephone (559) 600-4540


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