5101:2-18-13 Requirements for program activities in approved child day camps.

(A) The approved child day camp shall establish a planned program of activities based on the developmental stages of the children attending the camp.

(B) The camp shall have written program goals, objectives and a written weekly program schedule. This written information shall include at least the following:

(1) The development of an appreciation of the outdoors.

(2) The development of ecologically responsible practices.

(3) Program activities that provide campers with progression, challenge and success.

(4) A balance of quiet and active activities suitable to the ages and abilities of the children attending the camp.

(5) Opportunities for practice in decision making.

(6) Individual, small and large group activities.

(7) A minimum of fifty per cent outdoor activities which are both structured and unstructured.

(C) "General activities" are defined as individual events, classes, or instructional periods occurring under staff leadership or supervision that provide opportunities for recreational or educational participation by the children. These activities cannot require special technical skills, safety equipment or safety regulations.

(1) Program activities may include, but are not limited to:

(a) Arts and crafts.

(b) Field sports/games.

(c) Nature studies.

(2) The camp shall have written plans for the supervision and safety of children participating in any general activities.

(D) "Specialized activities" are defined as any program activity that meets at least one of the following criteria: the activity utilizes equipment, animals or tools whose use by children requires supervision by a person skilled in their use; the activity involves children's use of fire, heat-producing equipment or substances; or the activity requires injury-protection equipment.

(1) Specialized activities may include, but are not limited to:

(a) Target sports including archery.

(b) Gymnastics.

(c) Motorized vehicle activities including all terrain vehicles and go-karts.

(d) Bicycling.

(e) Rock climbing and spelunking.

(f) Rope course activities.

(g) Horseback riding.

(h) Aquatics.

(i) Activities involving power tools.

(j) Cookouts, if the children build the fires and/or cook the food.

(k) Model rocketry.

(l) Mountain biking.

(m) Skateboarding.

(n) In-line skating.

(o) Field sports such as lacrosse and field hockey.

(p) Cheerleading.

(2) Camps offering specialized activities shall provide written evidence of the following for each specialized activity:

(a) Current leader certification and or documented and verified training and experience in the specialized activity as evaluated by a supervisor or trainer.

(b) That staff members required to teach or assist in specialized program activities have been evaluated by the child day camp prior to staff leading activities.

(c) Regular observations by supervisors verifying that specialized activity leaders:

(i) Enforce established safety regulations.

(ii) Provide appropriate instruction to participants.

(iii) Identify and manage environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

(iv) Apply appropriate emergency procedures related to the activity and the participants.

(d) Safety regulations and emergency procedures to be followed.

(e) Identification and management of environmental and other hazards related to the activity and participants.

(f) Children's orientation to establish safety and emergency regulations prior to participation.

(g) Staff/child ratios and supervision plan.

(h) Maintenance log of all equipment used for each activity which assures that equipment that is not in good repair be marked unusable and be removed from service or made inaccessible to campers immediately.

(i) Location of first aid supplies at each specialized activity site.

(3) Camps offering aquatic activities, which is any activity occurring in or near water over twenty-four inches deep, including but not limited to, swimming, fishing, rafting, boating, sailboarding, scuba diving, innertubing, canoeing, sailing, water skiing and water park activities, shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Each aquatic activity shall be guarded by a program staff member who meets all of the following:

(i) Is certified by the "American Red Cross," the YMCA or the BSA in lifeguard training or has an equivalent certification approved by ODJFS.

(ii) Has documented evidence of skill in rescue and emergency procedures specific to the aquatic area and activities guarded.

(iii) Is trained and supervised to enforce safety regulations, provide necessary instructions, and identify and manage environmental and other hazards related to the aquatic activity.

(b) Documentation of training and evidence of skill shall be on file at the camp for review by ODJFS.

(c) At least one program staff member who is currently trained in first aid and cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as required in rule 5101:2-18-11 of the Administrative Code shall be present at each aquatic location or facility.

(d) Each aquatic activity site shall adhere to the number of lifeguards required to be on duty as outlined in Chapter 3701-31 of the Revised Code. In addition to the required number of lifeguards, staff/camper ratios outlined in rule 5101:2-18-12 of the Administrative Code shall be maintained at all times.

(e) All campers participating in aquatic activities shall be evaluated and classified as either swimmers or nonswimmers and be assigned to equipment, facilities and activities equivalent to camper's individual abilities. The camp shall have a written plan to evaluate and classify each child. The plan shall be on file at the camp for review by the department ODJFS.

(f) Rescue equipment, in working condition, shall be onsite and accessible at each aquatic activity site.

(g) Camps using staffed public facilities shall secure in writing that people guarding the facilities have the qualifications outlined in paragraph (D)(3)(a) of this rule. Written evidence shall be on file at the camp for review by the department. When camps are using a staffed public facility, lifeguards provided by the facility shall not be included in the staff/camper ratios.

(E) The parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the camp and all camp personnel shall receive a written description of the program goals and objectives and weekly program on or before the first day of camp as required in rule 5101: 2-18-19 of the Administrative Code.

(F) A child day camp that utilizes a staffed public provider for specialized activities shall have a written policy which limits the selection to those providers with programs that stipulate the following:

(1) The provision of an adequate number of instructors/leaders whose qualifications have been verified by the provider.

(2) The utilization of equipment that is appropriate in size and type and is in good repair.

(3) The camp staff who accompany children have been trained on written procedures which specify their supervisory roles and responsibilities while the children are participating in the activity.

(G) ODJFS shall evaluate the camp for compliance with this rule by actual observation of the program and activities and by review of the camp's written program goals, objectives and written weekly program.

Effective: 04/01/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/26/2008 and 04/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.22
Rule Amplifies: 5104.22
Prior Effective Dates: 9/1/93