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Staffing of Programs/Camps

    The program leader must:
    • Select program staff (both paid and volunteer) with appropriate experience, qualifications and training based upon the age of the participants and the nature of the program. Background checks must be completed on all Authorized Staff (paid and volunteer) over the age of 18 before working in covered programs
    • Evaluate the ratio of adult program supervisors (18 years of age or older) to program participants. The number of chaperones recommended is determined by age and special needs.
    The ratio of counselors to program participants must reflect the gender distribution of the participants, and should meet the following:

      Standards for resident (overnight) camps and programs are:
    • One staff member for every five participants ages 4 and 5
    • One staff member for every six participants ages 6 to 8
    • One staff member for every eight participants ages 9 to 14
    • One staff member for every 10 participants ages 15 to 17

      Standards for non-residential covered programs are:
    • One staff member for every six participants ages 4 and 5
    • One staff member for every eight participants ages 6 to 8
    • One staff member for every ten participants ages 9 to 14
    • One staff member for every twelve participants ages 15 to 17