Recreational camps

A recreational camp for children is a day or residential (overnight) sports, travel, or wilderness program that offers recreational activities and instruction to campers.


Recreational camps have five or more children and operate anytime between June 1 and September 30 and/or during school vacations.  The Department of Early Education and Care does not license these types of programs.

In Massachusetts, recreational camps for children must be inspected and licensed by the local board of health in the city or town where the camp is located; to be licensed, the camp must meet all regulatory standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and any additional local requirements.

The MDPH regulations establish minimum health, safety, sanitary, and housing standards to protect the well being of children who are in the care of recreational camps for children in Massachusetts.

You can contact the local board of health in the community where the recreational camp is located to find out if it is licensed or to request a copy of the camp's most recent inspection report.

Additional Resources

Contact   for Recreational camps


(617) 624-5206


250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

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