Youth Camp Program

The Texas Department of State Health Services is the principal authority on matters relating to health and safety conditions at youth camps in Texas. All youth camps must obtain a license prior to operating. Any youth camp may be inspected during operation to determine compliance with the Youth Camp Safety and Health Act and the Youth Camp Rules.


 

Effective January 9th, 2023, all Youth Camp Programs Initial and Renewals are required to be submitted online through the Regulatory Services Online Licensing System. You will need to create an account to submit your application online. For more information, please visit our website at dshs.texas.gov/youthcamp

To start Application, please visit our website vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us

  • New User must create a new online account. Log in with the one-time password emailed to you to access online services. (Make sure to change password after successfully created an account)
  • To apply for New License application:
    • choose the board Youth Camp Program
    • select “Initial Youth Camp License”, then click select
    • follow the steps and enter all information required
    • provide all Camp Information (open and close dates, on site contact, etc.)
    • attach the Youth Camp Pre-licensing Inspection Questionnaire
    • review application summary, then submit
    • after submission it will ask to pay now or later
    • Once paid, application will be in queue for processing
  • To Renew existing License:
    • under Additional Activities, select “Add Licenses to Registration
    • select Yes, then click next
    • choose the board Youth Camps Program
    • choose license type Renew Youth Camp License, then click next
    • Enter:
      • License Number
      • Organization (Business) Name
      • Physical business location’s Zip code
      • Finish security captcha questions, then click next
  • Confirm if the information is correct, then hit next
  • Once Completed it will send you back to the main menu, and you should see a renewal listed under “It is time to Renew!”
  • select the license number to start the process of application.
  • follow the steps and enter all information required
  • review application summary, then submit
  • Once paid application will be in queue for processing
  • If there are changes in physical location, DBA, and owner, an initial application will be required
  • Once paid application will be in queue for processing

If you have any questions & concerns, please email us at YouthCamps.Reg@dshs.texas.gov .


 

Youth Camps Program Update

11/19/2021

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

 

All applications with fees are to be sent to this address:

Department of State Health Services 
Cash Receipts Branch – MC 2003
PO Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

To minimize delays in processing renewal applications, submit documents to youthcamps.reg@dshs.texas.gov .


 

Coronavirus Information can be found at the following link

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

 

The following informationis provided for youth camp operators to inform summer youth camp operations related to COVID-19. In addition to the information below, you can reach out to your local government officials, community leaders, and local public health officials for additional guidance.

 


Contact Information

For Questions about Regulations and Requirements

Email: Public Health and Sanitation

Phone: 512-834-6753

 

For Questions Regarding Licensing

 

Email: Environmental and Sanitation Business Filing and Verification Unit
Phone: 512-834-6600 ext. 2174
Fax: 512-834-6614

Mailing and physical addresses may be found on the contact page.