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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.


Coronavirus Information can be found at the following link

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following information is provided for youth camp operators to make an informed decision concerning summer youth camp operations for 2020. In addition to following federal and state issued orders we urge you to reach out to your local government officials, community leaders, and local public health officials for additional guidance.

  • List of Texas county public health officials HERE .
  • Guidance from the CDC in regards to school age programs and K-12 schools, when dealing with COVID-19: School and Day Care guidance 
  • COVID-19 sheltering in place orders, counties, and cities in Texas have enacted more restrictive orders than the U.S. President, or Texas Governor, and you can read those orders here: shelter in place orders here.
    • (If link NOT working contact your local city/ county government officials)
  • Governor's Office News for the latest COVID-19 proclamations: Governor's Proclamations


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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.

Last updated April 3, 2020