Florida Senate - 2013 SB 630
By Senator Clemens
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to regulation of summer camps;
3 amending s. 409.175, F.S.; providing that Department
4 of Children and Families license requirements apply to
5 summer day camps and summer 24-hour camps; creating s.
6 409.1756, F.S.; providing purpose; prohibiting a
7 governmental agency from regulating the religious
8 curriculum of a summer day camp or summer 24-hour
9 camp; providing an exception; providing definitions;
10 providing procedure for application for a license to
11 operate a summer day camp or summer 24-hour camp;
12 providing screening requirements for camp personnel;
13 providing duties of the department; providing an
14 effective date.
16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
18 Section 1. Paragraph (d) of subsection (4), paragraph (a)
19 of subsection (5), and paragraphs (d) and (k) of subsection (6)
20 of section 409.175, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
21 409.175 Licensure of family foster homes, residential
22 child-caring agencies,
and child-placing agencies, summer 24
23 hour camps, and summer day camps; public records exemption.—
25 (d) This license requirement does not apply to boarding
26 schools, recreation and summer camps, nursing homes, or
27 hospitals, or to persons who care for children of friends or
28 neighbors in their homes for periods not to exceed 90 days, or
29 to persons who have received a child for adoption from a
30 licensed child-placing agency.
31 (5)(a) The department shall adopt and amend licensing rules
32 for family foster homes, residential child-caring agencies, and
33 child-placing agencies, and . The department may also adopt rules
34 relating to the screening requirements for summer day camps and
35 summer 24-hour camps. The requirements for licensure and
36 operation of family foster homes, residential child-caring
37 agencies, and child-placing agencies, summer day camps, and
38 summer 24-hour camps shall include:
39 1. The operation, conduct, and maintenance of these homes
40 and agencies and the responsibility which they assume for
41 children served and the evidence of need for that service.
42 2. The provision of food, clothing, educational
43 opportunities, services, equipment, and individual supplies to
44 assure the healthy physical, emotional, and mental development
45 of the children served.
46 3. The appropriateness, safety, cleanliness, and general
47 adequacy of the premises, including fire prevention and health
48 standards, to provide for the physical comfort, care, and well
49 being of the children served.
50 4. The ratio of staff to children required to provide
51 adequate care and supervision of the children served and, in the
52 case of foster homes, the maximum number of children in the
54 5. The good moral character based upon screening,
55 education, training, and experience requirements for personnel.
56 6. The department may grant exemptions from
57 disqualification from working with children or the
58 developmentally disabled as provided in s. 435.07.
59 7. The provision of preservice and inservice training for
60 all foster parents and agency staff.
61 8. Satisfactory evidence of financial ability to provide
62 care for the children in compliance with licensing requirements.
63 9. The maintenance by the agency of records pertaining to
64 admission, progress, health, and discharge of children served,
65 including written case plans and reports to the department.
66 10. The provision for parental involvement to encourage
67 preservation and strengthening of a child’s relationship with
68 the family.
69 11. The transportation safety of children served.
70 12. The provisions for safeguarding the cultural,
71 religious, and ethnic values of a child.
72 13. Provisions to safeguard the legal rights of children
75 (d)1. The department may pursue other remedies provided in
76 this section in addition to denial or revocation of a license
77 for failure to comply with the screening requirements. The
78 disciplinary actions determination to be made by the department
79 and the procedure for hearing for applicants and licensees shall
80 be in accordance with chapter 120.
81 2. When the department has reasonable cause to believe that
82 grounds for denial or termination of employment exist, it shall
83 notify, in writing, the applicant or , licensee, or summer or
84 recreation camp, and the personnel affected, stating the
85 specific record which indicates noncompliance with the screening
87 3. Procedures established for hearing under chapter 120
88 shall be available to the applicant or , licensee, summer day
89 camp, or summer 24-hour camp, and affected personnel, in order
90 to present evidence relating either to the accuracy of the basis
91 for exclusion or to the denial of an exemption from
93 4. Refusal on the part of an applicant to dismiss personnel
94 who have been found not to be in compliance with the
95 requirements for good moral character of personnel shall result
96 in automatic denial or revocation of license in addition to any
97 other remedies provided in this section which may be pursued by
98 the department.
99 (k) The department shall may not license summer day camps
100 and or summer 24-hour camps and . However, the department shall
101 have access to the personnel records of such camps facilities to
102 ensure compliance with the screening requirements.
103 Section 2. Section 409.1756, Florida Statutes, is created
104 to read:
105 409.1756 Licensure of summer camps.—
106 (1)(a) The purpose of this section is to protect the
107 health, safety, and well-being of all children in the state who
108 attend summer day camps or summer 24-hour camps by providing for
109 the establishment of licensing and screening requirements for
110 such camps and providing procedures to determine adherence to
111 these requirements.
112 (b) This section does not authorize any governmental agency
113 jurisdiction or authority to regulate, control, or supervise the
114 form, manner, or content of any religious curriculum or
115 teachings of a summer day camp or summer 24-hour camp unless the
116 health, safety, or well-being of the child is adversely
118 (2) As used in this section, the term:
119 (a) “License” means a license as defined in s. 120.52(10).
120 A license under this section is issued to a summer day camp or
121 summer 24-hour camp and is not a professional license of any
122 individual. Receipt of a license under this section does not
123 create a property right in the recipient. A license under this
124 section is a public trust and a privilege and is not an
125 entitlement. This privilege must guide the finder of fact or
126 trier of law at any administrative proceeding or court action
127 initiated by the department.
128 (b) “Operator” means any onsite person ultimately
129 responsible for the overall operation of a summer day camp or
130 summer 24-hour camp, regardless of whether the operator is the
131 owner or administrator of such a camp.
132 (c) “Owner” means the person who is licensed to operate the
133 summer day camp or summer 24-hour camp.
134 (d) “Personnel” means all owners, operators, employees, and
135 volunteers working in a summer day camp or summer 24-hour camp
136 who may be employed by or do volunteer work for a person,
137 corporation, or agency that holds a license to operate a summer
138 day camp or summer 24-hour camp. For purposes of screening, the
139 term does not include a volunteer who assists on an intermittent
140 basis for less than 10 hours per month, if a person who meets
141 the screening requirement of this section is always present and
142 has the volunteer in his or her line of sight.
143 (e) “Screening” means the act of assessing the background
144 of personnel and includes, but is not limited to, employment
145 history checks as provided in chapter 435 using the level 2
146 standards for screening set forth in that chapter.
147 (f) “Summer day camp” means recreational, educational, and
148 other enrichment programs operated during summer vacations for
149 children who are 5 years of age or older on or before September
151 (g) “Summer 24-hour camp” means recreational, educational,
152 and other enrichment programs that are not exclusively
153 educational that are operated on a 24-hour basis during summer
154 vacation for children who are 5 years of age or older on or
155 before September 1.
156 (3) An application for a license shall be made on forms
157 provided, and in the manner prescribed, by the department. The
158 department shall determine the good moral character of the
159 applicant based upon the screening requirements provided in s.
161 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.