CA Organized Camp Health Supervisor Informaton


Note to ACA Accredited Camps

According to California Code of Regulations Title 17 Subchapter 6. Organized Camps section: 30750(c) There shall be a full-time adult Health Supervisor charged with health supervision at the camp when campers are present.

Section 30700(f) defines: “Health Supervisor” means a person who is either:

  • A physician
  • A registered nurse
  • A licensed vocational nurse who is licensed pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code
  • or a person who is trained in accordance with section 1596.866 of the Health and Safety Code.

CA Health and Safety Code 1596.866 states that this person:
shall have at least 15 hours of health and safety training that shall include:
(A) Pediatric first aid.
(B) Pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
(C) A preventative health practices course or courses that include instruction in the recognition, management, and prevention of infectious diseases, including immunizations, and prevention of childhood injuries.

To meet 1596.866(C) the American Red Cross has designed the CA Child Care Course. This is a 15 hour course and successful participants will receive the following certifications:

  • Preventative Health & Safety: No Expiration
  • CPR-Adult, Child & Infant: 1 year
  • Pediatric First Aid:  2 years

Course delivery may vary between ARC Chapters, some offer one 15-hour 2-day course and others may offer the course in 2 modules (1.CPR-Adult, Child, & Infant and Pediatric First Aid - 8 hours; 2. Preventative Health & Safety - 7 hours). In order to meet the CA requirement, you must receive training that totals 15 hours and contains both Module I & II.

NOTE: Some American Red Cross Chapters offer the “California Child Care Preventative Health & Safety” Course as one,
two-day course, totaling 15 hours. Others will offer Module I, Preventative Health and Safety (totaling 7 hours) and Module II, Community CPR and Pediatric First Aid (totaling 8 hours) as individual courses.

Preventative Health & Safety Courses
Course taught by ACA Camps

Northern CA American Red Cross Chapters
Bay Area Chapter
Capitol Region Chapter
Central Valley Chapter
Del Norte County Chapter
Humboldt County Chapter
Kern Chapter

Monterey Bay Area Chapter
Napa County Chapter
Northeastern Chapter
San Luis Obispo County Chapter
Santa Cruz County Chapter
Silicon Valley Chapter
Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties

All CA  American Red Cross Chapters 

Alternative to ARC CA Child Care Health & Safety Course

Other options are available to the ARC course, but be sure the course will meet the CA requirements. The following are the resources from the CA EMSA to guide you:

Note to CA ACA Accredited Camps
In addition to meeting the CA Health Supervisor requiurements Accredited camps must continue to meet ACA Mandatory Standard HW.2 (check for equivalent certifications and Standard HW.1 (not a mandatory standard). For some camps additional certifications may be required to meet CA regulations. Contact the EMSA Child Care Unit for further questions