State Regulations for Virginia

Date Revised: 03/29/2019

Governing Body: 

Day Camps (during summer months):

Dept. of Social Services, Child Care and Development Division 


Overnight Camps:

Dept. of Health | Office of Environmental Health Services

License Required for Day Camps : 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
License Information: 

Day Camps:

Standards for Child Day Centers including summer day camps


Overnight Camps:

Summer Camp Operating Regulations

Va. Code Ann. § 35.1 governing campgrounds

Criminal Background Checks Required: 
Criminal Background Checks Information: 

Only day camps are required to conduct background checks.

Department of State Police
P. O. Box 85076
Richmond, VA 23261-5076

  • $15.00 name check
  • $13.00 fingerprint check
State Allows FBI Checks: 
Driving Record Checks: 

Available through the Dept. of Motor Vehicles website.

$8 uncertified, $13 certified

Minimum Wage: 
Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions: 

Covers employers of 4 or more employees (not including employer’s family)

Exemptions: employees of children’s summer camps; minors under age 16; persons paid on the basis of work done; those age 65 or over; those who are physically or mentally deficient; students and apprentices in bona fide educational or apprenticeship programs; employees covered by the FLSA; domestics or other employees in private homes or in charitable institutions primarily supported by public funds; volunteers for nonprofit organizations; full time students under age 18 enrolled in secondary or trade schools or institutions of higher learning and working less than 20 hours a week; those age 65 or over

Subminimum Wage: 

No specified state-level Subminimum Wage. Federal FLSA Subminimum Wage rules applies for those covered by Act.

Overtime Pay Requirements: 

No specified state-level requirements. Federal FLSA ovetime pay requirements apply for those covered by Act.

Overtime Pay Exemptions: 

No specified state-level overtime page requirement exemptions. Federal FLSA overtime pay exemptions apply for those covered by Act.

Meal/Rest Period Requirements: 

Meal period: minors-at least 30 minutes during shifts of 5 continuous hours.

Student Exemption from Unemployment Tax: 
Student Exemption Information: 

Services performed by a full-time student in the employ of an organized camp if such camp: 
(1) Did not operate for more than seven months in the calendar year and did not operate for more than seven months in the preceding calendar year; or 
(2) Had average gross receipts for any six months in the preceding calendar year which were not more than 331/3 percent of its average gross receipts for the other six months in the preceding calendar year; and b. Such full-time student performed services in the employ of such camp for less than 13 calendar weeks in such calendar year.