Updated August 2018

Childhood allergies are on the rise.  According to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, twenty-five percent of children have their first allergic reaction at school or while participating in out-of-school activities—such as camp.

Recently, state legislatures have begun to see the importance of allowing camps to obtain and administer epinephrine auto-injectors (*).  Thirty-two states have passed legislation to allow an authorized entity, such as a camp, to do just that.

The American Camp Association will continue to advocate for school, camps, and other youth serving programs to have access to these life-saving auto-injectors.

Epinephrine Auto-Injectors are expensive. Check out grant opportunities!

Current State Laws Regarding Epinephrine Auto-Injectors and Camps


All other states, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, do not currently allow camps to obtain and administer an emergency stock of epinephrine.

*An Epinephrine auto-injector provides an emergency injection ("shot") of epinephrine. It is a medicine used for life-threatening allergic reactions such as severe swelling, breathing problems, or loss of blood pressure. Allergic reactions can be caused by stinging and biting insects (bugs), allergy injections, food, medicines, exercise, or unknown causes.