Contracting Your Camp for Third Party Use: Legal and Practical Issues in Use Agreements

Many camps allow the use of their facilities by outside parties ("user group"1) — that is, groups and individuals other than customary and traditional campers. These user groups and their events vary greatly — an afternoon wedding and reception, a corporate conference, a family reunion, or an extended stay by another outside group. Arrangements may call for not only the use of camp facilities but the services of camp employees, and participation in certain regular camp activities.

Newly Adopted Labor Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") has adopted (effective August 2004) new regulations affecting employers.1 The new regulations focus primarily upon "white collar exemptions" included in the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 ("The Act").2 That Act was designed to, and still does, cover issues of minimum wages, work hours, and overtime pay. The new regulations are intended to clarify the Act’s white collar exemptions, focused primarily on executive, administrative, and professional type employees.