ERIC Number: ED165939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
Children and Youth Camp Safety Act, 1978. Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Child and Human Development of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, 95th Congress, 2nd Session on S. 258--To Provide for the Development and Implementation of Programs for Children and Youth Camp Safety (March 21, 1978).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Human Resources.
The product of some 10 years of work directed toward federal legislation addressing and defining youth camp safety, the Youth Camp Safety Act (S. 258), as presented in these hearings, calls for the federal government to assume a role in the development of state health and safety standards for children attending youth camps in any state in the nation. Arguments presented in favor of this legislation contend that most (80%) of the states do not presently have safety regulations applicable to youth camps, and it is maintained some camps operate under "appalling" conditions. Arguments presented against this bill contend that youth camp injuries and deaths are not statistically significant and that implementation of the Act would produce administrative waste and ineptly derived standards which would then be enforced by bureaucrats, rather than trained camp personnel. Statements are presented by witnesses representing the following groups: Girl Scouts, United States of America; American Camping Association; Boy Scouts of America; Christian Camping International; Word of Life International; Camp Fire Girls, Inc.; Camping Association for Mutual Progress; Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center; Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Center for Disease Control, Public Health Service; Environmental Health Services Division, Public Health Service; and two U.S. Senators from Connecticut. Additional information is presented in the way of nine articles or publications and one communication. (JC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Human Resources.