Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

April 13, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Reminds Summer Camp Administrators About
Changes in Background Screening Laws

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – As summer camps begin staffing for the season, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) reminds employers that summer camp workers and volunteers must complete Florida and national criminal records background checks before they can begin working.

Until August 2010, when the Legislature passed more stringent background screening requirements, summer camp employees and volunteers were exempt from screening that applied to owners and operators of summer camps.

"Families and parents have a right to know that camp staffers are worthy of their trust," said David Wilkins, DCF Secretary. "These changes will help campers enjoy a safe and memorable experience."

According to the American Camp Association, more than 12,000 day and resident camps exist in the United States. These numbers show parents have an overwhelming variety of choices to decide where to send their children for summer activities. DCF recently hosted conference calls with both the Florida Recreation and Park Association and the American Camp Association to answer questions and discuss the new requirements.

The Department has a web site page dedicated to the changes in background screening laws with a FAQ section. Please visit our web site to learn more at

Staff and campers with parachute