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Did You Know That Summer Camps Are Not Licensed By The State of Florida?
When we think of summer camp we often think of fond childhood memories. One remembers meeting new
friends, campfires and being away from home for the first time. There are summer and day camps for the performing arts, sports camp, academic camps, adventure camps, religious-specific camps, special needs camps, technology camps and more.
What parents don’t know is that they may be putting their children at extreme risk. Due to a Florida legal loophole, summer camps are not licensed or regulated by the state like daycares. Therefore youth camps and summer camps are subject to less oversight (no background checks and negligent hiring) and are more likely run by criminals and child sex offenders.
Summer Camps Being Run By Murders, Drug Dealers, Sex Offenders…
Many of these camps are for children who are already at risk and vulnerable – disadvantaged children, troubled children, special needs children, homeless children and foster children. A Palm Beach Post Investigation found that Palm Beach County paid a convicted child molester, thieves, drug dealers and other people with criminal records nearly half a million dollars to run summer camps for homeless and foster children during the past three years. All ran companies that received tax dollars to watch over at-risk kids. None was required, or even asked, to pass background checks.
States Lack Legislation To Protect Children From Sexual Predators At Summer Camp
Florida is one of six states that DO NOT license or regulate summer camps. Other non-regulated summer camp states include North Carolina, Missouri, South Dakota, New Mexico and Washington State.
Since Florida lawmakers have failed to safeguard children in summer camps, it is up to parents and caregivers to be vigilant to protect and safeguard their children from sexual predators and push for legislation. What should and can parents do:
If your child was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested by a camp employee, camp counselor, or a volunteer while at summer camp anywhere in the United states or Florida, contact our sexual abuse / victim’s rights attorneys to discuss your legal rights.