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Outdoor Child Caring Programs (OCCP)
June 25, 2007 Outdoor Therapeutic Camps were renamed to Outdoor Child Caring Programs.
Any child-caring institution that provides room, board and watchful oversight along with a variety of outdoor activities taking place in a wilderness or camp environment that are designed to improve the emotional and behavioral adjustment of the children, through the age of eighteen (18) participating in the activities.
- Child caring institutions licensed by the Department that do not provide therapeutic camping activities exceeding periods of more than 14-days.
- Facilities licensed by the Department pursuant to rules and regulations for hospitals, drug abuse treatment programs, or intermediate care homes.
- Facilities owned and operated by the federal government.
- Summer camps established solely for recreational and educational programs
An outdoor child caring program must obtain a license or a temporary license.
Legal Authority: O.C.G.A. §§ 49-5-12, 49-5-12.1, 49-2-17, 49-5-3, 49-5-8, and 49-5-60 et seq.
The following link will take you to the Code of Georgia-Free Public Access website Official Code of Georgia Annotated
Rules and Regulations for Outdoor Child Caring Programs, Chapter 290-2-7, effective December 10, 1984, revised February 12, 2008.
License: No charge
For an application regarding OCCP’s please make a request through the website, email RCS, or call our office.