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Camp PROGRAM application instructions

Dear Camp PROGRAM Applicant:

This informational packet will provide the following:

Camp PROGRAM and SITE applications are licensed separately.  If you as a PROGRAM license rent a Site, you are responsible for making sure the SITE is licensed. Camp administrative rules Part 1, General Provisions, applies to the PROGRAM license.  Licensed PROGRAM's can be Residential, Day, Travel, or Troop camp types.

PROGRAM Application:

Please review, complete, and submit the PROGRAM application. The PROGRAM application must be submitted each year by May 1st for timely license issuance. The application is required to schedule an annual inspection, maintain accurate licensing data, and to ensure ongoing compliance. 

You can access the PROGRAM application by clicking on:

Camp Program License Application, BCAL-3328P

PROGRAM Application Fee:

An application fee must be paid for a new license.

Send a check or money order payable to the STATE OF MICHIGAN, along with your application, to:

Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential
Camp Licensing Unit
P.O. Box 30664
Lansing, MI 48909-8164

The non-refundable fee schedule for PROGRAM license is:

Children's Camp Capacity




101 or more


Adult Foster Care Camp

More than 4 campers $200.00
Adult Foster Care Camp Notice of Fee Increase


Camp Administrator Comprehensive Background Clearance:
Person's applying, Licensee Designee's, Administrators and Program Directors are required to complete a Camp Administrator Comprehensive Background Clearance.  A Camp Licensing Record Clearance Request (BCAL-1326-CAMP) form and the Live Scan Fingerprint Background Check Request (RI-030) form needs to be requested from the licensing unit at (866) 685-0006 or by emailing James Vanden Heuvel, Lead Camp Consultant at prior to applying for a license.  For more information about the Camp Administrator Comprehensive Background Clearance see information on the "licensee" tile and within the "Background Check Information and Forms" section of the camp licensing webpage.  

Steps for Licensure:
A Camp Licensing Consultant will be assigned to your application once the licensing unit has determined the application is complete, the fee is paid, and CHC Livescan Fingerprinting of required individuals is done.  The Camp Licensing Consultant will then ensure compliance with the following:

  1. Public Act No. 116 of the Public Acts of 1973, as amended and Licensing Rules for Children's and Adult Foster Care Camps.

    Child and Adult Camp Administrative Rules

    Child Care Organizations Act 116 of 1973

    Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act 218 of 1979


  2. A compliance review must be completed of camp policies and procedures. 
    Required Camp Policies and Documents Guidance
  3. Compliance verification of staff and volunteer consistent with CHC requirements for staff not required for fingerprint.
    Background Clearances Required for Camp Staff Instructions (4_22)
  4. Once review of items 1,2, and 3 are complete an onsite inspection may be scheduled.
  5. An Original Licensing Study Report will be completed by the licensing consultant and if in substantial compliance with all applicable licensing rules, an original license will be issued for six months.
  6. For continuing licensure, a renewal application and fee will need to be submitted prior to the expiration of the original license.

Should you have any additional questions, please contact the licensing unit 866-685-0006 or James Vanden Heuvel at (616) 901-3730.