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Assemblymember Holden Reintroduces Child Camp Safety Bill

Published on Monday, January 23, 2023 | 7:24 pm

Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced AB 262, which directs the Department of Social Services (DSS) to lead a stakeholder group to develop regulations that will protect children while attending day and overnight camps.

“When parents take their children to day camps throughout the year, it is under the assumption that they will be protected, make friends, and return home safely afterwards,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “We want to give parents and guardians a peace of mind to ensure they know their child is cared for.”

AB 262 would direct DSS to establish regulations with other stakeholders that will protect child welfare, establish an appropriate licensing program for camps, and provide parents and caregivers with accessible and transparent information on camp safety.

“While we do our best as parents to help guide and protect our children, it is not their responsibility to worry about their own safety, it is the responsibility of the adults providing supervision while their parent or guardians are at work,” said Holden.

Almost one year ago on Feb. 1, Holden filed AB 1737 in response to the preventable drowning 2019 death of 6-year-old Roxie Forbes at an Altadena summer camp as well as a history of traumatic incidents at children’s camps statewide. The long overdue measure that establishes health and safety standards to protect millions of child campers and counselors.

Roxie Forbes drowned at the Summerkids Camp in Altadena on June 28, 2019. In response to the preventable death of their daughter, Doug Forbes and his wife Elena launched Meow Meow Foundation, the nation’s only camp safety nonprofit.

They successfully established new camp safety and drowning prevention laws in Los Angeles County and work with legislators and health and safety experts throughout the U.S. to establish measures that protect millions of children at camps.

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