Youth Camps

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In efforts to address the urgent demands required of essential personnel during this public health emergency, Governor Murphy has issued Executive Order 110 which limits access to child care services to essential persons.  Any Youth Camp that currently holds a child care license from DCF and would like to continue operations in line with Executive Order 110 are REQUIRED to contact the Department of Children and Families (DCF) regarding permitting for child care services for the children of ‘essential persons’.  Any youth camp currently offering child care services who has not registered with DCF pursuant Executive Order 110 must CEASE all operations by Wednesday, April 1 until such time as the order has been lifted. 

For more information, contact the Department of Children and Families


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The New Jersey Department of Health (the Department) Public Health and Food Protection Program (PHFPP) is the principal authority on matters relating to health and safety conditions at youth camps within the state. All youth camps must obtain a license issued by the Department prior to operating. Licensed youth camps are subject to pre-operational inspections (conducted by the local health authority) as well as operational inspections (conducted by PHFPP) to determine compliance with the Youth Camp Safety Standards rules.


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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information 


New License Comparison Chart [PDF] is posted. 


The Youth Camps Locals PreOp List 2019 was provided via email and LINCS to Local Health Agencies.


2019 Department of Family Development Child Care Subsidy Flyer


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Rules & Regulations
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Search for Active Camps

Search the most up-to-date listing of all active youth camps. This dynamic listing of camps is updated as applications are entered. Searches may be conducted by county or by name of the camp.


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Youth Camps and Disease Prevention

The Youth Camp Safety Standards requires that camp operators ensure that campers, per N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 are immunized and adhere to the requirements regarding medical and/or religious exemptions. Only during a threatened disease or disease outbreak, as determined by the Commissioner, may the camp exclude those unvaccinated children. To date, the Commissioner has not communicated such an order.

Although this influx of disease can be unnerving, rest assured that the New Jersey Department of Health, through surveillance and response efforts, is taking measures to address any outbreak illness identified within the state. Check out the material below for more information on measles.


Communicable Disease Service: Measles

Local Health Department Measles Investigation Toolkit [PDF]

Measles: Preventing the Spread in Child Care Settings [PDF]

School Health Guidance

The ABC's of Immunization Requirements [PDF]


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Child Care Subsidy Program

Did you know that financial assistance may be available for low to moderate income working families to defray the cost of child care and/or youth camp services? The Division of Family Development (DFD) Child Care Resource Referral Agencies (CCR&R) may be able to help you! The state's Child Care Program can provide you with information on what makes a quality program, applying for child care assistance, and where to find child care, licensing, and complaint data. If you are a youth camp provider you will need to complete the Youth Camp Application available under the Youth Camp forms tab, then visit DFD's website for more information regarding registering as a provider site.

Visit the Division of Family Development website for more information about the Child Care Subsidy Program

License Comparison Chart [PDF]


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Report Abuse or Neglect of a Child

In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry. If the child is in immediate danger, call 911 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.

How and When to Report Child Abuse/Neglect


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Last Reviewed: 4/2/2020