Youth Camps

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Youth summer camps will be permitted to operate on or after July 6, 2020, provided that they comply with Executive Directive No. 20-021 Youth Camp, the Youth Camp Safety Standards N.J.A.C. 8:25 and Executive Order 149.  All youth camps, including municipal camps, that wish to operate must complete, sign and submit the Youth Camp Attestation Form no later than 24 hours prior to the anticipated opening date.  The youth camp application must be completed and submitted at least 14 days prior to the start date of camp activities.  The registration fee will be waived for municipal camps only.  All youth camps are prohibited from engaging in off-site activities, full-contact sports and providing resident or overnight camp activities.


New Grant Opportunity for Youth Camps


Public Recreational Bathing and Youth Camps Webinar


COVID-19 Youth Camp Training Resources:


Additional COVID-19 Resources:



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.


News & Updates





  • COVID-19 GRANT AVAILABILITY FOR YOUTH CAMPS: The NJ Department of Human Services announced the availability of up to $20 Million in Health and Safety Grants for Child Care Centers and Youth Camps- Youth camp operators can receive up to $2,000 to purchase additional cleaning products, personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, thermometers, and essentials that enable providers to meet requirements of the COVID  Youth Camp  Guidance Standards.  Please visit Division of Family Development Grants page for more information on how to apply!

  • Organized Sports Guidance document is available from the Communicable Disease Service





Does your Youth Camp operate a ropes course, rock climbing wall, or any other suspension-related device that is OVER 10 feet in height?

If so, you may need to register with the Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of State and Local Code Inspections, Carnival-Amusement Rides Project. Please contact DCA for more information at:



Summer 2020 youth camp applications are being processed as they are received.  We encourage all operators to submit their application at least 3 weeks in advance of initiating camp activities.  Pursuant N.J.A.C. 8:25-2.4(b), renewal applications are to be submitted by May 1, 2020.  However, due to the COVID-19 crisis the Department will waive penalty fees associated with late renewals for the 2020 season. Due to Departmental response efforts surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, please allow 3-4 weeks for processing and mailing of your license. 

In light of all the uncertainties as we enter the 2020 camp season, should it be necessary, the Department will grant operators the option of applying the Summer 2020 licensing fees credited towards the Summer 2021 season OR refunded.  Operators who opt to have their licensing fees credited towards the Summer 2021 season must email their request to the program at Refunds will be issued by the Department as soon as possible. 


Camp Operator:

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the lives of so many, including our youth camp communities.  COVID-19 has the world scrambling to address and implement practical public health solutions that reduce the spread while mitigating the risks we collectively face.  Unfortunately, given the variability of this ongoing public health emergency, the full impact of the Governor’s social-distancing policy on the 2020 youth camp season is still unclear.   

We understand the value of youth camps in children’s lives and the importance of a service that enables working families to further economic productivity.  The Governor’s Executive Order’s 107 (Social Distancing) and 110 (Childcare restricted to Essential Personnel) are aimed to further the social distancing mandates to reduce transmission.  Additionally, the NJ Department of Education has not yet announced a plan for reopening.  With these things in mind, we are closely monitoring Governor Murphy’s management of the crisis.  His conclusions will directly impact the youth camp season.

Given these uncertainties, we are unable to provide concrete guidance to youth camp operators at this time.  Further guidance for operators is contingent upon the decision making of Gov. Murphy and State Divisions/Departments stakeholders.  As further developments and decisions take place, updated resources will be made available on this website.   Content and material on our website may be updated daily so PLEASE stay connected.  Currently, youth camp applications are being processed in anticipation that the season will continue.  Please feel free to contact with any additional questions or concerns.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.  We wish you and your family health and good fortune in the weeks to come.


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 & 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: 7/2/2020