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Youth Camp 2018

Youth Camp 2018 will be our 24th year holding Camp by the beautiful beach in Sea Girt, NJ. Camp will be held 8-14 July 2018 for Campers/CITs ages 9-15. Counselors and Volunteers will need to be available 7-14 July 2018.


ALL Counselor applications will be accepted until Monday 30 April 2018.
--Counselor MANDATORY training will take place Saturday 09 June 2018 at 9:30 AM in Bordentown

Campers, CITs and Volunteers will be able to apply until midnight on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

To apply, please visit

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Amanda Balas at or cell phone at 609-513-6403.

The New Jersey National Guard Youth Camp is organized by the Family Programs Office and is supported by the NJ National Guard Child & Youth program, as well as countless volunteers. We provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the youth of New Jersey Guard members. This is a week long, residential camp for military connected youth and teens.

You can expect a fun filled week of Sports, Arts & Crafts, Swimming, and Archery along with special activities highlighting Health & Fitness, Substance Abuse and Child Safety.

Camper Information:

9-12 year olds- We are accepting 100 youth that will be divided into 4 companies.

13 & 14 year olds- We are accepting 24 (12 male/ 12 female) that will be in 1 company.

Camper Tier System:

The camp will be open to children based on the following criteria:

Tier 1: Children/Legal dependents of a NJ National Guard member

Tier 2: Children/Legal dependents of Department of Military & Veterans Affairs employees and other uniform services

Tier 3: Other

15 year old Counselors in Training (CITs) Tier System:

ReviewTier 1: Teens who have participated in previous years at Youth Camp & Legal dependents of a NJ National Guard member

Tier 2: Teens who actively participate in Guard Teen Panel and other Child & Youth Program events/activities

Tier 3: Dependents of camp volunteers

**There will be 1 Company of CITs with 12 males & 12 females.
**Teens are required to answer questions when submitting their application.
**Teens will be notified of their status by 20 June 2018 via email.

Cost for each Camper and Counselor in Training (ages 9-15) is $175.00.

Cancelation/Refund Policy:

$100.00 refund if child cancels more than 14 days before camp, no refund if child cancels within 14 days of camp. If refund is required, the returned check will NOT be issued until the week after Youth Camp.

Junior Counselor Information:

Junior counselors are 16-17 years old and help the Senior Counselors run each company.

We will have somewhere between 28-33 Junior Counselors. There is a requirement to have an approximate balance between male and female Junior Counselors so it is important you submit your applications early. Once we reach about 15 names of one sex, the extra names will be put into a waiting list for final determination.

There is no cost for Junior Counselors.

Mandatory Junior Counselor Training

Volunteers/Senior Counselor:

We are looking for lots of Volunteers to help in running the camp and leading the various activities planned for the kids.

We want your children to meet new people and build friendships, understand the Guard and its mission, and experience life at a military camp.

Requirements to be a Volunteer

Senior & Junior Counselors are required to attend MANDATORY training on Saturday 9 June 2018 at JMFAC in Bordentown.

Acceptance Packets will NOT be mailed out this year. Instead, we will email Camp information to those accepted (ages 9 -15) no later than 20 June 2018 so please make sure you have a good email address on file.

Please contact one of the following people for more information about Youth Camp.

Amanda Balas

Kimberly Jordan


Privacy and Disclosure: New Jersey National Guard Family Programs respects your right to privacy; however, the staff members DO NOT have privileged communication. New Jersey State Family Programs Staff is required by law, with or without your consent, to contact proper authorities if they believe you intend to harm yourself or others or if family member abuse, child neglect or drug use is suspected.