New Jersey Camps Government Affairs Project


NJC-GAP raises money to support the Camp Industry in the State of New Jersey by monitoring and responding to all legislation and regulation that may impact any and all children’s camps.

We forge relationships with government officials and regulators, making them aware of our profound youth development and economic impact. NJC-GAP partners with the NJBIA, the American Camp Association and its legislative committees, and similar camp industry legislative groups across the country.

Regardless of what kind of Camp you run, NJC-GAP works for you!

Membership benefits include

  • Immediate notification of changes in laws and regulations
  • An extensive network of experienced camp directors to share all aspects of operating a camp in New Jersey
  • Immediate access to our professional consultant/lobbyist and lawyers
  • Discounts from our business partners

Twenty or so years ago, the New Jersey Camp Industry consisted mostly of agency Camps led by job-juggling directors and private Camps led by school teachers. Camps didn’t begin enrolling until the mid-Winter or Spring, and the laws and regulations that were discussed in Trenton were hardly noticed- as Trenton didn’t seem to notice Camps much anyway. In recent years though, the landscape has changed. Camps are now directed by full-time Camp Professionals who enroll campers, hire staff, and work on their facilities 12 months per year. As suburbia has spread, more families now seek childcare and enriching experiences for their children through the many fine Camps which New Jersey has to offer. Over the last few years, the economic landscape has also changed, pressuring regulatory agencies to create new rules, tightly reinterpret and enforce the old ones, and gain revenue from as many avenues as possible.

New Jersey Camps have become acutely aware of the importance of representation in Trenton, and since 2006, NJC-GAP has employed the efforts of experienced Trenton lobbyist Claudine Leone. The results have been immediate and substantial! From rewriting the Health Dept. Camp Regulations, to the Climbing Wall exemption, to our work with the Dept. of Community Affairs and Dept. of Labor, NJC-GAP is seen nationally as an amazing example of how targeted advocacy can lead to immediate change for the better.
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Unfortunately, NJC-GAP and our ACA partners cannot subsidize our government affairs project alone. Every Camp in New Jersey needs to pitch in and contribute to this essential effort. Our purposely affordable dues chart is below:

Annual Dues Structure to be paid annually:

  • PRIVATE CAMPS – $2.50 per camper, Max. $600
  • NON-PROFIT CAMPS – 1 week’s fee, Max. $300
  • ASSOCIATE MEMBERS – Not affiliated with a particular Camp or Business: $100
  • BUSINESS MEMBERS – Includes listing on website and all printed materials: $400




New Jersey COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards

New Jersey youth summer camps are permitted to open for campers beginning on July 6, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order 149. The opening of youth camps will provide New Jersey families who are in need of childcare services with a viable option in addition to traditional childcare centers. “Youth summer camps” are defined in the Order to include youth day camps required to be licensed pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:12-1 et seq., facilities operating programs as described in N.J.S.A. 30:5B-3(b)(4), and other entities that provide daily multi-hour programming for youths, without regard to whether the program is subject to the certification requirements pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:12-1 et seq., including youth programs operated by municipal agencies. Residential and overnight camps are not permitted to operate pursuant to the Order.

As required by Executive Order 149, the Department of Health has developed these guidelines to govern the operations of youth summer camps. These guidelines set forth protocols governing all aspects of camp operations and describe the steps each camp should take to lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. Please note that given the dynamic nature of this pandemic, this guidance may be modified as the situation evolves and new data becomes available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance, “Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps,” and an easy to follow decision tool delineating factors youth camp operators should assess in determining whether to open and guidelines for operating camps safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health recommends that each youth summer camp facility review the CDC guidance materials to assist with making decisions prior to opening.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: New Jersey COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards


Please click the link below for a detailed summary of the Camp Standards: SUMMARY OF THE NJDOH COVID-19 YOUTH CAMP SUMMER CAMP STANDARDS


New Jersey COVID-19 Outdoor Pool Standards

New Jersey public recreational bathing (PRB) pool facilities, except aquatic recreation facilities, are permitted to open to the public on or after June 22, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order No. 153 (2020). Pool facilities are defined in the Order, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:26-1.3, to include conventional pools, hot tubs, spas, wading pools, special purpose pools, and aquatic recreation attractions that include, but are not limited to, “pools operated by or serving campgrounds, clubs, churches, cities, common interest communities, counties, day care centers, group home facilities for six or more clients, health spas,
institutions, parks, private lake, river, or bay associations, or private community lake, river, or bay associations, State, county, and municipal agencies, retirement communities, schools, specially exempt facilities, subdivisions, or cooperative living type projects of three or more living units, such as apartments, boarding homes, condominiums, hotels, mobile home parks, motels, recreational vehicle parks, townhouses, trailer parks, and youth camps.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance on operating and managing public pools and hot tubs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Health recommends that all pool facilities review the CDC guidance to assist with making decisions prior to opening. Pursuant to Executive Order No. 153 (2020), the Department of Health has developed these standards governing the operations of pool facilities, including the securing of staff, staff training, and other overall measures implementing the NJ COVID-19 health and safety standards. pool facility operators must comply with these standards

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE:New Jersey COVID-19 Outdoor Pool Standards