Click on the links below for important updates!
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
ACA Exemption from State and Local Department of Health Inspections under the NJYCSA
Effective for the 2009 camp season with the readoption of the NJ Youth Camp Safety Act, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services by regulation is accepting ACA accreditation in lieu of performing state health inspections and local pre-operational and operational health inspections as it relates to the enforcement of the NJYCSA. The health inspection exemption is now law in New Jersey and will be enforced as such by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. SEE THE LINKS BELOW FOR SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IN THE REGULATIONS AND INFORMATION ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO EFFECTUATE YOUR CAMP’S EXEMPTION.
- “ACA Exemption Language” ACA Exemption Language
Print this language and keep on hand for health inspectors.
- “Where to Send Your Accreditation Certificate and Compliance Steps for Exemption” Compliance Steps for Exemption
New Jersey Youth Camp Safety Act
The Department of Health and Senior Services is charged with the licensing and regulation of youth camps in New Jersey. Please click here for links to the Department’s recently readopted and amended regulations under the NJYCSA.
- “NJYCSA Adopted Regulations” NJYCSA Adopted Regulations
NJYCASA Adopted Regulations2010
- A Summary of Changes to the NJ Youth Camp and Safety Act Regulations by Loel Muetter (April 2010)
- “2009 Changes to the Youth Camp Safety Standards” Changes to Youth Camp Safety Standards
by Loel Muetter, State of the Garden State Presentation, April 2009
ACA’s member camps have expressed concerns finding physicians and nurses for the camp season. We have compiled some helpful information to assist camps access these health care professionals.
- Place an on-line listing and/or blast your camp nurse positions to thousands of nursing professionals. Prices range from $275 – $395
- “Immunizations Q & A including information on exemptions” Vaccine Q&A
- “Immunization Chart – Immunization requirements by age” Immunization Chart
Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
Carnival and Amusement Ride Regulations
The NJ Department of Community Affairs currently views youth camps as “amusement areas” and your camp may not be in compliance with state regulations for use of inflatables, rock walls, pool slides and playground equipment – to name a few. Please click on this link to connect with important information regarding these camp activities.
- Rock Wall Exemption Letter
***Attention Camp Directors – print this letter and keep on hand at your camp for DCA inspectors!
- DCA Exemption for Gravity Propelled Activities
Department of Labor
Wage, Hours, Break Times and Overtime Regulations
With several ACA accredited camps recently experiencing audits from the NJ Department of Labor on wage, hours and overtime compliance, ACA-NJ is currently reviewing this issue to determine any changes necessary to help camps better comply with these regulations. Follow this link for key information for employment of minors and employees over 18 years of age.
- DOL form: “Schedule of Hours for Minors under 18” DOL
- “Recommended Break Form for Minors” Break Sheet for Minors
- “Summary of the New Jersey Paid Family Leave Act” Paid Family Leave
- “Handouts from labor attorney John Horowitz, Esq” Wage Hour Handouts
Labor Law presentation at State of the Garden State program, April 17, 2008.
Affidavit of Criminal History Status
Required for all returning staff, who have already been background checked in prior seasons:
Affidavit of Criminal History Status
Criminal Background Checks
- “Criminal Background Summary” Criminal Background- outline of requirements for 2010 camp season
- “Criminal History Status Affidavit/Notarized Statement” Criminal History Status Affidavit – this is a SAMPLE affidavit produced by ACA NJ Section and “informally” approved by the NJ Department of Health for your use.
Please follow these links for some useful sites:
- ACA Recommended, National Sex Offender Public Registry This site is free and checks all 50 states and US territories.
- National Sex Offender Registry
- New Jersey Sex Offender Internet Registry
For a list of vendors endorsed by NJC-GAP, NJ Criminal Background checks, please check out the Business Partner Page
Department of Transportation
Transportation, Busing and Motor Vehicle Commission
A link is provided below to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission for all the information you need for your drivers and buses.
ADA Standards for Swimming Pool Accessibility
This presentation has a ton of great information to help your organization understand the new compliance issues in regards to pool lifts and such.
ADA Pool Lifts Presentation
Compliance Specialist, Accessibility Services
Phone: 718.803.3782 #7504
ADA Pools 2010
The National Center on Accessibility encourages swimming pool owners/operators to become familiar with this document and the DOJ position. Many questions have emerged since DOJ issued the revised regulations for the Americans with Disabilities Act <http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/ADAregs2010.htm> and subsequent 2010 Standards for Accessible Design <http://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm> . Is a pool lift required at every public pool? Can a pool lift be shared between pools? Can a pool lift be portable? DOJ attempts to address these questions in the new guidance document.
The March 15, 2012 date for compliance to the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design related to swimming pools, wading pools, and spas has been extended by 60 days, until May 21st. In addition, there is a possibility for a 180-day extension depending on comments received by the Department of Justice in the next few weeks. We will keep you informed.
In the meantime it is advisable that you continue on the path to developing a compliance plan for your individual camp.