Environmental Health

Rules and Guidance

RULES AND GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

Youth Camps in New Jersey are governed by the Youth Camp Safety Standards N.J.A.C. 8:25.  The rule outlines the policies and procedural which must be implemented within each youth camp environment.  Although youth camp activities are primarily conducting during the summer, many youth camps operate year round offering out of school time activities for children during spring break, holidays and similar out of school periods.  Licensing activities begin in May and an active license is renewed annually. 

 

STAFF BACKGROUND CHECKS

Adult Staff Members (18 years of age and older)

Camp Director is required to conduct a criminal history record information check for each adult staff member.

Name-based Criminal History Record Information check must be requested through New Jersey State Police or equivalent.

 

Counselors (16 years of age)

Camp Director is required to conduct review of prior employment history and 3 character reference check for each new staff member.

 

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY CHECKS

Adult Staff Members (18 years of age and older)

Sex Offender Registry (Family Watchdog or equivalent) check is required to be completed annually. Written documentation is required to be maintained for as long as the staff member is employed at the camp.

 

Counselors (16 years of age)

Sex Offender Registry (Family Watchdog or equivalent) check is required to be completed annually.

 

Last Reviewed: 6/1/2021