The New Jersey Department of Health, 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.

What is a pre-operational inspection?

Pre-operational inspections are conducted by the local health department (LHD) within the jurisdiction where the camp is located.  These inspections generally encompass a review of policies and procedures, records, anticipated itinerary of camper activities, facility layout and other aspects of the code that can be reviewed prior to the arrival of children. Preoperational inspections should occur prior to the camp opening for business. Although the DOH provides a list of operating camps to the LHD a month after the license renewal period (May 15) has passed, it is the responsibility of the camp operator to contact the LHD and schedule a pre-operational inspection prior to beginning operations. Click here for the directory of local health departments. 

What is an operational inspection?

An operational inspection is conducted by the New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health and Food Protection Program (PHFPP) staff. Operational inspections are designed to ensure in-session camp operations are conducted in a safe manner and adherence to staff child ratios, documented policies and procedures, background checks and similar aspects are followed during routine operations. Operational inspections are conducted on-site and are unannounced.   

Visit the Public Health Sanitation and Safety website for Frequently Asked Questions on Summer Youth Camps.

Atlantic County

Atlantic 3151 EHT PAL Youth Camp
Atlantic 3641 Camp YMCA @ Somers Point

Bergen County

Bergen 0228 Camps Sunshine - Ridgewood
Bergen 0787 Garfield YMCA
Bergen 0912 Cornerstone Day Camp
Bergen 1809 EBC Summer Enrichment Day Camp
Bergen 1821 Camp KCC
Bergen 3259 Brizilian Soccer & Swim Camp
Bergen 3289 Edgewater Performing Arts

Burlington County

Burlington 0172 YMCA Camp Ockanickon Inc dba YMCA of the Pines
Burlington 2056 Faith in Action Inc SAZ & JAAZ Summer Arts & Science Camp

Camden County

Camden 0021 Great Times Day Camp
Camden 0062 Camp Haluwasa
Camden 2560 Camp Sunbeam
Camden 3285 Haddonfield Child Care Summer Camp
Camden 5766 Heavens Little Angels Summer Camp

Essex County

Essex 0274 Valley Settlement House Day Camp
Essex 1979 BGCN Summer Enrichment Program
Essex 2112 St. Joseph School Summer Enrichment Program 1
Essex 2112 St. Joseph School Summer Enrichment Program 2
Essex 3120 Camp Half Blood West
Essex 3394 IOIM Summer Camp
Essex 6234 Best NJ Summer Camp Belleville

Gloucester County

Gloucester 2070 DSC Summer Day Camp

Hudson County

Hudson 2414 Camp Choices
Hudson 2982 Hugs and Bugs Club LLC

Hunterdon County

Hunterdon 0153 Baptist Camp & Confr Ctr
Hunterdon 3370 The Work Family Connection Day Camp

Mercer County

Mercer 3175 Camp Bridges
Mercer 3274 Camp SPAG

Middlesex County

Middlesex 0707 Camp Gan Israel of Central NJ
Middlesex 0709 Gan Israel Day Camp @ Congress Hill Farm
Middlesex 0768 Camp Ricochet
Middlesex 1154 YMCA Camp at Oakrest
Middlesex 3174 Camp Bridges
Middlesex 3669 Summer Stars Day Camp
Middlesex 6238 Best NJ Summer Camp

Monmouth County

Monmouth 0006 Brookside School Summer Day Camp
Monmouth 1648 Camp All Sports LLC
Monmouth 2031 Camp Little Shots
Monmouth 2096 Camp Rock It
Monmouth 2280 Camp Jersey Girls
Monmouth 2456 Camp Coconuts
Monmouth 2608 Camp Sunshine
Monmouth 3119 Camp Royal

Morris County

Morris 0651 Adam and Danielle's Childrens Center
Morris 0878 Gan Israel Day Camp
Morris 1020 Camp Musconetcong
Morris 1245 Camp Lewis
Morris 2945 Camp Kidville
Morris 6090 A Money Sportz
Morris 6238 Best NJ Summer Camp Randolph

Ocean County

Ocean 0135 Harvey Cedars Bible Conference
Ocean 0554 Ocean County YMCA
Ocean 1368 Kum Sung Summer Day Camp
Ocean 2987 Camp Azamrah
Ocean 3214 Treasured Angels

Passaic County

Passaic 0672 Boys and Girls Club of Hawthorne
Passaic 1393 Wayne Police Athletic League
Passaic 2115 Camp Toras Chaim 1
Passaic 2115 Camp Toras Chaim 2
Passaic 3184 Camp SPAG
Passaic 3366 Vernon Police Athletic League
Passaic 3392 Certified Angels School #20 Achievement Ctr

Somerset County

Somerset 0505 M L King Youth Center Summer Camp 1
Somerset 0505 M L King Youth Center Summer Camp 2
Somerset 0593 Day Camp Sunshine
Somerset 2504 Camp Cherry Valley
Somerset 3640 Tumbles of Princeton Summer Camp

Sussex County

Sussex 0091 Fairview Lake YMCA Camp & Blue Mountain Day Camp
Sussex 0335 Camp Wheeler
Sussex 0936 Camp Nova
Sussex 1424 Camp Somers
Sussex 1866 Camp Skylands

Union County

Union 3211 Cranfords Best Summer Camp