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Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp returns for its 16th season of Camp in 2019! The staff continually strives to offer exciting new activities on site and stimulating off-site trip experiences to the Camp program while still providing campers with their ever-favorite games and events.  This year, Camp will continue to offer its popular Fun Food Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays,  Hot Diggity Dog Thursdays, and the alternative of a PB&J  or Yogurt/cheese lunch.  

  with the Recreation Department's online module through Community Pass 

Jefferson Rec Planning the 2019  Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp  

As we brave this 2019 crazy weather winter, inquiries are coming into the Jefferson Township Recreation Department concerning its 2019 summer day camp program which opens this year on Wednesday, June 26 and closes on Friday, August 23 (9 weeks this year) at the township’s 94-acre facility located at 81 Weldon Road in Lake Hopatcong.    Know that Camp Director Terri McCarney is busy setting up schedules, planning exciting on-site activities and off-site trips.  Recreation Program Director Carol Punturieri is busy updating the website, programming the Community Pass module, composing the text for the 2019 color brochure and flyer, etc. and expects to open up registration in mid-March through the department’s online registration partner Community Pass.  It is expected to basically be a similar program as last year but with new off-site trips and new on-site activities.   

Camp Jefferson’s facilities include a spring-fed lake for boating and fishing, open grass fields, an amphitheater, fire pit with seating, numerous themed cabins, a main community lodge with full kitchen, a recreation hall with table games, basketball courts, a picnic pavilion, high and low ropes courses, an archery range, a 40’ rock climbing wall with a vertical playpen and a 250’ zip line, two GaGa Pits, and a state-of-the-art playground.

Camp Jefferson offers a five-day week or a three-day week (both 9 AM to 3 PM) – you register for the 3 days of your choice!  A discount is offered for campers who are Jefferson Township residents; and on 5-day weeks, each additional sibling registered within the same five-day program week gets a discount!

The Pre-School program is open to all children 3 years old as of June 26 and completely potty trained, an elementary school aged program for those children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade in September 2019, a ‘Tween program for children entering 5th and 6th grades in September 2019, and a Teen program for children entering 7th and 8th grades in September 2019. 

Camp Jefferson’s program is a` la carte – you pick and choose your week(s) of camp, any and all options or choose no options and let your child just enjoy an exciting regular fun-filled camp day.  Before and/or after camp care, electives, special off-site trips, and morning only bus transportation are available for an additional charge as well as lunch options four times a week at very reasonable prices.

Open house dates are being planned for the afternoons of Sunday, March 25 and Sunday, April 8 at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ and more details will be forthcoming. The start and end date for Early Bird registration will be announced soon as well as the regular 2018 pricing.  

In the meantime, navigate this site to access the program’s 2019 information to answer many of your questions and clarify information you may have heard. NOTE:  ALL INFORMATION IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE)   Brochures, worksheets, the activities guide, and registration information are available by mid-March, and press releases will be sent out.   Be sure to continue to check the township’s website, look for announcements on the Jefferson Township Facebook page, on the Jefferson Township Moms and Dads’ Facebook page as well as in the online news vehicles covering Jefferson Township -- and

Jefferson Township’s Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp program celebrating its 16th year promises to be bigger and better than ever!


The Camp Jefferson staff does its utmost to ensure that campers are in a safe and caring environment at all times.  Its colorful state-of-the-art playground, open fields, rustic buildings, lake area, and woods lend themselves to a picturesque natural environment offering activities for kids of all ages. 

Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services' Consumer, Environmental and Occupational Health  Service under the Youth Camp Safety  Act.  In addition, the Camp facilities are thoroughly inspected each year by the Jefferson Township Health Department and the Jefferson Township Fire Bureau.   The Camp's lake is treated for aquatic vegetation on a regular basis by Aquatic Analysts, Inc., and the facilities are kept under repair throughout the year by the Jefferson Township Recreation Department's park and maintenance crews.  The Camp's rope courses, climbing wall with vertical playpen and zip line are inspected every year and repairs and upgrades are made when needed.  

Registration is open to all children and not limited to only Jefferson Township residents.  However, campers who are Jefferson Township residents are entitled to a $10 per week discount for any 5-day or 3-day week. 

Early Bird registration provides a considerable $30 discount per week!

Navigate this website for details that should answer all your questions.

Contact the Jefferson Township Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 or via email at or stop into the office at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849 any time.


Pre-school program for 3* and 4* year olds

a program for children entering Kindergarten* through 4th grade
in September 2019

a Tween Program for those entering  5th and 6th grades in September 2019!


a Teen Program for those entering  7th and 8th grades in September 2019!


 *MUST be 3 years old by 6/26/19, fully potty-trained, and a copy of certified birth certificate is required at registration for all PK and Kindergarten applicants


In a SafeWise Report dated January 20, 2014, Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp was mentioned when Jefferson Township was named as the 30th safest community in the State of New Jersey!!
Here's the excerpt...

Jefferson Township

Touted as the “year-round recreational capital of New Jersey,” the community of just more than 20,000 residents lives up to its motto. Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp is one of the community’s strongest programs. The nine week, affordable, summer camp program offers youth the chance to enjoy a huge array of activities, including miniature golf, archery, fishing, zip-line fun, character development, science and nature activities, leatherworks, water slides and more.

Jefferson also operates a rich program for special needs children that includes the Challenger Soccer Program. Just 50 miles west of Manhattan and two hours north of Philadelphia, entrepreneurs and business owners will appreciate Jefferson’s strategic locale.

Jan 20, 2014 ... When you're in the market for a home in New Jersey, selecting the ideal neighborhood to settle in is critical to your long-term happiness.

50 Safest Communities in New Jersey



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