EASTER EGG HUNT -- Open to families with young children age 9 and under, this event occurs the second Saturday before Easter at either the Jefferson Township Middle School or the Jefferson Township High School (be sure to check the current flyer/press release for location). There are traditionally three separate groups consisting of age two and under, age three to five year olds, and six to eight year olds. Children get to visit with the Easter Bunny and parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.
FALL FESTIVAL & HAUNTED HOUSE -- Usually scheduled the second Saturday before Halloween, this event takes place at Camp Jefferson with refreshments, hayrides, pumpkin painting, and other fun events.
Celebrate Fall on October 20 at Camp Jefferson’s Fall Festival!
The Jefferson Township Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm. This event and all activities are free to the public except where noted.
Confirmed entertainment will include music by DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions, Wallaby Tales’ Eyes of the Wild live animal show at 10:30 am and at 12 noon, Freedom Fields Farms’ Pony Rides and Petting Zoo from 10 am to 2 pm, and the Pumpkin Bouncer and Inflatable Maze activities Inflatable from 9 am to 3 pm. There will also be daytime hayrides, a fall coloring activity, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin picking in the Pumpkin Patch, and a trip through the Camp Jefferson Corn Maze. The BD&W Model Train Club display will be open to the public, and there will be a Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin Contest and a Candy Corn Contest. Representatives from several Jefferson recreation sports leagues, the NJ Forest Fire Service, The Feisty Pepper, and the Jefferson Educational Foundation will be present with information. Tentatively scheduled is the Jefferson Rescue Squad, the Milton First Aid Squad, the Jefferson Township Police Department Community Services, and Smokey Bear. There will be a special appearance by Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!
Refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day with proceeds to benefit “Operation Camp Jefferson”, a scholarship fund set up for needy families so their children can have a summer day camp experience next year. Members of the Jefferson Township Middle School Student Council and Red Cross Club will be volunteering at the refreshment table, and the Student Council members will be selling Gertrude Hawk chocolate bars to benefit their community programs including food drives and toy drives.
There will be a night-time haunted hayride (nominal fee) throughout the spooky Camp Jefferson grounds during the Haunted House activities with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson Teen Scene program
When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants. Continuous shuttle service for overflow parking will be provided by the Township’s Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson bus and the Dial-A-Ride vans to and from off-site locations at the Board of Education’s Central Offices Building at 31 Route 181 and at Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School, 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road), both in Lake Hopatcong.
The Recreation Department will be accepting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and household cleaning product donations for the local pantries throughout the day’s events.
Call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 x4 or x5 for information about its Fall Festival events; log on to www.jeffersontownship.net, Departments, Recreation; or e-mail CPUNTURIERI@jeffersontownship.net
Jefferson’s spooktacular Halloween Haunted House returns
to Camp Jefferson!
Following the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 20, Jefferson Recreation proudly presents the 30th annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong rain or shine – with performances again on Sunday, October 21. This anniversary show is “The Night of the Scarecrow” and promises to be spooktacular!
Ghostly spirits will inhabit the completely transformed Community Lodge where eerie scenarios will unfold in dark and scary rooms causing you to laugh and scream your way through a diverse gathering of ghosts, ghouls, serial killers, random creatures, and things that go bump in the night! Spirits will be roaming the outside grounds as well, and DJ Earl of Sound Solutions Entertainment will be playing some bloodcurdling music for the monster mash to get the ghouls dancing. If you dare, take a haunted hay ride (a nominal fee) through the dark and mysterious woods and hold on so you don’t jump out of your skin along the road!
There will be a matinee performance (a less frightening children’s hour suggested for 5th graders and younger) from 3 to 4:30 pm on Saturday, October 20 with regular scary evening peformances from 7 to 9:30 pm. On Sunday, October 21, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 3 to 4 pm with regular scary evening performances from 6 to 8 pm. MaMa’s Road Kill Café will be offering eats and refreshments at a nominal price.
Admission to the Haunted House is $3 for adults and children for the “scary” and matinee performances. Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, and/or cleaning products to donate to the township food pantries.
When approaching Camp Jefferson, please follow the directions of the volunteer parking attendants for on-site parking. To accommodate overflow parking, continuous shuttle service will be provided by the Recreation Department’s Camp Jefferson bus and the Township’s Dial-A-Ride vans to and from the Board of Education’s Central Office Building’s parking lot at 31 Route 181 and the Ellen T. Briggs Elementary School’s parking lot at 1 Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road adjacent to Our Lady Star of the Sea R.C. Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.
If you would like to volunteer at this event, email JTHauntedHouse@gmail.com. For event updates, visit JTHauntedHouse on FACEBOOK, Instagram at JeffersonHauntedHouse, or call Grace Rhinesmith, Director of Recreation at 973-663-8404 option 2.
HOLIDAYS AT CAMP JEFFERSON -- Held on a Saturday in early December, the rustic Community Lodge at Camp Jefferson is transformed into a winter wonderland. Come visit with Rudolph, Frosty, and most importantly, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves. Music, refreshments, story time, and coloring are the norm for the day. Bring your cameras for great pictures