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    WINTERFEST  --  Held during February, rustic Camp Jefferson becomes the place to sleigh-ride, toboggan, and snow tube down the hill towards the lake.  If Mother Nature cooperates, participants can expect outdoor fun with refreshments in the Community Lodge next to a roaring fire.  Ice skating also available, weather permitting.


EASTER EGG HUNT --  Open to families with young children age 9 and under, this event occurs the second Saturday before Easter at Camp Jefferson.  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 18 at Camp Jefferson!

Food Pantry donations urgently needed


            Jefferson Township, NJ.   The Jefferson Township Recreation Department will host its annual Fall Festival at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road on Saturday, October 18  from 10 am to 3 pm. This event and all activities are free to the public.

            Confirmed entertainment will include music by DJ Earl Heller of Sound Solutions, Wisch-Craft Magic Shows at 10:30 am and at 12 noon, A Mad Science demonstration entitled “Halloween Fire and Ice” at 1pm, and Karen’s Pony Rides and Petting Zoo will be on site from 10 am to 2 pm.  There will also be  daytime hayrides, a fall coloring activity, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin picking in the pumpkin patch, and the Camp Jefferson Corn Maze.  Information tables will be set up featuring the Police Department’s Community Services Unit, the NJ Forest Fire Service, and the BD&W Model Train Club display.  There will also be a special appearance by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and a night-time haunted hayride (nominal fee) throughout the spooky Camp Jefferson grounds.

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.

            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 Dial-A-Ride vans to and from off-site locations at the 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 Festival will be host to several collections throughout the day. The Recreation Department will be taking food donations for the local pantries; Girl Scout Troop 747 will be collecting new or gently used pillow cases to make dresses for African children; and the Jefferson Township High School Soccer Association will be collecting clothing, shoes, accessories, household items, and toys.  All donations will be greatly appreciated. 

 Call the Recreation Department at 973-663-8404 for information about its Fall Festival events; log on to, Departments, Recreation; or e-mail   


Jefferson’s spooktacular Halloween Haunted House is coming!

           Following the Jefferson Township Recreation Department’s annual Fall Festival event on Saturday, October 18, Jefferson Recreation proudly presents the 26th annual Halloween Haunted House at Camp Jefferson, 81 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong – rain or shine.
          Spooktacular 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 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) from 4 to 5:30 pm on October 18 with regular evening peformances from 7 to 9 pm.  On Sunday, October 19, another less frightening children’s hour matinee will run from 4:30 to 5:30 pm with regular evening performances from 6 to 8 pm. Mama’s Road Kill Café will be serving eats.
          Admission is $3 for adults and children alike for all shows, and attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) 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 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 One Jefferson Drive (off Espanong Road adjacent to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church) both in Lake Hopatcong.
          Visit the Haunted House on Facebook at,  contact Terri at or call Jefferson Recreation at 973-663-8404 for any additional  information.




I have a very unexpected surprise at our Fall Festival and it is a grand opportunity for all of our residents, young and old.  We were given an amazing last minute opportunity to have a mobile Smithsonian Exhibit here at Camp Jefferson.  It is called Animal Connections and is apparently a very, very big deal to have.  So much so, that three presidents have requested this be at the Washington Mall.


It is a very hands on and interactive exhibit about animals in different capacities.  Wildlife, farming, veterinary, etc.  I have attached several documents for your perusal to better understand the exhibit which will be on display for this weekend only.  Saturday it will be open from 10 am until 7 pm and on Sunday it will be open from 3 pm to 8 pm.  This will be on display during our Fall Festival and Haunted House programs.




I apologize for the last minute notice but as I said, it was a surprise to me too ! 


Please note: Due to our other Fall Festivities at camp we already have a shuttle set up to run from Briggs and Drummond Schools (Board Office) during the exhibit hours.  I would encourage people to use the shuttle buses.


Thank you.  Hope to see you there !!!


Grace C. Rhinesmith

Director of Recreation

Jefferson Township, New Jersey

(973) 663-8404


You’re invited to join the Zombie 5k Run

          The Jefferson Township High School Swim Team is partnering with the Jefferson Township Recreation Department for a Post-Apocalyptic 5k walk/run with Obstacles teeming with Zombies infected with the living dead virus on Saturday, October 25 at 10 am rain or shine. 
            The purpose of the event, to begin at the Jefferson Township Gazebo at 1033 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, will be to join the alliance to help save the human race.  The date is sometime in the not too distant future, and you can be among the few human survivors in this post-apocalyptic time of earth’s history.  Your mission is to get yourself and as many of your fellow humans through the course that is believed to have food, water, and cupcakes!   Also, it’s to support the Jefferson Township High School Swim Team!
          The cost is $12 per person, non-refundable, which will include a 2nd annual JTHS Swim Team Zombie Run t-shirt, if registered by October 18th.  Same-day registrants will receive t-shirts while supplies last.  Questions can be directed to Coach April Sparling at, Recreation Director Grace Rhinesmith at, or see any JTHS Swim Team member for more information.  You can print a registration form at, click on “Residents” tab to “Forms Center” to “Recreation Department”.  Checks will be made payable to JTHS STPA and mailed to Julie Mastricola, 11 Little Doe Run, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438.

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.



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