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									NEW JERSEY YOUTH CAMP STANDARDS N.J.A.C. 8:25
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SUBCHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS                     available at chapter Appendix D, which is
                                                     developed by the Department and lists
8:25-1.1 Purpose                                     certification agencies that grant certifications
(a) The purpose of this chapter is to:               acceptable in order to comply with this
1. Implement the New Jersey Youth Camp               chapter; and
Safety Act at N.J.S.A. 26:12-1 et seq. (P.L.         i. This document is also available on the
1973, c. 375);                                       Department's              webpage               at
2. Set forth the standards necessary to              http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/phss/
promote, protect, and safeguard the health           2. Health Center Supplies, available at
and well being of the youth who attend a             chapter Appendix E, which is developed by
youth camp; and                                      the Department and contains the minimum
3. Establish the minimum standards with              items required in a first aid kit or in stock at a
which each youth camp shall comply in                youth camp.
order to receive and maintain a certificate of       (c) The Department incorporates by
approval from the Department.                        reference following forms and instructions in
                                                     this chapter:
8:25-1.2 Scope                                       1. Application for Certification of Approval to
                                                     Operate a Youth Camp (CB-11), available at
(a) This chapter applies to all private youth        chapter Appendix A, is the form required of
camps operating in N.J.                              each applicant for a certificate of approval or
(b) This chapter establishes requirements            renewal certificate of approval, as indicated
for youth camps regarding the certificate of         by the appropriate selection on the form,
approval, administration, sanitation, health,        that wishes to operate a youth camp in this
safety, and operations.                              State;
(c) This chapter also covers enforcement             2. Application for Certification of Approval to
procedures applicable to each youth camp             Operate a Single Sport Youth Camp and
that fails to meet the standards established         SSYC Location List (CB-14), available at
in the Act and this chapter.                         chapter Appendix B, is the form and list
                                                     required of each applicant for a certificate of
8:25-1.3 Incorporated documents                      approval or renewal certificate of approval,
                                                     as indicated by the appropriate selection on
(a) The Department incorporates by                   the form, that wishes to operate a single
reference, as amended and supplemented,              sport youth camp in this State; and
in this chapter the following:                       3. Annual Accident Report Youth Camp
1. The Twenty-Third Revision of the United           Safety Act (CB-15) (with accompanying
States Pharmacopoeia (USP XXIII) and the             instructions and codes) available at chapter
18th Revision of the National Formulary (NF          Appendix C, is the form for reporting
XVIII), available through a written request to       accidents resulting in death or serious injury
the U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention, 12601              that every youth camp is required to submit
Twinbrook                                            the Department on an annual basis.
Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852 (Telephone:             (d) The Department's forms and instructions
800-227-8772); and                                   listed in (c) above are also available
2. Compendium of Measures to Prevent                 electronically at the Department's "Forms"
Disease Associated with Animals in Public            webpage, http://web.doh.state.nj.us/forms/
Settings, 2007, published by the Centers for         and at the Public Health Sanitation and
Disease Control in the Morbidity and                 Safety        Program         webpage           at
Mortality Weekly Report, July 6, 2007,               http://www.state.nj.us/health/eoh/phss/.
Volume 56, Number RR-5 and available at
the             following            webpage         8:25-1.4 Definitions
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtm
l/rr5605a1.htm.                                      The following words and terms, when used
(b) The Department incorporates by                   in this chapter, shall have the following
reference following documents in this                meanings unless the context clearly
chapter:                                             indicates otherwise:
1. Recognized Certifications (CPR-First Aid-
Lifeguarding-Trained        Pool    Operator),


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NEW JERSEY YOUTH CAMP STANDARDS N.J.A.C. 8:25
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"Act" means the New Jersey Youth Camp                 "Health director" means an adult who
Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 26:12-1 et seq., P.L.            meets the qualifications required by
1973, c. 375.                                         N.J.A.C. 8:25-5.2 and who is responsible
                                                      for the proper medical recordkeeping,
"Activity specialist" means a person who has          care, and treatment of all campers as
specialized training and/or experience in a           required in this chapter.
high risk activity.
                                                      "High risk activity" means any recreational
"Adult" means a person who is at least 18             component, sport or activity of a youth
years of age.                                         camp, which exposes a camper to a life-
                                                      threatening or serious injury because of the
"Applicant" means any private individual,             inherent danger of the recreational
partnership, corporation, or other entity,            component, sport or activity and which
whether for profit or nonprofit, who applies to       requires a high level of adult supervision at
the Department pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:25-             all times.
2.2 for the purpose of requesting a                   1. A high risk activity includes, but is not
certificate of approval to operate a youth            limited to, archery, swimming and other
camp.                                                 aquatic activities, horseback riding, riflery,
                                                      rope courses, motorized vehicles, and rock
"Buddy system" means a pairing of                     climbing.
campers in order to facilitate the                    2. The Department may determine whether
accounting of all campers.                            any recreational component, sport or activity
                                                      of a youth camp is a high risk activity based
"Camp director" means an individual who               on a Departmental review of the
is in charge of the youth camp and who is             components of the activity.
qualified in accordance with NJ.A.C. 8:25-
3.2.                                                  "Lifeguard" means a person who is at
                                                      least 16 years of age and who holds a
                                                      lifeguarding certificate from an organi-
"Camper" means a child under the age of 18            zation recognized by the New Jersey
attending a youth camp.                               Department of Health and Senior
                                                      Services, in accordance with N.J.AC.
"Campsite" means land, including natural              8:25-9.2(a).
features, where the main camp facilities
are located.                                          "Lifeguard supervisor" means an adult
                                                      who meets the qualifications for a
"Commissioner" means the Commissioner                 lifeguard and who is in charge at a
of the Department of Health and Senior                waterfront and supervises swimming and
Services or his or her designee.                      watercraft activities and related staff, in
"Communicable disease" shall have the                 accordance with N.J.A.C. 8:25-9.2(a).
meaning established at N.J.A.C. 8:57-1.
                                                      "Local health authority" means the local
"Counselor" means a staff member who                  board of health of any municipality or the
is at least 16 years of age.                          boards, body, or officers in such
                                                      municipality lawfully exercising any of the
"Department" means the New Jersey                     powers of a local board of health under the
Department of Health and Senior Services.             laws governing such municipality.
"Department" means the New Jersey                     "Passenger vehicle" means a motorized
State Department of Health and Senior                 vehicle that has a capacity of nine or fewer
Services.                                             persons.
"Facility" means a structure, including               "Pit toilet" means a receptacle for the
furnishings and installations, on a                   containment and disposal of excrement
campsite used for living and program                  which is not connected to a pressurized
purposes.                                             water supply.




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"Privy" means an outbuilding with one or           recreational component included in the day
more seats containing a pit for use as a           program involves no high risk activity.
toilet.                                            2. A day camp is a youth camp that operates
                                                   during the day but may occasionally allow
"Sanitary sewage" means any liquid waste           an overnight stay for no more than one night
containing animal or vegetable matter in           per week.
suspension or solution, or the water carried       3. A resident camp is a youth camp that as a
wastes resulting from the discharge of water       matter of its business has the campers stay
closets, laundry tubs, washing machines,           overnight on a regular basis.
sinks, dishwashers, or any other source of
water carried wastes of human origin or            "Youth camp operator" means any private
containing putrescible material.                   agency, organization, or person, and any
1.      Sanitary sewage excludes industrial,       individual, who operates, controls, or
hazardous, or toxic wastes and materials.          supervises a youth camp, whether such
"Septage" means the combination of                 camp is operated for profit or not-for-profit.
liquid and solid residues resulting from
the treatment of water-borne domestic              8:25-1.5 Waiver
waste in on-site treatment systems.                (a) The Commissioner may, in accordance
                                                   with the general purposes and intent of the
"Single sport youth camp" or "SSYC" means          Act, waive sections of this chapter if, in his
a camp in which all campers attend in order        or her opinion, such waiver would not
to specifically practice, play, learn and          endanger the safety or health of the public.
understand the rules of the individual sport
that the camp teaches.                             (b) The youth, camp operator seeking a
                                                   waiver              of               the
"Type I school bus" means a school bus             standards in this chapter shall apply in
having a capacity of 17 to 58 passengers,          writing to:
as determined by the vehicle manu-                           Public Health Sanitation and
facturer.                                                    Safety   Program     Consumer,
'Type II school bus" means a school bus                      Environmental and Occupational
having a capacity of 10 to 16 passengers,                    Health Services NJ Department
as    determined      by    the   vehicle                    of Health and Senior Services
manufacturer.                                                PO Box 369 Trenton, New Jersey
                                                             08625-0369
"Vehicle" means any motorized carrier
used on public highways to transport               (c) The youth camp operator shall include
campers to and from camp or places                 the following in the application for waiver:
incidental to the camp program.                    1.       A description of the waiver
                                                   requested;
"Youth camp" or "camp" means any parcel
or parcels of land having the general              2.    The specific standard(s) for which
characteristics and features of a camp as          a waiver is requested;
the term is generally understood, used             3.     Reason(s) for requesting a waiver,
wholly or in part for recreational or              including a statement of the type and
educational purposes that accommodates             degree of hardship that would result upon
five or more children under 18 years of age,       full compliance;
other than counselors or lifeguards, for a
period of, or portions of, two days or more        4.     An alternative proposal         which
within the same week and includes a site           would            ensure                public
that is operated as a day camp or as a             health and safety; and
resident camp.                                     5.    Documentation       to   support     the
1. The term "youth camp" or "camp" does            waiver application.
not include a day program, which offers only
a minimal recreational component, if the           (d) The Department reserves the right to
                                                   request additional information before


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processing an application for waiver.                  (c) The applicant shall submit a filing fee of $
(e) The Department may exempt a youth                  50.00 for a day camp and $ 100.00 for a
camp or activity from the provisions of this           resident camp.
chapter after:                                         1. The applicant shall make the fee payable
                                                       to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey."
1. A review of materials submitted by the
                                                       i. If the Department denies the application
applicant;
                                                       for certificate of approval, the fee shall be
2. An inspection of the affected premises              refunded to the applicant.
and facilities by a representative of the
Department; and                                        8:25-2.3 Issuance of a certificate of approval
3. A determination by the Department                   (a) The Commissioner shall issue a
that the conditions, practices, or                     certificate of approval to establish and
activities to be used are as safe and                  operate a youth camp based on the contents
healthful as those which would prevail if              of the completed application.
the standards were not waived.                         1. The youth camp operator or camp director
(f) As a condition of the waiver, the camp             shall ensure that youth camp structures and
director shall provide appropriate notice              facilities are in compliance with local
thereof in writing to the parents and                  building, zoning, and health codes.
guardians of the affected campers.                     2. The youth camp operator or camp director
                                                       at new camps and renovated facilities shall
SUBCHAPTER 2. Certificate of approval                  make available for review by the Department
                                                       or local health authority, upon request,
8:25-2.1 Certificate of approval                       letters of approval or a Certificate of
                                                       Occupancy, as the case may be, issued by
Any    private     individual,    partnership,         the appropriate local authority.
corporation, or other entity, whether for profit       (b) The Commissioner may issue a
or not-for-profit, desiring to operate or              provisional certificate of approval to
conduct a youth camp in New Jersey shall               establish and operate a youth camp prior to
obtain a certificate of approval from the              inspection by the Department.
Department.                                            1. Conversion to and issuance of final
                                                       approval shall be contingent upon the
8:25-2.2   Application    for   certificate   of       applicant's completion of two consecutive
approval                                               satisfactory     inspections     establishing
                                                       compliance with the Act and this chapter.
(a) An applicant for a new or renewal
certification of approval shall complete the           (c) The certificate of approval shall be
"Application for Certification of Approval to          nontransferable.
Operate a Youth Camp" (CB-11) form, with the
appropriate application type checked off,              8:25-2.4 Annual renewal of certificate of
available at chapter Appendix A.                       approval
(b) An applicant for a new or renewal single
sport youth camp certification of approval
shall complete the "Application for                    (a) Each certificate of approval shall be
Certification of Approval to Operate a Single          valid for a period of one year from the
Sport Youth Camp" form and the SSYC                    date of issue and shall be renewed
Location List (CB-14), with the appropriate            annually.
application type checked off, available at              (b) An applicant for a renewal certificate of
chapter Appendix B.                                    approval shall submit the appropriate form
1. Each applicant for a new single sport               set forth at N.J.A.C. 8:25-2.2(a) or (b), with
youth camp certification of approval shall             the renewal application type checked off, to
submit to the Department, with the                     the Department no later than May 1 of each
application, the camp's written policy and             year.
procedures as established by this chapter.             1. Each applicant for a renewal single sport
                                                       youth camp certification of approval shall
                                                       submit to the Department, with the
                                                       application, any updates to the camp's


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written policy and procedures, previously            1. The camp director shall inform the camp
submitted pursuant to N.J.A.C.8:25-2.2(b)1.          staff of these policies and practices and of
                                                     their specific duties by means of a written
8:25-2.5 Insurance                                   job description of each staff classification.
                                                     (c) The camp director shall conduct and
Each youth camp shall obtain liability               document preseason orientation and training
insurance in an amount consistent with the           for the staff.
expected risks.                                      (d) The camp director shall include the
                                                     following in the orientation:
SUBCHAPTER 3. ADMINISTRATION                         1. Verbal discussion and printed materials
                                                     on policies and procedures, which are
8:25-3.1 General care of campers                     required pursuant to this chapter, including,
                                                     but not limited to:
(a) The camp director shall state in writing         i. Personnel policies and practices;
the youth camp's policies and practices for
the discipline of its campers and provide a          ii. Job descriptions;
copy to all camp staff.                              iii. Disciplinary policies;
1. Youth camp staff and campers shall be             iv. Basic principles of emergency first aid,
prohibited from taking the following actions         blood borne pathogens, infection control,
against any camper: deprivation of food,             and hand washing practices;
isolation, subjecting to corporal punishment         v. Emergency procedures;
or abusive physical exercise, as a means of
punishment.                                          vi. Daily health surveillance procedures;
(b) The camp director shall maintain                 vii. Lost camper policies;
reasonable groupings of campers, according
                                                     viii. Lost swimmer policies; and
to the age and the capabilities of each
camper in all activities.                            ix. Any other expectations of the camp
(c) Any camp owner, operator, director,              director, as applicable.
counselor, or other employee who has                 2. The youth camp operator or camp director
reason to believe that a camper has been or          shall develop and implement a program of
is being subjected to any form of hitting,           staff training on issues related to child abuse
corporal punishment, abusive language or             and neglect, such as, but not limited to,
ridicule, or harsh, humiliating or frightening       understanding        the     staff    members'
treatment, or any kind of child abuse or             responsibilities, reporting,
neglect by any person shall immediately              recognition and observation of campers.
report such allegations to the Department of         (e) The youth camp operator shall develop
Children and Families, child abuse hotline at        and follow written procedures for the review
1-877-NJAbuse (652-2873) or TTY or TDD               of the background of each staff member.
1-800-835-5510.                                      (f) The youth camp operator or camp
                                                     director shall verify that each staff member
8:25-3.2 Staff                                       has a background free of conduct that bears
                                                     adversely upon his or her ability to provide
(a) Each youth camp shall employ a camp              for the safety and well-being of the campers.
director that is at least 21 years of age and        (g) The youth camp operator or camp
has one of the following qualifications.             director shall determine whether each staff
1. At least two seasons of administrative            member's conduct, criminal or otherwise,
experience in an organized certified camp;           disqualifies that person from employment at
2. Nine months verified experience in a              the camp by considering the factors set forth
youth program; or                                    in       (h)       through        (l)    below.
3. One season of administrative experience           (h) The youth camp operator or camp
in an organized certified camp and at least          director shall conduct a review of prior
one year teaching experience with a teacher          employment history for each new staff
certification.                                       member.
(b) The camp director shall develop and              1. The prior employment history shall
maintain a written statement of personnel            include, but not be limited to, the name,
policies and practices.                              address and phone number of a contact



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person at each place of employment.                  for an existing adult staff member prior to
 (i) The youth camp operator or camp                 June 15, 2009, then the operator or director
director shall conduct three character               shall require the staff member to complete
reference checks for each new staff member           and submit a notarized statement indicating
by contacting references provided by the             whether or not there was a change to his or
staff member that are not related to the staff       her criminal history status since completion
member.                                              of the criminal history check, in order to
 (j) The youth camp operator or camp                 satisfy the requirement in (k)1 above; and
director shall conduct a criminal history            iii. If the existing adult staff member
check for each adult staff member through            indicates that there has been a change in
either     of    the     following  methods:         his or her criminal history status then the
 1. Making a request for criminal history            youth camp operator or director shall
record information (CHRI) for noncriminal            complete a new criminal history check and
justice purposes in accordance with N.J.A.C.         follow up with the staff member;
13:59 and the procedures established by the          2. The youth camp operator or camp director
New Jersey State Police at the following             shall require each existing adult staff
website,                                             member that has not had a lapse of
http://www.njsp.org/about/serv_chrc.html.            employment greater than a continuous 12-
i. For adult staff members whose permanent           month period, to complete a notarized
residence is not New Jersey (out-of-State            statement, on an annual basis, indicating
and international), the youth camp operator          whether or not there was a change to his or
or camp director, where practical, shall also        her         criminal        history      status.
obtain from the staff member's place of              i. If the existing adult staff member indicates
residence, a criminal history check or its           that there has been a change in his or her
recognized             equivalent;        and        criminal history status then the youth camp
2. Using a vendor that provides information          operator or director shall complete a new
at least comparable to the information               criminal history check and follow up with the
available through the New Jersey State               staff                member;                and
Police as set forth in (j)1 above and is able        3. The youth camp operator or camp director
to provide criminal history information from         shall conduct a criminal history check for
New Jersey for New Jersey residents.                 each new adult staff member hired on or
i. For adult staff members whose permanent           after June 15, 2010, prior to the staff
residence is not New Jersey (out-of-State            member's                  start            date.
and international), the youth camp operator          i. The youth camp operator or camp director
or camp director, where practical, shall also        shall treat an existing adult staff member
obtain from the staff member's place of              that has had a lapse of employment at any
residence, a criminal history check or its           point greater than a continuous 12-month
recognized                         equivalent.       period as a new adult staff member for the
(k) The youth camp operator or camp                  purposes           of         this      section.
director shall conduct a criminal history            ii. The youth camp operator or director may
check for each adult staff member according          allow an adult staff member to start work
to        the        following      schedule:        prior to receiving the results of a criminal
1. By June 15, 2010, the youth camp                  history background check, but the operator
operator or camp director shall conduct a            or director shall ensure that the new staff
criminal history check for each existing adult       member is supervised while working with
staff member that has not had a lapse of             campers until receipt of satisfactory results.
employment greater than a continuous 12-             iii. Once a new staff member has been
month                                  period.       employed by the camp without a lapse of
i. The Department shall accept a criminal            employment greater than 12 continuous
history check that the youth camp operator           months, the youth camp operator or director
or camp director completed for an existing           shall comply with the standards established
adult staff member on or after June 15,              at                   (k)2                above.
2009, as satisfying the requirement in (k)1          (l) The youth camp operator or director shall
above;                                               complete a sex offender registry check for
ii. If the youth camp operator or camp               each staff member annually through the
director completed a criminal history check          following                            methods:


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NEW JERSEY YOUTH CAMP STANDARDS N.J.A.C. 8:25
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1. Family watchdog(R), a national sex                    additional staff member for every additional
offender                 registry,             at        seven campers.
http://www.familywatchdog.us/,         or     any        (q) At a minimum, an adult, who is assisted
national sex offender registry or a vendor               by a counselor, shall be responsible for the
that can retrieve national sex offender                  care and supervision of each group of eight
registry             information;             and        campers, or portion thereof, for all camp
2. The New Jersey Sex Offender Internet                  activities, including off-site camp activities,
Registry when New Jersey does not                        for all campers who are less than two-and-
participate in the selected national sex                 one-half years of age.
offender registry or a vendor cannot obtain              1. If a group exceeds eight campers, then
sex offender registry information from New               the camp director shall ensure that a
Jersey.                                                  supervision ratio is maintained at one
(m) The youth camp operator or camp                      additional staff member for every additional
director                                    shall:       four campers.
1. Maintain written documentation verifying              (r) The camp director shall develop,
the background and character of each staff               implement, and document in writing a
member, as set forth in (h) through (l)                  procedure to keep track of the location and
above, for as long as employment continues               safety of all campers during all camp
at            the           camp;             and        activities.
2. Make such documentation available to the              (s) The camp director shall not be included
Department or local health authority upon                in the required staff ratios set forth in (o)
request.                                                 through (q) above in camps serving over 50
(n) High risk activities shall be conducted by           children.
a qualified adult activity specialist.
1. High risk activities shall be conducted in            SUBCHAPTER 4. PHYSICAL PLANT AND
accordance with guidelines issued by an                  ENVIRONMENT
organization recognized in the specialized
field, current as of the date of the activity.           8:25-4.1 Site
i. The camp director shall maintain, on-site,
a copy of the most recent guidelines for                 (a) The youth camp operator shall ensure
each high risk activity, which the youth camp            that the location of the youth camp does not
offers.                                                  present a fire, health, or safety hazard.
(o) At a minimum, an adult, who is assisted              1. Any youth camp constructed after June,
by a counselor, shall be responsible for the             1974, shall not be divided by a public
care and supervision of each group of 20                 highway or railroad.
campers, or portion thereof, for all camp                (b) The youth camp operator shall ensure
activities, including off-site camp activities,          that the youth camp is located on land that
for all campers                                          provides good natural drainage or is
five up to, and including, 17 years of age.              properly drained through engineered means,
1. If a group exceeds 20 campers, then the               so that there is no standing water.
camp director shall ensure that a                        (c) The youth camp operator or camp
supervision ratio is maintained at one                   director shall protect campers from
additional staff for every additional 10                 hazardous areas, such as roadways, cliffs,
campers.                                                 sinkholes, pits and abandoned excavations.
(p) At a minimum, an adult, who is assisted              1. The youth camp operator or camp director
by a counselor, shall be responsible for the             shall ensure that all hazardous areas are
care and supervision of each group of 14                 guarded or fenced off and warning signs
campers, or portion thereof, for all camp                posted to eliminate the possibility of
activities, including off-site camp activities,          accidents.
for all
campers two-and-one-half years up to, and                8:25-4.2 Buildings
including, four years of age.
1. If a group exceeds 14 campers, then the               (a) The youth camp operator shall ensure
camp director shall ensure that a                        that youth camp structures and facilities are
supervision ratio is maintained at one                   in compliance with local building, zoning,
                                                         and health codes.


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NEW JERSEY YOUTH CAMP STANDARDS N.J.A.C. 8:25
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1. The youth camp operator or camp director             i. Be protected from flies, vermin and insects
at new camps and renovated facilities shall             where possible;
make available for review by the Department             ii. Be located so as to ensure privacy and
or local health authority, upon request,                quiet;
letters of approval or a Certificate of                 iii. Be situated away from the kitchen or food
Occupancy, as the case may be, issued by                preparation areas; and
the appropriate local authority.                        iv. Include medical equipment and supplies
(b) The youth camp operator shall ensure                deemed necessary by the directing
that, in new construction of a resident youth           physician or the health director for the
camp, the enclosed structure containing                 welfare of the campers; and
sleeping      quarters      is   separated    *in       5. The health center shall be furnished with
accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23, the Uniform              clean mattresses and sheets.
Construction Code per the structure's                   i. Air mattresses or exercise pads may be
construction type and occupancy*.                       used as a reasonable alternative providing
(c) The camp director in a resident youth               that they are made of a cleanable material
camp shall ensure that each camper is                   that can be easily disinfected.
provided with his or her own bed and not                ii. More than one mattress may be
less than 300 cubic feet of air space in his or         necessary depending on the type and size
her sleeping quarters, with at least two feet           of the camp, with no less than one mattress
of space between the sides                              for the first 50 campers and one additional
of each bed.                                            mattress for each additional 200 campers.
1. If tents are used as permanent sleeping
quarters, the camp director shall ensure that           8:25-4.3 Heating plant
at least 30 square feet of floor space is
provided for each camper.                               (a) The youth camp operator shall ensure that
(d) The camp director in a resident youth               heating     equipment    conforms     to   the
camp shall ensure that the total window or              requirements of the New Jersey Uniform
skylight area, as measured between stops,               Construction Code at N.J.A.C. 5:23.
for every habitable room is 10 percent of the           (b) The camp director shall maintain the
floor area of such room.                                heating equipment at a minimum inside
1. Campers or staff shall be able to open               ambient temperature of 68 degrees
any windows and/or skylights at least 40                Fahrenheit when the outside temperature
percent.                                                less than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
(e) The camp director shall ensure that                 (c) The camp director shall prohibit the use
during fly season, every door, window, or               of portable heating devices in the youth
other opening to the outside, which is used             camp.
for ventilation, is outfitted with a screen of at       (d) The camp director shall ensure that all
least 16 mesh.                                          fireplaces and hot water and steam radiators
1. Each screen door shall swing outward                 and pipes are shielded to prevent burns.
and have an operable self-closing device.
(f) The camp director shall ensure that a               8:25-4.4 Equipment
health center is established and maintained
on the campsite for the temporary isolation             (a) The camp director shall ensure that all
and treatment of sick or injured members of             equipment used in the youth camp's
the camp community, in accordance with the              programs are of good quality and do not
following:                                              present undue risk of injury to campers or
1. The health center may be a room, tent, or            staff.
building;                                                (b) The camp director shall prohibit power
2. Hot water shall be available at the health           equipment from being stored or left
center;                                                 unattended in camp areas.
3. If hot water is not readily available, hand
sanitizing facilities, such as waterless hand           SUBCHAPTER 5. HEALTH
sanitizers shall be maintained on-site at the
health center;                                          8:25-5.1 Health program
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(a) The camp director shall ensure that the          1. The reporting requirement in (f) above
youth camp establishes a medical program.            does not apply to minor injuries, which
1. This medical program shall be under the           require only first aid treatment and which do
direction of a physician licensed to practice        not involve professional medical treatment,
medicine or osteopathy in New Jersey or a            loss of consciousness, restriction of activity
dedicated health director as set forth at            or motion, or premature termination of the
N.J.A.C. 8:25-5.2.                                   camper's stay at the camp.
(b) The camp director or health director shall
make arrangements with the local                     8:25-5.2 Health director
Emergency Medical Service or ambulance
squad, documented in writing, for medical            (a) At all resident youth camps, the camp
transport to the nearest hospital in order to        director shall ensure that a health director is
treat campers with serious injuries and/or           on duty at all times who is an adult and
illnesses.                                           either:
1. The health director shall:                        1. A physician licensed by the New Jersey
i. Maintain on-site, written parental consent        State Board of Medical Examiners to
for emergency medical treatment; and                 practice medicine or osteopathy;
ii. Provide a copy of the consent to                 2. A registered nurse or licensed practical
accompany each camper on all off-site trips.         nurse, licensed by the New Jersey Board of
(c) The health director shall maintain at the        Nursing;
health center, a bound medical log, listing          3. An individual who is certified in advanced
the date, name of patient, ailment, treatment        first aid, paramedic or emergency medical
and the name of the person who                       technician or first responder/CIM accredited
administered treatment.                              by a certification agency approved by the
1. If a camper's injury or illness is serious,       Department as listed in "Recognized
as determined by the health director, the            Certifications (CPR-First Aid-Lifeguarding-
health director shall notify the parent or           Trained Pool Operator)," available at
guardian as soon as possible.                        chapter Appendix D; or
(d) The health director shall develop a              4. An athletic trainer that has a valid
written outline of daily procedures for health       certification from the Board of Certification,
surveillance of campers and staff.                   Inc. (BOC).
1. The health director shall isolate any             i. Information on the BOC is available
camper or staff member suspected of having           through a written request to Board of
a communicable disease, until medical                Certification, Inc., 4223 South 143rd Circle,
assistance is obtained.                              Omaha, Nebraska 68137-4505, or through
2. The health director shall document all            the following toll free telephone number
obvious and unusual observations made                (877)       262-3926,     or     online      at
during the daily health surveillance, as             http://www.bocatc.org/.
determined by the camp's established                 (b) The camp director at a day youth camp,
procedures in (d) above.                             at a minimum, shall have on duty at all
(e) The camp director shall report all serious       times, a health director who is an adult and
injuries to the Department's Youth Camp              is certified by the American Red Cross in
Safety Project within 24 hours at (609) 826-         Standard First Aid-level training, or has
4941 or by fax at (609) 826-4992 including:          equivalent certification approved by the
1. Death;                                            Department as listed in "Recognized
2. Head, neck or spinal cord injuries;               Certifications (CPR-First Aid-Lifeguarding-
3. Any injury, which renders a camper                Trained Pool Operator)," available at
unconscious; and                                     chapter Appendix D.
4. Any serious injury, which involves                1. The camp director shall ensure that day
professional medical treatment.                      youth camps that occasionally have
(f) On or before September 15, of each year,         overnight stays for no more than one night
every camp director shall report to the              per week be staffed with a health director
Department all accidents resulting in death          that meets the requirements of (a) above.
or serious injury, using the "Annual Accident        (c) All day and resident youth camp health
Report Youth Camp Safety Act" (CB-15)                directors shall hold a certification from the
form, available at chapter Appendix C.               American Red Cross, American Heart


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Association, or other certification agency             supervision and any limitations commonly
approved by the Department as listed in                associated with the medication.
"Recognized Certifications                             (e) The health director shall maintain the
(CPR-First Aid-Lifeguarding-Trained Pool               following information on file in the camper's
Operator)," available at chapter Appendix D,           medical record when any medications are
in professional-level infant, child, and adult         administered:
cardiopulmonary resuscitation.                         1. The camper's name and parental
(d) The camp director shall not be the health          authorization;
director in camps serving over 50 children.            2. The name of the medication administered;
1. The health director shall not be any                3. The condition for which the medication is
individual who has responsibilities in a high          being used and any cautionary information
risk activity that is ongoing at the same time         specific to the medication;
as the health director position.                       4. The instructions for administration,
                                                       including the dosage and frequency of
8:25-5.3   Medication    administration    and         administration;
storage                                                5. The date, time, and name of the person
                                                       administering the medication to the camper;
(a) The health director or adult designee              6. Any medication error;
shall administer prescription medication only          7. Any adverse drug reaction; and
after receipt of written authorization from the        8. Whether any contact was made with the
camper's parent, guardian, prescriber, or in           prescribing physician pursuant to (f) below.
accordance with the camp's treatment                   (f) The health director shall inform the
procedures.                                            prescribing physician of any medication
1. Each camper shall be identified prior to            error or adverse drug reaction.
medication administration.                             (g) The health director shall return any
(b) The health director shall establish written        unused medication to the camper's parent or
medical policies and procedures on the                 guardian within three working days after the
treatment of illness and injury and the                camper's last day.
administration of nonprescription drugs.               1. The health director shall destroy any
(c) The health director shall ensure that all          medication he or she is unable to return.
medications:                                           (h) The camp director or health director shall
1. Are labeled and stored in the original              inform the parent or guardian prior to the
container or prescription container, as                time of enrollment if their youth camp does
applicable, and in accordance with                     not administer medications.
manufacturer instructions;
2. Are stored in a secure area that is                 8:25-5.4 First aid supplies
inaccessible to the campers;
3. That requires refrigeration are kept in a           (a) The health director shall maintain at the
separate, locked box in the refrigerator, in a         youth camp the minimum first aid supplies
locked refrigerator, or in a refrigerator in a         set forth in "Health Center Supplies,"
locked medication room.                                available in chapter Appendix E.
i. The refrigerator shall have a thermometer           (b) First aid supplies shall be:
to indicate temperature in conformance with            1. Available at all times; and
United States Pharmacopoeia requirements               2. Fully restocked within 48 hours of use.
set forth in the Twenty-third Revision of the          (c) The health director shall ensure that a
United States Pharmacopoeia (USP XXIII)                first aid kit is:
and the 18th Revision of the National                  1. Available for out-of-camp trips; and
Formulary (NF XVIII);                                  2. Stocked with the items deemed
4. For external use are kept separate from             appropriate and necessary for the activities
drugs for internal use; and                            of that trip.
5. Dispensed for one camper shall not be
administered to another camper.                        8:25-5.5 Health records
(d) The health director shall insure that staff
members are informed as to the medication              (a) The parent or guardian of a camper shall
needs of each camper under their direct                complete and submit a written health history
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the youth camp for review by the health               8:25-6.1 General provisions
director, including all known:
1. Physical conditions;                               (a) Each camp director shall ensure that the
2. Mental conditions; and                             youth camp establishes written emergency
3. Allergies.                                         procedures that address, at a minimum,
(b) All staff, or the parent or guardian of a         evacuation of the camp, fires, natural
staff member if under the age of 18 at the            disasters, serious accidents, illness or injury,
time of employment, shall submit a written            and lost camper(s).
health history, prior to employment, to the           1. Camp directors may use information
youth camp for review by the health director,         provided by the New Jersey State Police,
including all known:                                  Office of Emergency Management at
1. Physical conditions;                               http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/programs/traini
2. Mental conditions; and                             ng-about.html, as guidance.
3. Allergies.                                         2. The camp director shall inform each staff
(c) The health director shall maintain the            member of his or her duties in case of an
written health histories for campers and staff        emergency.
on file at the youth camp during the camp             (b) The camp director shall conduct fire and
season.                                               emergency drills at least once each camp
(d) All campers shall:                                period or every two weeks, whichever is
1. Be immunized, with the vaccinations                more frequent.
required for child-care center, preschool or          (c) The camp director shall ensure that a list
school attendance, as appropriate for the             of emergency phone numbers be provided
camper's       age,     according   to    the         and posted at a minimum in the main office,
immunization schedule set forth at                    the health center, and waterfront area, if
Immunization of Pupils in School, N.J.A.C.            applicable.
8:57-4; or
2. Provide a statement from a physician that          8:25-6.2 Hazardous substances
immunization is in progress.
(e) The youth camp shall adhere to the                The camp director shall ensure that the
requirements established at N.J.A.C. 8:57-            storage and handling of flammable liquids
4.3(a) and (b) regarding medical exemptions           and hazardous substances conforms with
for campers from immunization, where the              the requirements of the New Jersey Uniform
immunization is medically contraindicated.            Construction Code at N.J.A.C. 5:23 and
1. The camp director or health director may           applicable local laws and ordinances.
exclude from the youth camp those campers
with medical exemptions from receiving                8:25-6.3 Firefighting equipment
specific immunizations during a vaccine-
preventable disease outbreak or threatened            (a) The camp director of a camp that uses
outbreak       as    determined     by    the         fire extinguishers shall ensure that fire
Commissioner.                                         extinguishers meet the requirements of the
(f) The youth camp shall adhere to the                Fire Underwriters Association and are
requirements established at N.J.A.C. 8:57-            strategically placed so that they are easily
4.4(a) regarding religious exemptions for             accessible.
campers from immunization.                            (b) The camp director of a camp described
1. The camp director or health director may           in (a) above shall ensure that each fire
exclude from the youth camp those children            extinguisher is:
with religious exemptions from receiving              1. Serviced regularly;
immunizations during a vaccine-preventable            2. Inspected at the time application is made
disease outbreak or threatened outbreak as            for the certificate of approval; and
determined by the Commissioner.                       3. Inspected at periodic intervals for proper
(g) The camp director shall maintain on file          care and maintenance.
at the youth camp all immunization records
and medical and/or religious exemptions for           8:25-6.4 Fire safety
each camper during the camp season.
                                                      (a) The youth camp operator or camp
SUBCHAPTER 6. SAFETY                                  director shall obtain a certification from the


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State or local fire marshal that the youth             8:25-7.2 Potable water
camp is in compliance with all local and               (a) The youth camp operator shall ensure
State fire codes and rules.                            that the youth camp provide a potable water
(b) The youth camp shall conform to the                supply that meets the requirements of the
requirements of the Forest Fire Prevention             New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act,
and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 13:9-19,                     N.J.S.A. 58:12A-1 et seq. and all rules
incorporated herein by reference.                      promulgated        thereunder,      regarding
(c) The camp director shall ensure that only           construction, operation, and water quality.
tents made of fire-retardant fabrics are used          (b) A camp director whose youth camp is
at the campsite.                                       open for less than a calendar quarter every
(d) The camp director shall ensure that all            year shall present the Department or local
permanent structures, which are used as                health authority evidence of a water
sleeping quarters shall be equipped with a             bacteriological and nitrate analysis deemed
smoke detector.                                        satisfactory by the standards of (a) above,
1. The camp director shall ensure that                 prior to opening for the season.
smoke detector is checked and in working               (c) The camp director shall ensure, as
order prior to the first day of camp.                  applicable, that drinking fountains conform
                                                       to the requirements of the New Jersey
SUBCHAPTER 7. FOOD AND WATER                           Uniform Construction Code at N.J.A.C. 5:23.

8:25-7.1 Nutrition and meal service                    8:25-7.3 Water sampling records

(a) The camp director shall ensure that the            The camp director or youth camp operator
youth camp conforms to Sanitation in Retail            shall ensure that the results of water
Food Establishments and Food and                       samples required by N.J.A.C. 8:25-7.2 be
Beverage Vending Machines, N.J.A.C. 8:24,              assembled, recorded, and maintained on
with respect to foods and food service.                site and available for inspection by the
(b) The camp director shall ensure that the            Department, the local health authority,
youth camp provides food of sufficient                 and/or the Department of Environmental
quantity and nutritional quality to provide for        Protection.
the dietary needs of each camper.
(c) The camp director shall ensure that the            SUBCHAPTER 8. TRANSPORTATION
youth camp prepares and serves meals in
an appetizing and sanitary manner, and                 8:25-8.1 Vehicles
shall prepare meals as close to serving time
as possible.                                           The camp director shall ensure that
(d) The camp director shall ensure that the            transportation for campers provided by the
youth camp posts the week's menu in the                camp conforms to the requirements of Motor
food preparation area.                                 Vehicles and Traffic Regulation, N.J.S.A.
1. Food substitutes shall be noted on the              39:1-1 et seq., and the Motor Vehicle
menus in writing.                                      Commission rules promulgated
2. After use, the menus shall be kept on file          thereunder at N.J.A.C. 13:21.
for the entire period of the camping season.           8:25-8.2 Vehicle-related safety practices
(e) The camp director shall ensure that the            (a) The camp director shall ensure the
youth camp schedules mealtimes to meet                 following when providing, or making
the camper's needs and so that there are no            provision for, transportation of campers:
excessively long periods of time without               1. Campers shall never be left unattended in
food.                                                  a bus or vehicle;
1. At least three meals and two snacks shall           2. Campers shall only enter and exit from
be provided each day in a resident youth               the curbside of the bus or vehicle;
camp.                                                  3. The interior and exterior of each bus or
(f) The camp director shall ensure that the            vehicle shall be maintained in a clean and
youth camp meets all of the requirements at            safe condition with clear passage to
N.J.A.C. 8:24 when permitting potentially              operable doors;
hazardous foods to be brought on site.                 4. Each bus or vehicle used to transport
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shall be equipped with child passenger                   8:25-8.4 Recordkeeping
restraint systems which meet Federal motor
vehicle safety standards, in accordance with             (a) The camp director shall ensure that the
provisions of the Motor                                  youth camp establish and maintain a record
Vehicle Commission, pursuant to N.J.S.A.                 of the following:
39:3-76.2a;                                              1. Transportation routes;
i. The child passenger shall be secured in               2. Names of the campers being transported;
the restraint system when the vehicle is in              3. The name and address of the driver;
motion.                                                  4. A photo static copy of his or her valid
5. The driver shall not transport more                   school bus drivers license; and
persons than specified by the manufacturer               5. If a contractor is used to provide
of the vehicle;                                          transportation services, the name and
6. All passengers shall be seated and shall              address of the contractor.
remain seated whenever the bus or vehicle                (b) The camp director shall ensure that all
is in motion;                                            drivers possess a valid Commercial Driver's
7. In addition to the driver, at least one adult         License with a "P" and "S"endorsement and
counselor shall be present for every 10                  maintain a copy of the license on file.
campers        or   portion     thereof,   being         (c) The camp director shall maintain on file,
transported in any one vehicle to and from               the name and address of the person(s)
off-site trips, except that at least one adult or        designated as the additional adult(s) to
counselor shall be present for every seven               whom each camper may be released as set
children who are under the age of six and                forth at N.J.A.C. 8:25-8.2(c), and the license
one adult counselor shall be present for                 tag number of the school bus or vehicle to
every four children under the age of two and             which each camper is assigned.
a half;                                                  (d) The camp director shall maintain on file,
8. The driver shall check the vehicle daily to           documentation of emergency evacuation
ensure that the vehicle and all safety                   drills for all passengers who ride the Type I
equipment are in sound operating condition;              or Type II school buses in a log book
and                                                      containing the following:
9. The driver shall check the vehicle after              1. The date of the drill;
each run is complete to ensure that no                   2. The number of passengers;
campers remain in the vehicle.                           3. The time taken to evacuate the bus; and
(b) The camp director shall establish a                  4. The signature of the person conducting
written policy in which preschool campers                the drill.
shall only be discharged from a vehicle to
the custody of a designated person.                      8:25-8.5 Special requirements for campers
(c) The camp director shall obtain from each             with physical disabilities, non-ambulatory
parent or guardian in writing the name(s) of             campers
the person(s) to whom the youth camp can
discharge the camper.                                    (a) The camp director shall ensure
(d) The camp director shall ensure that the              compliance with the following additional
youth camp perform emergency evacuation                  vehicle requirements, if the youth camp
drills for Type I and Type II school buses at            provides or arranges for transportation
least once during each camping session or                services for *[physically handicapped]*
at least once every four weeks, whichever is             campers *with physical disabilities*
more frequent.                                           who are non-ambulatory:
                                                         1. A ramp device or a hydraulic lift shall be
8:25-8.3 Vehicle insurance                               provided with a lift minimum payload of 800
                                                         pounds;
The youth camp operator shall ensure that                i. If a ramp device is installed, it shall, have a
the youth camp, person(s), or agency which               non-skid surface, be securely stored, be
provides transportation for campers maintain             protected from the elements when not in
vehicle liability insurance for bodily injury or         use, and have at least three feet of length
death as specified by applicable State                   for each foot of incline.
statutes and rules.                                      2. Wheelchairs shall be securely fastened
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3. The arrangement of wheelchairs shall not            (c) A lifeguard supervisor and one lifeguard
impede access to the emergency or exit                 shall be on duty, during non-instructional
door;                                                  swimming, when there are 30 or fewer
4. Seat belts, or other restraints approved by         campers in the water.
the Motor Vehicles Commission shall be                 1. One additional lifeguard shall be on duty
installed for each passenger, including those          for every additional 30 campers or fraction
seated in wheelchairs; and                             thereof that are in the water.
5. Aisles leading from a wheelchair position           (d) One lifeguard and two adults or one adult
to an emergency or exit door shall have a              lifeguard and two counselors shall be on
minimum width of 30 inches.                            duty, during instructional swimming, when
                                                       there are 30 or fewer campers in the water.
SUBCHAPTER 9. WATERFRONT SAFETY                        1. One additional lifeguard shall be on duty
                                                       for every additional 30 campers or fraction
8:25-9.1 Swimming areas                                thereof that are in the water.
(a) The youth camp operator or camp                    (e) One lifeguard with the assistance of two
director shall ensure that the youth camp              adults, for each 20 or fewer campers who
uses swimming pools and bathing beaches,               are in the water, shall supervise swimming
which conform to all applicable municipal              pools having a maximum depth of 36 inches
ordinances, State statutes, and the Public             and having a maximum swimming area of
Recreational Bathing rules, N.J.A.C. 8:26,             500 square feet.
except as otherwise specified in this                  1. One additional lifeguard and one
subchapter.                                            additional adult shall be on duty for every
(b) The camp director shall ensure that the            additional 20 campers or fraction thereof
youth camp designates sections in its                  that are in the water.
permanent swimming areas, if any, for non-             (f) The camp director shall ensure that the
swimmers, beginners, and swimmers.                     youth camp conducts off-site swimming
1. The lifeguard supervisor shall designate            activities only at public recreational bathing
these sections in accordance with the                  facilities having waterfront staffing in
guidelines of his or her certification agency,         compliance with the Public Recreational
as set forth at N.J.A.C. 8:25-9.2(a).                  Bathing rules, N.J.A.C. 8:26,
                                                       and provides prior notification of arrival to
8:25-9.2 Waterfront staff                              the operator of the public recreational
                                                       bathing facility.
(a) All lifeguards and lifeguard supervisors in        1. Upon arrival at the public recreational
the youth camp, or any place where youth               bathing facility, the youth camp group leader
camp activities are conducted, who                     shall notify the waterfront supervisor(s) of
supervise wading, swimming, or watercraft              the public recreational bathing facility as to
programs shall be certified as lifeguards by           the size of the youth camp group, age range
a certification agency approved by the                 of the group, and any campers with
Department as listed in "Recognized                    disabilities, if accommodations are needed.
Certifications (CPR-First Aid-Lifeguarding-            2. An adult, who is assisted by a counselor,
Trained Pool Operator)," available at                  shall be responsible for:
chapter Appendix D.                                    i. The care and supervision of every 20
1. Each lifeguard and lifeguard supervisor's           campers at off-site swimming activities; and
certification shall be appropriate to the level        ii. Maintaining the supervision ratios
of training and supervision necessary for his          established at N.J.A.C. 8:25-3.2(o), thru (q).
or her position.                                       (g) The camp director shall ensure that the
2. A lifeguard shall be at least 16 years of           youth camp maintains written policies and
age, and a lifeguard supervisor shall be at            procedures on-site delineating the youth
least 18 years of age.                                 camp's responsibilities for off-site swimming.
(b) A lifeguard supervisor shall attend and            1. The camp director shall develop and
supervise each non-instructional swimming              implement a method to keep track of the
program.                                               location and safety of all campers during off-
1. The lifeguard supervisor shall ensure that          site swimming activities.
watercraft activities are conducted pursuant
to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 8:25-9.4.                8:25-9.3 Swimming procedures


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                                                        buoyant Type I, II, III, or V personal flotation
(a) If a youth camp includes swimming                   device, which is in good and serviceable
activities, the camp director shall:                    condition and of appropriate size for the
1. Develop a system to asses the swimming               intended user.
ability of each camper and classify each                1. The camper or staff member shall wear
camper as a non-swimmer, beginner or                    the personal flotation device while occupying
swimmer; or                                             the watercraft.
2. Classify all campers as non-swimmers.                (c) The camp director shall ensure that the
(b) The camp director shall ensure that the             youth camp provide a lifeguard in a lifeboat
youth camp confines campers to swimming                 or in a rescue craft with another adult
areas commensurate with the limits of their             observing the watercraft activity from a
swimming ability or in a swimming area                  vantage point on the shore for the
which requires lesser skills for which they             supervision of boating on lakes, tidal waters,
have been classified.                                   and ponds.
(c) In order for a youth camp to classify a             1. The rescue craft shall be capable of
camper as a swimmer, the camper shall be                supporting two adults.
able to:                                                2. The lifeboat or rescue craft shall be
1. Exclusive of a swimming instructional                equipped with a rescue ring or similar
session, jump feet first into water, which is           device, which is attached to a minimum of
over his or her head and come to the                    25 feet of rope.
surface;
2. Swim a distance of 25 feet and change                SUBCHAPTER 10. SANITATION
directions using different strokes; and
3. Swim another distance of 25 feet, stop,              8:25-10.1 Plumbing
and float or tread water for one minute.
(d) Camp director's shall establish and                 The youth camp operator shall ensure that
implement a system of supervising and                   all plumbing and plumbing fixtures conform
checking bathers using the check or buddy               to the requirements of the New Jersey
board, the buddy system, the colored cap                Uniform Construction Code at N.J.A.C. 5:23.
system, or any combination thereof.
1. A member of the aquatics staff shall                 8:25-10.2 Sewer lines and appurtenances
supervise the system during swimming
periods.                                                The youth camp operator shall ensure that
2. A member of the waterfront staff shall               the sewer lines and appurtenances conform
conduct bather checks at least every 10                 to the requirements of the Pollutant
minutes.                                                Discharge    Elimination   System   rules,
(e) The camp director shall develop and                 N.J.A.C. 7:14A.
institute a written lost swimmer plan, which
includes, at a minimum, the following:                  8:25-10.3 Storm sewer drainage
1. All staff responsibilities and duties in case
of a waterfront emergency.                              The youth camp operator shall ensure that
2. The requirements that a lost swimmer drill           storm water sewers are separate and apart
be held and documented at least once every              from any sanitary sewage disposal system.
two weeks.
                                                        8:25-10.4 Sewage disposal facilities
8:25-9.4 Watercraft
                                                        (a) No person shall construct, expand, or
(a) The camp director shall only permit staff           operate a youth camp unless the local
and campers to conduct watercraft activities            health authority and the Department of
during daylight hours.                                  Environmental Protection, as applicable,
1. The camp director shall ensure that staff            have granted approval for the sewage
is appropriately trained for watercraft                 disposal facilities.
activities.                                             (b) Where sewage disposal is to be effected
(b) The waterfront staff shall provide each             at the campsite by subsurface means, the
staff member and camper that is an                      sewage disposal facilities shall be designed
occupant of a watercraft an inherently                  and constructed pursuant to the Standards


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for Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal              occupants, if urinals are used in the youth
Systems, N.J.A.C. 7:9A, provided the total             camp.
daily volume of sewage generated does not              2. Day youth camps shall provide one toilet
exceed the limitations of N.J.A.C. 7:9A-1.8.           for every 20 persons.
1. The youth camp operator shall obtain                i. If the camp is an all male day youth camp,
approval from the local health authority               one toilet and one urinal, or equivalent, shall
and/or the Department of                               be provided for every 30 persons.
Environmental Protection, as applicable, for           (c) Each flush toilet shall be in a separate
the subsurface sewage disposal facility                compartment equipped with a door to
based on the standards set forth in (b)                ensure privacy.
above.                                                 (d) The camp director shall provide an
(c) Where sewage disposal is to be affected            adequate supply of toilet paper for each
by means of an individual subsurface                   toilet.
sewage disposal system that exceeds the                (e) The camp director shall ensure that flush
limitations of N.J.A.C. 7:9A-1.8 or a                  toilets and urinals are maintained in a clean
wastewater treatment plant discharging a               and sanitary condition.
treated effluent into the waters of this State,        1. Whenever a youth camp is occupied,
such system or plant shall be designed and             youth camp staff shall wash toilet seats at
constructed pursuant to the Pollutant                  least once a day with a disinfectant solution.
Discharge      Elimination    System     rules,        2. Unless provided with a flushing device,
N.J.A.C. 7:14A.                                        youth camp staff shall wash urinals daily
1. The youth camp operator shall obtain                with a disinfectant solution.
approval from the local health authority               (f) The camp director shall ensure that the
and/or the Department of Environmental                 female bathroom facility has a container for
Protection, as applicable, for the system or           sanitary napkin disposal.
plant based on the standards set forth in (c)          1. The container shall have a lid and be
above.                                                 made from durable, impervious, and readily
(d) A subsurface sewage disposal system or             cleanable material.
a wastewater treatment plant shall not be              (g) A camp director may provide portable
approved where a public sanitary sewer                 toilets at the camp, if the portable toilets will
system, as set forth at N.J.A.C. 7:9A-1.6(e),          be present for less than 180 days each year,
is available but inconsistent with the Water           serve only those areas where a sewage
Quality Management                                     disposal system is not practical, and are in
Planning rules, N.J.A.C. 7:15, or as                   compliance with the standards set forth at
specified by local ordinance.                          N.J.A.C. 8:25-10.6.
(e) The youth camp shall dispose of septage
pursuant     to    the    Statewide     Sludge         8:25-10.6 Existing privies and pit-toilets
Management Plan and the Pollutant
Discharge      Elimination    System     rules,        (a) Youth camps, which have used privies
N.J.A.C. 7:14A.                                        and pit-toilets prior to June 6, 1994, shall be
                                                       permitted to continue using them where it
8:25-10.5 Flush toilets                                would be impracticable under Department of
                                                       Environmental Protection rules to provide
(a) Except as provided under N.J.A.C. 8:25-            flush toilets.
10.6(a), each youth camp shall make flush              (b) Privies and pit-toilets shall be
toilets and urinals available at one or more           constructed of readily cleanable material
locations within the camp.                             and shall be provided with adequate natural
(b) The camp director shall ensure that the            lighting and ventilation.
youth camp provides separate bathroom                  (c) Privy and pit-toilet doors shall be self-
facilities for males and females, which are            closing.
clearly marked.                                        (d) Privy and pit-toilet windows and vents
1. Resident youth camps shall provide one              shall be equipped with fly-proof screens.
toilet for every 10 female occupants, one              (e) Each privy and pit-toilet shall be provided
toilet for every 15 male occupants and one             with a watertight vault, so that flies cannot
urinal, or equivalent, for every 30 male               gain access to the excrement. Excrement
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ground. The vault shall not extend below the           7. Water closet and shower *building* floors
prevailing water table.                                shall be constructed from material that is
(f) Each privy and pit-toilet shall have a             impervious to water;
raisable seat and lid and both shall be made           8. Shower floors shall be sloped to properly
from smooth, durable, impervious and                   trapped floor drains connected to the
readily cleanable material.                            sewerage system, in accordance with
(g) Each privy and pit-toilet shall be located         provisions of the New Jersey Uniform
at least 150 feet from any well or point well,         Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23;
stream or lake and at least 50 feet from any           9. The interior finish of all water closet and
campsite.                                              shower *buildings* shall be washed and
(h) Lime or other deodorant substances                 painted regularly to maintain them in a clean
shall be sprinkled at least once daily on the          and sanitary condition; and
contents of privy vaults to minimize odors.            10. The floors shall be washed at least once
(i) The vault of a privy or pit-toilet shall be        daily with disinfectant solution.
emptied regularly and the contents thereof             (b) Youth camps may utilize portable
shall be disposed of pursuant to the                   showers if the portable showers comply with
requirements of the Statewide Sludge                   standards established by the local health
Management Plan and the Pollutant                      authority or local ordinances, as applicable.
Discharge
Elimination System rules at N.J.A.C. 7:14A.            8:25-11.2 Common towels

SUBCHAPTER 11.          WATER      CLOSETS             The camp director shall prohibit the use of
AND SHOWERS                                            common towels.

8:25-11.1 Building requirements                        8:25-12.1    Collection,     storage,    and
                                                       disposal of solid waste
(a) Concerning water closets and showers,
youth camps shall comply with the following:           (a) The camp director shall ensure that the
1. Buildings housing water closets or                  youth camp manages the storage,
showers shall be substantially constructed             collection, and disposal of solid waste to
and shall have adequate natural lighting and           prevent health hazards, rodent harborage,
ventilation;                                           insect breeding, accident hazards, and air
2. Buildings housing water closets or shower           pollution, including at least the following
facilities for males and females within the            standards:
same structure shall be separated by a                 1. All solid waste shall be stored in durable,
sound-resistant wall;                                  watertight containers;
3. Exterior water closet and shower building           2. Where the separation of solid waste and
doors shall be self-closing.                           recyclables is required as an aid to
i. The exterior doors shall be screened by a           municipal solid waste collection, separate
vestibule or wall to prevent direct view of the        marked containers shall be provided and
interior when the exterior doors are open;             appropriately identified as required by local
4. All water closet and shower building                ordinance;
windows and vents shall have fly-proof                 3. Unless solid waste is collected daily, the
screens;                                               containers shall be furnished with a fly-tight
5. The window area of water closet and                 lid;
shower buildings shall equal at least 12               4. Solid waste and recycling containers shall
percent of the floor area.                             be located at one or more centralized
i. Windows shall be located as high as                 locations within the camp;
possible and, wherever possible, along more            5. The storage capacity of solid waste and
than one wall;                                         recycling containers shall be sufficient to
6. The interior finish of water closet and             hold all of the solid waste and recyclables
shower *buildings* shall be made from                  which accumulate between periods of
moisture-resistant material, which shall be            removal from the premises;
able to withstand frequent washing and                 6. Solid waste and recycling containers shall
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odor-free and to prevent the breeding of             promote    the   development     of   breeding
insects therein; and                                 places.
7. All solid waste and recyclables shall be
                                                     1. Leaking solid waste and recycling containers
collected regularly, but not less than two
                                                     shall be repaired or replaced.
times per week.
(b) In addition to (a) above, the camp               2. The area surrounding waste and recycling
director shall ensure that the youth camp            containers shall not be littered with food
conforms to the requirements of Solid                wastes           or         other          solid
Waste, N.J.A.C. 7:26, and the applicable             wastes.
District Solid Waste Management Plan.                 (c) The camp director shall ensure that the
                                                     youth camp maintains all enclosed buildings
SUBCHAPTER 13. MISCELLANEOUS                         so as to eliminate rodent harborage, placing
                                                     special emphasis on buildings where food is
8:25-13.1 Electricity                                stored or served.
                                                     (d) The camp director shall ensure that the
The youth camp operator shall ensure that            youth camp controls weed growth along
the youth camp's electrical systems,                 pathways and within each campsite to
equipment, and grounding conforms to                 reduce tick and chigger populations.
the requirements of the New Jersey Uniform           1. The camp director shall ensure that the
Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23.                    youth camp controls poison ivy, poison oak,
                                                     and poison sumac within each campsite.
8:25-13.2 Buildings                                  2. The application of pesticide(s) shall
                                                     conform to the requirements of the New
(a) The youth camp operator shall ensure             Jersey Pesticide Control Code, N.J.A.C.
that the youth camp's buildings are in               7:30. 8:25-13.4 Farm and domestic animals
compliance with the requirements of the              (a) The camp director shall ensure that the
New Jersey Uniform Construction Code,                youth camp does not locate any living
N.J.A.C. 5:23 *and the New Jersey Uniform            quarters, kitchens, or mess halls within 100
Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70, as applicable*.            feet of housing for horses or other farm
(b) The youth camp operator shall ensure             animals.
that the youth camp's buildings used in the          (b) The camp director shall ensure that the
preparation of food and drink are                    youth camp does not allow manure to
constructed and operated pursuant to the             remain for more than 24 hours wherever
requirements of Sanitation in Retail Food            farm or domestic animals are kept.
Establishments and Food and                          1. The camp director shall ensure that fly
Beverage Vending Machines, N.J.A.C. 8:24.            repellent and other precautions be used to
                                                     prevent these areas from becoming an
8:25-13.3 Insect, rodent, and weed control           attraction to or breeding place for flies.
                                                     (c) The camp director shall ensure that the
(a) The camp director shall ensure that the          youth camp does not allow drainage from
youth camp controls mosquito breeding by             stables and temporary horse quarters to flow
keeping the youth camp free of cans, jars,           into a spring, stream, or lake.
buckets, old tires, and other articles, which        (d) The camp director shall ensure that the
may hold water and provide temporary                 youth camp does not permit farm and/or
breeding places for                                  domestic animals on a bathing beach or in
mosquitoes.                                          the water in the area used for waterfront
1. When mosquito control measures and                activities.
supplemental larvicidal measures are                 (e) The camp director shall ensure that the
necessary to control mosquito populations,           youth camp meets the requirements of the:
such measures shall be undertaken                    "Compendium of Measures to Prevent
pursuant to the requirements of the New              Disease Associated with Animals in Public
Jersey Pesticide Control Code,                       Settings, 2007."
N.J.A.C. 7:30.                                       http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5605.pdf
(b) The camp director shall ensure that the
youth camp controls fly breeding by
eliminating unsanitary practices, which may


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8:25-13.5 Maintenance                                    transient, with the following exceptions,
                                                         which would not apply to any SSYC:
(a) The camp director shall ensure that the              1. N.J.A.C. 8:25-3.2(b); and
youth camp is maintained in a clean, safe,               2. N.J.A.C. 8:25-6.1(b) and (c).
and sanitary condition, ensuring, at a                   (c) The youth camp operator and/or camp
minimum, compliance with the following                   director of an SSYC shall:
standards:                                               1. Establish procedures for handling
1. All roofs, exterior walls, doors, skylights,          situations involving lost campers, inclement
and windows shall be weather- and                        weather, and serious injury;
watertight and kept in sound condition and in            2. Conduct a drill once per session
good repair;                                             implementing the lost camper and an
2. All floors, interior walls, and ceilings shall        inclement      weather     procedures     and
be sound and in good repair and maintained               document the time and date of the drill;
in a clean and sanitary condition;                       3. Provide a shelter in case of inclement
3. All plumbing fixtures and water and waste             weather.
pipes shall be maintained in working                     i. This shelter may be a permanent or
condition and kept clean;                                temporary structure;
4. All water closet, bathroom, and kitchen               4. Maintain ground facilities (buildings,
floors shall be maintained to be reasonably              cabanas, bathroom facilities, port-a-potties,
impervious to water and in a manner                      playing fields, rinks, and basketball courts)
providing for a clean and sanitary condition;            as set forth at N.J.A.C. 8:25-10 through 13;
and                                                      5. Provide a means for campers to lie down
i. Floor finishes shall be of non-slip material;         when sick or ill;
and                                                      6. Provide a means of communication.
ii. Floors shall be cleaned at least once per            i. If an SSYC operates at an isolated
day and kept in good repair.                             location, then the SSYC shall have a means
5. Recreational equipment, including                     to connect to a 911 emergency service;
playground devices, shall be inspected at                7. Ensure that liquid supplements are
least once per week during the use season.               available onsite for campers, for example,
i. The camp director shall ensure that the               bottled water or a water fountain; and
youth camp maintains a permanent record                  8. Provide bathroom facilities if the SSYC is
of each inspection from the previous and                 a full-day camp that operates for four hours
active season; and                                       or more.
ii. The camp director shall ensure that the
youth       camp      maintains     recreational         SUBCHAPTER 15. ENFORCEMENT
equipment in safe operating condition at all             PROCEDURES
times.
                                                         8:25-15.1 Operation standard
SUBCHAPTER 14.             SINGLE       SPORT
YOUTH CAMPS                                              The youth camp operator and camp director
                                                         shall ensure that the youth camp operates in
8:25-14.1 Single sport youth camps                       compliance with the provisions of this
                                                         chapter and the Act.
(a) Single sport youth camps shall be
prohibited from having sports that are                   8:25-15.2 Inspection
considered high risk activities as their
primary activity.                                        (a) The local health authority shall inspect
1. If an SSYC offers non-instructional                   every youth camp as required by the Public
swimming as a secondary activity, the SSYC               Health Practice Standards of Performance
shall follow all of the requirements of                  for Local Boards of Health in New Jersey,
N.J.A.C. 8:25-9.                                         N.J.A.C. 8:52-7A.2 and 8:52 Appendix.
(b) The youth camp operator and/or camp                  (b) The youth camp operator and/or camp
director of an SSYC shall comply with the                director    shall   permit     access     to
requirements of this chapter and the Act, as             representatives of the Department or local
appropriate according to whether the SSYC                health authority to all parts of the youth
is located at a permanent facility or is                 camp upon request.


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(c) The camp director shall forward to the              3. Specify the provisions of the Act or this
Department a copy of the youth camp's                   chapter that have been violated;
most recent American Camp Association                   4. Contain a concise statement of the facts
Certificate of Accreditation with the                   alleged to constitute the violation;
application for renewal certificate of approval         5. Specify the amount of civil administrative
or by June 1 of each year.                              penalties to be imposed; and
(d) The Department shall accept the                     6. Provide notice of the violator's right to a
American Camp Association Certificate of                hearing or an informal conference or review
Accreditation in lieu of the inspections set            pursuant to N.J.A.C. 8:25-15.4 including:
forth in (a) above.                                     i. The time period in which the violator may
1. The camp director shall make available to            submit a written request for a hearing; and
the     Department     the      most     recent         ii. The address to which such request may
accreditation report upon request.                      be submitted.
2. The Department may conduct inspections               (d) In assessing a civil administrative penalty
of any American Camp Association                        pursuant to the Act or this chapter, the
accredited camp.                                        Commissioner shall consider the following
                                                        factors, where applicable, in determining
8:25-15.3 Penalties                                     what constitutes an appropriate penalty for
                                                        the particular violation:
(a) Whenever the Department finds that a                1. Degree of hazard posed to human safety
youth camp is in violation of any provision of          and welfare;
the Act or this chapter, the Commissioner               2. Degree of harm posed to the proper
may revoke the certificate of approval and              administration of the youth camp certification
may assess a civil administrative penalty not           program;
to exceed $1,000 per day, upon notice and a             3. Past history of compliance on the part of
hearing.                                                the violator;
1. If the violation is of a continuing nature,          4. Economic benefit that the violator accrues
each day shall constitute an additional and             as a result of the violation; and
separate offense.                                       5. Performance of the violator in correcting
(b) The Department may temporarily                      the violation.
suspend a youth camp's certificate of                   (e) No existing civil or criminal remedy for
approval pending compliance with any                    any wrongful action, which is a violation of
requirement of the Act or this chapter with             any code, rule, or regulation, shall be
which the camp is noncompliant.                         excluded or impaired by this chapter.
1. If the Department temporarily suspends a
youth camp's certificate of approval, the               8:25-15.4 Hearings
Department shall inform the holder of the
certificate of approval for the youth camp, in          (a) The Commissioner may order the
writing, the citation in the Act or this chapter        revocation of a youth camp's certificate of
of the violation and the date upon which                approval, the payment of a fine, or both,
compliance must occur.                                  upon a finding of violation of the Act, this
i. The Department may extend the date of                chapter, or an order issued pursuant thereto.
compliance based on the violation and                   1. The order shall not become final, and may
circumstances of the camp.                              not be sued upon until the youth camp has
2. If the youth camp operator continues to              received written notice of the order and an
be non-compliant past the compliance date               opportunity for a hearing.
set forth in (b)1 above, then the Department            2. The order shall be in writing and shall set
may pursue revocation.                                  forth all known violations, as well as the
(c) The Department's notice of revocation of            following:
the certificate of approval and/or levy of a            i. The facts, statutes, rules, and orders, if
penalty shall:                                          any, upon which the finding is based;
1. Be in writing;                                       ii. The penalty(ies) imposed;
2. Be delivered by personal service or                  iii. The date by which revocation of the
certified mail to the violator's last known             certificate of approval shall be effective, and
address;                                                the youth camp shall be closed, which shall




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occur upon issuance of the final order, as               youth camp, or to the Department's address
appropriate to the circumstances;                        specified in the forms set forth at N.J.A.C.
iv. The date by which payment of the fine(s)             8:25-2.2, as appropriate.
is required following the date the order
becomes final, as appropriate to the
circumstances;
v. The date by which any corrective action
by the youth camp must be completed
following the date the order becomes final,
as appropriate to the circumstances;
vi. The right of the youth camp to request a
hearing within 10 days of receipt of the
order, and the minimum information, which
must be contained in the hearing request;
vii. The right of the youth camp to request an
informal conference prior to commencement
of the hearing;
viii. The right of the youth camp to request a
settlement conference at any time prior to
the rendering of a final decision on the
hearing; and
ix. A statement explaining that if the youth
camp does not request a hearing within 10
days of receipt of the order, the order
becomes final, and the youth camp waives
its right to an administrative hearing.
3.      Notwithstanding      (a)    above,    the
Commissioner may seek injunctive relief
through a summary proceeding in accordance
with N.J.S.A. 26:12-11.
(b) The youth camp operator shall request a
hearing within 10 days of receipt of an order
of finding of violation or waive its right to
such a hearing.
1. An informal hearing at the Department
shall be scheduled within 60 days of the
receipt of the request for a hearing.
2. If the matter is not resolved at the informal
hearing, the Commissioner shall transfer the
matter to the Office of Administrative Law in
accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A.
52:14B-1 et seq. and the Uniform
Administrative
Procedure Rules, N.J.A.C. 1:1.
3. The decision of the agency following a
hearing shall be a final agency decision, and
the order set forth therein shall be a final
order on the matter.
i. The order set forth in the final agency
decision may accept, modify, or reject the
order of finding of violation.
(c) Notice of the order and any requests for
a hearing or conferences shall be effective
upon receipt if sent by certified mail to the
address on file with the Department of the
holder of the certificate of approval for the


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