Chester Township

1 Parker Road, Chester, New Jersey 07930
Phone: 908-879-5100

Chester Township Summer Recreation


Day Camp 2022

WE ARE BACK!!!  The Summer Recreation Day Camp is back in FULL this year for six independent weeks. You may sign up for one week or any number of weeks of camp, depending on availability. 

The Chester Township Summer Recreation Day Camp runsfor six weeks beginning July 5 and ending on August 12.  It is for children entering 1st grade through 6th Grade as of the Fall of 2022 (must have completed kindergarten). Children will enjoy a variety of supervised activities including games, arts and crafts, swimming, entertainment, and field trips. 

Chester Summer Rec Day Camp Staffing 

Pam Wilson will be returning once again this year as our Summer Recreation Program Director.

The camp is divided into 4 groups with a 1:5 staff to child ratio. Groups will be combined as follows:

Group 1 – first graders (20 per week)

Group 2– second graders (20 per week)

Group 3 – third and fourth graders (15 each grade per week)

Group 4 – fifth and sixth graders (15 each grade per week)

Camp location and activities

The camp meets at the Black River Middle School, 133 North Road, Chester.

Swimming – The campers will enjoy 3 days a week at the Chester Area Pool. Swim days are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Children should be prepared to swim on those days. Swim lessons are not included. 

Field Trips -Campers are transported on air-conditioned school buses for Field Trips every Wednesday. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – Circle Bowl, Ledgewood NJ

Week 2 – Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange, NJ

Week 3 – Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ

Week 4 – Funplex, East Hanover, NJ

Week 5 – Powerhouse Studios, East Hanover, NJ

Week 6 – Camelbeach (5pm return), Tannersville, PA

Trips are subject to change. Please note that if you choose not to send your child on the field trip, no alternate program is offered. Staff members attend the field trips with the children. Therefore, you will need to make other arrangements for your child on the day of field trips. 

Special Entertainment/Activities – Special entertainment and activities are brought in every Monday to engage the campers. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – No Camp (Fourth of July, camp starts Tuesday)

Week 2 – Food Explorers

Week 3 – Big Ballers Basketball Clinic

Week 4 – The Snake Man

Week 5 – Path to Rhythm Drumming

Week 6 – Inflatables (slide, obstacle course, bounce house)

                 & Edible Art

            Activities are subject to change.

Daily Activities -Campers enjoy various activities while at the camp specially geared toward each age group. Groups will rotate from Gym, Art, Music, and Games in addition to the above additional activities. 

Camp Hours are 9:00am – 3:00pm, daily.

Before Care and After Care are also available.  Before Care is available any time 7:30am to 9:00am.  After Care is available anytime 3:00pm to 6:00pm.  The rates for Before Care and After Care are $15 per child per hour.

Camp Fees are as follows:

Week 1………$300 per child (No camp on Monday, July 4)

Weeks 2–6 …$350 per child per week 


Chester Township and Borough Residents – 

Registration will open 6:00am, Monday, March 21

Nonresidents – (Nonresident fee will apply)

Registration will open 6:00am, Monday April 11.

Enrollment is on a first come first served basis. Registration will close on June 22 or as each week fills. There will be wait lists if sessions fill. A nonrefundable deposit of $50 per child per session is due immediately.  Final payment is due by Friday, May 20 or an additional $50 late fee will be charged.  Payment must be made in full to secure enrollment and there will be no refunds for cancellations after May 20 or days missed during camp.  

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Camp requirements – each child will need a lunch and beverage in an insulated container as there is no access to a refrigerator, and sunscreen and water bottle(s). They will need a swimsuit and towel for swim days. Each camper will be required to sign a code of conduct agreement.  

Summer Recreation Camp Employment  For Counselor in Training (CIT) and Counselor positions, please email Pam Wilson, Program Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. CIT positions are only available to students 15 years of age and entering 9th grade or higher and have completed two recent years in the Summer Recreation Program. There is a fee of $150 if selected to be a CIT. All other positions are for 16 years old and up. 

Additional questions about camp or if you need financial help?

Please contact the Recreation Director, Ted Ernst by either email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 908-879-5100 x876.

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Chester Township

1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930


Tel: (908) 879-5100
Fax: (908) 879-8281
Main Office Open 9:00-4:30 M-F
See Staff Directory for individual office hours.

Police Contact

In case of emergency, dial 911.

For non-emergencies, dial 908-879-5514.

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