Chester Township

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

Summer Rec Camp

Chester Township Summer Recreation Day Camp

This camp is for children entering grades 1 through 6 as of the fall. It runs for six weeks in the summer. Children will enjoy a variety of supervised activities including games, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, and field trips.  This camp will run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with pre and after care available. The camp is run in six, 1-week sessions. You can sign up for one, any, or all of the weeks.

Chester Summer Rec Day Camp Staffing

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. 

Field Trips - Campers are transported on air-conditioned school buses for weekly Field Trips. 

Special Entertainment/Activities – Special entertainment and activities are brought in weekly to engage the campers.

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

9:00am – 3:00pm, daily.


Registration opens first for Chester Township and Borough Residents , and later for nonresidents. There is a deposit required, and enrollment is on a first come first served basis.

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 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 or call 908-879-5100 x876.

Chester Township

1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930

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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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