State Regulations for New Jersey

Date Revised: 12/6/2019

License Required for Day Camps : 
License Required for Resident Camps: 
License Information: 

New Jersey Youth Camp Standards N.J.A.C. 8:25

Form CB-11: Application for Certificate of Approval to Operate a Youth Camp

ACA accreditation accepted in lieu of a pre-operational and operational inspections.

Criminal Background Checks Required: 
State Allows FBI Checks: 
State FBI Checks Text: 

Nonprofit, youth serving organizations must register with the agency’s Volunteer Review Operations in order to request federal checks. The cost is $40.70.

New Jersey Criminal History Records Checks

Driving Record Checks: 
State Sex Offender Registry: 
Minimum Wage: 
Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions: 

Covers all employees unless specifically exempt or otherwise provided for by wage order

Exemptions: employees of summer camps, conferences, and retreats operated by a nonprofit or religious corporation from June through September; persons under age 18 without a special vocational school graduate permit

Subminimum Wage: 

At least 85% of state minimum wage for full-time students employed by the college or university they are enrolled in. Subminimum rates may be set by Labor Commissioner for learners, apprentices, and disabled (employer must obtain a special license for a fixed period)

Minimum Wage Source: 

N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development | Wage and Hour Compliance - General Information

Overtime Pay Requirements: 

1½ times regular rate after 40-hour week.

Overtime Pay Exemptions: 

Employees at summer camps, conferences, and retreats from June through September if operated by a nonprofit or religious corporation; Executive, administrative and professional employees paid on a salary basis at a rate of not less than $400 a week (also exempt under all wage orders); computer professionals paid on an hourly basis at a rate of not less than $27.63 an hour; farm laborers; employees raising or caring for livestock; food and lodging supplied to employees are not included in wages for hours worked over 40 in a week); employees of seasonal amusement occupations (under Wage Order No. 2)

Meal/Rest Period Requirements: 

No general provision. Minors: 30 minute lunch period for employees under age 18 who work shift of more than 5 continuous hours.

Student Exemption Information: 
Other Wages Source: 

N.J. Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development | Wage and Hour Compliance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)