Program Overview

It is the primary aim of the Department of Recreation to oversee the provision of activities that are rich in leisure, culture and physical fitness to the residents of Jersey City. The Department offers after school programs at the Jersey City YMCA and Armory and various public schools throughout the city.

During the summer months, the city’s children are invited to participate in the Summer Fun program which is a day-camp style experience, held at a multitude of parks and school gymnasiums throughout the city.

The Jersey City Department of Recreation strives to meet the needs of the athletic and active, all the while encouraging each and every resident to stay fit, relieve stress and become further acclimated with their surrounding community by way of recreational activities.


Program Elements

Students will increase their career potential through:

  • Summer Fun: The Summer Fun camp is open to children ages 7-13. It is open Mon – Fri from 9am – 3pm, and offers activities that will include field trips, arts/crafts, sports, games and much more. Site Supervisors, Zone Captains, Senior and Junior Counselors work together as a team to ensure the proper coordination of activities.
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): SFSP provides nutritious and free meals to children 18 and younger during the summer months. We currently serve over 70 meal-sites inclusive of daycare centers, camps, churches and parks throughout the City of Jersey City.
  • Aquatics Program: Aquatics serves over 100,000 patrons, providing learn-to-swim programs, aqua-aerobics, Senior Citizen programs, lifeguard and junior lifeguard training, and water safety courses. The duties of lifeguards, locker attendants and security guards will be utilized to assist in daily operations. Summer employment for the Aquatics Program is from May 26 to September 4 (dates vary by site).
  • Project GLAD: Project GLAD serves children diagnosed with different types of mild to moderate cognitive special needs. Each child that is enrolled has an IEP with their current school system. The summer camp, however, is not an extension of your child’s IEP but is in fact a safe, fun environment for your child to participate in many different physical activities and artistic events.
  • Parks: Jersey City Recreation offers basketball leagues throughout Jersey City for all its residents, from grammar school children to adults. Basketball clinics are held to get all participants acclimated with the game. Each team in every league plays around 12 games depending on the number of teams per league. The teams with the best record play for the chance to represent their parks in a city-wide playoff competition. Jersey City’s newest park, Berry Lane Park, hosted the playoffs last year.


Application Process

  • Online Application: In order to be considered for the program, potential candidates must submit an online application, highlighting any previous work and extra-curricular activities, as well as which department or agency they are interested in working for throughout the summer.
  • Individual Interview: Select applicants are interviewed by a Summer Works staff member. Applicants are notified if they have been selected for an interview via email and/or phone call.

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