200 Years of History
By R. Richard Willis
In the 1930’s, Camp Ranger came into being.
This camp accommodated 70 boys for an 8-week period. The
camp was fashioned after boy’s camps in Maine. A group
of men from Montclair, NJ ran this camp. In 1962 the camp
was sold and its name was changed to Camp Clifton, new cabins
were added, and additional land was acquired. Sine if its
attractions were hiking trails, swimming pool, canoeing,
shooting range and boating in the lake. By 1998 the camp
had been closed for a few years. And the land was up for
sale. With the leadership of then Mayor E. Brown and others
from Jefferson Township, the camp was purchased and named “Camp
Jefferson.” Currently the camp is being used as a civic
Since 1998 the camp has come back to like, cabins are being
adopted and renovated, the main lodge’s electricity
was updated, modern bathrooms installed, new kitchen freezer – refrigerator
and stove, and the recreation building foundations repaired.
Jefferson Highlights Community TV Studio has adopted a cabin
and turned into their Studio where community activities are
filmed for their bi-weekly shows. Their programs can be seen
on Morris Cablevision Channel 21 on Thursday’s and
Sunday’s at 6 p.m. Jefferson Highlights has also adopted
another building and is in the process of converting it into
a theater/lecture hall.
The Chamber of Commerce has completely renovated one of
the cabins and is used constantly by many of the township’s
organizations. The football cabin has been renovated and
the men who worked on this building should be proud, it looks
great. Another cabin has been adopted by a group of railroad
enthusiasts and they are constructing a model railroad town.
The week of June 14, Camp Jefferson became and active Day
Camp. Activities are going on Monday through Friday, children
can be seen hiking, playing games, going on swimming trips
and having a great time. Also the new playground is taking
shape. It looks like a giant erector set, with all the pieces
to be assembled.
Every day something is going on at Camp Jefferson, it may
be a Seniors meeting boy scouts, girl scouts on a overnight
sleepover, the “CAP doing drills, line dancing, Bicentennial
meetings, Chamber of Commerce activities or a private party
booked. The future of Camp Jefferson looks very bright, with
more planned activities happening year round. Such as Winter
Festival, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, or Santa at Camp Jefferson.
The townspeople of Jefferson should be proud of their “Civic