[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 249.
[4-22-2015 by Ord. No. 03-2015]
The title of this article is "Authorized Camping in the Lenape Woods."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- APPLICATION CHECKLIST
- The list of submission requirements adopted by ordinance and provided by the Municipal Clerk to any eligible group seeking permission to camp overnight in the Lenape Woods.
- The Borough of Atlantic Highlands as a municipal entity, any elected official, officer, employee, agent, department, board or commission of the Borough of Atlantic Highlands.
- The occupation of the campsite by members of an eligible group for the purpose of engaging in approved outdoor recreational activity over a period not to exceed 24 hours.
- A place to be designated within Lenape Woods where tents or other temporary shelters may be erected.
- ELIGIBLE GROUP
- Members of any nationally chartered youth group with a demonstrated culture of environmental awareness and conservation.
- REGISTERED ADULT LEADER
- An adult member of an eligible group that is registered with the group's chartering organization and has the appropriate level of training that the chartering organization requires to supervise outdoor activities.
Any eligible group camping must insure that at least three adult leaders, including at least one registered adult leader is present at all times while the campers are present. The registered adult leader must, at all times, have a properly working cell phone with them while in the park, and the number must be included in the application submitted to the Municipal Clerk. The adult leaders must also sleep at the campsite, in the immediate vicinity of all other campers, and be available to them at all times during the camping excursion.
Campfires and open flames of any type are prohibited.
Cooking on permitted devices is permitted.
Permitted devices include Underwriters Laboratories certified appliances such as a propane cook stove or commercially prepared charcoal in an aboveground charcoal grill or brazier.
At least one ten-pound fire extinguisher (rated ABC) will be on hand for each permitted device/grill/brazier in use.
Each application by an eligible group for a permit shall include at the minimum:
The approximate number, and age of all youth participants (not to exceed 12 youths).
Telephone number(s), home of record, driver's license number and name of at least one emergency contact for each adult leader, including at least one registered adult leader and one additional adult leader for every four youth campers.
Contact information for the eligible groups chartering organization.
Certification that at least one adult is a registered adult leader within the meaning of this article.
Certification by the registered leader that a final list of all participants will be provided to the Police Department when the group checks in.
Certification by the registered leader that the group is properly equipped, including a first aid kit and at least one adult leader currently certified in CPR.
Proof of $1,000,000 liability insurance on file with the Municipal Clerk.
Such additional information as may be deemed appropriate by the Borough Administrator, Chief of Police and/or Fire Marshal.
Confirmation that the registered adult leader is familiar with municipal noise ordinances and agrees that the eligible group will abide by same and respect the private property rights of the neighbors adjoining the Lenape Woods.
Confirmation that the registered adult leader understands that the cutting of live plants or collecting of firewood is not a permitted activity and that campers will adhere to established trails and use only previously cleared areas for the placement of tents and other shelters.
Immediately prior to the beginning of their camping excursion, each eligible group's registered adult leader will present themselves at the Atlantic Highlands Police Department and notify the Department that members of the eligible group have arrived or will shortly arrive at the campsite, and provide the Police Department with a current list containing the names of the overnight campers, make, model and license plate number of all the eligible groups' vehicles, and cell phone numbers for each adult leader and the registered adult leader participant. In addition, the eligible groups' vehicles will be issued an overnight parking permit that will be dated and placed on the dashboard of each vehicle that will be parked overnight.
Upon completion of the camping excursion, an adult leader will also contact the Atlantic Highlands Police Department and notify them that the eligible group has completed their camping excursion and that all campers are accounted for. The adult leader will also confirm that the campsite has been left in the condition specified in the application checklist.
The eligible group's adult leader must agree to have an "all night" fire/safety watch. A person or rotating shift of persons, awake and alert throughout the night to protect the health, safety and well-being of the entire group of campers.
All groups camping in the Lenape Woods, pursuant to a permit issued under this article shall be responsible for policing of the campsite area and the removal of all debris and materials brought in to the campsite by the group. The registered adult leader shall be responsible for compliance with this requirement.