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Campers' Group is a club that organizes camping, cabin, hiking and ski trips, mostly in NJ, NY, PA and CT, and within a three-hour drive of the NYC metro area. We welcome singles, couples and families, experienced campers and newbies, to camp and hike with us.

You can also join us on meetup.com or like us on Facebook.

Here are some of our upcoming events:


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Sunday, April 28, Hike then Dinner/Meeting, Rhodes North Tavern, Sloatsburg NY
A late morning hike has been planned in Harriman State Park for before the Dinner/Planning Meeting. We may do a moderate hike with modest elevation gain, which should take us about 5 hours. Hiking boots are required; trekking poles are suggested. Please bring a pack with lunch or energy snacks, and about 2 liters of water. The trail head is a short drive from the Tavern. Park in the Tavern's auxiliary parking lot around the corner from the Tavern. We will carpool to the trail head from there. You can also meet us at the trail head, but parking may be limited.
Rhodes North Tavern is a very popular bar/restaurant that has a large and varied menu, a friendly staff, and a 3rd floor dining room just for us. Meet us at about 5:00 pm, and we'll enjoy a meal together before we discuss and decide details on future trips. The Tavern address is 40 Orange Turnpike, Sloatsburg, NY 10974. Additional hike details will be available on the Meetup page. Please RSVP on Meetup.com for this event.
This event is accessible by public transportation. We can make arrangements to pick you up for the hike at the Suffern train station. The Tavern is about a 6 minute walk from the Sloatsburg train station.
*** Help us by volunteering to be an event host! ***
If you have joined us on one or more of our outings in the past, we would greatly appreciate you helping us on a weekend or day event. If it is your first time, don't worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member, which will make it easy. We are a volunteer-run club that needs members to participate as event hosts.
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~ Elizabeth Andrew
 
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May 3-5, Backpacking trip, Devil's Path, Elka Park NY
Devil's Path in the Catskills is considered by Backpacker Magazine to be one of the hardest hikes in the country. 22 miles, 18,000 feet of elevation change, six Catskill peaks. Many people backpack it in three days, which is what we will attempt. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP. Click here for advice and tips.
For more info, and to join us, please RSVP on the meetup.com page for this trip.

 
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May 17-19, Camping Trip, Six Flags Great Adventure/Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold NJ
What could be better than camping in the NJ Pine Barrens and spending a day with the group at Great Adventure! We will be camping at Turkey Swamp Park. This well run Monmouth County Park is located near Freehold, NJ about a 10-15 minute drive to Six Flags Great Adventure. We have reserved six sites (A5-A9 & A11) each accommodating up to three tents/hammocks. Parking for two cars is available at each site with overflow parking a short distance away. This family friendly campground, at the northern part of the NJ Pine Barrens, includes a small lake with boat rentals and fishing, archery, hiking trails and organized activities. Included in the price is of the event is a one day (Saturday) group pass at Six Flags Great Adventure. Children are welcome on the trip.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $65 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $65 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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May 24-27, Memorial Day Weekend, High Point State Park, Sussex NJ
Swim, boat, fish, hike the Appalachian Trail, ride your mountain bike or just relax at this private group site situated far away from other campers. Hiking to the Monument at the highest point in NJ will award you with the most expansive 360 degree view of PA, NY and NJ in the area. A visit from our friendly black bears will make this trip one to remember. Pit toilets on the site, hot showers and flush toilets at the lake. Limited to 25 people.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $23.75 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $24.66 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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May 31-June 2, Camping Trip, Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton PA
This beautiful park overflows with waterfalls (the 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls), and has 26 miles of hiking trails. Nearly all of the waterfalls are visible from the Falls Trail, which has been called "the most magnificent hike in the state" and one of "the top hikes in the East." There is also a lake for swimming and boating. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat. Our five campsites are on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Jean. The sites can comfortably hold 20 people (maximum of 5 per site) and are near bathrooms with toilets and hot showers. One car is allowed on each site. Additional parking is available nearby. Click here for the campground map and brochure.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $33 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $34.26 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 7-9, Rafting/camping trip, Hickory Run St Pk/Lehigh River, White Haven PA
Camp with us on one of the family sites we have reserved in this popular park. With several activities available and much natural beauty, Hickory Run State Park has been one of our favorite spots for many years. Enjoy hiking the Shades of Death Trail and visiting Hawk Falls. You can also explore the unique Boulder Field. This area is a National Natural Landmark, and State Park Natural Area. It has remained relatively unchanged for more than 20,000 years.
This weekend features whitewater rafting near the town of Jim Thorpe PA. A spectacular gorge and class 2-3 rapids on the Lehigh River should make this a memorable weekend!
Mark will guide the river trip, but we need at least one other who is experienced to guide us through the rapids. We have 3 6-8 person rafts, and most of the gear for 16 adults. With experienced people to guide we will have 2-3 rafts available. We have most of the gear necessary for a 2-3 boat trip but need participants to bring PFDs and paddles to fill the need.
ALL PADDLERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A PROPER FITTING PFD (life jacket) AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE WATER. ZIPPED AND BUCKLED SECURELY. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Our campsites are secluded, separate from the rest of the campground, walk-in, but only a very short distance from our own campsite parking. The small lot allows only one car for each of our 6 sites. There is an overflow lot about a 5 minute walk away. First come first served, and carpooling is recommended. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. Tent sharing is encouraged, but not required. (The park allows only 5 people per site.) Flush toilets and hot showers are in the campground. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $50.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $51.25 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 14-16, Camping Trip, Harriman AMC Outdoor Center, Haverstraw NY
The Stephen and Betsy Corman AMC Harriman Outdoor Center is an ideal destination for anyone looking for hiking, paddling, and camping opportunities in the heart of Harriman State Park at Breakneck Pond. Harriman State Park, New York's second largest park, is located 30 miles from Manhattan and accessible by public transportation. We have reserved five campsites that will accomodate 2 tents each. Please bring a small tent (hammocks TBD). Kayak, canoes and swimming are free; meals in the dining hall are an additional charge. Find driving directions here.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $35 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $36.26 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 21-23, Camping Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, Stillwater NJ
In addition to paying the $2.39 Campers' Group fee for this trip, you must pay the Camp by credit card on their own website by the MONDAY 5/20 DEADLINE to attend. Please pay here.
Our program will be under the option of 'Private Groups'. If the Camp does not receive payment by Monday 5/20, you will be taken off the attending list.
Fairview Lake YMCA Camp is a very special camping experience! Just set up at our very private and large waterfront group site, and the camp will provide organized programs for the group, and you can also arrange to hike on your own. The camp sits on mile-long Fairview Lake in Northwestern New Jersey. Their 600 acres adjoin the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, providing access to the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware River, many hiking possibilities and breathtaking views. A fleet of canoes, rowboats and kayaks offer a wide variety of water activities. This is a great weekend for kids!
We have reserved a large camping area near the far side of the lake with a fire ring, provided firewood (!), tables, bathroom and showers, and even unheated shelters we can occupy if the weather doesn't totally cooperate! We are not taking any meals in the dining hall; you must bring your own food.
The Activity Schedule may include: Archery, BB Guns & Rifles, Climbing Wall/Gaga, Leap of Faith, Giant Swing, Boating, Candle Making, Stream Exploration, Outdoor Survival Lesson, Guided Swamp Walk and The Ridge Hike. This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, unless the host or organizer indicates otherwise.
For immediate inclusion, pay $2.39 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip, and then pay the Camp on their own website.

 
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June 27-30, Camping Trip, Indian Lake Islands, Indian Lake NY
Beautiful, wild, forested islands offering wilderness camping and some of the best recreational boating in the Adirondacks, Indian Lake Islands Campground is located on the southern shore of 4,365-acre Indian Lake. The opportunity to camp on an island or along the shore of Indian Lake makes this one of the most popular camping destinations in the Adirondacks. All of the large, well-forested campsites offer privacy. Indian Lake Islands Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including canoeing/kayaking and boating, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.
There are plenty of canoes to be rented at the campground office on the mainland. There are also 2 double kayaks and 1 single that are first come first serve. It is approximately a 3-1/2 to 4 mile paddle from the boat launch to our island.
ALL PADDLERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A PROPER FITTING PFD (life jacket) AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE WATER. ZIPPED AND BUCKLED SECURELY. NO EXCEPTIONS!
We have reserved 3 campsites on an island north of Moose Island. When you RSVP, you will be given additional information on site numbers and exact island location. Each site has a picnic table and firepit, and is limited to 6 individuals. The exact number of tents allowed are to be determined. Only smaller tents will be allowed on this trip, no tents larger than 8' x 8'. Backpacking tents are preferred. Additionally, hammocks are allowed. RSVPs are per tent/hammock, NOT per person. Pit toilets are available at every site on the island. 2 shower/bath houses are available for use on the mainland at adjacent Lewey Lake Campground (just show your Indian Lake Island permit to be let in). Firewood can be purchased at the campground office or at a local vendor, and then will need to be transported, along with all water, across the lake to the campsites.
WE WILL BE THE GUEST OF A LONG-TIME INDIAN LAKE CAMPER THAT IS GENEROUSLY ALLOWING US TO USE A PORTION OF HIS RESERVATION FOR THIS TIME PERIOD. PLEASE RESPECT THE ISLAND HABITAT, AND FOLLOW A STRICT "LEAVE NO TRACE" POLICY: https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles.
It will be important to plan your packing carefully. If kayaking in, pack very light, as if backpacking. If paddling a canoe, more equipment can be taken, and a kayak can be easily towed. Here is a general and extensive camping checklist: https://files.meetup.com/3489162/camping_checklist.pdf
This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, unless the host or organizer indicates otherwise.
For immediate inclusion, pay $35.78 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 4-7, 4th of July weekend, Lake Ashroe, Sandyston NJ
We have reserved the spacious group campsite on Lake Ashroe. This renovated large and open campsite has 8 picnic tables, 8 grills, and 2 fire rings. The site also offers easy lake access for paddling and fishing (NJ fishing license required), but no swimming in this lake. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard, or rent on site. Swimming is permitted at Stony Lake in another section of the park. Great hiking is available by climbing up the ridge from the campsite to the Appalachian Trail, or hiking over to Tillman Ravine and Buttermilk Falls. Private bathroom/shower rooms are on site. RSVPs are PER PERSON, NOT per tent. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.
The lake and campsite location is here.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $15.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $15.95 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 1.
 
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July 12-14, Camping Trip, Delaware River Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Milford PA
Join us for a river camping adventure! This 2 night outing requires that you either have a canoe or kayak, or privately arrange with an outfitter to rent one.
For those of us with a river worthy canoe or kayak we will be meeting at the Milford Beach Boat Access on Friday, leaving at 10:00 AM. There will be a $10 per day (or $30 total) charge to park here. We will then load our boats and get on the river from the boat launch/beach. If you are arranging to rent a canoe/kayak, you will need to be ready to go from here by 1:00 PM.

Friday and Saturday we will paddle for 3-4 hours each day depending on water levels, wind, group abilities and amount of non paddling time. Camping will be on a primitive sites in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. These sites contain no amenities other than a fire ring. Tent space is limited, please share if possible. Sunday will consist of between 2-3 hours of paddling to the Smithfield Beach Boat Access where we will take the River Runner Delaware Water Gap shuttle back up river to our cars at Milford Beach. Our goal is to catch the 11:40 a.m. shuttle Sunday morning to Milford Beach. The shuttle will take our boats and gear.

You will be required to bring all items needed to camp, such as a tent, sleeping bag, food, water etc. Everything will need to be packed in your canoe/kayak. Sharing of boats , equipment and supplies needs to be preplanned and prearranged. There are no options for purchasing items while on the River.

This section of the Delaware River contains mostly class I rapids and possibly some class II rapids depending upon the water level. You need to have some river paddling experience. There is an inherent risk with river boating, some paddling skill and knowledge is necessary.

A poor weather forecast or poor river conditions will cause this trip to be cancelled or postponed. The hosts, and only the hosts, will announce or even discuss any weather forecasts on the trip page. PLEASE, do not post any weather-related comments. If you must discuss, please message the hosts privately.

When you RSVP, you are paying for one tent, and remember, space is limited. To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $20.00 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $20.92 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 4.
 
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