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Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2018   

Nature we have always with us, an inexhaustible storehouse of that which moves the heart, appeals to the mind, and fires the imagination - health to the body, a stimulus to the intellect, and a joy to the soul. - John Burroughs

June 22-24, Camping Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, Stillwater NJ
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, or you can 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, unlimited 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! The camp will schedule, just for our group, swimming, boating, hiking, indoor and outdoor climbing wall sessions, low and high ropes courses, archery, arts and crafts, and other activities. We have reserved a large camping area near the far side of the lake with a fire ring, tables, bathroom and showers, and even unheated cabin/shelters we can occupy if the weather doesn't totally cooperate!

To reserve a spot, send a check for $2 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 $2.39 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. The payment of $2 ($2.39 by Paypal) is for one adult or child, which only pays the Campers' Group fee. You must DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A FORM (TBD), fill it out, and mail it in with a check for $54, payable to Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, or provide your credit card information.


Michelle 845-325-4526 / Deb 203-246-4350
June 28-July 2, Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Indian Lake Islands, Sabael 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 and boating, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.

Here is the campground map and guide and a helpful kayak camping gear guide.

Canoes and kayaks can be rented near the beach or campground office on the mainland. It is approximately a 2 mile paddle from the boat launch to our island. All paddlers are required to wear a proper fitting PFD (life jacket). We have reserved 5 out of 6 campsites (34-38) on the big island (Long Island). Each site has a picnic table and firepit, and is limited to 6 individuals or two tents. RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. Please try to share to allow more to attend. All equipment must be set up on the designated area of the site only. Pit toilets are available on the island. A new shower/bath house is available for use near the boat launch.

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 (checklist).
Firewood can be purchased at the campground or at a local vendor, and then will need to be transported across the lake in a boat to the campsites.

There is NO cell service on the lake. A 20 minute drive, from the boat launch, may be needed to make a cell call. There is a pay phone at adjacent Lewey Lake Campground.

*** RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. Please try to share to allow more to attend. ***

A NY State fishing license (purchased in town) is required for anyone over age of 16. Licenses are NOT available for purchase at campground.
The address listed here is not the exact location of the boat launch parking lot on Lewey Lake Campsite Road. GPS coordinates are: 43.651841, -74.387662
Check-in starts at 12:00 pm on Thursday, check-out is 11:00am Monday. You are welcome to arrive any time Thursday or Friday, but when arriving you must get packed and be ready to paddle to get to a campsite before dark. When you RSVP, you are paying for the 4-night weekend.

To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $58.00 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 $59.90 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Stan 201-954-2537 / Mike 201-602-2057
July 4-8, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
We'll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Paddlers can bring their own kayak, or rent from a nearby outfitter. You can also fish from the boat launch near the campsite (NJ fishing license required). Hikers can climb up to the Appalachian Trail, and Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or lake boating on Catfish Pond. On one or more mornings, we may plan a moderately strenuous hike (TBD), or an easy to moderate paddle on the river. Chemical toilets are close to the site, flush toilets and showers are in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. Alcohol is not permitted in NJ State Parks.

To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $23 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 $23.85 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Stan 201-954-2537 / Gabi 917-597-5708
July 13-15, 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 at 12:00 p.m. on Friday. 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 p.m.

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 $10.00 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 $10.61 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Glenn 973-214-3463 / Maryann
July 21-22, Camping/Cabin Trip, Thendara Mtn Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight; camping on their grounds, sleeping in a screened in bunk house, or staying in their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. There is a multi-tent campsite on the property, and a screened-in bunk house with separate mens and womens bunk rooms. (First come, first served for camping, bunkhouse and lodge bedroom space.) The lodge (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor mens and womens washrooms with hot showers, and bathrooms about 50 ft from the cabin. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The lodge also has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. Besides hiking, you are welcome to stay on the club's grounds, and swim or boat on Lake Tiorati from the club's supervised boat dock. (Boats are available when you pay the day or overnight fee.) The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a Sunday bag lunch, paid separately to Thendara when on site. Thendara asks all members and guests to help with a simple chore, like clearing the table, washing or drying dishes, etc. You will be assigned something before dinner.

Arrive Saturday morning to meet up with the group at the lodge, and then carpool to the trail head, if necessary. After the hike we will return to camp for a relaxing happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You may set up your tent at the campsite, or sleep in the bunkhouse. The campsite is primitive, and has room for a number of smaller (2-4 person) tents. The bunkhouse has wood platform bunks with mattresses, but bringing a sleeping pad along with your sleeping bag is recommended. Water and the campfire will be by the cabin. (No fires by the campsite, only in the main fire ring by the cabin.) If sleeping in the cabin, you will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. There will also be a local hike on Sunday starting at 11am from camp.

If it is your first time at Thendara, and choose to stay the entire weekend, the total cost will be approximately $45-$50, which will cover meals and lodging for Saturday night (meals are Saturday happy hour and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch). YOU MUST RSVP AND SIGN UP FOR MEALS BY WEDNESDAY JULY 19th for the host to know how much and what food to bring and prepare. Also be sure to advise of any food allergies or restrictions.

Day fee* to use the facilities: $10 per day, non-member (paid when you RSVP, plus food deposit, Thendara members pay 1/2 price)

Thendara a la carte fees, paid directly to the Thendara host at the cabin:
Overnight fee*: lodge or bunkhouse - $20 per night (non-member), camping - $16 per person/per night (non-member), no additional day fee to use the facilities (Thendara members pay 1/2 price)
Saturday happy hour: $6 (approx)
Saturday dinner: $14 (approx)
Sunday breakfast, and bag lunch for the trail: $10 (approx)

*Members and guests children, 12-17, pay adult member rate. Members and guests children, under age 12, pay 1/2 adult member rate.
(Meal fees are approximate; final amount will depend on what the host brings and prepares.)

You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $20 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 $20.89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Kathy 973-600-4328
July 26-29, Camping Trip, Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands NJ
Join Campers' Group for a summertime camping trip at the Jersey Shore! We will be camping at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area from Thursday, August 3rd through Sunday August 6th. We have reserved all 10 sites in Loops A and B at Camp Gateway. Bathrooms and a potable water source are nearby. There are no showers at the campsites. Public showers are located at the nearby Sandy Hook beaches. Sandy Hook itself contains historic areas and other attractions, including the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Fort Hancock, several beaches, Sandy Hook Bay kayaking, bike paths, and nature trails. Various maps are available here. Nearby are the Jersey shore communities of Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch. Asbury Park and Red Bank are a short drive. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. When you RSVP on Meetup please post a comment indicating who else will be in your tent, if anyone. Additionally, Sandy Hook charges a $15 entrance fee per vehicle. One car is allowed to park at each site, and there is overflow parking within a short walk, however, we hear the parking lot fills quickly on weekends. You may have to park remotely if you leave your spot, or arrive on Saturday. Car pooling and tent sharing is encouraged. Click here for ferry service from NYC. There are very limited provisions at Sandy Hook. Please have everything you need before arriving on the island. As this will be our first time in this campground we may not be able to answer all your questions. Pets are not allowed on our sites. You are encouraged to visit this Sandy Hook website for any questions you may have. Also, find information on the latest alerts and conditions here. Please note that we cannot control the weather, traffic, rare beach closings, or the occasional wait to get into a crowded park on the weekends. We strongly recommend that you arrive on Thursday or Friday, and early!

RSVPs are per tent, not per person. To reserve a spot, send a check for $62 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 $65.04 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Glenn 973-214-3463 / Maryann
August 3-5, Camping Trip, Taconic State Park, Copake Falls NY
What a great time to visit this vista filled park! Easy to advanced hiking is available. The campground is near Alander and Brace Mountain. After a vigorous hike you can jump into the "cool" water at majestic Bash Bish Falls! Bicycle the Harlem Valley Rail Trail; it is great for mountain bikes and hybrids, or map out a route on the quiet roads in this bucolic area with a hybrid or road bike. Hot showers and flush toilets available within walking distance to our sites. It will be your choice to join some of us at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. You can purchase a day pass, or attend multiple days if you choose.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $30.50 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 $32.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Robyn 973-868-3268 / Susan 718-833-3840
August 9-12, Camping Trip, Cedar Creek Campground, Bayville NJ
We will be down near the shore (but not at the beach) for camping, paddling, and exploring this interesting area. Besides the beautiful Cedar Creek paddle, we can explore a short boardwalk trail in the woods to view carnivorous plants. We can also visit Popcorn Park Zoo, a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds. For those with an interest, we can listen to many talented musicians playing folk, new and old bluegrass music at the nearby Albert Hall. You'll hear six bands during the course of the evening. If you are an amateur musician, bring your instrument and join the group in the Pick n Shed next door. If you don't care for one band, an unusual happening, hang around or go visit the Pick n Shed for a bit, as there will be a different band in 20 minutes. Admission to the Saturday night shows is $5 for adults, $1 for children.

*** RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. *** Parking is limited to one car per site, additional parking is available close by..

Cedar Creek Campground is a full-service outfitter: they rent kayaks and canoes and transport you up stream for a day on the water. The best part is after a good day of paddling there is no waiting for the van to arrive. You simply arrive, right back at the campground to hot showers and restrooms. You can freshen up for a night on the town or simply a relaxing dinner and campfire!

To reserve a spot, send a check for $55.50 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 $57.43 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Jay 732-621-7096 / Stan 201-954-2537
August 17-19, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We will be camping at six (6) of the many wooded sites near the lake in the Pickerel Point camping area. Walk or drive to the beach and swim, or rent a canoe/kayak/rowboat and tool around Promised Land Lake. The ambitious can bicycle around the lake or explore the Bruce Lake Natural Area. The rest of us may follow the self-guided nature trail around Conservation Island. The campground has new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets. Each site has been graded with gravel, and accommodates only 2 tents each, so please share if possible. This recently redesigned campground also has newly paved and mostly assigned parking. One (1) parking space is assigned to each campsite, in the small lot by our campsite group. Overflow parking is within walking distance on the campground peninsula. Carpooling is recommended.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $35.33 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 $36.60 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Kirsten 914-548-5576
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David 914-356-7164
August 23-27, Bicycling Weekend, Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven MA
Take a day or two off from work and extend your weekend with us to enjoy all that this beautiful island has to offer. Located near the center of the island, we will stay at the comfortable, large and efficiently run Martha's Vineyard Hostel. It has a large kitchen/dining room, den, and men's and women's dorms. A bike path can show you the way, right from the ferry warf... If you want to leave for the island on Thursday and return Sunday, you can park your car in the lot by the Vineyard Fast Ferry departing from Quonset Point, RI. If you're arriving on Thursday or Friday and want to return Monday, take either the Fast Ferry from New Bedford, MA, or the Ferry from Woods Hole, MA. The Woods Hole ferry requires the longest drive but has the most ferries running throughout the day. Remember to pack light, bring or rent a bicycle (or rent a moped or smart car), and tour the quaint towns and beautiful shoreline on the many miles of quiet roads and smooth bike paths. The brightly colored Gay Head clay cliffs and lighthouse in Aquinnah is a must-see! You can also take in the flora and fauna by hiking or kayaking. Don't forget to visit the many shops and seafood restaurants. Taxis and a shuttle bus also service the hostel. Please plan now while there is still room left in the dorms. Please do not call the hostel for a reservation; we have already made one for the group.

The payment is for one person, which will only cover the cost to join the group at the hostel. To reserve a spot, send a check for $160 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 $164.82 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip, but only when RSVPs open on Meetup.com.

Ken 201-388-3685
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Joanne 732-778-0730
August 31-September 3, Camping Trip, Lake Ashroe, Stoke State Forest, Sandyston NJ
We have reserved the spacious group campsite on Lake Ashroe! This newly 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. Bring your own kayak or paddleboard, or rent on site. Hike up the ridge from the campsite to the Appalachian Trail, Tillman Ravine and Buttermilk Falls. Private bathroom/shower rooms are on site. (lake and campsite location)

We will also be having Campers' Group 50th Anniversary Party on the group site, Saturday September 1st, from 4pm to 8pm! Wear Campers' Group clothing, bring a dish or dessert (no alcohol), and join in on the festivities!

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 $15.92 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
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Mashell 973-207-5716
Saturday, September 1, 50th Anniversary Party!, Lake Ashroe, Sandyston NJ
That's right, Campers' Group is having a 50th Anniversary Party! Join our Labor Day weekend campers on our Stokes State Forest group site (Z), on Lake Ashroe, Saturday September 1st, from 4pm to 8pm! Wear Campers' Group clothing, bring a dish or dessert (no alcohol), and join in on the festivities!

This newly renovated large and open campsite has 8 picnic tables, 8 grills, 2 fire rings, and a covered pavilion. Private bathroom/shower rooms are on site. The lake and campsite location is here.
Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this event.

Ken 201-388-3685
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Michelle 862-371-9380
September 7-9, Camping Trip, North/South Lake State Park, Haines Falls NY
North-South Lake is the biggest and most popular state campground in the Catskill Forest Preserve, offering extraordinary scenic beauty. Two lakes are located within the campground. Join us on one of our sites on or near North Lake. The surrounding mountains contain numerous hiking trails, which lead to spectacular overlooks, waterfalls, and historic sights, such as Sunset Rock, Alligator Rock, North Point, Kaaterskill Falls, and the former site of the Catskill Mountain House. On a clear day, five states are visible from some overlooks. Intermediate to advanced hiking is available. Some trails can be accessed with a short walk from our campsites to trail heads. Paddling is available on the lakes. Launch from one of our lakeside sites, or from the nearby beach, where there is swimming and boat rentals available. Hot showers and flush toilets are also available nearby.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $36.37 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 $37.73 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Chris 908-566-2614
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Kendra 858-775-6256
September 13-16, Camping Trip, Assateague State Park, Berlin MD
Camp near the dunes on the oceanside of this beautiful barrier island off the coast of Maryland. Wonderful wild ponies share the island with people! Bayside paddling, scenic boardwalk hikes and biking, along with rentals are available. We have reserved oceanside sites for the (3 night) weekend. A maximum of 3 tents and 2 vehicles are allowed on each site in the state park. Any additional cars must park in the overflow parking lot, which is a short walk from the sites. Hot showers available in the state park. A $15 entrance fee is charged per vehicle to enter the national park. To arrange carpooling, contact an event host or another camper. *** RSVPs are per tent, not per person. *** Sharing and carpooling is recommended!

To reserve a spot, send a check for $38.40 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 $39.80 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Emmanuel 973-255-8326
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Darlene 845-264-5815
September 21-23, Rafting trip, Farm House near Gore Mountain, North Creek NY
Come join the fun. Experience one of the top 10 whitewater rafting trips in the country, the Hudson River Gorge. This is the Hudson River as she used to be: crystal clear, clean, alive and wonderful. We will be rafting with the Whitewater Challengers in North River NY, which is a short drive from the farmhouse where we will be staying. Rafting will be the main activity of the weekend. The cost for the weekend is inclusive of the house from Friday thru Sunday and the cost for our rafting trip which takes place on Saturday 9/22. The outfitters will supply all the rafting equipment, helmets, PFDs and are mandatory to wear. Wetsuits are also available if you desire. You WILL get wet so a change of clothes kept in the car is suggested. Here is a detailed description of what to expect and bring. The hosts will arrange the payment and reservation for our group directly with the outfitter once all have signed up and paid for the trip. We will be staying in a quaint farmhouse. The house is very private and secluded being the last house at the end of a private road. There is an outdoor firepit and large deck to enjoy BBQs, socializing, the Harvest Full moon that weekend, and star gazing too! We will have a potluck dinner Saturday night. Please bring at least one dish and the beverage of your choice. The hosts will post what they are bringing in the comments section on our Meetup page; please do the same to make sure we get a variety of food. The kitchen contains pots, pans and utensils if you want to cook. There is also a dishwasher, microwave and washer and dryer. Bed linens and towels are provided. Arrival time on Friday starts at 5pm. Check out on Sunday is Noon.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $176.00 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 $181.75 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Chris 917-658-0190
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Jennifer 917-202-8025



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