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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2019   

Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is. - Jessica Harrelson

April 6-7, Backpacking trip, Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail, Tuxedo Park NY
We are backpacking the classic north-south trail that runs the length of Harriman State Park (23 miles, elevation gain 5,400 feet), from Suffern, New York to Bear Mountain State Park (south to north). THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP! We'll take the 8:35am NJ Transit Train from Tuxedo, NY Station to Suffern, NY. We'll have a short, 15 minute road walk to the the Suffern-Bear Mountain (SBM) trailhead. Heading northbound, we'll cover 11+ miles of the SBM on our first day. On the second day, we'll continue northbound on the SBM for another 11+ miles. This is a strenuous trip! Please be prepared for extended/all day hiking. You are encouraged to hike at your own pace. To join us, please RSVP on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Emmanuel 973-255-8326
April 6-7, Backpacking trip, Big Hill Shelter, Stony Point NY
Let's do a short backpack trip to Big Hill Shelter. This out and back hike is 5 miles round trip. Meet at the Route 106 parking area at 12pm. This self-guided hike will allow you to reach Big Hill Shelter early in the afternoon, before other backpackers. Big Hill Shelter, built in 1927, offers a panoramic view to the south, with the New York City skyline visible in the distance on a clear day. This is where the backpackers doing the short trip will meet the backpackers doing the full S-BM traverse when they arrive sometime in the late afternoon. Choose a campsite near the shelter and set up (not in the shelter), gather downed wood, and start a fire by early evening. Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this trip.
Ken 201-388-3685 / Emmanuel 973-255-8326
April 12-14, Camping Trip, Camp Glen Gray/Ramapo Mountains, Mahwah NJ
Camp Glen Gray is located on an 800 acre reservation in the Ramapo Mountains, near Mahwah New Jersey. The camp is adjacent to the 4,200 acre Ramapo Mountain State Forest in Bergen and Passaic Counties. The mountains ring Lake Vreeland which forms the center of the camp. Started in 1917 as a Boy Scout camp, Glen Gray has seen generations of campers. The camp is now operated by the Friends of Glen Gray as part of the Bergen County Parks system. An online map and trail guide is available here. We will hike up to our campsite in this historic camp, which is nestled in the Ramapo Mountains. Backpackers can transport all or most of their gear to the campsite themselves, car-campers can have their heavier items transported to the site by a camp staff member. The camp will provide a truck, one on Friday late afternoon, and one on Saturday morning. Return trips will be arranged for Sunday morning at check-out. Everyone must carry lighter items to the campsite, approximately a 1/2 mile, such as sleeping bags and pads. Only heavier items such as coolers, larger tents, etc., will be trucked in. To join us, please RSVP on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Emmanuel 973-255-8326
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

Ken 201-388-3685
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.


Emmanuel 973-255-8326
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.

Glenn 973-214-3463 / Jennifer 917-202-8025
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.

Denise 646-457-2072 / Robin 973-590-6478
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.

Jennifer 917-202-8025
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Lana
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.

Stan 201-954-2537
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Mark 860-841-8001
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.

Michelle 845-325-4526
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Michelle
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.


Michelle 845-325-4526
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Brooke 973-902-5650



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