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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2020   

The 2020 spring schedule below is aspirational. We hope we can go camping, but it will depend on the circumstances. We will not organize an event that puts anyone in greater danger of getting the coronavirus. Some trips may be cancelled, and on some trips we may set rules about physical distance between people. We are living in a different world but we will try to enjoy the outdoors as much as circumstances allow.

The schedule of events on this web page, and on meetup.com, will be updated as more information becomes available.

April 17-19, CANCELLED, 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.

Beth 201-669-7218 / Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, May 9, Bike Trip, Duke Farms, Hillsborough Township NJ
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL SOME TIME AFTER DUKE FARMS HAS REOPENED, AND THE ACTIVITY IS DEEMED SAFE AT THIS LOCATION.

Important! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as maintaining a distance of at least 10 feet from others, not sharing items or touching items that could carry the virus, wearing gloves and a mask or bandana, and using antibacterial spray or wipes.

Duke Farms' 18 miles of trails wind through woodlands and meadows, past fountains and sculptures, around lakes and lagoons. Along the way, dozens of interpretive signs and audio tours explain the history of the property, the significance of the native habitat and the stewardship practices in use. 12 of the 18 miles are open to bikes, mostly paved, and we will add mileage by visiting Duke Island Park, just across the Raritan River, for a total of approximately 25 miles. Hybrid and road bikes are best for this ride. Please check your bike before this event and get a tune-up if necessary. Please carry a spare tube, bike pump, bike lock, and wear a helmet! Also carry lunch or energy snacks as we will find a nice location to stop for lunch.
You must wear a proper fitting and buckled bicycle helmet on the ride. Absolutely NO riding with the group if you do not wear a helmet!
Duke Farms Bikeshare is located about 3/4 of a mile from the Orientation Center inside the core property under a large tent. Bike rentals are $7 for two (2) hours for adults and $5 for for riders under 18. Those who refuse to wear a helmet will not be allowed to rent a bike.
https://www.dukefarms.org/visiting-duke-farms/activities/bikeshare/
Duke Farms Property Map:
https://www.dukefarms.org/visiting-duke-farms/property-map/

Ken 201-388-3685
May 22-25, CLOSED FOR CAMPING, French Creek State Park, Elverson PA
5/18 Update: This event was switched to Kittatinny Canoes Campground, Barryville NY.

Important! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as maintaining a distance of at least 10 feet from others, not sharing items or touching items that could carry the virus, or wearing gloves and a mask or bandana, and using antibacterial spray or wipes.

Set amidst the old, quaint and picturesque farmland of southeast Pennsylvania, French Creek offers two lakes--Hopewell and Scotts Run, extensive forests and almost 40 miles of hiking trails. The 7,730-acre park is the largest block of contiguous forest between Washington D.C. and New York City. The forests, lakes, wetlands, and fields are a popular destination for hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and more. Adjacent to the park lies Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site that features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance.
We have 12 campsites reserved for the holiday weekend! RSVPs are PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON. This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, unless the host or organizer indicates otherwise.
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 $57.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
May 29-31, CANCELLED, Lake Ashroe, Sandyston NJ
We have reserved the spacious group campsite on Lake Ashroe! This newly renovated large and open group campsite in Stokes State Forest 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.
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.

Yolanda / Darrell 917-807-6920
June 12-14, Camping Trip, Hickory Run State Park, White Haven PA
Important! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as maintaining a distance of at least 10 feet from others, not sharing items or touching items that could carry the virus, or wearing gloves and a mask or bandana, and using antibacterial spray or wipes.

Join us and camp on one of the family sites we have reserved in this popular park. When With several activities available and much natural beauty, Hickory Run State Park has been one of our favorite spots for many years. Enjoy hiking and waterfalls near the campground, and swimming in Sand Spring Lake. Hiking the provocatively named Shades of Death Trail is far more enjoyable than the name implies! Tranquil Mud Run is just a few miles from the campground, and beautiful Hawk Falls is also close by. For a longer hike, you can go to Boulder Field, a National Natural Landmark that was created by frost heave during the last ice age. There is also bicycling on the nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail. Because of limited physical space on these campsites, we are having everyone RSVP for a tent spot, not per person, so tent sharing is encouraged, but not required. Flush toilets and hot showers are in the campground. RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON.
To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $35.00 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 $36.29 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Mark 860-841-8001
June 19-21, Camping Trip, Cedar Creek, Bayville NJ
We will be down near the shore for camping, paddling, and exploring this interesting area. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. 2 tents and 1 car are allowed per site. Additional parking is nearby. Our sites are dog friendly. Please confirm the breed and provide a rabies vaccination certificate for the office.
Cedar Creek is a truly unique paddling experience for newbies and experienced paddlers alike. The Cedar Creek water color is “tea colored” because of tannic acid from the roots of the cedars lining the river banks. A canopy of trees covers you as you paddle. You won’t see a riff of white water, but you will experience a strong, steady current, flowing through twists and turns and jug handle bends. From its headwaters in Greenwood Forest Management Area to its mouth at Barnegat Bay, Cedar Creek provides the water required for cranberry culture and supplies a pure source of water for wildlife. Adjacent bogs and uplands provide examples of plants characteristic to the Pine Barrens. Almost 89% of the Cedar Creek drainage area is forested land. Habitats of this waterway, typical to the Pine Barrens, include Atlantic white cedar swamps, bogs (including cranberry bogs), pine and oak forests, and coastal salt marshes. Throughout this beautiful watershed, you will find wildlife and unique plant species. There is also some easy to moderate hiking in the area.
IMPORTANT! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, not sharing or touching items that could carry the virus, wearing a mask or bandana when close to others, and using antibacterial spray or wipes when needed. And of course, if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home.
We have reserved all the sites in the C section, C1 - C15. They are campsites for tents or hammocks only. The sites have sandy soil, are forested and fairly private. RSVPs are per tent/hammock, not per person. Parking is limited to 1 car per site, but additional parking is available close by. There is a short walk to hot showers and restrooms. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.
Cedar Creek Campground also rents kayaks and canoes, and will transport you up stream (6 miles only). After you finish paddling, there is no waiting for the van to shuttle you back. You simply arrive right back at the campground.
Kayak/canoe rates: http://cedarcreekcampground.com/kayak-canoe/#kayak
The campground will need to know prior to the trip if you will need to rent a kayak. You must call their office at 732-269-1413 to reserve a kayak and shuttle. This is only for the 1 hour paddle. We are making arrangements with another outfitter for a longer paddle, for those who are interested. Some of us may have an extra kayak and paddle to loan (but you must have your own PFD if not renting). Please bring them so we can create our own river trip (a length of our choosing).
To reserve a spot, send a check for $64.25 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 $62 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Dana 917-519-7912 / Sylvie 908-307-6286



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