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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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July 20-21, 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 17th 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 $30 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 $31.23 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 25-28, 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 $57 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 $58.98 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 1-4, Music Festival and Camping, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale NY
Join us to celebrate a 3 to 4-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires! Arrive on Wednesday after 1pm for early camp set up, Thursday for Pre-Fest, or Friday any time. May 16th to July 10th: Advance Prices: 3 Day Festival Ticket with Camping: $175.00. Order your ticket on line here.
Please be advised our camping area will have a "party" atmosphere and may not be appropriate for children.
Thursday: PreFest Tastings Day and Farmer's Market. (You can also arrive on Wednesday after 1pm to set up with Gabi and Chris to get the best camping spots.)
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival performances take place on several stages. The Main Stage features headline acts throughout the festival, including a songwriter "swap" on Friday nights, and a yearly showcase series of between twenty and thirty new or up-and-coming artists from noon to five on Friday afternoon; it is the only outdoor stage on which music continues after dark.
Across the festival grounds, the Workshop Stage features smaller-scale, generally acoustic performances around various themes throughout the day, often with several artists or groups playing "in the round". Family-oriented musical performances and other family-friendly fare, such as puppet shows, clowning and mimes like Hoopoe, also take place on the Family Stage throughout the daylight hours of the festival.
There is also a large Dance Tent that features various group and partnered dance styles until 2:00 AM.
In the evenings after the official performances are over the music continues at informal "campfires" and unofficial performance tents scattered throughout the camping areas.
Although children are welcome, please keep in mind this is a free-spirited music event with parties!
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Tickets for the 2019 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival can be purchased now! Order your tickets online here.
To reserve a spot with our group, send a check for $3.00 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 $3.39 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 9-12, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We will be camping at five (5) 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 $46.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. For immediate inclusion, pay $47.89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 15-18, Camping Trip, Franconia Notch State Park, Franconia NH
Join us in the spectacular White Mountains of New Hampshire! The overnight stay at Greenleaf Hut is optional but highly recommended! It is an additional $155.50 (through Paypal) to stay Saturday night at the hut. You must pay separately through Paypal, to the Campers' Group email, or via snail mail once you make the initial payment to join the trip, which secures your spot Thursday and Friday nights at Lafayette campground.
All hiking ability levels are available right from the campground. If you are doing the Mt. Lafayette loop please be advised, it is very challenging!! The White Mountains of New Hampshire have some of the countries premier hiking and is home to the famous Presidential Range. This weekend our planned hikes will be at the extreme South Western end of the Presidentials. We will transit an Alpine Zone and a knife edge above tree line as we traverse several peaks and cols.
We will be camping at Lafayette Place campground. It is located right at the trailhead to many outstanding White Mountain hikes and is at the trailhead to the main hikes we will do this weekend. It has hot showers, flush toilets, a camp store and some camping supplies. Some restrictions are: no more than 4 adults per site, no more than 2 tents per site, no more than two cars per campsite. Overfow parking is available. Saturday night August 17th is the stay at Greenleaf Hut. It can accommodate up to 48 guests in several coed bunk rooms. There are indoor bathrooms with cold water but no showers. The staff serves a delicious Hut cooked dinner and breakfast to hungry hikers. The bunk consists of a mattress, three wool blankets and a pillow. Please bring a sheet. If you have any special dietary needs please let the AMC lodging office know, the number is 603-466-8059.
To reserve a spot in the campground, send a check for $51.76 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. To stay at the hut Saturday night, you must pay an additional $150.50 to Campers' Group ($155.50 via Paypal). For immediate inclusion, pay $47.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page to attend this trip.

 
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