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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, January 25, Day Hike, Ramapo Lake, Oakland NJ
Located in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Ramapo Lake is a popular hiking destination for locals and travelers alike. We will hike approximately 4-6 miles for 3-4 hours on easy to moderate trails. There will be moderate rock scrambling near the start and maybe a small stream to cross. Otherwise the trail around the lake is relatively flat and easy. We will also climb Fox Mountain to the old mansion and explore the Van Slyke Castle ruins. On a clear day the NYC skyline is visible from the lookout.

Meet in the lower parking lot on Skyline Drive just off I-287. Dress in synthetic or wool layers, wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 2 liters of water. If it is icy, wearing Microspikes or another type of traction device on your boot for ice and packed snow is highly recommended.
 
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January 30-February 1, Cabin Trip, Frost Valley YMCA, Oliverea NY
Join us for winter in the Catskills! Our all-inclusive package includes 2 nights lodging in 2 heated cabins, 5 meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch, also includes a Friday night snack), and cross-country ski rentals Saturday and Sunday. There is also snow shoeing, hiking, ice fishing, tubing or arts and crafts included. You need to bring a pillow, bedding (sheets and/or sleeping bags), toiletries and clothing layers (preferably not cotton), hats, gloves, winter footwear, headlamp/flashlight, and backpack with hydration or bottles. Limited to 12 people.

We recommend paying $185.52 on our Meetup site for immediate inclusion on the RSVP list. Or pay $180 (or $52 for children 5 and under) by check, made out to “Campers‘ Group”, mailed 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.
 
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Sunday, February 8, Day Trip, Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel NY
Join us for cross-country skiing in popular Fahnestock Winter Park. The Park features a warming lodge with ski rentals, food, beverages, and restrooms. Rentals are available on a first come, first served basis. There are 11 miles of machine groomed, tracked and mapped trails for beginning and experienced skiers and snowshoers. Families find the park particularly enjoyable because it offers easy terrain to ski on near the lodge. The sledding hill and hot chocolate to sip in front of the outdoor fireplace are nice compliments to day-long trips... It is advisable to get there by 9am if you want to rent ski equipment in the morning. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until skiers come back to rent your size for an afternoon session. You can also call the Ski Center at (845) 225-3998, or check the Ski Report. An optional hike may be planned if there is not enough snow.
 
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February 13-16, X-Country Ski Trip, New Paltz Youth Hostel/Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz NY
Join us for a 2 or 3-day weekend in New Paltz, NY. In nearby Minnewaska State Park, there are groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge. We will stay at the New Paltz Hostel. New Paltz is a college town with eateries, cafes and live music. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail crosses Main St. and continues 12 miles south to Gardiner. You can rent cross-country skis and snow shoes in town. If you don’t know how to cross-country ski, we can show you the basics.

If you want to go on this trip, you MUST contact the New Paltz hostel at (845) 255-6676 and reserve your own lodging. If the hostel fills up, we can suggest area motels that are suitable alternatives. Public transportation is also available. The hostel is on Main St. in New Paltz right next to a Trailways bus station.
 
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Saturday, February 21, Day Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, Stillwater NJ
Snow permitting, we’ll be cross-country skiing in northern NJ at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, a few miles west of Stillwater, and Swartswood State Park. Twelve miles of groomed trails, color coded according to difficulty, wind through 600 acres of woods and fields, including loops around and over the lake. There is a ski lodge, lounge, cabin accommodations and ski rentals available for anyone from 3 years old on up. Trail fee is $5, Rental fee is $15, Package including rental, lesson & trail fee is $35. They are generally open from 9:00-4:00. An optional hike may be planned if there is not enough snow.
 
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Sunday, March 1, Day Trip, American Museum of Natural History, New York NY
Join us for the day at the American Museum of Natural History. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. We’ll be enjoying only a small fraction of the museum’s vast collections that contain over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. Meet us in the main entrance Rotunda on Central Park West at 10am sharp.
 
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