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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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June 3-5, Camping/Cabin Trip, Thendara Mtn Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay the weekend at their rustic lodge in Harriman State Park. The lodge (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men’s and women’s washrooms with hot showers, and bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). There is also a campsite on the property, and a screened-in bunk house for outdoor sleeping. (First come, first served for camping, bunkhouse and lodge bedroom space.) The Lodge has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. If you choose to stay, the weekend will include Saturday breakfast, a bag lunch, Saturday night happy hour, dinner, and Sunday breakfast, and a bag lunch for the trail.

Arrive Friday evening (any time after 5:00 pm) for an early departure to Schunnemunk Mountain on Saturday morning. This is a fairly strenuous, but fantastic hike! It will be a 10.5 mile loop, approximately 6-7 hours, with an elevation gain of 1700 ft. After a grueling gain of 1,300 feet right at the outset, we’ll enjoy several miles atop a double ridge, with nothing but beautiful views: north to the Catskills, west to Kittatinny Ridge, east to the Hudson... 75% of this hike is on open smooth rock with 360 views! After the first mile this is a fairly moderate hike, with only a few steep sections. There will also be some moderately easy rock scrambling.

After the hike we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved 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. If sleeping in the lodge, you will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. If the campsite is available you may instead be able to camp. (No fires by the campsite, only in the main fire ring by the lodge.) 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 $52, which will cover meals and lodging for Friday and Saturday night (meals are Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch - no Friday dinner). We will only provide snacks Friday night (people are welcome to bring food and drink if they haven’t eaten beforehand). YOU MUST RSVP AND SIGN UP FOR MEALS BY WEDNESDAY JUNE 1st 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.

Thendara a la carte fees:
* Day fee to use the facilities: $7 per day (paid when you RSVP)
* Overnight fee for a first time guest: $12 per night (no additional day fee to use the facilities)
* Saturday or Sunday breakfast, and bag lunch for the trail: $10
* Saturday happy hour: $6
* Saturday dinner: $12
(Meal fees are approximate; final amount will depend on what the host brings and prepares.)

To reserve a spot, send a check for $7 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 $7.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 10-12, 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 $55 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 $56.81 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 1-4, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
We’ll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Put on your swimsuit, and boat or fish from the boat launch near the campsite. Hikers can climb up the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or boating. On Saturday or Sunday morning we may hike up to Sunfish Pond. Chemical toilets by the site, flush toilets and showers in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.

To reserve a spot for one tent, 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 $34.17 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 16-17, Camping Trip, Overnight Delaware River Canoe/Kayak and Camping Trip, Dingman's Ferry PA
Join us for a river camping adventure! This 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 Bushkill, PA Delaware River Access at 8:00 A.M. We will then take the free shuttle service to Dingmans Ferry PA where we will pack up and get on the river. If you are arranging to rent a canoe/kayak, you will need to be ready to go from the Dingmans Ferry Boat Access at 10:00 am. We will paddle for anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on water levels, wind, group abilities and amount of non paddling time. Camping will be on a primitive site in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. These sites contain no amenities other than a fire ring. Day two will again consist of between 2-5 hours of paddling to the Bushkill River Access where our cars will be waiting. 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, etc. need to be preplanned and prearranged. There are no options for purchasing items while on the River.

This section of the Delaware 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. Wearing a PFD (life vest) is required at all times in the water. NO exceptions. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability and provide an emergency contact. Poor weather forecast or poor river conditions will cause this trip to be cancelled or postponed. To RSVP for this trip, you must pay $10.59 via PayPal on meetup.com.
 
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Sunday, July 24, Day Hike, Norvin Green State Forest/Highlands Natural Pool, Ringwood NJ
Join us for an intermediate day hike in this nearby undisturbed forest, and then for a relaxing swim in a natural pool! You are also welcome to just swim and picnic on the grounds. The hidden gem of the Wyanokie Highlands, the Highlands Natural Pool is an Olympic size, stream-fed freshwater pool. It is located adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, and The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation (click here for directions). The Pool grounds include a picnic and barbecue area. There is direct access to a recreation field (including a baseball backstop), volleyball court, ping-pong tables, and over 21 miles of pristine hiking trails in the forest. The pool will be open from 10am to 8pm. Ken will be leading approximately a 3-4 hr hike at 10am. Bring prepared food or barbecue on their grills. If little room is left in the smaller inner lot, please park in the Weis Center’s main parking lot on the right, near the end of Snake Den Rd. $10 per adult, $3 per child, for the day, paid when you arrive. We can occupy the grounds between 10am and 8pm. Please RSVP on meetup.com.
 
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July 29-31, Camping Trip, Eagle Point on Schroon Lake, Pottersville NY
Join us for a great paddling and hiking weekend! Eagle Point Campground is located on the west shore of 4,230-acre Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks, about a half hour drive north of Lake George. The nine-mile-long, one-and-a-half-mile-wide, 152-foot-deep lake is paradise to all boaters. A variety of boating is available on Schroon and other lakes in the area. Inexpensive boat rentals and a boat launch are in the campground. If you have your own, motorboats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks are welcome at the park. For anglers, fish include lake trout, landlocked salmon, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, bullhead, and pickerel. An abundant amount of hiking is available at nearby Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Hoffman Notch Wilderness and Vanderwacker Mountain Wild Forest. The campground has a beach, and the area is also popular for bicycling. Restaurants, antique shops, gift stores, and various craft shops are nearby in the quaint town of Schroon Lake. We have 4 sites reserved near the lake, but they can accommodate only 2 tents each, or 8 total, so please share if possible. RSVPs are per tent, not per person.

To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $31 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 $32.14 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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