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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 28-July 2, Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Indian Lake Islands, Sabael NY
Beautiful, wild, forested islands offering wilderness camping and some of the best recreational boating in the Adirondacks, Indian Lake Islands Campground is located on the southern shore of 4,365-acre Indian Lake. The opportunity to camp on an island or along the shore of Indian Lake makes this one of the most popular camping destinations in the Adirondacks. All of the large, well-forested campsites offer privacy. Indian Lake Islands Campground offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including canoeing and boating, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.
Here is the campground map and guide: https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/permits_ej_operations_pdf/indianlakeislands2016.pdf
This is a helpful kayak camping gear guide: http://www.austinkayak.com/blog/2012/09/ack-kayak-camping-gear-guide-a-visual-presentation/
Canoes and kayaks can be rented near the beach or campground office on the mainland. It is approximately a 2 mile paddle from the boat launch to our island. All paddlers are required to wear a proper fitting PFD (life jacket). We have reserved 5 out of 6 campsites (34-38) on the big island (Long Island). Each site has a picnic table and firepit, and is limited to 6 individuals or two tents. RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. Please try to share to allow more to attend. All equipment must be set up on the designated area of the site only. Pit toilets are available on the island. A new shower/bath house is available for use near the boat launch.
It will be important to plan your packing carefully. If kayaking in, pack very light, as if backpacking. If paddling a canoe, more equipment can be taken. Here is a general and extensive camping checklist: https://files.meetup.com/3489162/camping_checklist.pdf
Firewood can be purchased at the campground or at a local vendor, and then will need to be transported across the lake in a boat to the campsites.
There is NO cell service on the lake. A 20 minute drive, from the boat launch, may be needed to make a cell call. There is a pay phone at adjacent Lewey Lake Campground.
*** RSVPs are per tent, NOT per person. Please try to share to allow more to attend. ***
A NY State fishing license (purchased in town) is required for anyone over age of 16. Licenses are NOT available for purchase at campground.
The address listed here is not the exact location of the boat launch parking lot on Lewey Lake Campsite Road. GPS coordinates are: 43.651841, -74.387662
Check-in starts at 12:00 pm on Thursday, check-out is 11:00am Monday. You are welcome to arrive any time Thursday or Friday, but when arriving you must get packed and be ready to paddle to get to a campsite before dark. When you RSVP, you are paying for the 4-night weekend. To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $58.00 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 $59.90 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 4-8, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
We'll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Paddlers can bring their own kayak, or rent from a nearby outfitter. You can also fish from the boat launch near the campsite (NJ fishing license required). Hikers can climb up to the Appalachian Trail, and Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or lake boating on Catfish Pond. On one or more mornings, we may plan a moderately strenuous hike (TBD), or an easy to moderate paddle on the river. Chemical toilets are close to the site, flush toilets and showers are in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. Alcohol is not permitted in NJ State Parks.
To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $23 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 $23.85 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 13-15, Camping Trip, Delaware River Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Milford PA
Join us for a river camping adventure! This 2 night 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 Milford Beach Boat Access at 12:00 p.m. on Friday. There will be a $10 per day (or $30 total) charge to park here. We will then load our boats and get on the river from the boat launch/beach. If you are arranging to rent a canoe/kayak, you will need to be ready to go from here by 1:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday we will paddle for 3-4 hours each day depending on water levels, wind, group abilities and amount of non paddling time. Camping will be on a primitive sites in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. These sites contain no amenities other than a fire ring. Tent space is limited, please share if possible. Sunday will consist of between 2-3 hours of paddling to the Smithfield Beach Boat Access where we will take the River Runner Delaware Water Gap shuttle back up river to our cars at Milford Beach. Our goal is to catch the 11:40 a.m. shuttle Sunday morning to Milford Beach. The shuttle will take our boats and gear.
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 needs to be preplanned and prearranged. There are no options for purchasing items while on the River.
This section of the Delaware River (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/150+Milford+Beach+Road,+Milford,+PA/Smithfield+Beach+National+Recreation+Area,+River+Road,+East+Stroudsburg,+PA/@41.1732207,-75.0660312,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1...) 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, some paddling skill and knowledge is necessary.
A poor weather forecast or poor river conditions will cause this trip to be cancelled or postponed. The hosts, and only the hosts, will announce or even discuss any weather forecasts on the trip page. PLEASE, do not post any weather-related comments. If you must discuss, please message the hosts privately!
When you RSVP, you are paying for one tent, and remember, space is limited. To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $10.00 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 $10.61 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 21-22, 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 19th 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 $20 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 $20.89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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July 26-29, 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 $62 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 $65.04 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 3-5, Camping Trip, Taconic State Park, Copake Falls NY
What a great time to visit this vista filled park! Easy to advanced hiking is available. The campground is near Alander and Brace Mountain. After a vigorous hike you can jump into the "cool" water at majestic Bash Bish Falls (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/bash-bish-falls-state-park.html)! Bicycle the Harlem Valley Rail Trail (http://www.hvrt.org/); it is great for mountain bikes and hybrids, or map out a route on the quiet roads in this bucolic area with a hybrid or road bike. Hot showers and flush toilets available within walking distance to our sites. It will be your choice to join some of us at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. You can purchase a day pass, or attend multiple days if you choose.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $30.50 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 $32.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 17-19, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We will be camping at six (6) 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 $35.33 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 $36.60 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 23-27, Bicycling Weekend, Martha's Vineyard, Vineyard Haven MA
Take a day or two off from work and extend your weekend with us to enjoy all that this beautiful island has to offer. Located near the center of the island, we will stay at the comfortable, large and efficiently run Martha's Vineyard Hostel. It has a large kitchen/dining room, den, and men's and women's dorms. A bike path can show you the way, right from the ferry warf... If you want to leave for the island on Friday (not Thursday), park your car in the lot by the Vineyard Fast Ferry departing from Quonset Point, RI, or take the Fast Ferry from New Bedford, MA if you want to leave on either Thursday or Friday. Remember to pack light, bring or rent a bicycle (or rent a moped or smart car), and tour the quaint towns and beautiful shoreline on the many miles of quiet roads and smooth bike paths. The brightly colored Gay Head clay cliffs and lighthouse in Aquinnah is a must-see! You can also take in the flora and fauna by hiking or kayaking. Don't forget to visit the many shops and seafood restaurants. Taxis and a shuttle bus also service the hostel. Please plan now while there is still room left in the dorms. Do not call the hostel at this time to make reservations.
The payment is for one person, which will only cover the cost to join the group at the hostel. To reserve a spot when RSVPs open, send a check for $160 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 $164.82 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip, but only when RSVPs open on Meetup.com.
 
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August 31-September 3, Camping Trip, Lake Ashroe, Stoke State Forest, Sandyston NJ
We have reserved the spacious group campsite on Lake Ashroe! This newly renovated group site holds up to 40 people, 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. Hike up the ridge from the campsite to the Appalachian trail. Private bathroom/shower rooms are on site. More info to come! https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lake+Ashroe/@41.1822915,-74.819963,16z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c366521e9580f5:0xb47bd2d8ba47cb5c!8m2!3d41.1801432!4d-74.8163511
 
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