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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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May 25-28, Camping Trip, Fahnestock State Park, Putnam Valley NY
Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086 acre park, covering land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts hiking trails including a nice section of the Appalachian Trail, a beautiful beach, picnic areas, campgrounds, and abundant opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, and birding. Bring a kayak if you have one, or rent a rowboat or kayak at the boat dock. The park is also home to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, which provides high quality environmental programming.
We have reserved two large rustic group sites. This is area should be more private than the family campground, a little like backpacking, but you will have your car nearby! Unload your gear on the site, but then you must park your vehicle in designated parking areas approximately 50 to 300 feet away. Only water and port-o-johns are on site. Flush toilets and showers are available at the beach complex, a 5 mile / 10 minute drive to Canopus Lake, open from 9am to 7pm only.
NOTE: We are staying in the group camping area, NOT the family campground, which will be closed until August for repairs. Campsite check-in is 3pm on Friday, check-out is 11am on Monday. Payment for this trip is per person, NOT per tent.
The group site address is 295 Dennytown Rd Putnam Valley NY, an approximate location. GPS Coordinates are 41°25'28.5"N 73°52'05.5"W for the group site 4 entrance, where it may be best to park for non 4WD vehicles. You can also park at the AT trail head parking, near group sites 1 & 2. Group site 3 does not have parking at it's entrance, only a steep dirt/gravel road to unload gear, if you have 4WD. Please unload your gear and park in the designated parking areas. Please DO NOT leave your vehicle on the site near your tent. The park will have you move your vehicle.
To reserve a spot for one person, send a check for $29.70 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 $30.83 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 1-3, Camping Trip, Sam's Point Preserve, Ellenville NY
Sam's Point Preserve, or Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Ridge Preserve, is a 4,600-acre preserve in Ulster County on the highest point (2,289 ft) of the Shawangunk Ridge in New York. Its unique environment features dwarf pitch pine trees along the ridgetop, with very impressive views. Also located within the park is Lake Maratanza, the highest lake on the ridge, and the Ellenville Fault Ice Caves. We'll have an early departure on Saturday morning for a 10am start to hike in Sam's Point, and to the Ice Caves, and beyond. The hike will include Verkeederkill Falls, High Point and Indian Rock lookout, if no trail closures are still in effect. This moderate to strenuous circuit hike will be 10.3 miles with 1403 ft of elevation, and is NOT for beginners. (Although if accompanied, it is possible some may take a shorter, easier route.) A trail map is available here. We’ll stay at Berentsen's Campground ( 266 Roosa Gap Rd, Bloomingburg, NY 12721), only about 20 minutes from Sam's Point. We have a spacious group site reserved not far from the bathroom and showers. Day hikers can join us just for the hike if they arrive early (by 9:30) to meet us at the campground, or at 10am in the Sam's Point parking lot. Please 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. Bring a traction device like microspikes for your boots, if you have them, when in the ice caves. The Sam's Point entrance fee is $10 per car.
RSVPs are per tent, not per person. To reserve a spot, send a check for $32 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 $33.17 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 8-10, Camping Trip, Dark Sky Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park, Coudersport PA
Due to its exceptionally dark skies, Cherry Springs State Park is one of the best places in the eastern U.S. for stargazing. Situated at 2296 feet above sea level in the largely undeveloped 265,000-acre Susquehannock State Forest, the Park's Astronomy Field offers an unobstruced 360-degree view. Cherry Springs is our "local" park for the science of astronomy, which is the study and observation of planets, nebulae, galaxies, stars, and other heavenly bodies. Cherry Springs can be cold and damp, even in the summer. Wear proper footgear and dress warmly. Lawn chairs, a blanket, binoculars, or a telescope may enhance your experience. When in the viewing field, all flashlights or headlamps should have a red filter. We have reserved rustic campsites. Only pit toilets are available in this park. Flush toilets and shower facilities are located at nearby Lyman Run State Park. All sites include a picnic table, lantern hanger, and fire ring. Quiet hours are from midnight to 9:00 AM. Pets are prohibited in the campground.
To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $24.00 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 $24.94 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 15-18, Camping Trip, Letchworth State Park, Castile NY
Letchworth State Park, renowned as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is one of the most scenically magnificent areas in the eastern U.S. The Genesee River roars through the gorge over three major waterfalls between cliffs--as high as 600 feet in some places--surrounded by lush forests. Hikers can choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. Trails are also available for horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Letchworth offers nature, history and performing arts programs, guided walks, tours, a summer lecture series, whitewater rafting, kayaking, a pool for swimming and hot air ballooning. Experiencing Letchworth is unforgettable; check this video clip.
To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $47.50 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 $49.09 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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June 22-24, 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 $2 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 $2.39 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. The payment of $2 ($2.39 by Paypal) is for one adult or child, which only pays the Campers' Group fee. You must DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A FORM (TBD), fill it out, and mail it in with a check for $54, payable to Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, or provide your credit card information.

Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 29.
 
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June 28-July 2, 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.

More info to come...

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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 28.
 
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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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 30.
 
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July 13-15, 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 7:00 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 8:00 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 $20.92 via PayPal on meetup.com.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 31.
 
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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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 1.
 
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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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 2.
 
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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 Peak and Brace Mountain. After a vigorous hike you can jump into the cool water at majestic Bash Bish Falls! Bicycle the Harlem Valley Rail Trail; it is great for mountain bikes and hybrids, or map out a route on the quiet roads in this bucolic area. Hot showers and flush toilets available.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $42.50 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 $44.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 3.
 
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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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 4.
 
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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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 5.
 
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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
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 9.
 
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