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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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September 30-October 3, Camping Trip, Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague MD
Camp behind the dunes on this beautiful barrier island off the coast of Maryland. Wonderful wild ponies share the island with people! We have reserved six oceanside campsites for the weekend. These are walk-in sites; vehicles can park near the site but campers will need to carry equipment on a boardwalk about 100 feet in to the dunes. Rent kayaks, canoes, and SUPs at the canoe/kayak rental lot, and paddle on the calm bay side of the island. This trip is a longer drive than most. Join us for the long weekend! Cold showers and chemical toilets in the national park, hot showers in the adjacent state park. $15 entrance fee per vehicle. To arrange carpooling, contact a trip leader ASAP.

To reserve a tent 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 o your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $58.95 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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Saturday, October 1, Day Hike, Bear Mountain Oktoberfest, Bear Mountain NY
It’s that time of year again! Bear Mountain Oktoberfest at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area will be in full swing with plenty of food, drinks and live music! A variety of vendors will be hawking their wares as well. You’re welcome to come anytime between noon and 6pm to enjoy the festival. Please remember to eat heartily and drink responsibly. Carpooling is encouraged with a designated driver. If you plan to hike with us, please arrive in the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area Far South Parking Lot by 9:45am. GPS Coordinates: 41.297598,-74.027274 *The festival and hike are free to attend, but there is a $10 parking fee/car. Oktoberfest food & beverages are available for purchase. This intermediate hike will take us up and over the ridge of West Mountain, passing several expansive viewpoints over the Hudson River. We’ll take a break at the West Mountain Shelter for lunch while enjoying the Fall foliage and view of NYC in the distance. The pace will be relaxed and should take approx 4-5 hours to complete. Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Length: approx 6.5 miles. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water, a snack and/or lunch. Please wear hiking boots and dress in layers. Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this event.
 
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Sunday, October 2, Day Hike, Buttermilk Falls to Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond, Walpack Township NJ
At 200 feet tall, Buttermilk Falls are the highest in New Jersey. We’ll start this challenging hike at 10:00 am by climbing stairs, which run to the top of the falls. We’ll then continue up the steep Buttermilk Falls Trail for another 1,000 ft of elevation to reach the Appalachian Trail, Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond. We will return via the Woods Road Trail and again down to the falls on the Buttermilk Falls Trail. 7.5 miles will take approximately 5 hours to finish. Since, we will be using the steep, two mile, Buttermilk Falls Trail as our starting and return route for this hike, it is not recommended for beginners. Waterproof hiking boots or hiking shoes are required (No sneakers). Bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch. The pace will be relaxed with plenty of breaks as required. There are no restrooms at Buttermilk Falls, please plan accordingly. Heavy rain will cancel/postpone the hike. GPS Coordinates: 41.137085,-74.889207 Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this event.
 
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October 7-9, 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.
 
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October 14-16, Cabin Trip, Eugene’s Bungalow, Fallsburg NY
Our friend Eugene is hosting this weekend at his bungalow in Sullivan County New York. The bungalow has WiFi, a fridge, gas stove and backyard grill, hot water, but no heat. Bring your own small electric heater (if needed) or warm sleeping bag, bedding and towels. There are 4 bedrooms and pullout couch in the living room. Each bedroom has a full bed (or pullout couch), 1 bedroom has a full and twin bed. There is one bathroom with a shower. Besides hiking near Bethel Woods and Sam’s Point Preserve, there is an Ashram, the Sivananda Yoga Ranch, close by which has a yoga class and a vegetarian meal for about $20 starting each day at 4pm (10 min drive). There is also camping and rooms available.
To reserve a tent 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 o 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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Sunday, October 23, Brunch & Planning Meeting, The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice selections, friendly staff, and a large garden dining area. Meet us at 12 pm, and we will enjoy a meal together before we discuss and decide on future trips. Afterward, perhaps we will stroll over to the nearby High Line Park, or another location. If you have joined us on one or more of our outings, we would greatly appreciate you helping us on a weekend or day event as a leader or co-leader. If it is your first time, don’t worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member. We are a volunteer-run club that needs more of their members to participate as trip leaders. For immediate inclusion RSVP on meetup.com.
 
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November 4-6, Cabin Trip, Tohickon Valley/Ralph Stover State Park, Point Pleasant PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm and cozy cabin by the rushing waters of Tohickon Creek, in Bucks County PA. On Saturday and Sunday, water will be released from an upstream dam, enlarging the creek and making it a nirvana for whitewater kayakers. We will just be watching, unless any of us is experienced enough and has whitewater gear to go on the river. For the rest of us, there will be a hiking trail (out and back, 2 miles each way, 200+ ft initial climb) that passes right by the cabins in Tohickon Valley Park, which leads to the scenic High Rocks vista, and then on to Ralph Stover State Park and the whitewater put-in.
In the Doe Run Campground section of the park, this modern but small 2-room cabin has a kitchen with a full size refrigerator and stove, bathroom, shower, wood-burning fireplace, outside grill, and indoor heating system. The cabin also has one bedroom (with one set of bunk beds and one queen size bed) and a common room (with one queen size pull-out sofa bed), sleeping a maximum of six (6) people. You will be sharing sleeping quarters. The park also has campsites for the hardy (accessible from the second entrance on Cafferty Road, or about a 10-15 minute walk up to the ridge from the cabin) at Tohickon Valley Campground. If you would prefer more plush accommodations, there are a number of B&Bs local to this area, and Airbnb may also be a good option. Sorry, the park does not allow camping on the cabin grounds. Bring your own food, utensils and sleeping bag or bed linens.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $54 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 $55.87 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after September 28.
 
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November 26-27, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men’s and women’s washrooms with hot showers, and heated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch.

Arrive a little before 10am on Saturday to join us on a moderately strenuous hike. We may carpool to the trail head. 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. Breakfast and sandwiches will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. There will also be a local hike on Sunday starting at about 11am from camp. The total cost will be approximately $45, which will cover meals and lodging. You can also join us just for the Saturday hike for $7.

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 $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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December 2-4, Cabin Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA, Stillwater NJ
We are staying in the cozy Wickapeck Lodge at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp. This is a family weekend - all kids welcome! The lodge has 5 bedrooms that sleep up to 6 each, 2 bathrooms with hot showers, living room with fireplace and a small kitchen. Organized activities may include hiking, rock wall climbing, high ropes (zipline), archery/rifle range, interpretive walks, arts and crafts and more. The activities and meals are included (they do not offer an option without meals). Meals in the dining hall will include a Friday night dinner, 3 meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Special dietary needs can be accommodated if requested beforehand. Per person cost is $147 (by check or credit card), which must be mailed directly to the camp with their completed form, plus the $3.39 Campers‘ Group fee, paid when you RSVP. If you do not send in your payment by Wednesday November 2nd, you will be taken off the attending list until the camp receives your payment.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $3 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.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after September 29.
 
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