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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2002

Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2002

Rain soaks the forest floor mixing with last year's leaves to become a wondrous mud. Seedlings that slept soundly through the winter awaken. New shoots push aside dirt and rocks to reach the air and grow towards the sun. Infant leaves shyly poke out from hoary branches and squint in the bright sunlight. Animals seek these tender new growths for delicious meals. Amidst it all, humans set up temporary nylon dwellings to observe and participate in the rebirth. Spring forward.

To reserve a space on a weekend trip or a day event, call the leaders during the listed time period. If you need information earlier than the dates listed below, call David at 718-897-1448. You can mail us your dues or pay it at the weekend. One year's membership costs $12 for an individual or $18 for a family ($8/individual or $12/family if you receive the newsletter by e-mail). Make your check payable to Campers' Group and mail it to David Levner, 63-36 98th Place #5J, Rego Park, NY 11374. To reserve a space on our cabin trips, you should also mail your check to this address.


Sunday March 17, Annual Meeting, Brooklyn
Meet to plan our agenda for the coming year. How many summer camping trips should we have in 2002? Where should we go? Should dues go up or down? How can we attract new members? We need your opinion! Members only. The meeting starts at 1 PM and will be followed by an optional dinner in a restaurant. Located near public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE MARCH 10.
Denise Drossos 718-435-3169

April 12-14, Bull's Island Recreation Area, Stockton NJ
We're camping on an island in the Delaware River. You can swim, canoe, raft, kayak or tube. The Recreation Area is part of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Park which contains a 30-mile mixed use trail (hiking and biking) along an old railroad bed that parallels the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Flush toilets and hot showers. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 5.

Barbara Haug 718-369-1061  Rachel Friend 718-633-4181

Sunday April 21, Green-Wood Cemetery Walking Tour, Brooklyn NY
Join the 600,000 permanent residents of Green-Wood Cemetery on a fine spring day. John Cashman will lead us through this historic cemetery and explain why, according to the NY Times, "It is the ambition of every New Yorker to live upon the Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the Park, and to sleep with his fathers in GreenWood." We'll grab a bite afterwards. The walk is $6/person. Meet at 12:45 PM at the Fort Hamilton Parkway gate (at Micelli Place). Accessible by public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 12.

Denise Drossos 718-435-3169

May 10-12, Camping Trip, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY
Camp in the largest county park in Westchester (4,700 acres). You can bicycle on the park's roads, hike the trails or ride a horse. The Trailside Museum has specimen animals, native American artifacts and an exhibit about the Leatherman. A nearby garden contains over 100 varieties of wildflowers. Each campsite has a lean-to with a fireplace. You can sleep in the lean-to, pitch your tent nearby or just visit for the day. The bathrooms have toilets but no showers. NO CALLS BEFORE May 3.

Kirsten Andersen 914-966-8077  David Glass 914-833-2557

May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend), Hickory Run State Park, White Haven, PA
Our group site extends deep into the forest. Sit by a tranquil stream less than 1 mile from the site. Lake swimming, excellent fishing, 30 miles of hiking trails, Boulders' Field (a National Natural Landmark), and all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts at the Hickory House. Near the Lehigh River for canoeing, rafting and tubing. Outhouses by the site, flush toilets and showers by the lake. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 17.

David Levner 718-897-1448  Anne Gruber 212-873-5454 or

June 14-16, Wharton State Forest, Hammonton, NJ
Camp in New Jersey's largest state park (over 100,000 acres) in the Pine Barrens. Hike on the Batona Trail, fish in Lake Atsion, canoe on the Mullica River, or see the restored village at Batsto. Flush toilets and hot showers. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 7.

Mary Jacobus 718-972-3817  Chet Trotman 718-421-7370

Sunday June 23, Day Trip, Cyclones Baseball Game, Brooklyn NY
Turn off the tube and take the train to Coney Island to see a real, live, minor league baseball game. Tickets are $6. Accessible by public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 14.

Carlos Ramirez 212-995-1728

  Benevolent Dictator  David Levner    718-897-1448 :-)
  Non-Dictator         Denise Drossos  718-435-3169

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