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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2005

Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2005

  Whan that April with his showres soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licuor,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr;
Whan Zephyrus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heath
  The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne,
Hath in the Ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale fowles maken melodye
That sleepen al the night with open ye-
So priketh him Nature in hir corages-
Thanne longen folk to goon on camping trippes ...

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 trip or event. 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.

March 18-20, Cabin Trip, Tohickon Valley Park, Point Pleasant PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm and cozy cabin by the flowing Tohickon Valley Creek. The cabin has a kitchen, bathroom, shower and wood-burning fireplace, and beds for eight people. Bring your own food, utensils and linens. NO CALLS BEFORE FEBRUARY 25.
Ken Quartarone 201-792-3787
Lana Weinmann 516-270-3286
Saturday April 9, Day Hike, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens NY
The birds are back! Of course some never left, but many are flying north to their summer homes. Some of the weary travelers come down for a rest stop in Jamaica Bay; they waddle in the tall grass, eat a fish or two, and stare at the humans. We’ll do our best to amuse them and ourselves in the only federal wildlife preserve in New York City. Bring a bag lunch and binoculars if you own a pair. Accessible by public transportation. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 2.
Sule Sokoni 718-996-5149
April 29-May 1, 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 APRIL 22.
Sarah Dowson 212-675-5012
David Levner 718-897-1448
May 20-22, Camping Trip, Fire Island National Seashore, Watch Hill NY
We'll camp at family sites at the National Park Service campground on Fire Island. The beach is world-class, the nature trail goes through five different habitats, and you won't see a private car all weekend because ... no cars are allowed. Caution: Fire Island is a hotspot for ticks that carry Lyme Disease. Because this trip is early in the season, ticks and mosquitoes will be less of a problem than during the summer. Experienced campers only. Hot showers and flush toilets. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 13.
Kirsten Andersen 914-966-8077
Terry Doyle 718-933-9807
May 28-31, Camping Trip, Stokes State Forest, Branchville NJ
We're returning to shady Group Site H. This park has many hiking trails including six miles of the Appalachian Trail. There are great views from the top of Sunrise Mountain and in the Tillman Ravine Natural Area. Near High Point State Park and the Delaware River. Flush toilets and hot showers. Limited to 25 people. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 21.
Ken Quartarone 201-792-3787
Denise Drossos 718-435-3169
June 10-12, Mongaup Pond State Park, De Bruce NY
Mongaup Pond is actually a huge lake in the Catskills in which you can swim, fish and boat. Or you can enjoy the scenery as you hike or bicycle. Hot showers and flush toilets. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 3.
Carol Shapiro 718-253-1078
David Glass 914-833-2557
Sunday June 19, Day Trip, Arrow Park, Monroe NY
Celebrate the end of spring and the beginning of summer with us by hiking, boating and swimming in this rustic private park in Orange County. Bring a picnic lunch. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 12.
Kirsten Andersen 914-966-8077
Denise Drossos 718-435-3169
June 24-26, Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope NJ
Want to see the man in the Moon, Venus and Mars up close? In addition to relaxed camping and spectacular vistas along the hiking trails at this less-known park, we'll have some fun at the Greenwood Observatory, seemingly bringing the planets closer to earth via a telescope that magnifies up to 800 times. You can also ride your bike in the park, or swim at the nearby Mohican Outdoor Center. Hot showers and flush toilets. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 17.
Rachel Isaacs 718-447-8403
Sylviane Russo 718-948-6920


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

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