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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2007

Campers’ Group Bulletin - Spring 2007

Happy spring, which seems to come earlier and earlier each year! A big change is happening to Campers’ Group this year: David Levner is giving up the title of Benevolent Dictator. The group will henceforth remain active by a collaboration of other members efforts. During 2007, David will provide support services (maintaining the database, the web site, doing mailings, and accepting dues payments). The bulletins will be distributed as usual. To reflect his new role, he has chosen the title of “Caretaker.” He will provide support for future changes to the group so that Campers’ Group can remain active and fun for all.

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 9-11, Cabin Trip, Tohickon Valley Park, Point Pleasant PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm and cozy cabin by the flowing Tohickon Valley Creek, or rough it in your tent. It’s possible that, during the weekend, water will be released from an upstream dam, enlarging the creek and making it a nirvana for kayakers. 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 MARCH 2.
Theresa 917-836-7003
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday April 7, Day Hike, Norvin Green State Forest/Weis Ecology Center, Ringwood NJ
We’ll travel to northern Passaic County NJ for a tour of the Weis Ecology Center and a day of hiking in Norvin Green State Forest. This moderately difficult hike, on the Lower Norvin Green Loop, will bestow upon us beautiful views from small peaks, waterfalls, old iron mines, and the remains of an old farmstead. Only a short distance from NYC, the Weis Ecology Center offers many points of interest, including an educational center, a nature store, a butterfly/songbird garden, views of the Wanaque Reservoir and Chikahoki Falls. NO CALLS BEFORE MARCH 31.
Ken 201-388-3685
April 20-22, Camping Trip, Stokes State Forest, Branchville NJ
Group Site H, our favorite shady spot at Stokes, has been reevaluated to accommodate only 10 people. So we reserved this site for the tough-skinned, bold camper when the weather may still have a chill in the air -- perfect conditions for hiking for hours along the newly leaved Appalachian Trail. There are great views from the top of Sunrise Mountain and in the Tillman Ravine Natural Area. Flush toilets and hot showers. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 13.
Renee 212-362-1202
David L 718-897-1448
May 4-6, Camping Trip, Taconic State Park, Copake Falls NY
This is a great time to visit the park: it will be half empty and has great hiking, cycling and boating. We’ll hike to the majestic Bashbish Falls and have lunch on nature’s smooth boulders while we anticipate the daring act of those who may jump into the frigid water. Boat rentals are available. Near Alander Peak and Brace Mountain. Hot showers and flush toilets. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 27.
Frank 914-632-8997
Harry 212-675-3564
Saturday May 19, Day Hike, Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Basking Ridge NJ
The Great Swamp, created approximately 15,000 years ago by melting Wisconsin glacial waters, is a mixture of marsh, meadow, dry wood and brush-covered swamp habitats. Walking along the refuge’s many paths we’ll experience nature at its most primitive. This suburban refuge offers easy hikes on dirt trails, and long boardwalks with wildlife blinds. Peer through the park’s binoculars to seek out more than 244 species of birds, fox, deer, muskrat a wide variety of wildflowers and more. After our hike we’ll enjoy Mexican food at Casa Maya. Muy bueno! NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 11.
David G 914-833-2557
May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend), Camping/Cabin Trip, Camp Glen Gray, Mahwah NJ
Nestled among thousands of acres of county and state park lands, and 750 wooded acres of the Ramapo Mountains, there’s never a lack of things to do and see in and around this historic former scout camp. Although it’s very close to NYC, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy several hiking trails that pass through the camp, as well as fishing, boating or just taking in the beautiful lake and cabin views. We’ll have the option of sleeping indoors or out. A large fire ring and unmarked campsites are just yards away from the rustic cabin. Hot showers and electricity are available. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 18.
Denise 718-636-4900 x115
Athmane 917-378-4677
June 8-10, Camping Trip, Fahnestock State Park, Carmel NY
Hike in the beautiful Hudson Valley, explore the Constitution Marsh Audubon Sanctuary’s 270-acre tidal marsh, join an early-morning snapping turtle walk on Saturday at Boscobel, or lounge around the lake. Kayak or rowboat in Canopus Lake. We have reserved two sites. Flush toilets and hot showers are available. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 1.
Sarah 212-675-5012
Walter 516-466-8623
June 22-24, Camping Trip, High Point State Park, Sussex NJ
Swim, boat, fish, hike the Appalachian Trail, ride your mountain bike or just relax at this private group site situated far away from other campers. Hiking to the Monument at the highest point in NJ will award you with the most expansive 360 degree view of PA, NY and NJ in the area. A visit from our friendly black bears will make this trip one to remember. Pit toilets on the site, hot showers and flush toilets at the lake. Limited to 30 people. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 15.
Janice 347-426-4601
Theresa 917-836-7003


  Caretaker              David Levner      718-897-1448
  Trip Organizer         Denise Drossos
  Outdoors Consultant    Ken Quartarone

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