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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2008

Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2008

Spring has arrived, and as the weather warms up we are looking forward to getting back outside to sleep under the sky. We have some great camping trips planned as well as some other fun social activities so shed those winters layers and join us!

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, contact Denise at or Ken at and type "campers group" in the subject. 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.

Sunday, April 13, Day Trip, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY
We'll meet at 1 PM in the main lobby of the museum for the "Gallery Talk." This week's talk is about Peter Paul Rubens, the 17th century Flemish titan who mastered the art of arranging figures on a vast scale using light and color to heighten dramatic effect. After the gallery talk, we'll go to the Gustave Courbet exhibit, the first full retrospective of the French artist in 30 years. More than 130 of his works are on display. To make sure we are on time for the Gallery Talk (they are very prompt), please arrive to check your coats and pay admission at least a half hour ahead of time (by 12:30). Note that your tax dollars already support the museum and the admission charge is a voluntary contribution--you do not have to pay the suggested $20.00 fee. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 4.
Joan 718-373-5782
April 25-27, Bike Trip, North Fork of Long Island, Suffolk County NY
If you haven't been keeping up with your exercise routine lately, this one day bike trip is a good way to wake up those large leg muscles. We'll be taking an easy ride along scenic, flat roads along the western park of North Fork of Long Island. Appropriate for all level riders. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Must have bike helmet. NO CALLS BEFORE APRIL 18.
Harry 917-715-1060
May 16-18, Camping Trip, Fire Island National Seashore, Watch Hill NY
Camp behind the dunes by the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy miles of secluded, clothing-optional beaches, or hike on a boardwalk nature trail through salt marshes, fresh water marshes, thickets and forests. The birds and vegetation are spectacular, but beware of the ticks. Flush toilets and tepid showers. You must have your own tent and be an experienced camper to go on this trip. Limited to 10 people. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 9.
Kirsten 914-966-8077
Frank 914-632-8997
May 23-26, Camping Trip, 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 MAY 16.
David L. 718-897-1448
Debby 646-386-7049
Sunday, June 1, Day Trip, Brooklyn Boardwalk, Brooklyn NY
Walk through Sheepshead Bay & beautiful Manhattan Beach to the boardwalk that spans Brighton, Coney Island & Sea Gate. See how neighborhood characteristics change, even on the boardwalk. The walk concludes with lunch at a Russian restaurant for under $10. Nathan's is alternative lunch option. Several opportunities to rest, stop or get transportation home. Brighton Beach Ave. is a great place to shop for Russian delicacies and fresh produce. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 23.
Carol 718-253-1078
June 6-8, 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 10 people. NO CALLS BEFORE MAY 30.
David G. 914-833-2557
Susan 973-896-3120
June 20-22, Camping Trip, Taconic State Park, Millerton NY
This is a great time to visit this vista filled State Park. Easy to Advanced hiking available. After a vigorous hike we can jump into the frigid water at the majestic Bashbish Falls. Good paths for bicycle riding. Near Alander Peak and Brace Mountain. Hot showers and flush toilets. NO CALLS BEFORE JUNE 13.
Denise 917-338-0101


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

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