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Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2014   

July 3-6, 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 25 people.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $18 (payable to Campers' Group) to Debby Smith, 575 Grand St. #E-1605, NYC 10002, or pay $20 via PayPal on the page for this trip.

Joan 212-988-1041 / Chris 718-720-0034
July 18-20, Camping & Paddling Trip, Mills Norrie State Park, Staatsburg NY
What better park to enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley than Mills Norrie? Located on the east bank of the Hudson River, this and the adjoining riverside parks offer ample opportunities for walking, hiking, and cycling on the numerous trails, but the main attraction here may be paddling. River access is available for campers with boats at the Norrie Marina and at the Norrie Environmental Center. Norrie Point Paddlesport Center rents kayaks and canoes daily to experienced paddlers. Atlantic Kayak Tours runs tours and instructional programs for all levels Saturday and Sunday. A variety of nature programs are offered on Saturdays during the summer months. Other attractions in the area include the Mills and Vanderbilt mansions, the F.D.R. Home, Library and Museum, and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in nearby Hyde Park. Paved park paths and local roads make this area ideal for bicycle touring. A serene wooded area with glimpses of the river provides an ideal location for camping. We have three sites reserved. Restroom facilities and showers are located within walking distance. There are also picnic areas on the bluffs overlooking the Hudson.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $26 (payable to Campers' Group) to Debby Smith, 575 Grand St. #E-1605, NYC 10002, or pay $27.09 via PayPal on the page for this trip.

Charles 914-384-1649 (after 5 PM) / Denise 646-457-2072
Saturday, July 26, Meeting, REI in Soho, Manhattan NY
Join us at 11am to finish planning the fall schedule, and to start working on the winter. We will also discuss the leadership change happening September 1st.
We are meeting in REI's community room. With REI's projector, you'll be able to see the schedule come together on a big screen. You are also welcome to have lunch with us afterwards.

Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, July 27, Day Hike, Norvin Green State Forest/Highlands Natural Pool, Ringwood NJ
Join us for an athletic day hike in this nearby undisturbed forest, and then for a relaxing swim in a natural pool! You are also welcome to just swim and picnic on the grounds. The hidden gem of the Wyanokie Highlands, the Highlands Natural Pool is an Olympic size, stream-fed freshwater pool. It is located adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, and to the former site of N.J. Audubon's Weis Ecology Center (click here for directions). The Pool grounds include a picnic and barbecue area. There is direct access to a recreation field (including a baseball backstop), volleyball court, ping-pong tables, and over 21 miles of pristine hiking trails in the forest. The pool will be open from 10am to 8pm. Ken will be leading approximately a 4 hr hike at about 10 am. Bring prepared food or barbecue on their grills. Park in the Weis Ecology Center's outer parking lot. $10 per adult, $3 per child, for the day.
Ken 201-388-3685 / Candy
August 8-10, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We'll be camping at four of the many wooded sites, near the lake in the Pickerel Point camping area. Walk or drive to the beach and swim, or rent a canoe/kayak/rowboat and tool around Promised Land Lake. The ambitious can bicycle around the lake or explore the Bruce Lake Natural Area. The rest of us may follow the self-guided nature trail around Conservation Island. The campground has brand new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets.. This recently redesigned campground also has newly paved and mostly assigned parking. One (1) parking space is assigned to each campsite, in the small lot by our campsite group. Overflow parking is within walking distance on the campground peninsula. Carpooling is recommended.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $22 (payable to Campers' Group) to Debby Smith, 575 Grand St. #E-1605, NYC 10002, or pay $24 via PayPal on the page for this trip.

Kirsten 914-548-5576 / Lillian 914-668-3184
Friday, August 15, Night Out, Rocky Sullivans, Red Hook in Brooklyn NY
A friend of Campers' Group, Michael, and his band The Famous Geniuses, will play mostly original Swing Blues, Rock and Rockabilly music. Good food, great music, no cover charge. Show times are at 8:30 and 10:30 pm. Two unique sets will be played. You will not be sorry.
Denise 646-457-2072
August 22-24, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
We'll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Put on your swimsuit, and boat or fish from the boat launch near the campsite. Hikers can climb up the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or boating. On Saturday or Sunday morning, Ken may lead an early morning hike. Chemical toilets by the site, flush toilets and showers in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $17 (payable to Campers' Group) to Debby Smith, 575 Grand St. #E-1605, NYC 10002, or pay $17.82 via PayPal on the page for this trip.

David 718-897-1448 / Rumiko 201-203-1927
August 29-September 1, Camping Trip, Swartswood State Park, Newton NJ
Come and hike the trails, or walk to the beach to swim in Lake Swartswood. The park rents canoes, rowboats and paddleboats, and the lake is stocked with fish. The area is also great for road cycling, or biking with hybrid and mountain bikes on the nearby Paulinskill Valley Trail. Horseback riding is also available nearby on the Trail. We've reserved a shady group site that holds 20 people, where we can listen to the bullfrogs at night in the nearby duck pond. Earplugs are highly recommended for a good night's sleep. Outhouses at the site, flush toilets and showers at the lake. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.
David 914-356-7164 / Sarah 212-675-5012
September 12-15, 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 an oceanside group site for the weekend. Vehicles can drive up near the site, unload, and park close by. There is a boardwalk to access the site. We can also meet 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.
Ken 201-388-3685 / Candy

  Caretaker     David L.       
  Treasurer     Debby S.       
  Outdoors Consultant     Ken Q.       
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