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Campers' Group is a club that organizes camping, cabin, hiking and ski trips, mostly in NJ, NY, PA and CT, and within a three-hour drive of the NYC metro area. We welcome singles, couples and families, experienced campers and newbies, to camp and hike with us.

You can also join us on meetup.com or like us on Facebook.

Here are some of our upcoming events:


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May 28-31, Holiday Weekend Trip, Memorial Day Weekend Camping in the Gunks & Catskills, Accord NY
Join us for the holiday weekend in a beautiful region of New York State. We will be camping in between the Shawangunks and Catskills, where a 30 minute drive or less can take us to many attractions! A 30 minute drive south will take you to Minnewaska State Park or Mohonk Preserve. A slightly longer drive north will have you in the southern section of Catskill Park. There will be plenty of outstanding hiking choices in these areas, plus paddling on Roundout Creek. Try mountain biking in Lipman Park, or on the easy carriage roads in Minnewaska. Hybrid or road bicycling is available on local Rail Trails. There is also great fishing close by in Ashokan Reservoir, Onteora Lake, Sturgeon Pool, and more. Swimming may be possible in Lake Minnewaska and Lake Awosting, plus several swimming holes. Opus 40 is a 6.5-acre stone-sculpture park in an abandoned quarry with trails and a museum featuring vintage tools. Visit the quaint towns of Stone Ridge, Woodstock or New Paltz.
We have several large sites in a private and rustic campground. RSVPs ARE PER PERSON. There is plenty of room for several tents and hammocks on our wooded sites. A small bathhouse with a washing station is nearby, and larger bathhouses are about a 5 minute walk. Potable water nearby, some sites have electric.
To join, you must RSVP on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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June 4-7, Camping Trip, Woodland Valley Campground, Phoenicia NY
Be prepared for a great hiking weekend! In the heart of the Catskills, Woodland Valley is a narrow rugged valley surrounded by some of the region's highest peaks: Panther, Slide, Cornell and Wittenburg. The campground serves as the trail-head for both the Slide-Wittenberg Trail (the Burroughs Range) and Valley-Denning Trail (which provides access to the Giant Ledge-Panther Mountain Trail). Please understand that to participate, you MUST be prepared with appropriate hiking boots, clothing, water, food, and know your own hiking ability. This area has significant elevation, so even if the distance does not seem great, the hikes may be more strenuous than others you may be used to with less elevation change. This is a car-camping trip with easy access to the campsites, not a backpacking trip. The campground is a 20 minute drive from Phoenicia, and 40 min from Woodstock. We have reserved small sites - only 2 tents are allowed per site. Find the campground map here. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. Flush toilets and hot showers are available in the campground.
To join, you must RSVP on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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June 11-14, Rafting/camping trip, Hickory Run St Pk/Lehigh River, White Haven PA
Camp with us on one of the family sites we have reserved in this popular park. With several activities available and much natural beauty, Hickory Run State Park has been one of our favorite spots for many years. (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/hickoryrun/index.htm) Enjoy hiking the Shades of Death Trail and visiting Hawk Falls. You can also explore the Boulder Field (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_004626.pdf).
We will raft on the Lehigh River between White Haven and Jim Thorpe. A spectacular gorge and class 2-3 rapids should make this a memorable weekend!
Mark will guide the river trip, but we need at least one other who is experienced to guide us through the rapids. We have two (2) 6-8 person rafts, one four (4) person raft, and most of the gear for 16 adults. With experienced people to guide we will have 2-3 rafts available. We have most of the gear necessary for a 2-3 boat trip but need participants to bring PFD’s and paddles to fill the need.
ALL PADDLERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A PROPER FITTING PFD (life jacket) AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE WATER. ZIPPED AND BUCKLED SECURELY. NO EXCEPTIONS!
We have several campsites reserved. (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_004630.pdf ), RSVPs are per tent, not person. 2 cars only per site. (The park allows only 5 people per site.) Flush toilets and hot showers are in the campground. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.
To join, you must RSVP on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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June 18-20, Camping Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, Stillwater NJ
In addition to paying the $2.39 Campers' Group fee for this trip, you must pay the Camp $61 per person by credit card on their own website by the THURSDAY 5/20 DEADLINE to attend. Please pay the Camp here. Our program will be under the option of 'Private Groups'. If the Camp does not receive payment by 5/20, you will be taken off the attending list.
Fairview Lake YMCA Camp is a very special family camping experience! Just set up at our very private and large waterfront group site, and the camp will provide organized programs for the group, and you can also arrange to hike on your own. The camp sits on mile-long Fairview Lake in Northwestern New Jersey. Their 600 acres adjoin the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, providing access to the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware River, many hiking possibilities and breathtaking views. A fleet of canoes, rowboats and kayaks offer a wide variety of water activities. This is a great weekend for kids!
We have reserved a large camping area near the far side of the lake with a fire ring, provided firewood (!), tables, bathroom and showers, and even unheated shelters we can occupy if the weather doesn't totally cooperate! We are not taking any meals in the dining hall; you must bring your own food.
The Activity Schedule may include: Archery, BB Guns & Rifles, Climbing Wall/Gaga, Leap of Faith, Giant Swing, Boating, Candle Making, Stream Exploration, Outdoor Survival Lesson, Guided Swamp Walk and The Ridge Hike. This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, unless the host or organizer indicates otherwise.
To join, you must RSVP on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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June 23-27, Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Cranberry Lake, Wanakena NY
Cranberry Lake is the third largest lake in the Adirondacks with 7,040 acres of water and 55 miles of shoreline. There are 46 free, water accessible campsites along the shoreline and on some of the many islands. We will meet at the southern launch and paddle for 5 days, exploring campsites, islands, bays, inlets, and hiking trails. We will camp for 4 nights on one or more of the available first come, first served wilderness campsites. The sites provide a fire ring, table and pit toilet. A few have a shelter.
Pack carefully! If kayaking in, pack very light, as if backpacking. If paddling a canoe, more equipment can be taken.
Kayak camping info and checklist: https://paddling.com/learn/a-kayakers-camping-checklist
Canoe camping checklist:
https://www.rei.com/dam/checklist-canoe-multiday-touring.pdf
This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT, unless the host or organizer indicates otherwise.
To join, you must RSVP on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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July 2-5, 4th of July weekend, Dingmans Campground, Dingmans Ferry PA
This campground is an old favorite in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. We have reserved 6 riverfront and 8 adjacent forest pet-friendly campsites on the Delaware River. You can swim or boat from the campground. There are shaded trails for hiking and biking nearby. It's also near Dingmans Falls, Childs Falls and the Pocono Environmental Education Center. The camp store, bathrooms and showers are within walking distance.
To join, you must RSVP on the Meetup.com page for this event.
 
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July 9-11, Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Upper Delaware River Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Lackawaxen PA
Join us for a river camping adventure! This outing requires that you either have a canoe or kayak, or privately arrange with an outfitter to rent one. You must be able to pack your boat with all necessities (food, water, camping equipment, etc) for 2 nights/3 days on the water for primitive camping.
ALL PADDLERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A PROPERLY FITTING PFD (life jacket) AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE WATER, ZIPPED AND BUCKLED SECURELY. NO EXCEPTIONS!
You will be required to bring all items needed to camp, such as a tent, sleeping bag, food, water etc. Everything will need to be packed in your canoe/kayak. Sharing of boats , equipment and supplies needs to be preplanned and prearranged. There are no options for purchasing items while on the River.
This section of the Delaware River contains mostly class II rapids and possibly some class III rapids depending upon the water level. You need to have some river paddling experience. There is an inherent risk with river boating, some paddling skill and knowledge is necessary.
Meet at the Zane Grey Public Access Boat Launch on the Delaware River.
This is a RAIN OR SHINE EVENT.
To join, you must RSVP on our Meetup.com page.
 
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July 16-18, Camping Trip, Worthington St Forest Campground, Hardwick Township NJ
We'll be camping on several waterfront sites, right on the Delaware River. Paddlers can bring their own kayak, or rent from a nearby outfitter. You can also fish from the boat launch near the campsite. Hikers can climb up to the Appalachian Trail, and Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit Catfish Pond for swimming or paddling, with boat rentals available. We may plan moderately strenuous hikes, or an easy to moderate paddle on the river.
Flush toilets and showers are a short walk form our sites. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. Alcohol is not permitted in NJ State Parks. Pets are NOT permitted in the camping area.
The park trail map is available here.
To join, you must RSVP on our Meetup.com page.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 17.
 
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July 23-25, Camping Trip, Delaware River Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip, Milford PA
Join us for a river camping adventure! This 2 night outing requires that you either have a canoe or kayak, or privately arrange with an outfitter to rent one.
For those of us with a river worthy canoe or kayak we will be meet at the Milford Beach Boat Access on Friday morning at 10:00 AM, to pack our boats and prepare for launch. There will be a $10 per day (or $30 total) charge to park here. We will then launch our boats from the boat launch/beach. If you are arranging to rent a canoe/kayak, you will need to be ready to go from here no later than 11:00 AM.
Friday and Saturday we will paddle for 3-4 hours each day depending on water levels, wind, group abilities and amount of non paddling time. Camping will be on a primitive sites in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. These sites contain no amenities other than a fire ring. Tent space is limited, please share if possible. Sunday will consist of between 2-3 hours of paddling to the Smithfield Beach Boat Access where we will take the River Runner Delaware Water Gap shuttle back up river to our cars at Milford Beach. Our goal is to catch the 11:40 a.m. shuttle Sunday morning to Milford Beach. The shuttle will take our boats and gear.
ALL PADDLERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A PROPERLY FITTING PFD (life jacket) AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE WATER. ZIPPED AND BUCKLED SECURELY. NO EXCEPTIONS!
You will be required to bring all items needed to camp, such as a tent, sleeping bag, food, water etc. Everything will need to be packed in your canoe/kayak. Sharing of boats , equipment and supplies needs to be preplanned and prearranged. There are no options for purchasing items while on the River.
This section of the Delaware River contains mostly class I rapids and possibly some class II rapids depending upon the water level. You need to have some river paddling experience. There is an inherent risk with river boating, some paddling skill and knowledge is necessary.
A poor weather forecast or poor river conditions will cause this trip to be cancelled or postponed. The hosts, and only the hosts, will announce or even discuss any weather forecasts on the trip page. PLEASE, do not post any weather-related comments. If you must discuss, please message the hosts privately.
When you RSVP, you are paying for one tent, and remember, space is limited. To reserve a spot for one tent, send a check for $20.00 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $20.92 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 24.
 
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July 29-August 1, Camping Trip, Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, Highlands NJ
Join Campers' Group for a summertime camping trip at the Jersey Shore! We will be camping at the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area from Thursday, August 3rd through Sunday August 6th. We have reserved all 10 sites in Loops A and B at Camp Gateway. Bathrooms and a potable water source are nearby. There are no showers at the campsites. Public showers are located at the nearby Sandy Hook beaches. Sandy Hook itself contains historic areas and other attractions, including the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Fort Hancock, several beaches, Sandy Hook Bay kayaking, bike paths, and nature trails. Various maps are available here. Nearby are the Jersey shore communities of Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach and Long Branch. Asbury Park and Red Bank are a short drive. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. When you RSVP on Meetup please post a comment indicating who else will be in your tent, if anyone. Additionally, Sandy Hook charges a $15 entrance fee per vehicle. One car is allowed to park at each site, and there is overflow parking within a short walk, however, we hear the parking lot fills quickly on weekends. You may have to park remotely if you leave your spot, or arrive on Saturday. Car pooling and tent sharing is encouraged. Click here for ferry service from NYC. There are very limited provisions at Sandy Hook. Please have everything you need before arriving on the island. As this will be our first time in this campground we may not be able to answer all your questions. Pets are not allowed on our sites. You are encouraged to visit this Sandy Hook website for any questions you may have. Also, find information on the latest alerts and conditions here. Please note that we cannot control the weather, traffic, rare beach closings, or the occasional wait to get into a crowded park on the weekends. We strongly recommend that you arrive on Thursday or Friday, and early!

RSVPs are per tent, not per person. To reserve a spot, send a check for $57 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $58.98 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after May 28.
 
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August 6-8, Camping Trip, Cedar Creek, Bayville NJ
We will be down near the shore for camping, paddling, and exploring this interesting area. RSVPs are per tent, not per person. 2 tents and 1 car are allowed per site. Additional parking is nearby. Our sites are dog friendly. Please confirm the breed and provide a rabies vaccination certificate for the office.
Cedar Creek is a truly unique paddling experience for newbies and experienced paddlers alike. The Cedar Creek water color is tea colored because of tannic acid from the roots of the cedars lining the river banks. A canopy of trees covers you as you paddle. You will not see a riff of white water, but you will experience a strong, steady current, flowing through twists and turns and jug handle bends. From its headwaters in Greenwood Forest Management Area to its mouth at Barnegat Bay, Cedar Creek provides the water required for cranberry culture and supplies a pure source of water for wildlife. Adjacent bogs and uplands provide examples of plants characteristic to the Pine Barrens. Almost 89% of the Cedar Creek drainage area is forested land. Habitats of this waterway, typical to the Pine Barrens, include Atlantic white cedar swamps, bogs (including cranberry bogs), pine and oak forests, and coastal salt marshes. Throughout this beautiful watershed, you will find wildlife and unique plant species. There is also some easy to moderate hiking in the area.
IMPORTANT! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing a mask whenever needed, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and no sharing of food or other items. And of course, if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home.
We have reserved all the sites in the C section, C1 - C15. They are campsites for tents or hammocks only. The sites have sandy soil, are forested and fairly private. RSVPs are per tent/hammock, not per person. Parking is limited to 1 car per site, but additional parking is available close by. There is a short walk to hot showers and restrooms. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event.
Cedar Creek Campground also rents kayaks and canoes, and will transport you up stream (6 miles only). After you finish paddling, there is no waiting for the van to shuttle you back. You simply arrive right back at the campground.
Kayak/canoe rates: http://cedarcreekcampground.com/kayak-canoe/#kayak
The campground will need to know prior to the trip if you will need to rent a kayak. You must call their office at 732-269-1413 to reserve a kayak and shuttle. This is only for the 1 hour paddle. We are making arrangements with another outfitter for a longer paddle, for those who are interested. Some of us may have an extra kayak and paddle to loan (but you must have your own PFD if not renting). Please bring them so we can create our own river trip (a length of our choosing).
To reserve a spot, send a check for $64.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $62 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
 
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August 26-29, Camping Trip, Cape Cod Camping, North Truro MA
We'll be camping on the outer Cape, just south of Provincetown! Enjoy the beach, hiking, and scenic bicycling in this beautiful area, or do some exploring in town.
We'll be camping, nestled in the pines, at North of Highlands Campground. It is only a short 1/2 mile walk to Head of the Meadow Beach. Fun and funky Provincetown is a 7 mile bike ride from camp. The campground provides clean bathroom and shower facilities, a laundry room, camp store and recreation hall.
We made the best effort to have our campsites grouped in one area, however, the campground determines final locations upon check-in. First come first served, and carpooling is recommended. RSVPs are per person, NOT per tent. The park allows only 4 adults per site. We have prepaid for 2 parking spots per site. Sorry, no campfires at the sites, but we can get a permit to have a campfire on the beach! Check-in prior to 9 PM on your scheduled date of arrival. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event!
To reserve a spot, send a check for $75 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $77.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 25.
 
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August 27-29, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We will be camping at several 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 new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets. Each site has been graded with gravel, and accommodates only 2 tents each, so please share if possible. 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 $33.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. For immediate inclusion, pay $35 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.
Please contact the trip leaders on or after June 25.
 
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