Dust off your sleeping bag! It’s time for the 26th Annual LREI CAMPING TRIP!
Friday June 1st – Sunday June 3rd, 2018
A great, fun LREI family tradition! Camp out Friday and/or Saturday night. We supply the food. You supply the tent and sleeping bags. Swimming, Hiking, Games, Fishing, Bird-watching, S’mores! Suggested contribution is $30 per adult, $20 per child. Please see additional information about contributions on next page.
We’ll be accepting cash or checks from 8-9 am in front of the main Sixth Ave entrance on many days in May and June leading up to the trip.
ABOUT THE 2018 LREI CAMPING TRIP
Please read! Road construction at the Delaware Water Gap is completed, therefore we will be camping at our usual location. The camping trip is a long-standing, parent-organized tradition that takes place this year on the weekend of June 1 - June 3. Typically 80 to 110 campers, kids and adults, attend.
How does it work? Some campers arrive on Friday afternoon or evening while many leave the city early on Saturday to arrive in time for lunch. Saturday dinner, followed by S’mores, is certainly a highlight with a great meal shared around a big campfire. On Saturday and Sunday everyone is free to participate in some planned events (capture the flag, touch football), swim, fish, play Frisbee or soccer or softball, hike, nap, or whatever.
What can I do to help? In the spirit of volunteerism that pervades the school, all campers are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the trip, including communal meal preparation, cooking and camp clean up, as well as other group activities such as gathering wood and water, organizing ball games, campground activities, and swimming – with adult supervision!
What do I bring? Generally all the food you will eat is provided, with the exception of snacks and Friday meals. You will need folding camp chairs to sit around the fire. Water is not available at the campsite but we will have jugs of drinking water. You will need to provide your own tent, tarp, sleeping bag, air mattress, flashlight and/or lantern. It’s helpful to bring your own cup, so that we don’t have to use too many paper ones. We hope for gorgeous sunny weather, but have to plan for rain showers. At the very least the campground is wet from dew each morning, so pack accordingly. Other items to consider: a hat, spare batteries, rain gear, bathing suit, water shoes, towels, sun block, first-aid kit, and insect repellent. The site is in a large field so bring a Frisbee, soccer ball, a bat and glove, etc. If anyone is musically inclined, bring a guitar or harmonica, and lead us in some rousing Little Red favorites around the campfire!
What does it cost? We want to encourage anyone who wants to attend to come, therefore there is no required cost, so please join us! Donations are accepted to help cover the costs and the suggested donation is $20.00 per child, $30.00 per adult, but donate what you like. Donations can be made by cash or check (made out to LREI with Camping Trip in the memo) when you sign up or arrive.
How do I get there? The directions are below. If you need transportation, please let us know as we are working on providing transportation to ensure that everyone who needs a ride, can get one! If you have room in your car for other campers who do not have transportation please let us know.
What if I don’t have equipment? We encourage you to bring your own gear, but if you don’t have any, we can provide rental options or, in limited circumstances, equipment to borrow. Our goal is to give everyone, every reason to come and enjoy the outdoors with our LREI community.
Sounds like fun; how do I sign up? Sign up at the LREI Camping Trip table outside the lower school entrance in May and June. Make check payable to LREI and write “camping trip” in the memo and either give to the folks at the table or leave at the front desk. The deadline for all signups is Thursday, May 31, as we need a headcount for food and supplies. If you have any questions, please email the Camping Committee at CampingTrip@lrei.org or call Mark Hart at (718) 407-9947 or John Pasmore at (917) 855-5512.
Directions to Delaware Water Gap Rivers Bend Campsite
DIRECTIONS TO LREI CAMPSITE
From downtown Manhattan take the Holland Tunnel to New Jersey. When you exit the tunnel bear to the right and follow the signs to the New Jersey Turnpike Extension (I-78).
Enter at Exit 14C. NOTE- There is a shortcut from the tunnel to Interstate 280 that can save you 9.6 miles but it is hard to follow and there is road construction.
Be warned! Stay on the Turnpike Extension (I-78) for 7.4 miles to Exit 14. Follow the signs to the New Jersey Turnpike North (I-95). Stay on the Turnpike North for 4.6 miles to Exit 15W.
This exit leads right into 280 West. Don’t let the signage confuse you! Remain on 280 West for 15+ miles. This will lead you right into 80 West (follow the signs).
Remain on I-80 West for 50 miles. Just follow the signs to the Delaware Water Gap.
Get off I-80 at Exit 1, the last exit before the bridge (DO NOT GO OVER THE BRIDGE TO PA).
You will be on River Road. Continue on River Road through Worthington State Forest. River Road turns into Old Mine Road someplace in the forest (don’t worry, it just does). Continue on River/Old Mine Road for about 10-15 miles until you reach Millbrook Village, “a collection of historic buildings.”
At Millbrook Village the road forks, bear left at fork (road name remains Old Mine Road). Continue on Old Mine Road for 2.4 miles to the Rivers Bend Campground. The turnoff is on the left, and looks like every other side road in the area.