1) 3 PPC Camps are in Sussex District! Come and visit all three. Yes, we DO have three. Camp Somers Web Site Camp Wheeler Web Site Camp Casperson Call 973.765.9322 x238 CAMP WHEELER WEEKEND ACTIVITIES https://ppcbsa.org/camping/weekend/ 2) State Park System has 6 magnificent parks located in Sussex District. The parks provide ranger-led rank specific activities, live animal demos, self-guided hikes on nature trails with educational resources, award winning pollinator gardens. Bring your bikes for the Sussex Branch Trail. ALLAMUCHY http://www.njparksandforests.org/parks/allamuch.html Historic Waterloo Village fulfills requirements. Go visit while you are camping at Camp Wheeler. HIGH POINT High Point Monument was built in honor of all war veterans. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/highpoint.html Multiple use trails = dog-sledding anyone? Park naturalist for stream walks and talks. Impressive view and a sand beach. HOPATCONG http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/hopatcong.html Originally part of the Morris Canal, go for the multiple museums, locktender’s house, American Indian, lake history. 2 large playgrounds, large fields. A quick trip from Camp Wheeler. KITTATINNEY VALLEY (former Girl Scout camp) http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html Ranger Lynn has been invited to many an Eagle Court of Honor – she has worked with the scouts that many times! A Sussex District Roundtable presenter, Lynn runs many programs for many levels at her very Cub scout friendly park. Become a Junior Naturalist! SWARTSWOOD New Jersey’s FIRST state park http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/swartswood.html Disability accessible hiking trail! Sleep in a yurt! WAYWAYANDA http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/wawayanda.html Landlocked salmon anyone? 3) APPALACHIAN TRAIL http://www.appalachiantrail.org/home/conservation/education-and-outreach http://www.njskylands.com/odhikeaptrl refer to “Related Topics” on the right side for a plethora of inspiration http://www.njskylands.com/odhikepochuck The famous boardwalk hike. Bridge pictures are suitable for framing. https://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/top-of-the-world-hiking-the-appalachian-trail/ These shorter hikes are perfect introductions to the world famous trail. 4) STERLING HILL MINE http://sterlinghillminingmuseum.org/ Where else can you go to get a museum tour, see flourescent minerals, play in the dirt, view celestial objects in an observatory, see a crew member’s Eagle project AND be on a major movie set all at the same time? 5) NEWTON VETERINARY HOSPITAL http://www.newtonvet.com/ Tremendous for tours, only animal blood bank in Sussex, Morris, eastern PA areas. 6) SUSSEX COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Links to events from horse shows, dog shows to ham radios http://www.njstatefair.org/ Agricultural hands-on learning http://www.agriculturallearningcenter.org/#url Free fishing 7) Bob’s Collectables – You will be hard pressed to have the parents leave the store! This fabulous man has welcomed scouts for decades. He is spot on with evaluations of the scouts’ interests. He is located near Rt 23. No website but he does have a Fb page BOB’S Collectables 3640 Rt 94 N, Hamburg, NJ 07419 (973) 827-2627 8) SKYLANDS ICE WORLD http://skylandsiceworldnj.com/ Our northern training center for Sussex District is on Route 23; we have trained Cub leaders here. SIW hosted our Cub Scout Freeze O Ree here last March which included a Sussex District hour on the ice plus we ran outdoor activities all afternoon. Tours of the facility including the zamboni garage are interesting for the scouts. Skating as dens/ packs/ families is always fun. Instruction is extra. Request for ice hockey demos/ try it days, too. 9) WALLKILL RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE only 30 rivers in the USA flow from South to North and we have one in Sussex District! https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Wallkill_River/visit/visitor_activities.html 973-702-7266 Wood Duck Trail is perfect for Lions and older scouts and scouters. 5 different hikes are here. Check ever-changing events, request docents, good place for service projects. Camping is available. 10) PETERS VALLEY SCHOOL OF CRAFTS www.petersvalley.org/html/open_house.cfm Spring event www.petersvalley.org/html/annual_fall_craft_fair.cfm Fall event Phenomenal displays by artisans who enjoy teaching our scouts. Make friends and visit their studios later. OVERNIGHT TRIPS DaVinci Science Center = awesome hands-on experiential trip for every family member http://www.davincisciencecenter.org/ Cub Specific Activities for day or night http://www.davincisciencecenter.org/exhibits-programs/scout-programs/ Skylands Ice World = DJ on Friday nights, sleep upstairs. http://skylandsiceworldnj.com/ Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame www.harnessmuseum.com/education This gem of a busy hands-on destination has a 3-D Harness racing simulator and a patch. What is not to love? Campgounds are close.
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