Established in 1967 the Outdoor Club of South Jersey is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting hiking, bicycling, kayaking/canoeing, xc skiing ,
backpacking, camping and trail maintenance for fun, fitness and friendship.
These outdoor activities are all found on the respective Meetup calendars and are lead by volunteer members of the club.
OCSJ is a dues paid member organization. Membership funds pay for insurance and other Club overhead.
OCSJ welcomes new members of all ages and abilities to join at any time of the year. Go to the club membership page to find out how to join us and participate in all of the fun.
To all meetup members-The following was approved at the July 8,2021 Board Meeting.
Motion -People may not join meet up until they pay or are already paid OCSJ members.
(Amendment 1)-Meetup members who are not paid Outdoor Club of South Jersey members will have until October 15 to become dues paying members.
(Amendment 2) Allow guest one time with a member and leader approval.
New non-paid member requests to join meetup will be rejected.
Trial memberships have exploded to the point of almost outpacing paid memberships. The management of memberships has become a daunting task. It has also brought into question insurance issues. We have been giving preference, in fairness, to paid members which has limited opportunities for non-paid members to try an activity. We believe our dues are very reasonable especially compared to other clubs offering similar activities.
You must be a dues paying member of OCSJ in order to be approved for Meetup. If you are not already a paid member, please go to http://www.ocsj.org, click the join button and follow the directions. Yearly dues are $20 for a single membership and $25 for a family membership. Your yearly dues will include every activity that OCSJ offers. Credit card or check is accepted.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is offering a free State Parks Vax Pass under the new “Vax and Visit” campaign to all New Jersey residents who receive at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccination by July 4, 2021. The State Parks Vax Pass, which will be of the same value as the Annual State Parks Pass, will allow free access to all of New Jersey’s 51 State parks and forest facilities that charge daily walk-in or parking fees, from Thursday, May 27 through December 31, 2021.
Free 2021 NJ Park Passes for those vaccinated. Details may be found here: https://www.nj.gov/dep/vaxandvisit/
PARK ADVISORY: The Bulls Island boat launch will not require a launch permit for the 2021 season.
GUIDE FOR CYCLISTS
Rules of the Road
Bike riding can be a lot of fun - feeling the breeze in your face (at many miles an hour - we won't say how many since we are talking rules here…..), exploring new paths or finding somewhere peaceful to have a snack and take in the beauty of the world.
But there are rules we need to follow when on our bikes, remember - On a bike, you are a vehicle, subject to the laws for vehicles. Let's get down to business with the boring legal laws.
Click for more : Guide for Cyclists 2.pdf
VERMONT WALKING TRIP
Arrive: Sunday, August 8th Depart: Saturday, August 14rh
Lodging: Colonial House Inn, Weston, Vermont Please make your own reservations: 1-800 639-5033
We'll spend a week exploring the backroads, historic sites and trails of Vermont. Daily walks are between 4 and 6 miles at a moderate pace. -CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION
A PLAN FOR THE NJ STATE LONG TRAIL
A Hiking Trail from High Point to Cape May Point
The NJ State Long Trail is a 383 mile long hiking trail and greenway that will extend from the northern end of the state (High Point, the highest point in New Jersey) to the southern end (Cape May Point, at sea level).LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION
PADDLER'S MILEAGE CLUB
Any canoe/kayak trip counts with any group or individual.
The miles are sent in the first week of January but the last trip is December 31 of previous year. The paddlers who do not make 300,400 or 500 miles, but turn in miles will get honorable mention on the website.
All participants must read & sign
the OCSJ Activity Sign-in Sheet and Waiver
See example below
AT THE PRESENT TIME PAID MEMBERS ARE GIVEN PREFERENCE FOR ATTENDING EVENTS
OCSJ Non-member participation Policy
OCSJ is a member organization that requires dues. Membership funds pay for insurance and other Club overhead.
Members of OCSJ may bring a guest on 1 of every type of activity. This includes day trips charging money.
Participants on trips which charge money must be members of OCSJ, except where the trip is a joint trip with another club and the participant is a member of that club.
Participants on overnight trips must always be an OCSJ member.
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