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This camping trip is a great opportunity to enjoy nature, make new friends, and deepen connections with existing friends. This year Washington Ethical Society is opening up their annual camping trip to all American Ethical Union members and friends and has reserved space for 200 campers!
Fill out the online registration form (preferred) or print the registration, mail, or email to Melissa Sinclair, Director of Lifelong Learning (also AEU National Director of Ethical Education), Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20012. Registration and payment due by May 1st.
Overnight camp supervision by Camp Hosts with a landline phone for emergency use. We will put First AID supplies in a central location.
Location: Gifford Pinchot State Park, a 2,338-acre full service park, is in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry. The park consists of reverting farm fields and wooded hillsides with the 340-acre Pinchot Lake serving as a prime attraction.
Campsite: This is a traditional campsite at a state park. Camp map here. We are renting four joined group campsites (Campsites A, B, C, and D) each with places for tents, eating (picnic tables), and firepits. Modern bathrooms (showers, sinks, and toilets) are joined at the end of the group camping loop near where we are camping. (Note – showers may be cold due to such demand at the park.)
Supplies: Everyone will need a tent and camping supplies. Don’t have supplies? Some members have tents/supplies you can borrow, and REI also has a renting option. If you know you need camping gear, please contact Melissa early. ALSO, if sleeping on the ground in a tent is not for you, there are hotels nearby. Details about nearby hotels can be found here. Come join for the day and evening and then go sleep in comfort down the road and join back up with the group in the morning. If enough people want to do hotel lodging, form a group for more fun!
AMENITIES/THINGS TO DO
A designating swimming area for overnight guests is available when the beach is open for swimming. A playground, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits are available. Horseshoe pits are adjacent to each of the pavilions. Disc Golf Courses: The Boulder Woods 18-hole course is perfect for those who want to develop their Disc Golf skills, while the Quaker’s Challenge course offers 18 holes of championship-length competition. Both courses are open to the public and are free to play. Score cards and course maps are available on-site.
Boating: Boat launch and mooring available at our group campground area. There are several types of boats and electric trolling motors for rent at the boat rental.
Fishing: The 340-acre Pinchot Lake has largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, catfish, carp, walleye, crappie and sunfish. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Pinchot Lake is designated a big bass lake. Special regulations cover the minimum size and creel limits for all species of bass. ADA accessible fishing pads are near Boat Launch 2 and a pier is in the Quaker Race Day Use Area.
Hiking: 18 miles of trails
There are more than 18 miles of marked and maintained trails at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Hiking only trails are marked with yellow blazes. A red blaze marks hiking trails that are shared-use trails with mountain bike riding or horseback riding. Mason Dixon Trail is marked with a blue blaze. Most trails interconnect to allow hikers to tailor their outing to meet their individual desires.
Biking: 4 miles of trails
Trails between the campground and the Conewago Day Use Area are for joint-use by hikers, cross-country skiers, and bicycles (seasonal bike rental available). The Multipurpose Trail network consists of a 3.5-mile outer loop with a number of internal connectors. The trail surface is packed gravel and the terrain is mostly flat with a few gentle hills. The trail is suitable for family use and most bicycles. The trail winds through woodlands and along the lakeshore and is designed for a slow, leisurely ride. Fast and reckless riding is prohibited. Trail access for the general public is from the Conewago Day Use Area. Campers can access the trails directly from the campground.
Other things to do:
Enjoy making crafts, learning to tie knots,
Bring your favorite board or card games or sports equipment.
End the day with campfire songs and s’mores on Saturday and Sunday.
Strut your stuff at the talent show Sunday Night!
Browse through Gettysburg, Hershey, or the Amish Country nearby..
Two special notes about this campsite – No dogs (sorry) and no alcohol (as it true for all state parks in Pennsylvania).
Use GPS to Gifford Pinchot State Park, PA, but also print directions before you set out just in case you lose connectivity enroute. Details of finding the group tenting entrance will be sent to campers after you register.
GIFFORD PINCHOT STATE PARK, 2200 ROSSTOWN ROAD, LEWISBERRY PA 17339
Campground Office: 717-292-4112 Park Office: 717-432-5011 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org