Outdoor Club of South Jersey Newsletter

For  the  safety of the club’s leaders, members, and guests, we are cancelling all activities at least until Wed, April 1st.  At that time, the OCSJ Board will re-evaluate the situation.

Please check the website for up to date information.

 To:  {Contact_First_Name} 

March 2020

Work Trip at the NJ Forest Resource Education Center

It was a great day for the Outdoor Club of South Jersey at the NJ Forest Resource Education center. 

Our thanks to Jenny Buffington for making the arrangements with the NJ Tree Nursery for the crew. For 2 hours we sorted and packed red bud tree and short needle pine tree saplings for delivery to schools, forests and municipalities for arbor and earth day. After we were done we did a short 2 mile hike to see the farm and education center. Loved it! We packed thousands of saplings for shipping. What a great day! — with  Rosemarie Mason, Pat Burton and Janet Horton.



        Spring is here and maybe arrived unseasonably early. Flowers are blooming and the sun is brighter. Truly wonderful. Our leaders’ appreciation banquet was an unqualified success. Maybe next year some new leaders will qualify by leading events and enjoy our next banquet?  

We have also tightened up our membership rules to increase our membership and attract younger members. Hopefully, this change in recruiting emphasis does not offend anyone. Please ask a friend or work buddy to join us on a tryout event.

Moreover, safety during our activities remain a major priority.  We cancelled all OCSJ activities until April 1.  At that time we will re-evaluate the situation.

          Hope to see you this spring on the trails, streams and roads.  

                    Joe Fabian 


Membership information is now available with the following links:

OCSJ.ORG  - click on the Join OCSJ button and enter your email address and password. 
Wild Apricot app on you phone

    OCSJ's mailing address is: 

           OCSJ, PO Box 46, Atco, NJ 08004 

     Our annual membership rates are:

     Individual - $20 or Family - $25 


    Membership Questions: contact Regina Coeby at   

    To receive up to date club information, we encourage everyone to go to our website and to join our Meetup groups.


    1.  OCSJ is a member organization. Membership funds pay for insurance and other Club overhead. However, prospective members and guests of OCSJ members may try one regular activity from each of our activity sections without joining. Thereafter they must join to be eligible for the hundreds of activities and events available every year.

    2.  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. If there is space available, members of OCSJ may bring guests on a day trip charging money. Participants on overnight trips charging money must always be an OCSJ member.

    Any comments please Contact Joseph Fabian (


    Our activities are listed on the following Meetup sites.  

    Click Links Below to Join and View

    * Biking Events List Link

    *Kayak Events List Link

    Note:  You must join each meetup group separately

    If you are planning to attend an event, do not forget to RSVP. This is important information for the leader. And of course, if your plans change, please cancel your RSVP. Meetup will automatically send you an email if the activity is cancelled.


    The new printed Trekker is available quarterly at OCSJ board meetings and from Board Members and Leaders.  Or you can print the whole or any page of the Trekker by clicking on the link:

    OCSJ_Trekker Winter 2020.pdf

    Like us on Facebook  

    Outdoor Club of South Jersey



    Bob Hodges was an active member of the Outdoor Club of South Jersey for many years and leader of the Friday night hikes for over 18 years. 

    In his honor, his friends are planning to place a Memorial Plaque and Bench in the Brendan Byrne State Forest.  The dedication is planned May 9th in Brendan Byrne.

    WASHINGTON BUS TRIP - May 9 - Trip is full

    On May 9, we will have a self-guided bus trip to Washington DC.  The cost is $37.00.  The Bus departs promptly at 7:30 am, rain or shine, so please arrive early. We’ll arrive DC around 10 -11 a.m.; depart DC for home promptly at 5:30 pm. Return arrival from DC is approx. 8:30 p.m. There will be a gratuity collection for driver. Leader: Erin O’Hanlon-Keys: Phone 609-652-6132;  email:   

    Click link for details:

    CAPE MAY WEEKEND - June 12-14

    To start the summer session, you are cordially invited to join us for our annual Cape May outing.  We will stay at the Chalfonte Hotel from June 12 thru June 14.  

    Please sign up early, as this will help us complete our plans to make our 2020 trip enjoyable for all.  The registration form is available on and on the OCSJ website.

    If you have any questions, or need more information, contact Jim Bodnar at 609-654-1507 email: or Fran Horn at 856-786-0048 e-mail: 


    Leaders should review items under “Policies/forms“ and "Leader Guidelines" on the Website. 

    Sign-in Sheets should be sent to appropriate Activity Chair or individuals designated by them – or Activities coordinator if the event involves more than 1 activity NO LATER THAN EACH CALENDAR QUARTER with few exceptions which are listed on website under “For Leaders”. 


    Our comittee presently consists of John Kerney, Neil Kornhauser, Doug Hillebrecht, Mary Ketchell and Rosemarie Mason.  We would like to add more committee members; the more people involved means more great ideas and more events!

    We meet at 6:30 pm before the regular OCSJ board meeting on the second Thursday of every month at the Cherry Hill Library. Please feel free to join the committee or just share your ideas.  

    John Kerney - Social Committee Coordinator -

    Message from the cycling chair:

    Message from the cycling chair:

    March has been a great month of cycling.  The warm spring like weather saw us riding both on the trails of the Pine Barrens and on the open roads.  As the days get longer we are going to start our evening rides in April.  We will start off with rides in the 15 – 18 mile range and as sundown gets later we put on more mileage with rides in the 30-33 mile range.  We are looking for leaders to lead C, C+ and B rides.  Please contact the cycling chair if you are interested in leading or co leading. 

    For your own safety and the safety of others on the evening rides, please have at least a rear red blinking light.  A front blinking white light is also highly recommended.  You want to be visible to motorists and other cyclists.  These specialized biking lights certainly get the attention of motorists. Also, anything can happen to delay our ending time and riding without lights in the dark is very unnerving.

    Monthly DIY Tip

    A digital tire pressure gauge is perfect for keeping your tires at optimal pressure.  Look for one that has a pressure relief button.  You can overfill the tires by a few pounds then press the button and let air out and see the pressure change in real time to dial in the exact pressure you want!  They work on both presta and schrader valves so you can use it also on your car. 

    Thank you and see you on the road and trails!

    Neil Kornhauser  (cycling chairman)


    The OCSJ trail maintenance crew recently clipped the one mile  Green Trail that connects the Mullica River Yellow Trail to the Batona Trail which was greatly appreciated by Rob Auermuller the  superintendent of Wharton State Forest. 

    Currently the crew is clearing the Batona Trail from the Quaker Bridge area to Carranza Memorial which should be completed by the end of April. This area comprises approximately 6 miles of deep woods with dirt road access only.

    This volunteer project will be posted on our meetup site.

    Ro Mason is our Trail Representative. To volunteer, please contact Ro at

    The trail crew practices social distancing with their loppers.


    Message from the Hiking Chair:

     You know what's great for social distancing? Hiking! Fresh air, sunshine and 6' between hikers. So join a hike and fight the virus by building your immune system.

    The club is trying to attract more youthful hikers, so please get the word out and we'll try and have some hikes for the under 40 crowd.

    Please remember if you sign up for a hike with a limit and cannot make it, please change your RSVP ASAP.  That way anyone on the waiting list can enjoy the hike. No shows and last minute cancellations prevent waitlist folks from hiking.

    **If you do not see hikes that fit your pace or distance then it is time to step up and lead a hike yourself!


    More leaders = more hikes! If you need help setting up a hike or have questions or if you are interested in leading, email Evelyn Minutolo at

    Monthly Tip:
    Tick season is back, especially in the pine barrens so check yourself after hiking. If you find a tick, never crush it with your fingers. Use tweezers to remove the tick, then wash the site well or use rubbing alcohol.

    Thank you and see you on the trails.

    If you would like to volunteer to lead a new hike, please contact Evelyn at    

    Backpacking/Camping Trips

    From the Backpacking/Camping Chair

     Spring is coming, and with it the chance for folks to head out and enjoy the great outdoors. The Club has some excellent camping and backpacking trips lined up for the first half of the year, so be on the lookout in Meetup, the newsletter and the website. My first backpacking trip will be the weekend of Apr 25-26, in Northern Virginia.

     I’ve been asked by some folks new to backpacking if they think they can “make it” on the hike. The advice I always tell people is that backpacking with 20-30 lbs on their back (vs. just hiking with water & lunch) takes a lot out of you. I always estimate for them that if it’s a level hike, cut their hike distance in half for backpacking, and if it has hills, cut their hike distance to 1/3. For example, if you can hike a max of 9 miles, then a backpacking trip on level ground you can do 4.5 miles without too much of a problem, and 3 miles if its got major ups & down (that is in a day). Our beginning one in June is about 3.5 miles on Saturday in the mountains, so as long as you can do 10 mile hikes, you should be fine with a backpack on.

    See you on the trail!


    If you would like to organize a trip or for backpacking information, contact Kevin at KDREVIK@AOL.COM


    Message from the kayaking chair

      • Everyone must sign the sign-in sheets.
      • PFD’s must be worn when on the water. 
      • Footwear must be closed toe-no flip-flops.

      Rules for minors on the OCSJ website.

      Leaders have final say on participation  based on safety  concerns. Examples would be  bringing small children or  pets. Some will ask about limits on trip size. This might be set by safety concerns or limited parking. If you have a question, please contact the leader first.

      Enjoy the season but stay safe.

      Happy Paddling

    If you would like to organize a trip, contact Frank at


    Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trips

    The annual Apres Ski party will be held on May 30th at the Palaitis home in Medford, NJ.

    For more information, please contact our Cross Country Ski-chair Eileen Greve ( 609-204-6451.

    Please note:

    To confirm your place on any trip, you must contact the leader by phone or email. All payments are non-refundable without finding a replacement. 


    Washington DC Bus Trip - 

    We are taking the bus to Washington DC on May 9, 2020.  This trip is full.

    Cape May Weekend -

    We are planning to spend the weekend of June 12-14, 2020 at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May.  Check our meetup site for full details.


    The club is actively looking for members to become more involved with the operation. We have a new Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Berman. If you would like to volunteer or desire more information, please contact Barbara at

    The club needs people to serve on the board and aid in the processes that keep the club in operation. If you wonder how the club is organized and how it runs, or what leaders do, come on out to a monthly board meeting. (Second Thursday of every month at the Cherry Hill library at 7:30pm). It's your club and we welcome you to get involved.

    Board of Trustrees - Interested in joining the OCSJ Board. Come out to a couple of meetings or contact the OCSJ President at

    Publicity - We would like to have the OCSJ name appear in more places both in print and online. Contact Fran at if you have ideas and would like to help.

    Party/Picnic Planning Committee -  If you would like to help with the 2020 Picnics, contact the OCSJ President at 

    Website/Computer - We could use some help from people with computer or website experience.  Contact the OCSJ President at