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Park Day

Hike/Boat/Dinner & Campfire

at Swartswood Lake State Park!!


 Monday, July 5th  In Newton, NJ


RSVP Form and Pricing at the Bottom



EARLY BIRD DEADLINE                 Midnight TUESDAY, JUNE 29












Spend the day at Swartswood Lake State Park, with hiking, boating, relaxing and dinner, then end the day with a campfire!



Swartswood Lake:  75 minutes from Manhattan - one of the prettiest lakes in the NY area and the 3rd largest lake in NJ.


Hikes:          Longer for adults - 3 to 4  hrs, 4 + miles

                                Shorter for everyone - 1+ hr , 1.5 to 2 miles    this can be                                          combined with the boating


Boating:      Kayaking and Canoeing for 1.5 hr shifts, on a 500 acre glacial                      lake - this can be combined with the short hike and the arts and crafts                      option. For canoeing, children must be at least 6 years old, for kayaking                      they must be at least 12 to have their own kayak. Limited number of     boats available, there is also potentially a double kayak option available.        Let us know your interest on the form.


Relax:   Sit at a lovely beach or under the shade on our portable air couches as you take in the last breaths of summer - no swimming, as lifeguards are not on duty this year.



 FOR THOSE WITH TRANSPORTATION AND THEIR OWN BIKE - Also, if you have a mountain/gravel trail bike and have your own transport to get to the event with your bike, there is a new option for you, where one of the people coming will lead a gravel ride in the area during the day and then you will be back for dinner


Dinner: We will end the day events with a kosher Chinese  buffet dinner with a variety of choices for meat eaters and vegetarians, from Tokyo Hibatchi, under the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest, located in Springfield NJ.


Campfire: Marshmallows, Smores, Glow Sticks, music and stories! This will run till about 8ish...


+ Volleyball, Frisbee, Soccer, Kites, Stomp Rockets & more...



Tentative Schedule*


11:30             Arrival/Sign in

12:00            Longer Hike

12:00—4:30        Boating (Canoes & Kayaks,  in 3 — 90 minute shifts)

12:00— 1:00       Arts and Crafts—if offered

1:30            Shorter Hike

3:30—4:30     Arts and Crafts Redux—if offered

5:00            Dinner

6:30            Campfire till  ???


*Subject to change


For more details, directions and FAQs, visit our Details and FAQ Page


Covid 19 Details - In order to make this event comfortable for all to attend, the standard we seek at our events is for people to be fully vaccinated, which means 2 weeks after their last vaccine dose. Therefore we ask your vaccine status on the rsvp form. Given the nature of the group and the fact that activities are outdoors  we are using the honor system and we hope that people will be accurate in their answers. We also ask that everyone follow the current NY State, NY city and CDC guidelines which apply to  their situation.

Since not everyone will or can be vaccinated, such as younger children, we ask that anyone who is not vaccinated please maintain social distancing and wear a mask during the event, per NY and CDC guidelines.

We also ask that if anyone has any symptoms for covid –19 such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell,  etc they not come to the event . We also ask you not to attend if you aren't fully vaccinated and have traveled internationally or to areas of the US that are highly impacted by Covid-19 within the last 14 days.  We also ask you not to attend if you have been exposed to someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 and of course we don't want you to come if you suspect or have a confirmed diagnosis of covid-19.

If any of these reasons preclude your attendance after you have RSVPed, we will refund your fee after the event as long as you let us know before the event that this is the reason you are not attending the event.

In light of covid-19, the rsvp form also has a waiver we ask you to sign as part of attending this event. Thank you for your cooperation in these matters.





The balance of any monies you might owe is due at the event. When you arrive you will need to go through registration in order to complete any payments for the event.


Time of registration – calculated from when we receive your reservation on the RSVP Form.



























































In order to complete your reservation, you must pay for the event in advance either  via check (postmarked by the deadline) or via paypal by the deadline at the top of this page. Failure to pay may result in your being unable to attend the event.




You may pay in one of two ways, via check or via paypal.


Via Check:


There will instructions on the form below, once selected.


In order to complete your registration, you need to have your payment postmarked no later than Wednesday,  June 30, 2021.  Failure to do so may mean you will not be able to attend the event.


Via Paypal



When you complete the  RSVP form below by selecting your activities, you will be directed to a paypal page and will be asked to log in and pay at PayPal’s site. Once  you complete the RSVP form and pay via paypal, you will be considered fully registered.



We require payment in advance, either via check or via paypal. Any balance of any monies you owe is due at the event. Please bring cash or checks (preferable)  made out to “David Davetrek LLC”. When you arrive you will need to go through registration and complete any payments for the event.



Time of registration – calculated from when we receive your reservation on the RSVP Form.


You may cancel until Tuesday,  6/29. Afterwards, you may either substitute a friend for your spot, upon our approval.


NO refunds or credits after Tuesday 6/29/21.





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Park Day
Rates are per person/child/
*Arts and Crafts are $10 extra , per person

Early Bird Rates Until Midnight Tuesday, June 29
Standard Rates from Wednesday, 6/30 until
Midnight Saturday 7/3


Event Type

Hiking or Relaxing + BYOB Biking + Dinner and Bonfire

Kayaking + Short Hike, Dinner and Bonfire


Canoeing + Short Hike, Dinner and Bonfire


Dinner and Bonfire Only

(13 and over)




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Child( 6 to 12)


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Child (under 6)