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By Jean Haener
On April 25th, 1967, forty five local camping enthusiasts met at the Pioneer
Engine Company meeting room. District Directors of the National Campers & Hikers Association were present as well as Hudson Valley District representatives. Some of the campers were already members of the NCHA and the remainder joined at that time. We were then able to form our own chapter.

The first presidents elected were Bob and Betty Dawson. At the next meeting, May 23,1967, the name of Shongum Shockers was chosen. Our logo includes a lightning bolt, coffee pot, tent & trailer. The colors are orange, white and emerald green.

Our chapter was received on September 16,1967 at the Hudson Valley District campout at Croton-On-Hudson.

The first meeting held at the Wawarsing Sportmens clubhouse was on November 28, 1967. Out of that meeting came the welcomed news that we could use a cabin and surrounding grounds located within the property of the WSA. Guidelines were adopted and when in place many good years and happy times as well as lasting friendships were made. Over the years The Shongum Shockers improved the cabin to include bathrooms, a small kitchen, eating area, sitting area and screened in porch. Complete water and electric hookups were added as well as a dumping station. We have hosted many camping weekends both large and small, often using the clubhouse facilities atthe WSA for banquets and our annual penny social, with most of the proceeds going to the parent club to help pay land taxes and other maintenance expenses for our area.

At -present our members attend most of the District, State and National conventions of the NCHA, now known as the Family Campers and Recreational Vehicles (FCRV) and actively participate in all functions. We welcome ail,to join us who love camping and the out of doors and contributing to charity projects, good times and friendly get-togethers. As a requirement, each family is a joint member of the Wawarsing Sportsmens Association or as it is now known, The Wawarsing Rod and Gun Club. We consider ourselves a welcome and valuable division of this fine club.

 

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