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Work Trips
Appalachian Trail Maint.

May 3, 11, 17
June 1, 6, 15, 20, 29

Various
April 19 - Rt 183 Cleanup
April 21 - Garlic Mustard Pull
April 25 - Skew Bridge Cleanup
May 8 - Garlic Mustard Pull



Guidelines for Hikers:

• Advise the leader if you leave the group for any reason.
• Never disturb plants or animals.
• Leave your pets at home.
• Carry all trash back out with you. If you pack it in, pack it out.
• Do not smoke.
• Be responsible for your children.
• Cross roads in a group.
• When walking on roads, keep on the left side in single file.
• Stay behind the leader.


Guidelines for Leaders:
• Stay in front and have a coleader at the rear and keep within sight as often as possible.
• Be familiar with the hike route and parking arrangements.
• Take a head count before, during, and after the hike.
• Be prompt, start on time.
• Carry a whistle.
• Call nature breaks during the hike.
• Call attention to points of interest when appropriate.
• Have maps or directions prepared for drivers, if necessary.
• Identify cars by ribbons or other means when in a convoy.



Cautions and Disclaimers!
• Be safe! Always wear blaze orange during hunting season.
• Every attempt is made to assist and encourage hikers, but we cannot be responsible for the safety of them on the trail. Any rugged activity entails risk and we know each participant will rely on his own judgement and good sense to take care of himself. Know your limitations. Look after minors accompanying you. Children are welcome, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club Calendar of Events

Time to join BMECC or renew for 2020! To join the club or to renew your membership, please see the membership information. If you have any questions about membership not answered on this page, please email membership@bmecc.org. Membership fees are: Individual ... $12.00; Family ... $15.00; Junior (17 & under) ... $3.00; or Life ... $300.00.


SPRING 2020 SCHEDULE  
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, please contact the leader before going to any hike or activitiy. Family-Friendly Activity

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 – RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM ORIENTATION FOR VOLUNTEERS - CANCELED
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville, for light refreshments and a meet and greet. Learn about the arboretum and how you can be part of preserving this beautiful gem. New and veteran, young and old welcome. For more information contact: Linda Enders 610-413-1754. Adverse weather may cancel or change the location. Volunteer hours are Tuesday 9-5 April thru November. We welcome volunteer groups.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020 – BMECC ANNUAL MEETINGRESCHEDULED TO MAY 6, 2020
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Committee Reports due which include: 2019 activities/accomplishments, 2020 goals and committee members, and budget approval. Leader - Joan Moyer (610)-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 – WINDSOR FURNACE PRIVY REBUILD
Contact Todd Gladfelter for details (570)-943-2198

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020 – A.T. WORK TRIP- CANCELED
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library PA 501 and I-78. Enjoy the outdoors as we work on the A.T. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020 – APRIL FOOLS AT LUNDGREN CABIN- CANCELED
Meet noon at the A.T. parking lot at the top of Rt# 501. All of you April Fools, please mark your calendars! As usual we will meet at noon at the parking lot at the top of Rt.# 501, take our cookout goodies down to the cabin, and then go for a short hike around the area (lots of trails in the area..LOTS of options). After the hike, we'll return to the cabin, fire up the charcoal grill and enjoy our first cookout of the 2020 season. Please dress for the weather - we've been known to have all kinds of it this time of year, and this event WILL NOT CANCEL due to weather! Bring a dish to pass as well as your own meat for the grill, and a plate, cup, and utensils. The leader will be providing his infamous 15-bean soup, as well as hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Leader- Dave Crosby (610)-376-5967 or dogwhisperer001@verizon.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020 – HIKE IN SWATARA STATE PARK
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library. Second meeting at 9am at Swopes Valley Parking lot. Swopes Valley Parking lot to Swatara Rail Trail. Cross Sand Siding Bridge to Bear Hole Trail. Stop at Bordner's Cabin. Wild flowers may still be blooming at Bordner's Cabin. Leader - Alan Shrom (570)-754-5040.

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020 – A.T. MAINTAINING TRIP- CANCELED
Taking care of the A.T. is what we do! Willingness is more important than experience. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves and boots, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 – A.T. WORK TRIP- CANCELED
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library PA 501 and I-78. Enjoy the outdoors as we work on the A.T. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2020 - ROUTE 183 CLEANUP AT THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL CROSSING
Meet 10am at State Game Lands parking lot at the top of Rt. 183. Clean up litter along our designated section. Gloves, pickers, vests, bags provided. Leader: Mike Najarian (717)933-4682.

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 – GARLIC MUSTARD PULL AT RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
Meet 9am at Rentschler Arboretum to pull invasive garlic mustard. If you can bend slightly and pull lightly you are qualified to help. Yearly removal is key to controlling this invasive that takes over where our spring ephemeral wild flowers would grow. Linda Enders (610)413-1754 or lindaphred@yahoo.com.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020 – BMECC SOCIAL AT THE WESTY BAR AND GRILL
Meet 6:15pm at the Westy Bar and Grill, 279 West State St., Hamburg. Social gathering for potential and BMECC members. Call Joan Moyer (610)775-3482 or contact at jogomo@verizon.net if you plan to join us for food and drink.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 – HISTORIC SKEW BRIDGE CLEAN-UP
Meet 8:30am at N. 6th & Greenwich Street, Reading at the small store across from Rite Aid Pharmacy close to the RR bridge. Event ends at 12pm. Come and leave as your schedule allows. We will be cleaning 2 – 3 blocks on North 6th street, including the Historic Skew Bridge. Bring water and Gloves. Leader: Catherine Shade (610)929-8733

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 – WYOMISSING 50TH EARTH DAY CELEBRATION - CANCELED
Wyomissing Earth Day Fair, 10a to 1p, Happy Hollow Pavilion, 1100 Wayne Ave, Wyomissing. A club member is needed to lead this event. Any and all help manning the PR table would be appreciated. Please call Leon at (610)842-1017 or email at lej37@comcast.net.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2020 – KAYAK/CANOE TRIP ON SCHUYLKILL RIVER
Meet 10am on back side of Cracker Barrel parking lot near Hamburg. Paddle from Hamburg to Shoemakersville. Distance of 5.8 miles. Some experience needed. must have own kayak or canoe and life jacket. Bring water and snacks. Call the night before to reserve and get details. Adverse weather and water level would cancel. Members and Guests only. Leaders:Joan and George Shollenberger (717)933-4858.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020 – HIKE AT ANTIETAM LAKE PARK
Meet 10am at Antietam lake parking lot at the bend in Angora road. Let's explore the trails around one of Berks County's newest parks. As always bring snacks and water. Distance 5 miles. Leader: Paul Schumann (484)529-8682.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020 – 50TH EARTH DAY CELEBRATION READING CITY PARK
Berks County Earth Day Celebration - featuring climate action, 10am to 4pm City Park, Washington St and N. 11th St,Reading. Any and all help manning the PR table would be appreciated. Please call Leon at (610)842-1017 or email at lej37@comcast.net.

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020 – A.T. WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library PA 501 and I-78. Enjoy the outdoors as we work on the A.T. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2020 – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Meet 7pm at Rentschler Arboretum, Bernville. Committee Reports due which include: 2019 activities and accomplishments, 2020 goals and committee members, and budget approval. Leader - Joan Moyer (610)-775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020 – GARLIC MUSTARD PULL ALONG THE A.T.
Meet 9am at 501 AT parking lot to pull invasive garlic mustar at the 501 lot and 645 trailhead. If you can bend slightly and pull lightly you are qualified to help. Yearly removal is key to controlling this invasive that takes over where our spring ephemeral wildflowers grow. More volunteers, the more territory we can cover. Call Linda Enders (610)413-1754.

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020 – A.T. MAINTAINING
Taking care of the A.T. is what we do! Willingness is more important than experience. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves and boots, lunch, and fluids Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020 – A.T. WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library PA 501 and I-78. Enjoy the outdoors as we work on the A.T. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 – BMECC SOCIAL THIRD & SPRUCE
Meet 6:15pm at Third and Spruce, 238 South 3rd Ave., West Reading. Social gathering for potential and BMECC members. Call Joan Moyer (610)775-3482 or contact at jogomo@verizon.net if you plan to join us.

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020 – HIKE STATE GAME LANDS #211
Meet 9am at parking lot off Rt# 443 near I-81 outside Pine Grove. Hike unmarked trails off an old mine road. Approx. 6 miles. Moderate difficulty. If group is interested will go to High Point of Lebanon County (some bush whacking required). Hard rain cancels. Leader: George Shollenberger (717)933-4858.

MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020 – A.T. MAINTAINING
Taking care of the A.T. is what we do! Willingness is more important than experience. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves and boots, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020 – A.T. WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library PA 501 and I-78. Enjoy the outdoors as we work on the A.T. Bring work gloves, lunch, and fluids. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020 – WASHINGTON, DC BUS TRIP
Join the hike leader for the day in our Nation's Capitol. I will be going to the Smithsonian American art Museum to see an exhibit on naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Included in the exhibit and museum are many landscape paintings by Hudson River school artists. After we will visit as many of the monuments around the mall as we can. Or you can enjoy the day on your own. You will be responsible for calling Klein Transportation (1-800-451-6700) to reserve your seat and pickup/return place. Any questions call Paul Schumann at (484)529-8682.

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020 – BMECC SPRING OUTDOOR MEETING AT RENTSCHLER ARBORETUM
11:00am - Hike the Rentschler Arboretum and surrounding area.
11:00am - Music by Bruce Albert
12:15pm - Noon Meal—Chef Mike will be cooking the entrée. Bring a dish to share. Beverage provided.
1:30pm - Program will be BMECC Volunteer Interviews by BMECC intern Tracey Davis Witmyer
2:15pm - Short Business Meeting
Contact Joan Moyer regarding questions (610)775-3482 or jogomo@verizon.net.

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020 – A.T. MAINTAINING
Taking care of the A.T. is what we do! Willingness is more important than experience. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves and boots, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020 – A.T. WORK TRIP
Meet 8:30am at Bethel Library PA 501 and I-78. Enjoy the outdoors as we work on the A.T. Bring work gloves and boots, lunch, and fluids. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020 – GET OUTDOORS DAY AT BLUE MARSH
Once again BMECC will take part in this annual event. A display will be set up and there will be activities provided and a scavenger hunt. Get Outdoors Day, 9a to 4p, Blue Marsh Lake. Any and all help manning the PR table would be appreciated. Please call Leon at (610)842-1017 or email at lej37@comcast.net.

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020 – BARTRAM TRAIL BIKE HIKE
Bartram Rail Trail - Rhododendron Ride. Co-sponsored by Schuylkill River Greenways and BMECC. Easy 14 miles, with talks and ice cream at the end. Pre-registration and fee required. Call Dave Reitz for details - (610)921-3303.

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 – A.T. MAINTAINING
Taking care of the A.T. is what we do! Willingness is more important than experience. Maintainers call the leader if you need assistance on your section. Bring work gloves and boots, lunch, and fluids. Leader: Scott Birchman (484) 280-3034

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020 – NO GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 


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