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Outdoor Club of South Jersey -Bicycling/Cross Country Skiing Pages

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions



  • Do I need to be a member?
    OCSJ is a member organization. Membership funds pay for the overhead of the club. However you may try one regular activity from each of our sections for free for the first time. Thereafter we would like you to join to be eligible for the hundreds of activity and events every year.

  • How do I become a member?
    You can obtain a membership form from our website Membership Page. Leaders may have them on the activities or they are available during special events. You can contact us of you would like to have one mailed to you. Membership Page

  • What do I get for my money?
    It is our goal to be as cost efficient as possible. Your membership money supports the following:
    -Club insurance - board member, leaders and members are insured.
    -Operating expenses - Office expenses, database, website, newsletter, publications, publicity
    -Activities - deposits for activities and parties, picnics, meetings, awards and memoriums

  • How do I know when I need to renew?
    Our normal membership is 1 or 2 years. When you join, you will receive an OCSJ membership card with your membership expiration date. A month before your expiration date, you will receive an email and/or a postcard with a gentle reminder. In case, you have changed your email or address, we will send you another reminder in the next month. If you subscribe to the Trekker, remember that you must be a paid member to receive the Trekker.

  • How do I contact the club?
    You may email a leader or call regarding that leaders activity. You can contact a section chair or board member in the same fashion. Our contact information is on the website at ocsj.org/aboutus/boardmembers.html
    You may even mail the club a letter at the following address:
    Outdoor Club of South Jersey (attention to: xx)
    P.O. Box 455
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08003-0455
  • How do I find activities and events?
    Our activities and events are listing on our website, and in our Trekker brochure. Some activities as listed as web-only activities that appear at any time on the website. Also, cancellations or updates are listed on the website.

  • How do I start going on activities?
    It’s easy to start doing activities with OCSJ. Look at the website for compatible activities and events. Read the listing carefully to see if it’s something you can do. For more details you can contact the leader directly. Some activities require special gear, boots, as described in that activity. Be sure to wear the proper layered clothing, and bring food and a beverage appropriate for the activity. Special events may have certain requirements, or fees to cover transportation, lodging, as required, and advance registration.

  • How do I know if I can handle an Activity?
    Try to pick an activity that you feel comfortable with, especially in the beginning. Don't try for the longest hike if you are not experienced. If you are new to boating, inform the leader before you go for suggestions and advice. Some special events require some experience in that area as well.

  • How early should I show up for an Activity?
    For most events, you should be present and ready with gear to go at the designated location, from 30 to 15 minutes before the event. Its the practice of leaders to leave promptly at the scheduled start time. If you are new to that event, be there early. You will need the time to sign-in, and most leaders have a welcome message for the group. Some activities designate special meeting times or requirements.

  • Can I bring a guest?
    The guest policy is the same as for new members trying out the club. You may try one regular trip from each of our sections for free for the first time. Thereafter we would like you to join to have access to the hundreds of trips and events every year. Thereafter we would like a guest to join to be eligible for the hundreds of trips and events every year.


  • Can children and minors attend?

    Depending upon the trip. If some trips use the code NC. This means no minors. Minors are under the age of 18. If you are bringing a minor along, check with the leader ahead of time, make sure the minor will be able to keep pace, and attend the full length of the activity, and the adult or guardian must also sign in as such on the sign-in sheet.


  • How can I help?
    You can help in many ways through all sections of the club, from helping leaders, to becoming leaders. You can help on special committees or special events. You may be interested in helping at the organization meetings or becoming a board officer. All is takes is a little desire to help, and we'll show you what to do.


  • How can I suggest a trip or event?
    Yes you can. Many leaders are open to hearing about new possibilities, especially of those members are interested in. You can contact the section chair or board members to make suggestion as well. We welcome hearing from you and would like to know what kinds of events and trips would be of interest. You may suggest a trip and we organize and create it.
    How do I become a leader or helper?
    The first step may be to approach a leader to volunteer. You may start out by helping the leader, or find out more information on how to become a leader and our requirements. You can contact any board member as well for that information. We encourage you to be involved. Every leader also pays to be member of the club.


  • How is the club organized?
    The club is made up of volunteers. All leaders and board members and section chairs are volunteer members that also pay the membership fee. There is a club meeting once a month, that you may attend, where the business and overhead of the club is managed. Most trips and events are created and organized by individual leaders themselves and posted on our website and Trekker brochure. All paid members are members of the entire club. We work together to maintain the process of the non-profit organization. We are always actively looking for members to get involved in these functions.

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