ABOUT SPINKS MEMORIAL CAMP
Spinks Memorial Camp is a non-profit recreation area stewarded by a group named Marcellus Citizens, Inc. The Camp consists of over 60 acres of woodlands and fields lie just south of the Village of Marcellus at the corner of Slate Hill Rd and Route 175. The recreation area is available for day hikes, while overnight camping is allowed with permission. There are no formal facilities at the camp other than picnic tables, lean-tos, and two outhouses. The camp is a carry-in/carry-out facility.
Accessible from Rt. 175, there is room for parking at the bottom of the hill and trails to follow up to the camp. for visits with groups with permission, the gate can be unlocked to allow vehicular traffic up to the top of the hill.
The group puts on fundraisers during the year to advertise the camp, and to raise money for improvements and to offset costs to keep up the camp grounds. the main event is during Marcellus Old Home Days held in early June in Marcellus Park.
The Marcellus Citizens, Inc. is always looking for new members to join the organization to help continue this great community asset for generations to come. we meet about 6 times a year in the Marcellus Library Community room to discuss and vote on camp business. Members receive access to the camp, as well as a sense of ownership giving back to the community. Some of the projects slated for the camp include:
- Stone fire place at end on pavilion
- Warming Hut
- Adirondack-style State Park entrance sign with sign in kiosk
- Formal campsites designated for Hipcamp use
- Campsite to accommodate a pop-up style camper (larger campers would not be able to get up the hill)
- New trail up from NW corner of property up hill across steel bridge into camp
- Wildlife pond clean-out
- Bird/bat houses
- New roof on original lean-to
The group that uses the camp the most are the various local Boy and Girl Scout groups. Every year, the local scout groups put on an event, called the All Scouting Outing. Held in the fall, this mini-camporee scouts get a taste of the camporee atmosphere. The Citizens provide refreshment and prizes for the scavenger hunt, while the scout troops create and run various events. Most event stations are scouting skill related, although there are some fun ones.
If you would like to learn more about Spinks Memorial Camp, would like to arrange a tour or become of member of Marcellus Citizens Inc. contact Ed Riefler at 315-673-1901, Spinks Memorial Camp Facebook Group, or write: Marcellus Citizens Inc., 2992 Warners Rd., Warners, NY 13164.