SEPTEMBER 14-15-16, 2007

What is the NRO?  The Northeastern Regional Organization (NRO) of the National Speleological Society (NSS) comprises a geographical area of the northeast United States and Eastern Canada. Membership is made up of NSS grottos (clubs) and affiliates throughout this area.

What is an NRO event? A regional meeting of the NRO is held twice a year, in May and September, which is hosted by a NRO grotto or affiliate This is a weekend event open to cavers, their families, and friends; and planned to be easily affordable. You do not need to be a member of a regional group to attend. While many go caving, the location of NROs is usually in an area with local hiking, kayaking, and sightseeing.

Activities and Events: All cavers and friends are welcome. This NRO will feature cave trips, vendors, NCC auction, NRO business meeting and probably a slide show and bonfire on Saturday night. Please bring your own folding chair to activities at the campground.

What to Bring: Camping gear and caving gear are obvious. There are some meals sold (see Meals). Bring everything and anything you might need if you have the room, especially clothes (and footwear) for the possibility of wet and cold weather. Bring food and munchies and such so time isn't wasted looking for a store, which may be a long distance from the campground. A headlamp just for use around the campground is suggested.

Location: Privacy Campground in Hancock, Massachusetts. This campground features a kid's playground, hiking trails, a waterfall, and a local karst area (with potential digs). A windmill tower will be available for vertical rope work. The campground has a permanent sauna, which will be fired up if there is enough interest. There is a pond suitable for swimming, and rowboats and paddle boats are available for rental. Volleyball courts are also open. The campground owner has offered to give tours of the underground bomb shelter and hydro-electric plant.

There is limited space available in the parking lot for vendors and a few trailers. If you wish to bring a trailer, please call the campground in advance to make arrangements. Please note that no dogs are allowed in the campground.

Directions: Privacy Campground is located on Massachusetts Route 43 (Hancock Road), 5 miles south of the junction with US Route 7. The approximate coordinates are 42.6083N, 73.2883W. The campground phone number is 413-458-3125. Mailing address is 2458 Hancock Road, Williamstown, MA 01267

Meals: Saturday and Sunday breakfasts will be offered by Steve Janesky. The Vermont Cavers Association will prepare the Saturday dinner. Please bring your own folding chair to meals.

Saturday Breakfast:
Eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. There is usually plenty for seconds.

Sunday Breakfast:
Orange Juice, coffee, tea, milk, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, apples, bananas, and grapefruit.  There is usually plenty for seconds.

Saturday night dinner:
A bountiful Italian feast, meat and vegetarian options

Venders: Speleobooks

Fees: All attendees please pay at the NRO registration tent upon arrival, by either cash or check. The NRO fee for this event is $5 per adult and $3 per child under 14 for the weekend or any part of it. Campground rates (per night) are an additional $6 per adult and $3 per child for tent camping, payable at registration. Meals, if desired, are payable at the time of registration. Saturday breakfast is $5. Saturday dinner is $7. Sunday breakfast is $5.

Schedule: Subject to change.

FRIDAY Sept 14
2:00 > Campground opens
5:00 - Midnight > Registration. Later arrivals can register on Saturday.
11:00 PM - 8:00 AM Saturday > Quiet time at campground

8:00 AM - 9:30 > Breakfast
8:00 - Noon > Registration. Later arrivals will be registered at some point over weekend.
Early morning on > Caving trips leave from the registration tent. Trips are posted on the trips board at the NRO registration tent. If a trip is not listed, or you want to lead a trip, please feel free to set one up.
5:00 PM - 6:30 > Dinner
6:30-8:00 > NCC Auction
11.00 PM - 8 AM Sunday > Quiet time at campground

SUNDAY Sept 16
8:00 AM - 9:30 > Breakfast
Early morning on > Caving trips leave from the registration tent. Trips are posted on the trips board at the NRO registration tent. If a trip is not listed, or you want to lead a trip, please feel free to set one up.
9:30 > NRO meeting
10:30 > Planning meeting for the 2010 NSS Convention.
2:00 PM > Campground closes.

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Privacy Campground from CET.JPG
Central Conn Grotto

Contacts: Questions? Please email  Fall2007NRO@ctcavers.org  or phone Norm Berg at 860-621-2080. Steve Millett is the Fall 2007 NRO Event Manager.