Ok, here is why Camera Clubs like the Lighthouse Camera Club are great!!
Simply put the club field trips are a wonderful opportunity to get in a Zoo, Park or any other such place before the public and also hang out with fellow photogs.
The organizers of the club get it all setup and most of the time club member entry fees to the venue are comped by the venue in trade for photos or the club gets a deep discount. So, if you are a photographer at any level, what are you waiting for? Join a camera club! My growth as a photographer has been greatly enhanced by being around and sharing knowledge with the wonderful photographers in the club.