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What Does Camping Mean To You?

By December 17, 2010

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Camping means different things to different people. Backpackers might consider it an adventure. A boy scout may see it as a hobby. Kids consider it a recreation. While parents view it as an escape, and RVers consider it a lifestyle. What aspect of your life does camping satisfy? (Fill in the blank.)

July 6, 2007 at 6:49 am
(1) Charlie says:

Camping is a great combination of recreation, adventure and sometimes an escape.

July 6, 2007 at 8:56 am
(2) PJ says:

I feel it is all of them for me!!!

July 6, 2007 at 2:45 pm
(3) m.e.starr says:

Ummm…how about all of the above? Cheap or free place to sleep, solitude, fresh air, sleeping under the stars. Recreation can be education, too.

July 7, 2007 at 2:56 am
(4) Tim says:

Although I feel that camping is (at least partially) all of these things. I always tell people that camping is my STRESS RELIEF CENTER

July 9, 2007 at 10:50 am
(5) HS Mom says:

The skills learned by camping can be lifesaving in event of an unforeseen emergency.

December 14, 2007 at 12:46 pm
(6) marsha says:

Camping is a way to enjoy what the Great Spirir gave us and left on Mother Earth

February 1, 2008 at 10:15 am
(7) PJ says:

How about an entry for “all of the above”??

February 3, 2008 at 11:02 am
(8) Jeanne says:

No phones – no computers – no TV – no choice but to be with each other. Definitely an escape and family saver!!

September 13, 2008 at 1:22 am
(9) deb says:

Camping has such a different meaning to me!
No tents, no sleeping under the stars, no chance of wild animals gettin’ you!
I ‘camp’ in a 39′ 5th wheel with all the comforts of home, flat screen tv,king bed microwave,washer/dryer,fireplace, computer.
My families biggest problem with camping is deciding which resturant to eat at!
Thats my kind of camping LOL LOL

September 14, 2008 at 11:46 pm
(10) Dee says:

Camping is only camping if you are sleeping on the ground or in a tent. It’s a adventure for me.

April 10, 2009 at 7:29 am
(11) Wendy says:

I grew up with my family on the river and tent camping a lot. hose are the most vivid memories of my time with my family. I take my 2 teenagers tent camping ocassinally and they love the “roughing it” experience. It does bring uop together as a family whether they realize it or not.

April 10, 2009 at 12:06 pm
(12) Lance says:

It’s a little bit of everything, but mostly it’s a way for me to get out and back into the woods, either by myself or with my family.

April 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm
(13) hiker6699 says:

I see that I am of a like mind with seeral other. Camping has never been just one of these things for me. It has always been ALL of them. I go every chance I get — even in the winter time. Solitude, relaxation, recreation, Oneness with nature, getting away form the maddening crowd are all part of camping for me. Also, I’ve always combined outdoor survival skills (fishing, wild edibles, cooking over an open fire, solar cooking) and exercise/sport (hiking, geocaching, orienteering) with my camping. Also I can ride my bike to some my favorite camping places that are closer to me.

April 13, 2009 at 6:26 pm
(14) kathleen says:

i finding camping very relaxing especially at night. I love to sit around the campfire with a cocktail. That is as close to heaven as you get. Now have my 15 year old twin nephews into camping. I can’t wait for our first and the others.

April 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm
(15) Bill says:

Life is the adventure…camping either by tent while backpacking or in the RV with the electic “blanky” is the escape!!!!!

February 1, 2010 at 7:59 am
(16) i.h. says:

If this is a Beach camping, I prefer beach cabins at the parks for those who do not want the hassle of bringing all equipment in a small car. Wish they offer more Beach cabins on the beach in Texas! I missed rocking my chair looking at the ocean’s sunset.

February 1, 2010 at 8:35 am
(17) Fred Auter says:

Camping is to me an escape, I have slept on the ground, and in tents on a cot, but now I’m to old for that so I have a pull behind camper. I love the nature side of camping, the smell of food cooking on open fires, it makes a person feel gratefull to be alive.

February 1, 2010 at 11:27 am
(18) Naturelove says:

Camping is all those things and more!
It gives stress relief from demanding and unfair bosses, it gives a chance to feel one with nature not against it, a chance to re group our thoughts and priorities, a chance to go back to basics, to simple things like camping under a clear fresh star filled sky, to watching the moon rise sometimes full across the water…. to getting out and walking, hiking and feeling nature all around us, to appreciating nature….Camping around campfires and sharing stories, loves, passions hopes and dreams and fears around a crackling warm campfire..Cooking creative meals for the sake of simple cooking and challenges….Camping is a sanctuary, a peace place a happy place most people are kind and friendly and helpful while out camping it brings the spirit of oneness and community back to us, I love Tent camping so much but can see improvements for us as we age and get more fragile like POP ups But How i feel so much better after camping a few nights away from faxes and aggravation, egos and useless competition…sometimes I can go Kayaking from my sites, sometimes fishing and swimming and kayaking . yes there are Challenges no doubt too but they are rewarding ones, ones that make you feel like you have accomplished something afterwards….Camping is a great recreation, hobby, escape, soul enhancing activity and there are many who can benefit from it like disabled, and disanbled veterans yes we can find equipmewnt and ways to help them renew their souls, spirit and well being!

February 1, 2010 at 11:44 am
(19) jay - athy says:

We had a motorhome, but downsized to a hi-lo. Love to get away from the phone, TV, and just every day problems. We just love the outdoors, especially here in Big Bear Lake. We camp about 5 miles from our home. It just feels good. God did a good job.

February 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm
(20) Ken Smith says:

Camping, RVing, whatever level you choose, is still camping. Those who say “we’ll never need a trailer, a/c, soft beds, etc” need to think a minute. We too said those very words 20 years or so ago when we were sitting in front of our tent watching the ‘tenderfeet’ pulling the campers past. Now, I’d be the first to admit I enjoy watching the 10:00 news (when I can stay awake long enough) before bed, or the a/c on those otherwise sleepless hot sticky nights, and a nice hot shower at the end of a relaxing day. It is also sweet being in my own bed wherever we are, being able to bring our kids (2 Bichons) with us and not worryabout if a different accommodation would be pet friendly, and unlike a cruise with a planned itennerary, we can eat, sleep, and fart as we see fit when the urge suits our fancy!!!
So yes, camping is all of the above and then some, and whether it is in a tent, motor home, or camping cabin, we are all in this for the same underlying reasons, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

December 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm
(21) redneckmothr says:

Gee David,

First off, I’d like to extend Happy Holiday greetings to you and everyone that visits your site, cause there’s a lot of great people that visit here. On some of these Q’s, you’ve got to allow for more of a choice in the selections, by being able to combine answers together to get a better idea of how folks really want you to know and understand what their selections entail. Like being able to select the top three out of multiple answers, with the 1st choice being #1, 2nd choice being #2, etc. In this manner you’ll be able to see, as well as chart, the magnitude of folks’ preferences, thus giving everybody a selection of choice(s), as well as completing the rating for the influence of subsequent answers. Just a suggestion for enhancing your site, but you’ve got a great informative site to start with anyway, and I enjoy reading not only what you’ve got to say, but what the others say also, especially the recipes and campsite referrals across the country.

December 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(22) Helen says:

We have camped since we got married in 1965. We started out with one sleeping bag and a blanket on the ground and hoped it didn’t rain in the night! We have gone from that to car camping, a tiny tent, bigger tents and campers over the years, as we added two kids, dogs and a grand-daughter to our camping. We used a tent and air mattress when we’d all go together, but after we hit our mid to upper 60′s we got a popup for our family vacations. It was getting to hard to crawl off the air mattress on the ground! We still take our kids and the (now 13 year old) grandkid plus our two dogs with us on a vacation every summer in our van, with the popup, as a family time trip and we have a ball, usually to the mountains. We have an older overhead camper we use for trips for the two of us and a 28-foot 5th wheel we use for closer to home getaways. We will keep on camping until we can’t drag ourselves into the vehicle anymore, and we will love every second we can spend camping just as we have the past 45 years. We get to go a lot more since we retired 9 years ago. Have to save up gas money between trips, but that is the only big expense as we do all our own cooking and camp in national forest, national parks, state parks and corp of engineers or BLM campgrounds. It is so nice to spend time with nature’s beauty and the wildlife.

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