Glossary of Camping Terms
A tent intended to be used primarily in the spring, summer, and fall.
A tent built to withstand the rigors of winter.
A style of tent that has a pole supporting the middle of the tent while the tent walls drape over the pole in an A shape.
The Army Corps of Engineers operates over 2,500 recreation areas in the U.S.
A summer camp where kids learn about the outdoors and partake in adventures like backpacking, camping, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, and skiing.
Remote uninhabited areas of public lands, national parks, and forests.
Hiking into the backcountry with all of your gear on your back.
A one-piece (seamless) tent floor where the edges come a few inches up the sides before connecting with the tent walls.
A coffee can (any clean food can with the lid removed) used to boil water or cook food over a campfire.
A soap that decomposes naturally and is not harmful to the environment.
A portable light with one or two mantels that are fueled by propane or some other fuel.
The Civilian Conservation Corps hired young men from 1933 to 1942 to revitalize America's forests.
A tool used outdoors to start charcoal for the grill.
What to expect when you arrive at the campground, and what to do before you leave.
A way to attach a tent to the poles.
A place for kids to enjoy outdoor events and recreation with other kids under parental supervision.
Excessive loss of water from the body.
A drawstring bag used to carry items.
A round or oval tent with flexible poles that connect from side to side through the apex of the tent.
A double wall tent uses a rainfly over the tent, whereas a single wall tent does not.
A cast-iron cooking pot (with lid) that you cook with outdoors over charcoals.
factory taped seams
Many quality tents come from the factory with taped seams that have a waterproof material placed between overlapped seams, which are then double stitched.
A tent that is large enough to accommodate your entire family.
An iron ring with a grate used to contain campfires.
A meal that is wrapped in foil and cooked or reheated on a grill or next to a campfire.
A custom sized ground cloth for your tent.
free standing tent
A tent that requires no ropes or stakes to support the tent.
Skin that is damaged by exposure to freezing temperatures.
A gear loft is a piece of mesh cloth or net that ties to loops suspended from the top of a tent and serves as a small storage area for lightweight items.
A water-repellant, breathable material that allows body vapor to pass through while keeping rain out.
An electronic device known as a global positioning unit that uses satellite triangulation to detemine your longitude and latitude.
Water that has been used in the sink, shower, or laundry.
A wire brush used to scrape and clean grills.
A reinforced metal eyelet used to secure the ends of tent poles.
These are used to attach guy-lines for securing your tent.
A severe form of heat illness caused by excessive heat and dehydration.
A condition where your body loses more heat than it produces.
A fee collection box used at campgrounds that do not have full time attendants.
leave no trace
It simply means that you should clean up your campsite before you leave.
A sleeping bag that is tapered at the ends to reduce air space and to conserve heat.
Normal mosquito netting has 200 holes per inch, whereas noseeum netting has 625 holes per inch.
Noseeums are nasty little bugs typically found near the ocean and around rivers, lakes, and swamps.
The National Park Service preserves the natural resources of the US for the enjoyment and education of current and future generations.
Obnoxious plants that can cause a nasty skin rash.
Durable material coating used to waterproof a tent floor and rainfly.
A hooded water-repelling garment used for a raincoat.
post and grommet
A hooded water-repelling garment used for a raincoat.
A campground without any amenities like bathrooms, electric, and water.
A campground that is a privately owned business.
A portable container that holds about one pound of pressurized propane, which is used to fuel campstoves and lanterns.
put up shade
Erect a screen room or tarp so that you can get out of the hot sun.
A fray-proof material used in tent walls.
A campfire treat made by placing a piece of chocolate and a roasted marshmallow between two graham crackers.
An outdoor structure made of tent material and noseeum screening that provides shade relief from the sun and refuge from bugs.
Tent poles that come in sections and are held together by an elastic cord that runs the length of the pole.
A tent without a fly and walls made of non-breathable materials.
A roll-up bed used for camping that is made of various insulating materials.
An insulating cushion used beneath a sleeping bag.
A tool used to remove tent stakes from the ground.
A cloth or nylon bag used to carry a tent or other piece of camping gear.
A place where kids go to enjoy supervised recreation.
Aluminum or fiberglass poles that are used to erect tents.
A tent floor made from one piece of material, which continues up the walls about six inches before being sewn to the walls.
A means of removing body moisture to prevent condensation buildup inside your tent.
A covered area outside a tent door. Vestibules are usually found on backpacking tents and are used to store wet clothes or extra gear.
The ability to resist, but not completely repel, water.