Camping describes a range of activities and approaches to
outdoor accommodation.Survivalist campers set off with as little
as possible to get by,whereas recreational vehicle travelers
arrive equipped with their own electricity,heat,and patio furniture.
Camping may be combined with hiking,as in backpacking,and is often
enjoyed in conjunction with other outdoor activities such as
canoeing,climbing,fishing and hunting.
There is no universally held definition of what is and what is
not camping.Fundamentally,it reflects a combination of intent and
the nature of activities involved.A children's summer camp with dining
hall meals and bunkhouse accommodations may have "camp" in its name
but fails to reflect the spirit and form of "camping" as it is broadly
understood.Similarly,a homeless person's lifestyle may involve many
common camping activities,such as sleeping out and preparing meals
over a fire,but fails to reflect the elective nature and pursuit of
spirit rejuvenation that are integral aspect of camping.Likewise,
cultures with itinerant lifestyles or lack of permanent dwellings
cannot be said to be "camping",it is just their way of life.
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