What is camping
Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home
in a shelter, such as a tent, a caravan, or a motorhome. Generally participants
leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of
activities providing them enjoyment. To be regarded as "camping" a minimum of
one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking,
and other similarly short-term recreational activities. Camping can be enjoyed
through all four seasons.
Luxury may be an element, as in early 20th century African safaris, but
including accommodations in fully equipped fixed structures such as high-end
sporting camps under the banner of "camping" blurs the line.
Camping as a recreational activity became popular among elites in the
early 20th century. With time, it grew more democratic, and varied. Modern
campers frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state
parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds. Camping is a key part of
many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to
teach both self-reliance and teamwork.
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