The Grand History of Camping September 30 2014

View pastimes are more quintessentially American than camping. With its sheer geographic diversity and vast wilderness, it is no surprise that the U.S. has one of the longest and proudest outdoor traditions in the world.
Depending on how you look at it, camping has been around almost as long as the human beings: we began as hunter-gatherers who lived on the land and relied on nature for everything from food and shelter, to recreation and stories. Humans utilized camping staples – such as sticks and tinder for fire, sharpened stones for cutting and sculpting, and broad leaves for shelter – in order to survive.
Even when humans began to live in permanent communities that were more distant from nature, the ties with wilderness remained. Native Americans and Australian Aborigines, among other cultures, continued to turn to nature for resources, rituals, and spiritual escape. The more urbanized Ancient Greeks and Romans recognized the relaxation and mental health benefits of an occasional foray into nature, even for just a day.
However, it was not until the 18th and 19th centuries that camping as a recreational activity first emerged. It is fitting that the countries that lead the way in this trend were the United Kingdom and United States, both of which had rapidly urbanized and industrialized, putting people even more further away from nature.
Amid this detachment, and the subsequent clearing of forests and other wilderness areas, there came a strong demand for escaping back into the calmness and tranquility of nature and going back to the natural way of living. Following a strong push to preserve what was left of our natural environment – culminating in the creation of America’s first national park, Yellowstone, in 1872 – camping became a popular activity among the growing ranks of the middle-class.
Hence why, to this day, most adults can recall the experience of childhood campfires and family time spent in the great outdoors. Many camping and outdoor organizations and groups – such as the Boy Scouts – had their start in this period, helping to carry the joys and lessons of camping into the present day.
Of course, camping has changed a lot since the good old days. While the invention of and mass production of the automobile helped take families to far off places to camp, the introduction of true Recreational Vehicles (RVs) in the 1950s took it to a whole new level: families could now take their modern amenities and home comforts with them!
Similarly, candles, lanterns, and rudimentary tents have given way to sophisticated LED-based lights, solar-powered cookware, and tents composed of ultra-durable materials. Thanks to smart phones and tablets, many modern-day campers can access useful guides and tools to help make their experience safer and more enjoyable.
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