Camping remains one of the most popular outdoor activities in the United States to this date. In fact, recreational camping is considered a recent invention while camping has been a lifestyle with the citizens in the country for centuries. The idea of camping as an enjoyable and important part of life came into existence in the mid to late 1800s. Thomas Hiram Holding (1844-1930) is considered the “Father of Camping” who began his outdoor life in 1853. In fact, he camped along the banks of the Mississippi where he camped with his parents.
The Boy Scout Association in England was formed in 1908 by Robert Baden-Powell. Later, he became the President of The Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland. The scout movement saw the importance of outdoorsmanship and camping for the moral development of a child. This movement quickly spread to the United States. The Boy Scouts of America was formed in 1910. It was granted a congressional charter the same year. The Girl Scouts of America was established in 1912. These organizations were at the forefront of introducing the parents and children in the country to the novel idea of camping and most of the other outdoor activities. These events coincided with the establishment of some of the first National Parks in the country.
Camping as a recreational activity continued even after World War II. In fact, car camping started after WWII. The Environmental Movements in the late 60s and 70s had their roots in the camping culture. In fact, more than 42.5 million Americans (above the age of six years) camped in 2011. We hope you enjoy your time camping with us as you can see you’re part of a long history of outdoor lovers and we look forward to seeing you.