Camping Brings Families Together

Topics: Camping, Recreational vehicle, Cesare Pavese Pages: 6 (924 words) Published: February 3, 2011
Marsha L. Smith

Camping Brings Families Together

I would like to focus on the camping experience and how that particular recreation and

leisure allows us to break away from work, tasks, household chores, and most modern

conveniences, to encounter a very different kind of activity and play. One that is far removed

from television, computers, MP3’s, and texting on cell phones; this would be the simple process

of camping. I propose to convince my audience that camping is a recreation that brings families

together in a unique and special way.

Of all the memories I have of childhood, my fondest are those of our family camping

trip. Although there were not as many distractions back then as there are today, we could not

wait to get to the campgrounds and get set-up for a week long adventure with nature. Fishing,

boating, campfires, lots of food, fellowship, games, and family fun awaited. ‘We do not

remember days; we remember moments” (Cesare Pavese), which authenticates that it’s these

wonderful moments that leave a lasting impression as we grow older and become adults. My

sincere desire has been to create these same moments and memories for my children and for my


Camping in today’s economy suggests it’s one of the most affordable recreations

possible. You can camp without spending a fortune (Dales, Tim). The fun of close

communication, teamwork, and cooperation between family members form a great recipe for

bringing families closer. Johnson mentions the pure and simplistic fun of camping, which is

often overlooked by adults and craved by children. “Catching fireflies, gazing at stars, telling

stories around the fire, making s’mores or simply collecting firewood” [can stimulate a collective

attitude of togetherness] (Creating Summer Memories 20). It characterizes the meaning of

family. For this reason, I am a huge advocate of family camping and spend a great deal of time

encouraging others to take part and share in this experience.

If you are interested in camping, there are about 8,000 to 9,500 private U.S. RV parks

and campgrounds across the United States (Woodall’s 6). David Gorin, the former head of The

National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, who currently heads up the ‘Best Parks in

America’ marketing network, arrived at this estimate by adding 20% to the number of parks

listed in the Woodall’s and Trailer Life Directories. Woodall’s Campground Management and

Trailer Life Magazine, both offer insightful information about camping, and are great resources

when choosing a place to go. You can enjoy the travel to a park across country, or you can

simply choose a local park close by, like the ones I manage at Lake Lanier Islands or Shoal

Creek Campgrounds. Both offer family fun and convenience in a peaceful setting

In the August issue of RV View, put out by, the article on “Weird

Wanderings” boasted of offbeat destinations offering quirky family fun with photographs of

unusual, larger than life props that make wacky photos for your family album or slide show.

From “Big Mo” (a replica of a dinosaur head in front of Big Mike’s Rock Shop just outside of

the entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park), to the Shoe House in York, Pennsylvania (built

to promote a chain of shoe stores), family fun can be found. Planning a vacation like this one, or

planning a simple camping trip will be forever embedded in the hearts and minds of your family.

Camping is all about connecting. Vanderford points out that despite the 40 years

difference between he and his dad, they became pals on those magical forays into the great

outdoors, who worked as one, and shared the mysteries of the universe in their own little private

plot in the woods (Legacy on Lanier...
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