Why Campsites are Strange and Wrong

So, a few weeks ago we had our great annual school camp trip. It was a pretty nice experience, though we were only actually camping for two nights, but one thing struck me: why do we have campsites?

I mean, I get that camping helps us grow closer to nature (including such lovely natural phenomena as enormous cobras, but whatever) but surely if that’s what you want, where is the sense in camping in the middle of an artificial clearing with modern amenities?

And yeah, I get that modern technology is great. You can’t get internet from birds and we didn’t get to the moon by climbing up a tree. But if you really can’t do without technology, why isolate yourself from it? Why not just stay in a hotel?

Because honestly, when you’re at a campsite with electric lighting, bathrooms and so on… you’re basically in a hotel by the forest. Only it’s one where all the rooms have been strewn about the garden. And also the bedrooms are mostly just some fabric and sticks.

Oh – and I understand regular camping might not be such a great idea for a school trip. But that’s the thing. If you want the wilderness experience of camping, but you don’t want the wilderness, and you’re setting up the tent in a predefined location anyway…

Why bother sleeping under a sheet with sticks?! Why not a regular room?! Seriously!

One Response to Why Campsites are Strange and Wrong

  1. Zac – Glad to see you are posting again. For some people, being without air conditioning is the epitome of ‘roughing it’. There are all sorts of levels of camping, from renting a cabin to a cloth tent and ‘the facilities’ are his and her trees or boulders to hide behind. You have experienced everything from five star hotels to ‘the back of beyond’ when you were in Mongolia. I used to camp out fairly regularly when I was a kid and young adult, now that I am much older, I appreciate some creature comforts. Don’t know about your current locale, but in the United States, there are campgrounds that are the same as mobile home parks to ones that provide a source of potable water and a primitive toilet (preferably downhill from the water source) to campsites that are an open spot in the woods. I would prefer to stay at a place that has minimal facilities. For one thing, those spots are usually less crowded than the everything you need sites.
    Take care.
    John Koester

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