I went camping ONE TIME
when I was young. It was with a friend and his family, in their pop-up. It was to JS in Sturgeon Bay, WI. It was the only memory I have of camping, since it was my only
camping experience. I had so much fun that weekend, and it was 20+ years ago!
My parent's never camped.
I'm now 33yo, and my wife and I decided that we want our child/children, to grow up camping, and experiencing the outdoors. Her parents never camped with her either. We both felt we "missed out" on the experience and memories from what "amping brings.
So, I guess that ONE camping experience, which happened to be at a Jellystone, made me go out and buy a pup, and want to make some memories with my up and coming family.
Now that I have a 1yo DS, I'm more of a State Park camper, than a JS camper. I want my child to grow up camping in "nature"(hiking, beaches, etc), instead of pools, putt putt, and waterparks. I can picture, eventually, camping at JS every once in awhile, just to change it up a bit. I don't want my kids thinking that "going camping
" means "going to waterparks and chlorinated swimming pools.
Again, it's a personal preference and to each their own.....(Just don't sit home on your couch all weekend!)
Word of advice to all, or more of a favor to all.....please try and take a "non-camper" with you at some point
. Whether it's your friend, your child's friend, or a family member/friend. I was a non-camper when I was young, until a friend's family brought me camping. From that point on, I really wanted to be a "camper", but had to wait another ~20 years until I could do it myself, as an adult. Pay it forward. Who knows, you might even make a non-camper into a camper. Win/Win.