Camping is an outdoor activity that involves spending the night somewhere other than your house, either without shelter or with just a tent or other form of portable shelter. Usually, people travel from more urbanized regions to spend time outside in more rural ones in search of enjoyable or educational activities. Camping is distinguished from day trips, picnics, and other equally brief recreational activities by the night (or more) spent outside.
In the early 20th century, aristocrats started to enjoy camping as a pastime. It gained popularity over time among many socioeconomic groups. Publicly owned natural resources including state and national parks, wilderness regions, and campgrounds are popular destinations for contemporary campers. Several nations, including Sweden and Scotland, permit public camping on privately owned land as well. Many youth organizations, like Scouting, use camping as a crucial component to educate both self-reliance and teamwork.
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