Blog

We’re more than halfway through one of the strangest years to ever have kicked off a decade, and it has us feeling nostalgic about the past and simpler, less complex times. As summer is coming to a bittersweet end, we want to take a look back on camping through the years – how it’s evolved, advanced, and maybe even things we miss.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

How it all Began

The founder of modern recreational camping was Thomas Hiram Holding, who wrote the first edition of The Camper’s Handbook in 1908. Traveling by wagon train across the prairie as a boy fostered his idea of camping and he wrote books about his ventures.

From Roughing It to Glamping

Early camping was done out of necessity, as hunters, fishermen, and traders tracked their game and goods. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that recreational camping became the leisure activity we all love today.  From silk tents to aircraft grade aluminum alloy, campers throughout the years have found refuge in several forms of shelter.


Trends and Innovation

Technology:
Technology has driven the evolution of modern camping, providing everything from camp stoves that charge smart phones to water bottles with advanced filtration technology for safe hydration.  What technology can you not live without on your outdoor adventures?

(Photo: RV Share)

DIY:
On the flip side, many modern campers find delight in the challenge of a good DIY project, spending their days Googling camping hacks and homemade granola recipes. One of the biggest outdoor leisure trends is vintage camper renovation. Quirky, retro, and outdated recreational vehicles get a facelift from skilled DIY-ers, replacing upholstery with no-sew ease and covering walls with ship-lap or chic peel & stick wallpaper. Glampers can easily get lost down the rabbit-hole of renovation search results – the options and ideas are endless!

Camping Couture:
Tartan. Buffalo check. Gingham. We can all agree that plaid is a staple when it comes to camping attire. Dating back to the 1920’s, men and women alike could be seen sporting the pattern on their knickers and skirts. Through the years, more functional and fun apparel could be found in campers’ backpacks as they spent their days in rolled denim or showing a little leg with the well-known capri pant introduced in the 1950’s.

Camp tees are now collectors items and a fashion statement for those who haven’t even stepped near a tent or campfire. Vogue even doles out advice on “what to wear camping this summer” featuring everything from swimsuits to $400 sweatshirts.  Pinterest boards are growing as “pinners” find inspiration in mixing function with fashion.

FUN FACT: Abercrombie & Fitch got its start in 1892 as a leading outdoor adventure, fishing, and hunting gear supplier. Having sold women’s hiking boots and socks, the store dressed America’s notable visionaries and leaders, like President Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhart. It’s only more recently that they’ve been pumping out tunes and woodsy fragrances to lure ripped-denim-coveting teens.

(Photo: Camp Collection)

 

Although the years have brought many changes, we can find comfort and happiness in tradition, including new ones that you and your loved ones create in the great outdoors. One thing (or a few!) remains the same: there’s always s’mores, campfires, friends, and memories to be made while doing this thing called “camping”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

THE LATEST FROM THE BLOG

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM!

Start following

Attention stargazers! 🌟💫🌘
We’re in for some exciting celestial events this year and to help you out, we’ve found 3 events for you to see if you’re at camp! Check them out in our latest blog.
Link in bio 👉
...

Our cottages are the perfect place to retreat to after a fun day at camp! Enjoy a meal, take a rest, or warm your toes by the campfire. ...

Stuck inside? Start planning your outdoor escape to Westward Shores! ...

Our cottages are perfect for your family-sized vacation. ...

GIVEAWAY 🎉 – our 2021 Resort Guide was just released, and we want to help one lucky camper & a friend get their vacation planning started! Here’s all you need to do for a chance to win $100 for both you and a friend to our Camp-Resort!⁠

☑️ Follow @northgateresorts and @westwardshores⁠
☑️ Tag a friend in the comments and tell us why you love camping.⁠

It’s that easy! Comment as many times as you’d like for multiple entries! Contest ends Sunday, 1/17 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced Monday. See our website (westwardshores.com/contest-terms) for giveaway terms and see the link in our bio for a digital version of the guide!
...

From exciting new attractions (like an upgraded lazer tag course), to new deals and events, there’s tons to look forward to this year at Westward Shores! Read about all the additions in our latest blog - link in bio! ...

Do you prefer tennis or pickleball? 🤔 ...

We saw a beautiful morning over the lake. 🌞 ...

Waiting for campers to come back like 🥶 ...

Happy New Year to our amazing campers! We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2021! ❤️🎉 ...

It's a bright and beautiful holiday. 🎄☃️ Stay warm & safe everyone! ...

Happy first day of winter! ☃️

Whether you’ll have snow or not for the holidays, we can all wish upon a special star! 🌟 Click the link in our bio to learn about a rare astronomical event happening this year!
...

It’s officially snowmobile season! ❄️ ...

Here’s a lovely view of the Marina from the dog beach! ...

When’s the last time you painted a picture or made a craft? It’s the perfect activity for a cozy day this weekend! 🎨🖌 ...

Stars at camp are the best stars. ✨🌙 ...

Our new docks have arrived! We’re so excited for you to see them in action. 🛳 ...

Just grabbing a little snack from the blueberry bush. 🫐 ...

Missing days spent at the beach. 🏖 ...

We had a little friend stop by the baseball field today! ...

Attention stargazers! 🌟💫🌘
We’re in for some exciting celestial events this year and to help you out, we’ve found 3 events for you to see if you’re at camp! Check them out in our latest blog.
Link in bio 👉
...

Our cottages are the perfect place to retreat to after a fun day at camp! Enjoy a meal, take a rest, or warm your toes by the campfire. ...

Stuck inside? Start planning your outdoor escape to Westward Shores! ...

Our cottages are perfect for your family-sized vacation. ...

GIVEAWAY 🎉 – our 2021 Resort Guide was just released, and we want to help one lucky camper & a friend get their vacation planning started! Here’s all you need to do for a chance to win $100 for both you and a friend to our Camp-Resort!⁠

☑️ Follow @northgateresorts and @westwardshores⁠
☑️ Tag a friend in the comments and tell us why you love camping.⁠

It’s that easy! Comment as many times as you’d like for multiple entries! Contest ends Sunday, 1/17 at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced Monday. See our website (westwardshores.com/contest-terms) for giveaway terms and see the link in our bio for a digital version of the guide!
...

From exciting new attractions (like an upgraded lazer tag course), to new deals and events, there’s tons to look forward to this year at Westward Shores! Read about all the additions in our latest blog - link in bio! ...

Do you prefer tennis or pickleball? 🤔 ...

We saw a beautiful morning over the lake. 🌞 ...

Waiting for campers to come back like 🥶 ...

Happy New Year to our amazing campers! We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2021! ❤️🎉 ...

It's a bright and beautiful holiday. 🎄☃️ Stay warm & safe everyone! ...

Happy first day of winter! ☃️

Whether you’ll have snow or not for the holidays, we can all wish upon a special star! 🌟 Click the link in our bio to learn about a rare astronomical event happening this year!
...

It’s officially snowmobile season! ❄️ ...

Here’s a lovely view of the Marina from the dog beach! ...

When’s the last time you painted a picture or made a craft? It’s the perfect activity for a cozy day this weekend! 🎨🖌 ...

Stars at camp are the best stars. ✨🌙 ...

Our new docks have arrived! We’re so excited for you to see them in action. 🛳 ...

Just grabbing a little snack from the blueberry bush. 🫐 ...

Missing days spent at the beach. 🏖 ...

We had a little friend stop by the baseball field today! ...