A Lesson in Self Sufficiency: The Benefits of Camping
In this new technology based society few people are keen to getting their hands dirty roughing it in the back country, but those who never do it fail to realize the benefits of camping. Camping in the back country brings human beings back into their more primal state, a time when the environment had full control over mankind and not the other way around. Anthropologists say that human beings started out as hunter gatherers in small nomadic groups, in a sense human beings were born to be campers if left to the elements. Aspects such as energy conservation, weight limitation and manipulating raw materials are just some of the lessons campers learn about their adventures.
Yes, that is the boy scout motto, but it is something that more people should abide by. Camping teaches campers that being prepared is essential to survival and comfort. Assessing the risks and taking the preliminary actions to mitigate the consequences is a human instinct that needs honing to become a useful daily habit. Many people are caught off guard by the simplest of dilemmas these people would benefit from a week long venture into the deep woods where one can only rely on one’s self and their skills. The major benefit of camping is learning how to be prepared for all sorts of different situations that may arise.
Simple Manipulation and Mechanics
Technology has helped mankind reach the status that we now enjoy but the downside is that technology makes people lazy and eliminates certain manual tasks that are now lost due to machines. Setting up a tent and starting a bonfire are often the cliché activities that are usually comically referred to when people are camping. These two activities were essential to the primitive humans from whom we all evolved, fire was necessary to keep nocturnal beasts at bay, cooking and staying warm while pitching a tent is seeking shelter which is also essential for survival. If one doesn’t know how to pitch a tent, it isn’t really that difficult all it takes is some common sense and a bit of patience and anyone can master the art of erecting a folding house.
It is during times of disaster and when the infrastructural systems modern society fail that campers show their true worth, they are often the ones prepared with rations extra blankets and a knowledge of how to survive when the Wi-Fi (and electricity) is gone. During times of calamity the breakdown of major infrastructure can often lead to an uncontrollable state known as without rule of law. Be Prepared and don’t hasten the day, patience and persistence are only some of the benefits of camping.
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