Camping is a great way to get back to nature, to live in near-primitive to downright luxurious conditions, yet with a modicum of current technological advancements. Camping can be invigorating, exhilarating, exasperating and tiring, and it can loosely be defined as a sport, as far as dictionary technicalities are concerned. Camping is more related to as a living condition or living outdoors. So, is camping a real sport?
A sport is defined as “a competitive physical activity”, and has a sub-definition of “past time”, which is described as an active past time participated in for pleasure or exercise (i.e. camping). Camping is defined as living outdoors in a tent or trailer while on vacation or as a recreational activity. An activity is defined as a physical activity or something somebody does.
Although the dictionary definitions lead us towards claiming camping as a sport, the reality is that you will never see a gold medal in camping at the 2018 Olympics, or any sanctified sporting body. Camping is, and always has been many things, from a cheaper stop-over than a motel or hotel while on a road trip, to a family-bonding, summer-long outdoor living experience. There really is nothing quite more special than sitting around a campfire with your family and friends, marshmallows, wieners and ghost stories in hand.
For getting back to nature, there are few better excursions than camping. From the different bird calls all throughout the night, to large wildlife like mountain lions, moose, deer, mountain goats, black, brown and grizzly bears, bald eagles and osprey hawks, to name but a fraction of the larger predatory animals that you can encounter while camping. Where allowed and when in season, hunting can be partaken in while camping. As can fishing, and both are loosely defined as sports.
While camping, you may play basketball, volleyball, badminton, water basketball, water-and land-based ultimate Frisbee, horseshoes, and try your hand at fishing. You can go out on the water in a kayak or a canoe, and you can hike through the park and possibly nearby woods bordering a beautiful lake. Now, all of these activities are defined as sports, but, even though camping is full of sports, does that make it a sport itself?
No, camping is not a sport, just because most activities partaken in while camping are sports themselves. No matter what you do while camping, it is still more of a living condition that a sport. Camping is a hobby, a way of life, a means of having family reunions and work related bonding experiences. It is a way for a young family to get away from the heat and insanity of the inner-city jungle, and to teach their children the basics of living in the wilds. Not to mention camping outdoors in the woods, away from home.
Enjoy camping. Camp informed.