Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent or a recreational vehicle.
Typically participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment.
To be regarded a minimum of one night is spent outdoors, distinguishing it from day-tripping, picnicking, and other similarly short-term recreational activities, and can be enjoyed through all four seasons.
Luxury may be an element, as in early 20th century African safaris, but including accommodations in fully equipped fixed structures such as high-end sporting camps under the banner of “camping” blurs the line.
As a recreational activity it became popular among elites in the early 20th century.
With time, it grew more democratic, and varied. Modern campers frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds.
It is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to teach both self-reliance and teamwork.