Outings and Events: Camping


Figure 1.-- American kids would never dress like this nowadays for a camping trip. It is obviously a summer photo. It is not dated, but it comes from an album dealing exclusively with the decade from 1910 to 1920, so I would guess that it was taken about mid-decade although we can't be sure. Note the white dresses and the light-colored Norfolk-style suit worn by the boy. The girl in the center wearing a white outfit with long white stockings seems to be about 14. Her younger sister looks as though she were about 9 while her brother seems to be about 12 or 13. Only the youngest child wears short socks. Note the high-button shoes, white for the girls, black for the boy. The boy wears above-the-knee knickers with his suit. He also wears a necktie with a collar pin underneath, holding his shirt collar tightly in place. These children seem to be siblings from an affluent family. We don't know the location. Click on the image for a fuller discussion of this image.

Here we are talking about two different phenomenon. One is family camping. This meant the family going into wilderness areas and living at campsites around beautiful scenery and fresh air. Naturewalks, and fishing are often associated with family hiking, but hunting less commonly. We have relatively little information about family camping. We suspect that this may be an American phenomenon and partially associated with the development of the automobile, but this is just speculation at this point. One interesting aspect of family camping is the relative formality of dress even while roughong it in the country side. The other important type of camping is summer camp. Here we are talking about estanlished camps for children in senic sides near cities. These camps were normally situated on lakes so water activities could be added to the program. Again this seems to have been an American phenomenon, at least at first, but soon became popular in America.

Family Camping

This meant the family going into wilderness areas and living at campsites around beautiful scenery and fresh air. Naturewalks, and fishing are often associated with family hiking, but hunting less commonly. We have relatively little information about family camping. We suspect that this may be an American phenomenon and partially associated with the development of the automobile, but this is just speculation at this point. One interesting aspect of family camping is the relative formality of dress even while roughong it in the country side.

Summer Camping

The other important type of camping is summer camp. Here we are talking about estanlished camps for children in senic sides near cities. These camps were normally situated on lakes so water activities could be added to the program. Again this seems to have been an American phenomenon, at least at first, but soon became popular in America.






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