Camping becoming "extremely popular" among younger generations

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scottydl

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Interesting story found today:

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/camping-popular-millennials-and-generation-x

The KOA 2019 North American Camping Report detailed 7 million new campers since 2014, and 77% of those are Gen X (that's me) and Millennials. Neat to see the pastime retaining its popularity as the years pass. I'd also classify myself as a "lifelong camper" as described in the article, having been exposed to it since my childhood and assuming we'll always consider RV'ing as our primary way to spend leisure time.
 

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scottydl said:
Interesting story found today:

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/camping-popular-millennials-and-generation-x

The KOA 2019 North American Camping Report detailed 7 million new campers since 2014, and 77% of those are Gen X (that's me) and Millennials. Neat to see the pastime retaining its popularity as the years pass. I'd also classify myself as a "lifelong camper" as described in the article, having been exposed to it since my childhood and assuming we'll always consider RV'ing as our primary way to spend leisure time.

It is nice to see statistics, but I really didnt need to see them to realize the large increase in people camping.  In the campground that we lease a site on a yearly basis has seen tremendous increase in demand for these 250 sites. In the Spring of 2012 when we leased a site, there were six vacant sites, and six of us looking to lease a site, so everyone got a site.  Now, seven years later, there are over 300 people on a waiting list to get one of these leased sites. 
 

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Interesting, I'm a Gen X and I hated camping as a kid. I wanted flush toilets and I preferred to be as far away from bugs and sun and dirt as possible. I started camping in 2005 because I had friends who camped and invited us along. I think it's great for the kids so I kept doing it and fell in love with it. You'll still pretty much only find me in the shade, and I've traded up from tent camping without even an air mattress to more luxury, but I love cooking on the fire and hiking and sitting in the fresh air watching nature.
 

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scottydl said:
Interesting story found today:

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/camping-popular-millennials-and-generation-x

The KOA 2019 North American Camping Report detailed 7 million new campers since 2014, and 77% of those are Gen X (that's me) and Millennials. Neat to see the pastime retaining its popularity as the years pass. I'd also classify myself as a "lifelong camper" as described in the article, having been exposed to it since my childhood and assuming we'll always consider RV'ing as our primary way to spend leisure time.
All that report states is that there are 7 million new campers in the US. It does not mention the 7 million that died. The report by Coleman is much more inclusive and shows that camping is not on the increase in the last ten years, in fact it is decreasing. Read the whole report here:

https://outdoorindustry.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2017-Camping-Report__FINAL.pdf
 

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SeilerBird said:
All that report states is that there are 7 million new campers in the US. It does not mention the 7 million that died. The report by Coleman is much more inclusive and shows that camping is not on the increase in the last ten years, in fact it is decreasing. Read the whole report here:

https://outdoorindustry.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2017-Camping-Report__FINAL.pdf

That's interesting Seiler - I think we were a little over saturated for the camping infrastructure the last few years.  Good to see it cool off some!
 

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So as long as we maintain the death to newbie ratio we will be okay?  ::)

Feel free to do your part in that regard, but I'm doing what I can to upset that ratio for as long as possible!  ;)
 

turner.j

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that actually might be true, cause me and my friends like to get out and do some camping, you can hike around during the day and chill at night by the fire, some of my best memories are from those kinds of trips
 

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I still think it has a lot to do with demographics and popularity. Campgrounds closer to big cities and popular tourist destinations have over populated whereas rural campgrounds have fewer campers. Closer to the southern border the free campgrounds have seen a big increase in migrants.
 
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