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Old 09-26-13, 12:22 PM   #26
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I am the Cub Master for a pretty large Cub Scout Pack. We have over 60 boys in our pack, so you add in parents and siblings, when we camp, there are a lot of us. I try to find a bit of a secluded spot for my tent, away from the latrines, the fire ring and the mess tent. But we are pretty much car campers right now. Drive to camp, unload, camp for the weekend , break camp, pack the car and head for home.

That said, it is a lot of fun to be there the first time many of these boys have camped and to get to watch them over the course of 5 years go from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, and know that in some small way I was part of that and that hopefully they will keep on scouting and carry the core values of scouting with them for the rest of their lives.

I hope that boy my sons stay in scouting and that together we can do Philmont and National Jamboree amongst other things.

There is not much better than sitting in nature with a hot cup of camp coffee on a cool morning.
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Old 09-26-13, 04:43 PM   #27
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No less than 15 miles out of cell range, far away from black top, in the desert, far away from light pollution, with a tent and no special crap otherwise.

Getting to the camp site entails beating on suspension and steering components by doing twice the speed of trucks on the same road in a compact car and going sideways at every turn. Hiking in can also be fun, but prior to that, crazy driving is essential.

I also like camping in the woods, but that takes away much of the fun of crazy driving since you can't see for miles ahead that no one is coming, and consequently have to slow down.
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Old 09-26-13, 06:35 PM   #28
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I like local trail camps that are only accessible by foot or by bike......weeds out all the party goers.

Here's a shot of one such trail camp up in the San Gabriel Mountains.
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I'll car camp (no tent) when I have to haul my astro gear to a dark site. I usually head up to Mt. Pinos on such trips with my telescope and mountain bike.
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Old 09-26-13, 08:05 PM   #31
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After spending several years (total) camping during self-contained bike tours I am over it. Probably will never go camping again and i dont miss it one bit.
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Old 09-27-13, 10:02 PM   #32
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I prefer to camp in places away from other people. My favorite places to visit are southwestern Colorado and southern Utah. Colorado is a little more difficult because usually you are in national forest campgrounds with lots of other people. Utah has less campers and there are plenty of remote campgrounds where very few people go, plus there are plenty of places where you can camp wherever you want. I've been to a few campgrounds where literally I was the only person for 5 or 10 miles in any direction. I also like to backpack and you can usually find good solitude that way.

I have car-camped, backpacked, camped in groups, camped alone, used a tent, not used a tent, and for awhile I had a pop-up tent trailer. The tent trailer has some advantages for places like Colorado because it gets you out of the rain pretty well. Plus you can pack all of your gear in the trailer and have very little to pack into the car. On the down side you have to pull the darned thing which makes your driving less fun and lowers your gas mileage.

My usual car camping involves carrying a small tent, large tent, coleman propane lantern and stove, ice chest, sleeping bags, and food that generally requires heating but not actual cooking. Depending on the camping spot we will choose which tent to use.
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In a tent, away from people, avoiding tick season, above freezing.

I did my turn camping with a Troop of mostly 11 year olds, either in the height of tick season or well below freezing. One benefit of camping in State Parks with Scouts is we typically got a youth camping area away from the RV, boater, and horeseman crowd. It was just all those pesky 11 year olds... "Mr L, I forgot my sleeping bag."
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With kids - State Park for the amenities and activities. Hunting - Federal forest for the habitat and ability to camp pretty much anywhere you want.
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State parks in the extreme regions of Maine, Lily Bay in Greenville and Cobskook in Lubec are our favorites. Mid September (just came back from Lily Bay), tent, cots, tarp, cold at night, though not this year, it was 87 one day.

We (wife and I) have camped all over the Adirondacks, Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Gaspe, etc.... best way to travel.
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