I read this article earlier this morning, and I thought about posting it here, but I didn't. But something sparked a thought in me from the "kids at faire" thread and I wanted to take something that Bonnie Strangeways just said and elaborate on it.
So here's this story... read it. It's a bit enlightening, as what it's doing is teaching the rich kids that all you have to do is pay for something and you can get even camping for no work. You get your butler and a hot tub and prepared meals.
What does this teach about nature? What does this pass along to kids?
My point of view--- yes, camping is a fucking pain in the ass. It is! And it's SUPPOSED to be. But when I was a kid, you learn to feel an accomplishment on what you have created and learned. Camping is not, never has been about the "Butler service". It's about getting away from the luxuries of most of our modern life and enjoying nature. As a kid, I hiked around Tres Rios in the New Mexico mountains for a week straight with ONLY what you could carry on your backpack and your freezdried meals, we had a canoe as well as a raft on different trips and traveled rivers across this nation and learned that thing called self accomplishment.
Yes, it was hard work... and boy, did I feel like I DID something amazing!
Is it just me, or are these kids just learning that if you have the right amount of money, you don't have to "camp". Just pay your way and everyone else will do it for you... even fishing! Where's the "accomplishment" and self worth factor? Or is it all about convenience and money these days?
And to be honest, as I get older and in worse physical shape, camping is difficult... but I still do it! I still have my tent, I sleep in the heat and the hold, I cook on a coleman stove, I have limited light, but I have the mattress that sits off the ground (so my bones don't ache for 2 weeks afterwards!) and the little comfort of a travel shower. But to me, this whole idea of "glamping" seems a bit silly and spoiled.
All this seems to me is a five star hotel room that has a canvas build instead of drywall and paint.