National Camping Month

In America, camping is one of the top outdoor activities! That is why the entire month of June is dedicated for National Camping Month.

Be it with family, friends, or even by yourself, camping is the perfect way to reconnect with the world around you, nature and most importantly yourself and others.

Camping is also a very popular summer activity that keeps youngsters engaged outside of school and learning all about the world around them. Enjoy camping however you want and truly experience it by leaving all modern technology and amenities behind to get a detox from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Research shows that people who spend time camping are more relaxed and happier!
Here at The Lizton Sign Shop camping is one of our favorite outdoor activities too!

History Of National Camping Month

National Camping Month has been celebrated since the 1970s. The goal for this celebration is to help increase participation in outdoor activities, especially among youth. People are encouraged to go camping or join camps with their loved ones.


While there was once a time that camping was just considered everyday life, now a days it takes dedication and time away from today's modern world to get that opportunity to be in the great outdoors!

It wasn't until the 1800’s when Thomas Hiram Holding began to popularize the idea of recreational camping. For Thomas, camping was just a part of life introduced to him by the journey through the Oregon Trail, once settled he knew this was his passion and helped introduce it to others. Even after the popularization of camping he decided to introduce the idea of Cycle Camping to the American world!

National Camping Month is also aimed to help the youth get out and explore! We are lucky to thank Frederick William Gunn and his wife, for establishing camps for the youth back in 1861. Although this was a camp created for boys, the first girls’ camp was established in 1888 by Luther Halsey Gulick and his wife. Luckily both of these programs have become immensely popular over the years with summer being the most popular time to camp for everyone!

One of the first commercial campground opened in 1894 is called the Cunningham's Camp in Douglas, Isle of Man. After this point in history all sorts of new types of camping came into existence, from back packing, mere weekend family getaways, to more luxury RV camping, and everything in between.

Whether rafting down a river in a kayak or canoe and setting up camp in the evening, or hiking into the woods far from civilization with a backpack full of camping gear, National Camping Month is a time that celebrates them all.

What You Should Know About Camping!

In 2021 you can now enjoy a variety of camping experiences whether it is motorized or more primitive. 

Those who like to be on the move and have a little more comfort opt for RV campsites, which allow them to holiday and camp at the same time. RV campgrounds are equipped with modern amenities like water supply and electricity.

You can also be sure to enjoy your camping experience with advanced technical camping materials and gear.  Now you can find better waterproof materials like nylon to help make camping possible in rain and snow. Campers can now also enjoy the benefits of lightweight aluminum cookware and portable stoves making cooking easier at campsites too

Where are the best places to go camping in 2021?

In no particular order here are the top 5 places to go camping in the United States!

1. Acadia National Park, Maine

Located on Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park is a camping jewel. This park makes for a great camping experience with the 6,000 lakes and ponds, 17 million acres of forest, and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams to offer a scenic backdrop to your camping and hiking experience. Choose from one of the three campgrounds; Schoodic Woods (on the Schoodic Peninsula), Blackwoods (close to Bar Harbor), and Seawall (less touristy).

2. Big Bend National Park, Texas

For campers who love kayaking, canoeing and rafting, Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande is a wonderful place to go. Along the park's desert, river and mountain landscapes you will also be able to find amazing trails for backpacking or hiking! This park has 3 developed campgrounds and is currently open with reduced capacity in 2021. So make sure to plan ahead of time and call the parks office!

3. Maroon Bells, Colorado


Be sure to check out one of the most famous locations in Colorado, The Maroon Bells! Located between a pair of 14,000-foot mountains that are amongst the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Camping here will ensure breathtaking views all year long and beautiful wildflowers in the late summer and fall! Enjoy spectacular wilderness setting, which includes the gorgeous Maroon Lake at any of the 3 camp grounds located here (Silver Bar, Silver Queen and Silver Bell).

4. Dunewood Campground, Indiana Dunes National Park


This campground is perfect for the family, and no we are not being biased since we are from Indiana! With long stretches of beach, pristine sapphire water, and sunny summer afternoons make Indiana Dunes feel more like a tropical vacation than simply a park on the tip of Lake Michigan. For those that have even younger children you'll be sure to enjoy city comforts like showers and toilets only minutes away from sandy sunset views and lakeside fun.

5. Old Man's Cave Campground, Ohio Hocking Hills State Park

From its eerie hemlock groves and its deep, rough-cut gorges, Hocking Hills is the perfect place for forest bathing and shady walks. The cave was named after a hermit who used to live in the caverns in the 1700s.  As one of the most impressive sites in the park, it draws in adventurers and explorers of all ages with its impressive waterfalls and rock formations.

Fun Facts About Camping!

Did you know?
Over 40 million people partake in camping activities per year in the United States!

Did you know?
The number one purchased item for camping gear is not a tent or even a sleeping bag, it is a flashlight or lantern!
Did you know?
Camping can actually help reduce depression and stress. Camping is not only beneficial for your physical health but is also great for your emotional and mental well-being! As levels of oxygen, melatonin and serotonin increases your stress levels will naturally decrease. Camping is one of the best things we can do for our spirits, minds and bodies. 

Did you know?
You don’t always need a gadget to tell you how cold or hot is is. Impress all of your friends with your natural camping expertise and use crickets to help calculate the temperature!  Calculate the temperature by listening to a chirping cricket during the spring and summer. You can do this by simply counting the number of chirps you hear in 14 seconds, then add 40 to that number to find out the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.

Gifts To Commemorate National Camping Month

At The Lizton Sign Shop we love to celebrate the memories of camping for National Camping Month with our customizable Signs For Camping!

For The RV Campers:
Check Out All of Our Signs For Campers if you plan on camping in style and a little luxury!

When Camping is Life Signs:


Other Camping Signs:

Whether you want to remember the memories spent with family, envision your next camping exploration or just a gift for someone who loves the outdoors, our customizable camping signs are perfect for you! Check out our huge selection today!

We even have Signs for Bigfoot Enthusiasts too!

  1. It helps bring people, friends and family closer together.
  2. National Camping Month helps promote healthy living for all, young and old! 

  3. Camping brings back nostalgia for us older folks!
  4. Camping brings us back to nature. As we get busy with our lives, we tend to forget the simple joys of life. National Camping Month reminds us of the importance of nature and being in it.

  5. A time of year that brings out the fun and the smores!
  6. It reminds us to get outside and enjoy the little things in life like memories, nature, animals and how to connect with ourselves and others. 

Just because June passes on by does not mean you can't make every month a camping month!

Just take the time to make your plans, get your signs and grab your family and friends. Enjoy camping this year and for years after!

Now what are you waiting for? Go outside and explore! 

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