Sep 02 2007
As I type this we are relaxing in bed in our RV in Kitchener, Ontario.
The campsite we are in is half campsite, half waterpark attraction. Expectedly, it attracts the younger crowds, as well as a large mix of families with children.
We’re here for one last blast on the long weekend before the fall routine starts and the kids go back to school.
What irks me right at this moment is the fact that I’m noticing more and more (as our experiences stretch from one campsite to another) that camping, for some, has gone from a relaxing opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy the great outdoors, to an excuse to get drunk, whoop it up, and generally act like collosal assholes all day long, and into the evening and overnight hours.
If people want to do this at home, then all the power to them, but to come to a campground where lots of others are trying to enjoy the camping experience instead of the “drunken frat party” experience is rather rude.
I don’t expect everyone to be silent and not have any fun, but the following examples are the sort of things that are getting on my nerves from various camping experiences this summer:
1/ Sharing your loud and annoying music all day long with everyone in the 25 campsites either side of you is rude, expecially if you insist on doing so via your car stereo which puts out enough bass to rattle everyones RV’s windows. Enjoy your music on your own site, but please set it at a level where your not annoying everyone or forcing them to share in your sometimes questionable choice of music.
2/ Please leave your dog at home if it is incapable of not barking for more then 3 seconds at a time, and when it takes a crap somewhere, clean it up so a fellow camper doesn’t subsequently step in it.
3/ Listening to you drive through the campsite (at twice the speed limit, at that) in your obnoxiously loud cars while hanging out the window screaming “Woooooooooooooo!” at everyone you pass gets tiring fast.
4/ The most basic sense of camground etiquite - quiet at 11PM. Is that too much to ask? For the record, its now almost midnight and our neighbours rap music is still playing, and I can still hear the loud discussion (over the music) through the walls of our RV.
5/ Other peoples campsites are not shortcuts to your own. We don’t want you tripping over our legs while we sit around our fire simply because you can save 10 steps by running through our site to get to your own instead of using the pedestrian paths.
6/ If your grasp of the english language is so tiny that you require an expletive to be part of every sentence, then please look around to see if any children are around before opening your mouth. Either that, or try forming a sentence without an expletive, stupid.
I was born into a family of avid campers, and I’ve been camping myself for over 20 years, both on campsites where we had to hike in, and campsites where your sharing the grounds with many neighbours.
In all situations, I enjoy camping for the quiet retreat. When camping in an organized camground I always act with my neighbours in mind, and hope they do the same. It used to work out well that way, for the most part.
Unfortunately it appears that at some camgrounds the screaming obnoxious immature clowns are becoming more prevalent.
Sadly it seems that it unlike years passed where you could almost always count on the obnoxious campers to be of highschool or college age, they are increasingly more often grown adults based on our observations this year. I’m shocked to see some grown adults acting like school children at the campsite we are currently at.
Despite never having run afoul of them personally, I used to think that many campgrounds had overly strict rules, often enforced by overzealous wardens - but I’m starting to understand the reasoning now.
Fortunately many campsites are now weeding these sorts of people out at the gates, or agressively enforcing rules to the point of evicting the troublemakers, but at the campsites where they let these sorts in simply to fill the sites and maximize their profits, I can’t say that its not ruining it for many others who aren’t visiting with the sole intention of getting smashed for 3 days straight.