Camping on the rise in the U.S.
Americans in search of recreation, relaxation and quality time with family and friends are returning to the outdoors in increasing numbers, according to the Outdoor Foundation's 2010 Special Report on Camping.
The report reveals that 44 million people participated in camping in 2009, nearly one million more participants than in the previous high of 1996.
"In today's economy, people are returning to simpler lifestyles - the 'less-is-more' ethic," said Christine Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. "Reservations for campsites and sales for camping gear are up. Camping provides fun, affordable opportunities for families to enjoy time together as evidenced by the fact that households with children are approximately 50 percent more likely to participate in camping than households without children."
Some of the popular crossover outdoor activities campers are participating in include fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting.
The 2010 Special Report on Camping is based on extended analysis of unreleased data collected for the Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, produced annually by The Outdoor Foundation. The report surveys more than 40,000 Americans ages six and older to examine participation in sports and outdoor activities.