Camping! For centuries, explorers, pioneers, and adventurers lived under the open skies. They felt the sun on their backs and the wind in their faces. They smelled the drifting smoke of campfires, heard the sharp cries of eagles, and learned the ways of the woods. When storms broke overhead, they used their skills to stay dry and warm. When a morning dawned clear and brisk, they were sure there was no better way to live.
Lord Baden-Powell knew that too, and when he founded the Scouting movement in the early 1900s, he made camping a primary activity of every patrol and troop. He encouraged each Scout to master the art of living out-of-doors, for he believed a young man able to spend days and nights in the forest would have the confidence to meet other challenges life would present.