Camping - Growing closer to God and to each other

April 2015 - Cover Story
by Deena C. Bouknight

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April 2015 - Cover Story

As more techno-gadgets, apps, and social media sites flood our modern culture, an increasing number of Americans are taking to the woods. The popularity of one outdoor activity, camping, has been steadily increasing in recent years. Almost 4 million more people camped in 2014 than in 2008, according to a study by the research website Stratista. Enjoyed by experienced and newbie adventurers, camping invites even those who aren’t outdoorsy to appreciate the affordability, isolation, fellowship, and exercise it offers.

“While many people find the amenities that hotels provide more attractive than camping in the woods surrounded by mosquitoes and other wildlife, camping brings a facet of restfulness, refreshment, and rejuvenation that even the swankiest hotels cannot produce,” says Thomas Arthur, an air traffic controller in the Air National Guard.

Arthur grew up camping in woods by his home in Dunn, NC. Lately he’s been camping primarily at local sites (see sidebar) as a Trail Life scouting program leader. Not only is he sharing the joy of being outdoors with his own children, he has also invited boys involved in the Prosperity Project inner-city mentoring program to join him—boys who have never camped before.

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