Moment #27: Early campers learned the meaning of "roughing it" . . .

Posted: July 13, 2011

In 1885, some of the first campers "slept on top of rubber ponchos to protect themselves against the damp and somewhat stony soil" and "slept side by side in tents of twelve by fourteen feet." Over the decades, sleeping quarters evolved — from sleeping on wooden boards to later sleeping on canvas double decker beds, beginning in 1911.

Information from Leslie Paris' Children's Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp, pp.165–166.