How Do I Create A Campground?
Are you wondering, "How do I create a campground?" When you are trying to establish a long-term base camp in the wilderness for the first time, it is natural to ask yourself this deceptively simple question. This is because most responsible campers and outdoor enthusiasts practice the "leave no trace" principle of camping, but there are some situations in which it is necessary to create a campground from scratch. Here is what you need to know about creating a campground.
Choose your location. The most important part of creating a campground is learning how to easily spot an ideal area in which to make camp. The ideal location to create a campground consists of flat terrain with plenty of trees for wind protection and grass or leaf litter to provide cushioning under your tent during the night. Camping near rivers and lakes can provide a cool breeze during the night, while higher elevations located away from water are warmer during the winter.
- Clear the campground. Once you've found the perfect spot to create a campground, starting clearing the area. Remove any saplings and bushes that are inconvenient, but try to limit the amount of impact that your campsite's presence will have on the local environment. Keep an eye out for large roots and rocks so that you can avoid or make use of them as needed.
- Designate areas for different purposes. Now that your campground is cleared, it is time to split up the camp into different areas. Most long-term campgrounds will need a kitchen with space for eating, sleeping quarters, a fire ring, a latrine and wood-chopping area. Latrines should be located at least 50 yards from the campground, and the chopping area should be roped off for safety reasons.
- Set up permanent and temporary structures. The final step to creating a campground is erecting all of the structures that you will need for a long-term campsite. The kitchen and eating area can be set up by using a high-quality tarp tied securely to three or four sturdy trees. The fire circle should be left near the center of the camp with an adjacent area for chopping wood that has been completely roped off. If your campground is located on any type of slope, make sure that everyone's tents are erected so that all occupants will have their toes pointing downward as they sleep.