Camping evolves from families to family reunions |

Camping evolves from families to family reunions

Susan Wood

It seems to take a village to have fun camping these days.

From Nevada Beach to Camp Richardson Resort, the trend is camping with large groups.

“We’re getting more families and more groups,” said Steve Weiss, South Lake Tahoe Parks Superintendent.

He pointed to the popularity of recreational vehicles as driving the trend. That’s why parks personnel installed additional electric and sewer hookups a few years ago at the city-run Campground by the Lake, which sold out this weekend.

Judy Collins of Carson City welcomed her clan of 16 at the Highway 50 campground across from Lake Tahoe with the idea of having the family’s once-a-year gathering. The relatives set up three awnings to establish a living room, dining room and kitchen and laid out rugs.

“Generally, my husband (Hank) and I don’t usually camp this way (by ourselves). We only put up this elaborate setting when it’s a group,” she said.

They’re not alone.

The horseshoes and challenges were already flying Thursday afternoon at Nevada Beach Campground. Three sites were taken up by friends and families from Reno, who have turned the patriotic holiday into a family tradition. More people adds up to more accessories.

“We bring a lot more stuff now,” Jessica Prichard said, comparing the style of camping to the outings she remembers as a child with her parents.

Members of five families e-mail each other to review what to bring.

When they’re not resting, these campers care about playing hard – with enough games and sporting equipment to run a resort of their own. There are bicycles, cards and dice.

Across the way, some campers brought boats, stacks of wood and even trailers to carry their goods.

“There are more things to do (with more people),” said Alesha Kinterknecht, who was camping with 20 other relatives.

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