Formation of the Camping and Caravanning Club
After the publication of his book, Holding then created the first official camping club – the Association of Cycle Campers. This would eventually transform into the Camping and Caravanning Club. The association also created their first official campsite in Weybridge which would set a trend and prompt the creation of official campsites throughout the UK where campers could come together and enjoy the outdoors.
The Camping and Caravanning Club remains one of the most popular camping organizations in the UK. It currently has over 500,000 members, and there are 1600+ certified campsites.
Post-WW1 Revival and Development
Although camping was thriving, its popularity and general camping activity took a dive due to the outbreak of the First World War. During this period, little was done as efforts were concentrated on supporting the war effort.
However, after the First World War ended, interest in camping was revived. Also, the National Camping Club was formed, and it’s president was the legendary Sir Robert Baden-Powell who also founded the Scouts. From here, camping flourished and it became a leisurely activity that families would embark on.