Tell us a little about when and why you started Camp Culture:
It all started with a trip to the beach. Car after car with fishing and “Salt Life” stickers decorated the road. Brian and I have always been big into the outdoors, and camping has been my favorite form of outdoor recreation. We thought, why aren’t there any camping lifestyle brands, like there are fishing, hunting, boating, etc? And, my entrepreneurial mind started churning, and the trip to the beach turned into a brainstorm session.
Where did your love for the outdoors come from?
I didn’t grow up in a family that was big into the outdoors. Camping consisted of the KOA in July, every 10 years. Brian, however, pretty much grew up outside. He had so fond memories of camping with his grandparents. When we were dating, he wouldn’t stop raving about it, even though I had my doubts. He convinced me that I had never experienced camping the right way, so he took me camping. The right way. And from then on, I was hooked. The simplicity. The quiet. The stars. Solving the world’s problems around a campfire. And I never looked back.
Can you share one of your favorite camping memories with us?
I have so many!!! One of our more recent trips, Brian and I snuck up to right outside of Brevard, NC, and left our daughter with the grandparents. It was the first camping trip without our little girl since she was born. We hiked all over creation! I love the beach, but the waterfalls, creeks, changing leaves, mountains- ah! It was just so stunningly beautiful, and no picture could ever do it justice. Plus, we got to check out some really cool local breweries, which is always on our to-do list. It was most definitely therapeutic.
What is your ultimate vision for Camp Culture?
Our initial vision for CCL was to bring together a community of camping enthusiasts. With camping, of course, comes hiking, climbing, vanlifing, and as we grow our community, we are introduced and fall in love with new ways to enjoy the outdoors. We want to be a brand that embodies all that is the therapy of getting away from it all. Our tees reflect that. Eventually, I want it to be as recognized a name/brand/lifestyle as Salt Life or Poler’s Camp Vibes. We want to be the company that resonates with our outdoor enthusiasts, and encourages people who have never been big outdoorsy people (like I once was) that it is so good for your soul.