Not everybody has to take their kids camping: some folks get plenty of time experiencing the roofless world and some folks live in a campground (or better) setting. And camping isn't the only way to roll a kid in dirt and water. No one knows what my sons will do when they get older. Maybe they'll hate camping. At this point though I figure they need the experience so they are not afraid of things they should not be afraid of: dirt, water, plants and animals. And then later on, without the influence of any undue fear, they can make their own choices and go on.
Plus, despite the work that goes along with it, it's pretty fun.
Too lazy to put the pics in order. That fourth one down is a new favorite: you can see grasping fingers, various muscle definition, bent knees... a kid intent on pulling big rocks from a river. It's important to him to pick up that rock. You can see it there.