I know of what I speak (or write) from several absolutely painful camping experiences that left me frustrated, angry and a bit ashamed for being so naive and stupid. The first of these came when I was young and single and a buddy of mine wanted to go camping with me and bring along a 2 of his childhood friends. Sounds great, sure, no problem. Within the first 24 hours in camp it became abundantly apparent that one friend had a horrific drug addiction and the other enjoyed exceeding the daily catch limit for trout by, oh let's say, 20 or 25 fish. I swore I would never again go camping with anyone that I did not personally know for at least 10 years.
We had a nice, newly married young couple move in two houses away from our home. While they had vastly different backgrounds from our own, my wife and I thought they were pleasant and normal people. About 12 years down the road the husband stated that he dearly wanted to take his 2 children camping but knew nothing about it and inquired about tagging along on a weekend camping trip. I agreed and off we went - setting up camp on Friday evening went great.
Then came "Black Saturday".
The scream fest began early around 7 AM when the wife got up to go to the bathroom and in the process awoke her husband. Sticking only to the highlights it included about 13 straight hours of insults, accusations of infidelity, graphic tales of inadequacies in the bedroom and worse - all in front of an 8 and 10 year old. The next morning at 9 AM I announced I was having terrible Angina pains and had forgotten my Nitroglycerin pills and had to quickly pack up and get home. I would gladly die than to ever have an experience of this type again.....
The moral of these incidents is that you can never be too careful in selecting camping companions, and in my personal opinion the smaller the camping party the better. If feeling the need to socialize attend a 3 hour baseball or football game, go bowling, have a picnic or backyard barbecue but don't sign on for a days long outdoor adventure with no escape route to sanity.