Doesn't really compute. I love going camping and lying with my back to the surface of the planet with only a fraction of a mm of nylon between me and the stars (atmosphere doesn't count cos you can't see it
man up and go camping. Also get a good tent and sleeping bag else you'll suffer needlessly! I highly recommend a goose down sleeping back. I have a terra nova tent but north face is good, avoid cheapie asda/argos tents. As for stove, avoid the ones with the built in lighter - they're a gimmick!
any camping gear questions let me know - i love camping and have the full gear
I hate camping too - it always rains and we spend the whole week miserable and soggy.
Perhaps try and persuade your friends to do something else. If they were planning on camping in the middle of some forest, try and persuade them to do to a good camping site with decent facilities - living without a shower or proper toilet for several days is unbearable.
How about agreeing to camp but finding a more luxurious site, with proper toilets, hot showers etc? Get a good make of tent and for keeping warm at night i recommend getting a fleecy sleeping bag liner and using that as a sleeping bag then opening your sleeping bag out and using it as a duvet. And have the same number of layers beneath you as you do on top, if not more below.