Quite frankly, the current crop of Nikons are an embarrassment to the brand. Nikon built its reputation on solid professional-grade camera that could take a lot of abuse. But now most of their products are consumer-grade cameras that are no better than their competition.
How much are you willing to spend? In the sub-500 dollar range, you won't find much in the way of cameras that will stand up to abuse. But I bought a Fujifilm X10 about a year that is the toughest camera I've seen in a long time. Price has come down to about 500 bucks. I'm so happy with this camera that I posted a recommendation here last month. You can read my post at the link below.
The thing I like about the X10 is it eliminates the lens motor. Zoom is manual and also serves as the on-off switch. That gets rid of the most troublesome part of pocket digital cameras.