Fun Games and Activities to Do While Camping
It can be difficult to keep kids of different ages occupied while camping. The following is a list of games and activities that can be easily adapted to suit all ages.
Scavenger Hunts are fun and can be easily adapted to suit the age of the people playing. When playing with younger people the list can be made with pictures or using the letters of the alphabet to incorporate some learning into the game. Lists can be made easily or found on websites such as Pinterest.
The campfire is a staple when camping. It is a great way to connect without technology. There are several games that can be played around a campfire. Some of these are: Singing songs, Shadow Puppets, roasting marshmallows, telling stories as well as wink murder, I spy or Simon Says.
Catch or Don’t Catch: Similar to Simon Says. All you need is a ball and a voice. One person throws the ball to another and calls either catch or don’t catch, if the person catches the ball when don’t catch is called or vice versa they are out.
Glow In The Dark Ring Toss: The same as regular ring toss using glow sticks to illuminate the sticks and two thinner glowsticks to make the ring. A water bottle with a glowstick inside makes a great catch stick.
Duck, Duck Goose: A simple game that is both fun and great for fitness.
An obstacle course: creating an obstacle course can be done with or without equipment. Some equipment that can be taken with you is Hula hoops, skipping ropes, stepping stones, tunnels. Some things that can be used instead of equipment are sticks, rocks, tents, ropes.
Cards: There are many card games to play when out camping. Some of these are Cards against humanity (for the adults). There are also many traditional card games, for example, Gin Rummy, Poker, Blackjack, Go fish, war, all of these are played with regular playing cards and the instructions can be easily found on the web. UNO, Phase 10, and Skip-Bo, these usually require specific card decks, luckily, they do not take up too much space.
Pass The Water: A simple game. All that you need are some cups and water. Player line up and pass the water over their head to the player behind them. The person who passes the water then runs to catch the water at the end of the line. The aim of the game is to see how far you can travel before the water runs out.
Have a Dance Off. Be as creative and imaginative as you possibly can.
Squirt Gun Races: Again a simple game with little equipment. Simply place cups on their side as a target and shoot water into the cups. The first to get all their targets to fall wins.
Limbo: If you don’t have a broomstick a simple branch can be used.
Air Pong: Place cups on a table and blow into them and the first team to get all their cups off wins
Sleeping Bag Races: The same as sack races only with sleeping bags.
Night Frisbee: Attach a glowstick to a frisbee for a new twist on an old favorite.
Cornhole: Using beanbags to throw into a target made with a hole in a board. A camping adaption could be to use a gap in some trees or make a target out of branches. Get some glow-in-the-dark ones for night games!
Amateur Astronomy: can be done with or without a telescope. We like to see what patterns and constellations can be found in the night sky.
Kubb: A lawn game, which is a cross between bowling, bocce, and horseshoes. It involves knocking down wooden blocks which is always a hit with the kids. The kits can be found on Amazon or in some camping or sports stores.