Fun Camping Games and Activities

One of the best things about going camping is leaving everything else behind – especially computers, TV, and video games. Even the most die-hard technophile can enjoy “unplugging” for a few days. But aside from hiking or sight-seeing, what else is there to do for entertainment? Well, here are several camping games and activities to try.

Balloon Games

You might be surprised at how versatile and fun a cheap package of balloons can be. Have a contest to see who can keep their balloon in the air the longest, or bounce it from person to person and see how many times you can hit the balloon before it touches the ground. Another idea is to write activities on strips of paper, fold them up inside the balloon, and then blow up the balloon. Each person chooses a balloon, pops it, and acts out the activity written on the paper.

Share a Skill

Not too long ago, popular hobbies were crafts like knitting and woodcarving. If someone in your family or camping group has a skill they can teach others, bring some extra supplies and ask them to share their skill. Easy and portable activities like juggling or plastic laces are perfect ways to be creative and try something new. Or bring some guide books for bird watching or wildflowers and learn about species indigenous to the area.

Treasure Hunters

Before you leave on your trip, print out free topographic maps of areas near your campground. Hide small “treasures” for campers to find with the maps, and write clues on the back of the maps to help them find the treasures. Another fun treasure hunt is to bring plastic Easter eggs filled with little treats and hide them around the campsite for children to find. Make the hiding places more challenging for older kids!

Improv Games

A fun improv game variety is Tap Out: fill a hat with scraps of paper with different scene suggestions. Two players can act out a scene, and when another player wants to step in, they “tap” one of the players and take their place in the scene, starting a new scene. Another great improv game is the What Happens Next game: one person sits in the center of the group. The person in the middle can only act out what the rest of the group suggests, but the actions must create a complete story.

Story Tellers

Instead of ghost stories, try something more challenging. While sitting around a campfire, have each person tell one sentence of a scary or adventure story. Try to keep the interest and excitement going as long as possible! Other story ideas are to take a very famous movie or novel and re-tell the ending – the sillier or more impossible, the better. Another favorite idea is called Behind The Music – someone tells a short story, and then another person sings a made-up song based on that story. This can be even more entertaining if someone brings along a guitar and accompanies the singer.

No matter what you do on your next camping trip, try something new. You just might discover a hidden talent or acquire some useful – and entertaining – new skills.