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Fun Games to Play While Camping


During the summer and in early fall, camping can be a fun activity for your family or friends. It's a great way to come together and bond. Kids and adults can both get to enjoy the outdoors with minimal to no screen time. And with the camping games listed below, you'll surely have a great time!

This post concludes fun camping games for different people, including:

- Camping games for family and kids

- Camping Games for adults

- Camping games for couples

Read on to find out more. 

Camping Games for family and kids

1. The Alphabet Game

Camping with your kids has never been more exciting! The alphabet game is perfect for your entire family. You can play it with your kids at the campsite while hiking or taking a walk. Kids can have lots of fun while finding, writing, or pointing out signs or objects that start with the alphabet, ranging from A – Z. 

It's a simple and exciting game. The winner is the first person to get to Z!

The Alphabet Game

2. Camping Olympics

This camping game is a great way for your whole family to have fun! Camping Olympics involves different games such as swimming competitions, relay races, finding the longest sticks, and puzzles. One good thing about this camping game is that you can organize the competitions based on athletic skills and age level. So, all you need to do is change up the competitions, and even adults will have a blast!

3. Telling Stories

Storytelling does not require any pre-planning ideas and is excellent for any age. It is a wonderful idea for a camping game. Your children, parents, and grandparents can all come together and enjoy this camping game. Have your family out in the evening, and take turns telling a story.

It could be true, made up, scary, or funny; whatever your little ones come up with will be exciting. Kids enjoy listening to older people tell a story. You can also spice things up by voting the favorite.

Telling Stories

4. Camping Charades

Kids below the age of five may not understand this game, but it is exciting and great for family camping. The game is easy, and you don't need too much equipment to play it. Once you get slips of paper and write down what everyone needs to act out, you can now put them in a cup or bowl and start your game.

Make sure you plan before going to camp with your family. Once you have the game ready, it's a fun time!

Camping Charades

5. Camping Tic Tac Toe

Incorporate all the natural elements you may discover on a stroll in nature. You can set up the game using a solid, flat top of a tree trunk. Create a grid using four short sticks. For your markers, you can use rocks, small pinecones, or acorns.

Camping Tic Tac Toe

6. Catch or Don't Catch

This exciting game does not require much equipment. You only need a ball to play it. If you're looking for a way to tear your teenage boys and girls away from their devices, this is it! The game requires everyone to stand in a circle except for the player with the ball who stands in the middle.

The player with the ball moves around the circle throwing the ball and saying “catch” or “don't catch.” Any player who fails to catch the ball when told to, or who catches it when told not to, will be out of the game.

Catch or Don't Catch

7. Knot Tying

A knot-tying challenge can be exciting and fun. Each participant should be able to tie and untie a knot. One person is the timer as kids race to see who will tie the best knot. You can switch things up by setting them up in obstacle course format, with many stations for tying knots on objects. The winner gets first dibs on s'mores.

Knot Tying

8. Duck, Duck, Goose

This easy-to-play classic game can help you spend some downtime in camp. Maybe your parents are still setting up tents, or the kids are waiting for dinner to be served. Don't worry if you have never played the game. The rules are quite easy, and you'll get the hang of it before you know it!

 Duck, Duck, Goose

9. Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Toss

I love this version of ring toss because it is fun for both children and adults. Purchase cheap glow-in-the-dark rings and sticks from any discount store near you. You can easily play this game once the sunsets. You'll have lots of fun finding out who can do the best.

Glow-in-the-Dark Ring Toss

10. I Spy

When you're hiking and deciding to take a break, I Spy can be a great game to play during this downtime. It's also perfect for lunchtime. The game is simple; each kid says the phrase "I spy with my little eyes (clue)." The clue is on objects they can see around them. Anyone who guesses the object correctly wins the game.

11. Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn't love an adventure? A scavenger hunt is an amazing way to make your nature hike more fun!  You have to plan ahead of time and create a list of the things campers will find while hiking. Advise campers to check off found items from their lists instead of picking them up.

An adult should verify the finds. The first camper to find every item gets a reward.

 Scavenger Hunt

12. Sleeping Bag Relay

The only difference between this game and potato sack races is that you use sleeping bags. Gather all those sleeping bags you don't use anymore and have the kids hop to the finish line. Don't forget to reward the winner.

13. Obstacle Course

An obstacle course is a great game that helps kids to burn excess energy. The game can be changed up depending on what you brought to camp. However, it may include these activities:

- Run to the nearest bathroom and back

- Hop from one foot to the other

- Jump over a set of objects

- Do 20 jumping jacks

14. Freeze Tag

One of the players is "it," and they chase others around. Immediately "it" touches a player, the player becomes "frozen" in a place.  He or she stays frozen until tagged by other players (as long as they tag them before getting caught). The last player standing is the winner, and he becomes "it."

15. Park Ranger

You'll need a large space to play this game. One player is the park ranger. Each player picks an animal they want to be and keeps it to themselves. The park ranger mentions a characteristic that the animal may have, and any player whose animal does not have the mentioned feature must run around the area and get tagged.

Fun Games to Play While Camping for Adults

1. Charades

Players need to act out a word for the rest of the group to guess and figure out. The catch here is that the player cannot speak a word the whole time. The first person who figures it out will get one point. 

2. Would You Rather

The whole point is to debate two hypothetical options and select the one you would rather go with. The question can be asked from the whole group. Here is a list of questions for you to start with.

3.Truth or Dare

Each person in the group gets a choice, truth or dare. If it's 'truth', they have to answer one question honestly. If it's 'dare', they have to do one task that is requested of them by the group. 

4. Never Have I Ever

Here you will need pennies or any item that you can distribute 10 of to each player. You start with 10 pennies, and then one player will ask a question starting with “Never have I ever…”. Every person that has done that will give a penny to the questioner. The person with the most pennies wins. Here are some samples.

5. Two Truths and a Lie

You can play this in groups of threes. Basically, one player will say three things about themselves, one of which is a lie. If the rest of the members guess the lie then they win a point. 

6. Voting Game

Here you vote for the people in the group who are most likely to fit into the question being asked. For example, “who is most likely to mess up a date?”. For a drinking game, the person with the most votes at the end of 3 rounds, needs to drink. Here are some question ideas.

7. Sevens

This is a drinking game. You will have to form a circle and start counting. Every player will say one number starting from 1. At every 7th number, the player needs to skip it and move on to the next number (4, 5, 6, 8, 9… 12, 13, 15...). If you say the number then you need to drink and the round restarts.

8. Kiss, Marry, Kill

You have to select three celebrities (you can also choose people you know if you want to be adventurous) and each person in the group will choose which of them they would kiss, marry, or kill. There is a timer of 20 seconds. If you don't answer, you drink.

9. Wink Murderer

A "killer" and a "detective" from the group are drawn using lots. Only the detective's identity is revealed. The killer's job is to secretly wink at each player, meaning he/she killed them. The detective has to identify the killer before everyone is killed. 

10. Capture the Flag

Ideally, there will be two teams on either side of a designated area, each with its own flag (or any marker) and “territory”. Each side needs to steal the item and bring it back to their own side. 

Fun Games to Play While Camping for Couples 

1. 20 Questions

Here each partner will pick an object for the other to guess. They will have 20 questions to try and guess what the object is. The partner can only answer using "yes" or "no".

2. Drunk or Child

Each person will tell wild stories that happened to them in their past. The partner has to figure out if they were drunk or still a child when these stories happened. 

3. Scavenger Hunt

This is something you need to prepare beforehand. Each partner will take some time to set up the hunt for the other with the clues made beforehand. Once set up, both of you can do this at the same time, and see who finishes first.

4. Romantic Scrabble

You will need to bring a portable scrabble board with you. The rules are the same as normal scrabble but you can only use words that have some relation to ‘romance'. 

5. Would you Rather

Rather than when played as a group, would you rather is more intimate as a couple as each partner will learn more about each other. Here are some 'couple questions'.

6. Truth or Dare

Again, playing this game as a couple is a lot more intimate. Here are a few questions for couples.

7. Listen and Draw

One partner will talk about a scene or image in their head. The other partner will need to draw out what he/she is hearing. In the end, you can compare if the drawing matches the image they were thinking of.

8. Board Games

You may need to buy some games if you don't have any, but playing board games between the two of you is a bonding experience. 

9. Star Mapping

You will need to purchase a star map beforehand and camp in a spot where you can see the stars at night. You can then take turns trying to spot stars and constellations in the sky.

10. 36 Questions

You will need to prepare 36 questions beforehand or just look them up online. You can then take turns answering these questions about each other. It is awesome for bringing you'll closer as a couple. Here are some questions.


Camping trips allow you to make great memories of spending time with your family. Make your next vacation special with our 15 camping games for kids and adults. With the games listed above, you're sure of memories that can last forever. Enjoy these games, and happy camping!


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