5 Camping Games to Bring the Family Together

Ahh, the family camping trip…time to revel in nature’s scenic wonders while creating vacation memories to last a lifetime! But before you pack up your marshmallows, detach from your gadgets, and plug into the satisfaction of a relaxing wilderness escape, check out these cool camping games. They’re a great way to keep every family member engaged and entertained while creating stronger bonds, too!

Group Story

Gather around the glowing campfire, listen to the wood crackle, and share in the fun of creative storytelling. Begin your tale with a single line and let the next person add one. Moving around the circle, build your wild and imaginative tale. You can even make a video recording to take the story home with you.

 Tip: This game works best when the sentences are stopped at mid-point.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is one of the best ways to get kids to pay attention to their surroundings, and can be made to last as long as you like. Just add to the list! Ideas for the list of treasures can include:

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  • Something fuzzy
  • a wild flower
  • something straight
  • something round
  • something square
  • something rough
  • a yellow leaf
  • a red leaf
  • something that makes noise
  • bark
  • a black rock
  • something brown
  • a twig
  • something you think is a treasure

Tip: Hand out disposable cameras and rather than gathering the items, have the kids take photos they can later add to a nature scrapbook.

cloud-gazingCloud Gazing

Cloud gazing isn’t just great activity for little ones, it’s a perfect time for adults to relax and take in the ever-changing scenery. Use your imagination while lying on a blanket under the “magic show of the sky”. Play “name the shapes”, or use the opportunity to teach children about the different types of clouds and weather.

Tip: Bring a pencil and paper to draw the cloud shapes for later research and learning.

Camping games are a family bonding activity you don’t have to leave behind in the wilderness. Bring the fun home with you to enjoy year round. Tell stories around the dinner table, or play flashlight tag in the yard. And for a safe 4th of July activity for little ones, try glow stick ring toss games instead of fireworks–they’ll love it!

hula-hoopGlow in the Dark Ring Toss

Use a single necklace glow stick or tape two or three bracelets together to make your ring size as big or little as you’d like. To make the stake visible under the night sky, tape or twist tie a glow stick to the target pole. This nighttime twist on a traditional game is sure to keep your kids entertained from dusk to dark.

 Tip: When finished with the game, assemble all of the glow sticks to form a hula hoop and continue the fun!

Flashlight Tag

Find a low lit and safe area for kids to run around. Form a group of players and choose one person to be “It”. Give this person a flashlight. After counting down, the person with the flashlight should start looking for the other players and tag them with the light beam while calling out their name. That tagged person will in turn, become “it”.

Tip: Wear dark clothing and paint your faces to blend in with the night shadows.

Camping games are a family bonding activity you don’t have to leave behind in the wilderness. Bring the fun home with you to enjoy year round. Tell stories around the dinner table, or play flashlight tag in the yard. And for a safe 4th of July activity for little ones, try glow stick ring toss games instead of fireworks–they’ll love it!

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