Camping is fun, but getting to play some fun family camping games – well, that will make it WAY better! I love being able to genuinely reconnect with my family (away from the phones, chores, etc) through some simple camping games that will get the whole crew laughing and moving around!
Each game I list will MOSTLY be modifiable for different age groups, however I’ll make sure to list the games that are mostly for older kids at the bottom. I’m lucky that I have 3 young ones of my own, but have camped plenty with their much older cousins – even teens can have fun camping!
I will also include a section for night time camping games (lots of glowsticks, folks!)
Here are the fun camping games we’ll cover!
- Sling some rockets!
- Obstacle Course (camp style!)
- Duck Duck Goose (Deer Deer BEAR!)
- Campground Scavenger Hunt
- Ring Toss
- Marshmallow Shootout
- The Alphabet Game (for the Outdoors!)
- Pass the Water
- Squirt Gun Shootout
- Camping Charades
- Story Stones
- Sing camping songs (if you have little kids!)
- Tic Tac Toe (but way cooler than what you’re thinking!)
- Simon Says
- Would You Rather
- Spoons (Rocks, Pinecones or Marshmallows)
- Camp Mad Libs!
- “Roll a S’more”
- Spot it!
- Kids Against Maturity (for the older kids!)
- Blacklight Jenga (don’t worry, it comes with the lights!)
- Glow in the dark ring toss!
- Light up frisbee
- Light Up Hula Hooping!
- Story telling with these mini projectors (with tons of different options!)
- Play glowing cornhole
- Glow Hot Potato
- Glow tape to make your own camping night time game!
Active Camp Games
These are for the kind of games that will burn off some energy or for physical kids (like my own) that aren’t a big fan of sitting down and playing traditional board or card based camp games.
Sling some rockets!
These are THE BOMB! My mother in law gave my four year old a set and it is one of our favorite outdoor toys. Even better, these have a switch that will make them glow at night!
They go super far, look cool, and are a pretty good way to wear the kids out by having them trying to chase and catch them before they land!
Obstacle Course (camp style!)
What better way to enjoy everything about camp than making a fun obstacle course based off of whatever you have around you?
Depending on the age of your kids, you can make this as challenging or fun as you like!
Try getting some sticks to set up jumps, rocks to make circles to land in, and maybe even a little mud puddle for a big final jump! I like doing obstacle courses with cool trees in the area to make this even more unique!
Duck Duck Goose (Deer Deer BEAR!)
Make this favorite kids game a little more “campy” by switching out the words from duck duck goose to deer deer BEAR! Kids will love to play this familiar classic while camping!
I know my kid needs no excuse to act like a bear!
I also love that this game can be played with an unlimited amount of people, so it’s a game that even bigger groups can play!
Campground Scavenger Hunt
I looooove going on a campground scavenger hunt the first day we arrive so that we all become a little more familiar with where we’re staying, and where everything is! Besides that, it’s just a good excuse to get up and explore around!
I love using a more picture focused version (my kids can’t read yet!) so I tend to use my Camping BINGO cards as a scavenger hunt (just mark off what you find and use it as BINGO if you want!)
It’s kind of a staple of most parties (atleast in Virginia and Wyoming) and you’ll be glad to know it’s just as fun camping! Don’t worry though, you don’t have to lug your massive wooden boards everywhere you go!
There are some cornhole sets that fold up small and are perfect to bring camping (like the one below!)
While we’re talking fun family outdoor games (that have camp versions that pack easy) we can’t forget ring toss! Whether you DIY your ring toss game or choose to buy a compact set like the one below, it’s an easily modifiable game for all ages!
If you giggled at that name just know that you and I share the same sense of humor (sorry, I’m a child sometimes!) Anyways, this game is one that the kids will especially love as it comes in two different themes – unicorns or a monster!
I hadn’t heard of this game before, so after reading about it, it seems you throw floor darts (flarts) onto the tarp to try and hit certain points. I mostly love that it’s so small (being that the gameboard is a tarp) that you could even take it in your next hike with the kids for a fun filled break!
Even the flarts themselves are inflatable so don’t take up much space!
If you want to become as equally obsessed as your kids with a game, then try out Kendama. You might not remember the name, but you probably recognize the thing when you see it!
Kids (and adults!) will spend hours seeing who can get the ball successfully on each target (there’s two shallow cups + a point on top to try and land the wooden ball on). I also love that it’s small so would be great to take on a hike or backcountry camp!
Ever practice shooting cans when you were a kid? Let’s campify that by shooting marshmallows at plastic cups (or whatever else you have that’s non glass)
DIY your own Marshmallow shooters with some PVC pipe here or you can even buy them premade like the one below!
The Alphabet Game (for the Outdoors!)
This can be pretty challenging, but you just might have to get creative with it when trying to find something around camp that starts with each letter. I like this for those bored moments – hand them a list, or just yell “A!” and see who can find something that start with the letter “A” first!
Pass the Water
Perfect for a hot day, this game uses a couple cups and some water for a fun challenge!
Each person gets a cup and gets in line – the first person in line gets their cup filled with water, then they try to pour it behind them for the next person to catch it with their cup!
Make sure to use bigger cups for younger kids so it’s easier to catch!
Squirt Gun Shootout
While I already recommend bringing ALL the waterguns/cannons that you can (especially if you’ll be camping near water!) I definitely recommend some focused squirt gun shooting!
Relaxed Camp Games (think around the campfire or at a table)
These are good games to help unwind and relax while still having fun at camp! Still expect plenty of laughs and smiles from these =)
This is a fun camp game that can be enjoyed by almost all ages! Have everyone write down some fun camp themed actions or objects on slips of paper, then put them all in a cup and take turns picking one and acting it out!
Not sure why everyone has forgotten about this game, but it is super fun for those over three and can get pretty competetive! What better way to pass time at camp than challenge eachother and see who comes out with the most marbles by the end of the camp trip!
I have sooooo many fond memories of playing this in school – I’m excited to show it to my kids!
Here is a video if you forgot how it goes (I know I did!) and a great set of starters marbles with a couple of shooters.
Campfire stories will always be fun, but this is even more fun because you have to tell a story based on your stones!
Either draw camp themed images on your stones or modge podge said images to them (tutorial coming soon!) then store them all in a bag, then play one of two ways.
Start a story, then each person takes a turn pulling a stone from the bag. The person must continue the story using the stone they pulled.
The second way to play is each person takes 3-5 stones from the bag (depending on how many you have) and take turns telling a story based upon which story stones you got.
Set up some cups and choose different lines to stand at to try and shoot them down!
Sing camping songs (if you have little kids!)
Kids LOVE songs (I recently sang shoo fly don’t bother me to mine and now they are all obsessed… such a simple song!) so they’ll enjoy the “camp versions” of popular nursery rhymes they probably already know!
Here are over 27 kids camping songs (including repeat after mes) as well as some originals! (Yes, you can print some of them out for free!)
Tic Tac Toe (but way cooler than what you’re thinking!)
While you can always create tic tac toe from pretty much anything around you (which is definitely cool) why not get something that is multi functional! I found this multi use (tic tac toe, MEGA tic tac toe, checkers) picnic blanket /rug thing and it seems just about perfect for throwing out on the ground and playing while at camp!
I absolutely loved this game as a child, and it really has no age limit! See who listens the best at camp (hint: might not be the best for preschool age and younger… LOL!) to what Simon Says!
Would You Rather
This game can be as deep or silly as you like! Obviously, if you’re playing this with kids then they should be silly, but I’ve gotten into some pretty deep adult conversations in regards to the reasoning behind each choice!
Whether it’s to break up a rainy day or to play around camp, take turns asking eachother “Would You Rather” scenarios!
Spoons (Rocks, Pinecones or Marshmallows)
I really like making a big deal out of each camp trip, so to campify this game we use something from around our campsite instead of a spoon! Warning – if you use marshmallows while playing with kids, they might mysteriously start to dissapear! =P
Here’s a quick recap on how to play spoons. The goal is to get four of kind. you put one less pinecone in the middle than the amount of players, then deal each player 4 cards. The person closest to the deck draws one card, then discards the card of their choice to the player sitting on their left.
For more info check out this really good article on all the rules to play spoons!
Camp Mad Libs!
This is for the older kids (think 10+) but get ready to fall over laughing with this book of camping mad libs! I can’t wait to get this for my kids when they’re a little older – I LOVE to laugh!
“Roll a S’more”
We all know kids love s’mores, so why not a board game based on them? This game lets kids build a s’more piece by piece through rolling the dice! It’s perfect to practice number recognition and counting (and kids will love to win each piece!)
This kids favorite has a camp version, and since you guys know I’m all about trying to find fun games that pack small… this little can of fun is definitely on here!
This camp themed game fits easy in your pack and develops visual skills including form constancy perception, scanning and focus. It can also be used with up to eight players!
Kids Against Maturity (for the older kids!)
I’m sure you’ve heard about Cards Against Humanity – think the same laughable, sometimes obscene content kidified. What does that look like?
Alot of fart and doo doo jokes (gosh it felt weird even typing that!) This is perfect for the 10+ crowd!
But that also means ALOT of laughs and that’s well worth it! Heads up: There are some cards that are questionable (such as calling people fat) so you may want to remove those ahead of time and any others that don’t align with your family values!
Night time camping games
Campfires are fun, but if the kids are still awake (or the adults want to have some laughs) there are some cool options for both just sitting around the campfire or taking advantage of the dark for added fun!
It’s a given that you should load up on glowstick stuff at the Dollar Tree (mine has almost a whole aisle of awesome glow stick swag) this section will focus on things that are more than just glowsticks.
Here are some of my favorites!
Blacklight Jenga (don’t worry, it comes with the lights!)
What cooler thing is there besides a jenga that is big AND can glow cool colors?? The whole family will love building up this glowing tower!! Fair warning – it is heavy, and is definitely best for car camping!
Get a projector!
Pull up your comfiest camp chair (or inflatable couch, in this case) and watch your favorite movies to wind down at the end of the night! I know it’s not exactly a game, but it can be pretty relaxing to watch a movie under the starts while cuddled up under a warm blanket!
Glow in the dark ring toss!
You could just get glowstick rings, but why not make EVERYTHING glow and get light up cones too?! This makes everything way more exciting (and easier to see for little ones!)
Light up frisbee
If you want to keep active at camp after dark, then you’ll love this light up frisbee! It’s vibrant, long lasting, and fairly heavy duty!
Light Up Hula Hooping!
It’s not just for raves guys – everyone enjoys cool lit up stuff! Get your workout on as an adult or let the kids have fun with it!
Story telling with these mini projectors (with tons of different options!)
I got the dino one and it is an absolute hit with my kids! Use the tent or the side of the camper as a screen and have fun going through the multiple slides and telling stories!
(P.S. this whole set of projectors is really really cheap (but still alright for what you get!) If you want a higher quality projector that projects much farther, you might want to check out this higher quality handheld kids projector
Play glowing cornhole
If you absolutely love cornhole, put this ring around the hole of the board to keep it going all night long! While this DOES seem to only attatch to wooden boards, I wonder if some industrial strength velcro would hold it to your collapsible ones like I linked to earlier.
Glow Hot Potato
Hot potato is currently all my kids (and their cousins even!) favorite game! If you don’t remember how to play this childhood favorite, here’s a quick recap
You toss the ball around to eachother (either in a circle or just hitting it up and someone else getting it) and whoever drops it has to sit in the middle and become “hot potato soup”.
You could also just try and see how long you guys can keep it off the ground – each hit is 1, so every time someone hits the ball up without dropping or catching it the group earns one point. It’s pretty fun to see how long everyone can keep the ball up and going (I think we’ve gotten up to 34, and that’s saying alot when my teammates are my 10 year old niece. 62 year old father in law and four year old son!)
TIP: While not as flashy, you can get a glowing beachball like this for a a lote cheaper from the dollar tree. It has a spot to insert a glowstick, so it’s really easy to use over and over. Again, same idea, just not as glowy as what I am linking to below! I am just linking to this because it’s alot higher quality and not everyone has a Dollar Tree!
Glow tape to make your own camping night time game!
While I feel like I covered almost everything that glows, this tape will definitely seal the deal!
Wrap it on bean bags, buckets, frisbees, or anything else you want to make more fun at night!
It’s pretty bright and sticks well, so you might even use it as a safety thing to (like marking the steps on your camper or putting a couple pieces on the tent lines and stakes)
Make sure to give the tape 5 to 30 minutes to charge up!
What’s your favorite camping game (leave it in the comments, especially if it’s not here so I can add it in and help others!)
Camping presents tons of opportunities to reconnect – why not take it to the next level and bring along some games to really get the laughs and conversation going!
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