13 Fun Camping Activities for Families

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Camping is hands down one of the best summer family activities. However, with that being said, you might want additional activities to do at the campsite. After all, kids get bored relatively quickly.

Therefore, today we will look at some of the best fun camping activities for families. These activities are great for kids, and adults can get involved too.

Fun Camping Activities for Families

1. Flashlight Tag

An old but good campsite activity is flashlight tag, which is somewhat similar to regular tag, but it involves flashlights instead of physical touch.

This is a game that is played after sunset. The person who is “it” will use their flashlight and try to tag others with their light.

There are two sets of rules that can be used. First, if a person is tagged with the light, they are out. Alternatively, the person who is tagged could then become “it.”

2. Team Scavenger Hunts

A campground in the middle of the woods is the perfect place for a scavenger hunt. If you are camping with your family or other families, split up into teams. One person can hide various items and clues in different places around the forest.

Children and parents must then follow a series of clues to get to some endpoint. The more complicated the clues are, the longer the scavenger hunt will take. Alternatively, you can create a list of things commonly found in a forest that the players have to collect. The first team with all items collected, or the most items at the end of the period, is the team that wins.

Have some sort of prize that will incentivize the kids. Nobody wants to go on a scavenger hunt that doesn’t have a prize at the end.

3. Campfire Building Contest

Campfire building is an activity you can turn into a contest. Now, this is something that you will have to do over several days.

Each night, one person will take a turn building the campfire. The objective is to build the best campfire. You could grade the campfires on various criteria, such as how long it burns or how big the flames are.

This activity requires a lot of supervision, but it can be fun. After all, camping is not complete without having a campfire every night.

4. Making Spider Dogs

You can get creative when roasting hot dogs over the fire. First, cut lengthwise into the hot dogs; make two cuts from each side, so it looks like there are four legs on both sides of the hotdog.

Just be sure to not cut down to the middle, or else you will cut the hot dogs apart. Then, those “legs” will tighten up and spread apart when the hot dogs are roasted. The result is a hot dog that looks like a spider.

5. Making S’mores

No good camping trip would be complete without s’mores. So get some graham crackers, chocolate squares, and marshmallows ready!

Roast the marshmallows over the campfire and then add them to the graham crackers and chocolate squares to make one of the best dessert sandwiches ever.

6. A Game of Limbo

Limbo is fun to play, no matter where you are. If you’ve got nothing else better to do at the campsite, set up a limbo stick.

You need two people to hold the stick and another person to walk under it without touching it. Nevertheless, it can be a fun activity that tests everybody’s flexibility and determination. The convenient thing here is that all you need is a single stick, which shouldn’t be too hard to find in the woods.

7. Egg Spoon Relay

One of the best family camping activities is an egg spoon relay. Set aside a space to run back and forth and make two finish lines.

Create teams of two people; this could also be done with groups of four. The teams will be divided so that half the team stands on one side and half on the other.

Put the eggs in the spoon’s bowl, the spoon’s handle goes in the mouth, and off goes the person. The aim is to get the egg and the spoon to the other finish line without dropping them.

Players must then pass the egg from one person to the other, running back in the other direction. The winner is the first team to finish the relay without dropping the egg. Touching the spoon or the egg with your hands is prohibited.

Fun Camping Activities for Families

8. Water Relays

One of the best camp activities that kids love is the water relay. There are a few different ways to have a water relay. The first is to have multiple people standing single file in line. Each person has a cup or a bucket.

The person at the front of the line has a bucket full of water. That person will then pour the bucket behind them, over the back of their head.

The objective is for the person behind to catch as much water as possible in their cup or bucket. It’s fun to see if you can get to the end of the line while still having some water left.

Another way is to have teams run to a particular destination and dump a cup of water into a bucket.

The objective is to spill as little water as possible while running to the bucket. You want to fill up the bucket of water as quickly as possible. The first team to fill their bucket is the winner.

9. Sleeping Bag Races

Sleeping bag races can be fun for the whole family. First, make a starting line and a finish line. Then, everybody gets in their sleeping bag and hops to the finish.

The first person across the finish line is the winner. You could turn this into a sleeping bag relay race if you have a big family.

10. Water Games

If you are going camping, chances are that you are near a body of water, and there are many different water games you and the whole family can play.

You can play water tennis, water polo, have some kind of swimming relay race, or anything you can think of. So I will leave it at that and let you get creative here.

11. Marshmallow Stack

Kids love stacking marshmallows. This really only works if you have the big marshmallows. However, the objective is to stack as many on top of each other without causing the tower to topple.

It’s like a game of Jenga, but with a much tastier treat. As long as the surface is clean, the marshmallows can then be used to make s’mores.

12. Shadow Puppet Ghost Stories

I realize that I have combined two activities, as was the point. Being around the campfire always calls for ghost stories.

Moreover, a campfire or a flashlight can also provide an opportunity to make hand shadow puppets. Well, why not combine the two?

You will need to make hand puppets and tell a good story. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained before bedtime. Create your own ghost story, and then use the shadow puppets to emphasize it.

13. Various Camping Games

I want to keep this last point fairly open-ended because there are a lot to choose from. I am talking about campfire games, mainly those involving words. I have listed a few examples of good camping games to play.

  • Two truths and a lie is always a classic. A person will tell two truths and a lie. The others then have to determine which statements are true and which aren’t.
  • Simon Says it’s always a great game to play as well.
  • If you have a large family or many people around, the telephone game is always a go-to option.
  • If all else fails, a classic game of I Spy is always a good option.

Final Thoughts

You should now have a few camping activities for you and the whole family to keep busy. That said, my list is not even close to being exhaustive. So put your creativity to use and see what you can come up with.

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