10 Fun Outdoor Camping Games for Kids

Camping makes for a fun activity. It gives friends and family the chance to get away and enjoy nature.

While you are on a camping trip, there are several games you can play that will help you make the most of your outdoor surroundings. Here are a few that are sure to make your getaway as much fun as possible.

  • I have played these games with my family on camping trips.
  • These games are fun and entertaining.
  • These games are safe.

Table of Contents:

  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Sleeping Bag Races
  • Making Smores
  • Morse Code Messages
  • Flash Light Tag
  • Hiking Stick Limbo
  • Glow in the Dark Ring Toss
  • Ghost Stories
  • Camping Alphabet Game
  • Water Cup Relay

Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt can be even more fun when it is done in a unique, natural setting.

Before setting out on your hunt, print up a list of things that can be found in nature including certain insects, trees and plants that you are likely to find on your trip. Then, set out in teams to try to find these items. You can take pictures of the ones you can’t collect.

You can announce a winner based on who is able to collect the most items but the education you get will be its own reward.

Sleeping Bag Races

For this activity, each member of your crew will hop into their sleeping bags while standing up and try to make their way to the finish line. The winner is the one that gets there fastest.

If you are afraid your sleeping bag will become damaged while racing, a garbage bag makes a great substitute.

Making Smores

It’s not truly a camping trip if you don’t make smores.

Have some graham crackers and a piece of chocolate ready. Then toast marshmallows over the fire. Once the marshmallow has gotten nice and gooey, insert it into a graham cracker and marshmallow sandwich and enjoy.

Morse Code Messages

Morse code is a great way to communicate out in the wilderness.

Improve your group’s Morse code skills by sending one member of your crew out into the woods with a flashlight. The person will use the flashlight to send a Morse code message that the other members of your troop will try to decipher.

Flashlight Tag

This is a fun way to play tag after it gets dark.

The game is played just like any game of tag except the person designated as ‘It’ uses a flashlight to tag the other players. The game is played until all members are tagged and are out of the game. Then, another player can take over as ‘It’.

Hiking Stick Limbo

This game is played just like any other game of limbo except a hiking stick is used as the limbo stick. The hiking stick can be a tree branch, or any other similar type of item found in the woods.

Players try to shimmy under the stick without touching it as it gets lower and lower. If they touch the stick or fall while trying to get under it, they are out of the game. The last man standing wins.

Don’t forget to play some cool tunes while playing!

Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

This is another great nighttime game.

To play the game, you must hammer some type of stake or sticks into the ground. Players toss glow in the dark bracelets or necklaces in an attempt to try to get them around the sticks. It’s a great way to improve aim and have fun while doing it.

Ghost Stories

Telling ghost stories is another activity that no camping trip would be complete without.

You can make your ghost story experience even more fun by starting your story on a piece of paper. Then work you way around as each player adds their own sentences to the story. There is no doubt that the end result will be hysterically funny.

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Kids play on the shore during a family camping trip

Camping Alphabet Game

This is another great way for campers to learn more about nature and the environment around them.

Players must go through the alphabet finding items that start with the different letters. For example, they can find acorn for A, butterfly for B, campfire for C and so on.

Water Cup Relay

This is a great game to play on a hot summer day.

All players stand in line one behind another. The first player has a full cup of water. All the other players have empty cups.

The first player attempts to pour their water in the second players cup behind their back without looking. The second player must do their best to try and collect the water.

The game continues as the water is transferred down the line. When the water gets to last person that person then moves to the front of the line and the game continues…of course, that’s only if there is any water left!

Camping trips are fun adventures and the right activities can make them even more enjoyable. Which of these will you be introducing to your group?

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