Camping is a time to immerse ourselves in the beauty of nature, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of daily life. As we gather around the campfire, surrounded by the soothing sounds of the great outdoors, we create memories that last a lifetime.

Outdoor and Physical Activities

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are an all-time favorite camping activity, bringing fun and adventure to any family trip. Customizable for all ages, they promise hours of entertainment as participants seek out hidden treasures in the great outdoors.

To set up a captivating camping scavenger hunt, create a list of items or clues found in nature. Encourage kids to explore by including objects like pine cones, animal tracks, and unique rocks. For extra fun, add riddles or trivia about local flora and fauna.

These card games can help you get started.

Divide your group into teams, sparking friendly competition and collaboration. With the thrill of discovery and nature as your playground, scavenger hunts will quickly become a cherished camping tradition everyone looks forward to!

Capture The Flag

Capture the Flag is an exhilarating game that adds a dash of excitement to your family camping trip. It's all about strategy, speed, and teamwork, making it perfect for campers of all ages to bond and have a blast getting some exercise in the outdoors.

Capture The Flag

Hide and Seek

Nothing beats the thrill of vanishing into nature's embrace as you play a lively game of Hide and Seek during your family camping trip. Amidst the rustling leaves, shadows, and natural hideaways, this age-old game elevates the excitement and camaraderie among campers of all ages.

As evening descends and shadows grow, transform the classic game and play Flashlight Tag, adding an electrifying twist to the game with beams of light cutting through the darkness, amplifying the thrill of the chase!

Water Balloon Fights

Picture this: laughter echoes through the campsite as water balloons whiz through the air, splashing and drenching everyone involved. A water balloon fight can bring a refreshing burst of fun to your family camping trip, creating unforgettable moments of excitement and joy.

Water Balloon Fights

The best part? Water balloon fights are perfect for campers of all ages, encouraging teamwork and friendly competition. Whether you're seeking a break from hiking or looking to cool off after a day of exploring, a lively water balloon battle is sure to leave you with cherished memories and hilarious stories to share around the campfire.

Frisbee Golf and Ladder Golf

Why did the golfer trade his clubs for frisbee and a ladder at the campsite? Because he realized he'd finally found the "hole" in one and climbed the ladder to golfing greatness! 🤣🤣⛳

Ladder Golf

Ladder golf and Frisbee golf bring excitement to your camping adventure, allowing campers from 2 through 100, to demonstrate their abilities while engaging in some friendly rivalry.

If you want to try putting together your own ladder golf setup, watch this instructional video:

Educational and Nature-Based Camping Activities For Kids


Lying on a cozy blanket beneath a canopy of twinkling stars, sharing the wonders of the cosmos with your loved ones as the night sky comes alive. Stargazing can be a magical addition to your family camping trip, combining awe-inspiring views with an enchanting atmosphere. (Just don't forget the bug spray!)

With the help of phone apps designed to identify constellations, even the most novice stargazers can embark on a celestial journey, unraveling the enigmas of the night sky. As you spot Orion's Belt or follow the arc of the Big Dipper, the universe comes alive, sparking curiosity and fostering a sense of connection to the cosmos, all without needing expertise – technology has you covered as you learn and grow.

Here's a short video on beginner stargazing tips:

Survival Skills

Embrace the adventurous spirit of camping by introducing your kids to the fascinating world of survival skills. Learning the basics adds a thrilling element to your family camping trip and equips young explorers with essential knowledge that fosters self-confidence and respect for nature.


Teach kids how to gather kindling, stack logs, and safely start a fire. With supervision, they'll gain confidence and experience in handling fire while enjoying the warmth and coziness of the campfire.

Fun idea: Challenge them to see who can gather the most kindling in 2 minutes.


Tying knots is a valuable camping skill that can come in handy in a variety of situations. Whether you're setting up a tent, hanging a hammock, or securing a tarp, knowing how to tie knots correctly can make all the difference between a great time and regret. Simple knots like the bowline, square knot, and clove hitch are easy to learn and can be adapted for various camping needs.

Fun things: Try tying different knots, see who can tie the correct knot fastest, or test out who made the strongest knot.

SOS Sigal

Teaching your kids how to use a flashlight to make the SOS signal is a valuable skill that can translate to many aspects of life beyond camping activities.

Check out this very informative article on survival skills

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Rock Climbing and Tree Climbing

Embarking on adult-supervised rock or tree climbing adventures when camping, based on where you are camping, offers a unique opportunity for the kids to develop essential skills while embracing the thrill of the outdoors.

Climbing promotes problem-solving, perseverance, and self-confidence as climbers learn to navigate various routes and obstacles with determination and finesse. It's also great exercise and just a lot of fun for the whole family, especially older kids!

Nordic countries incorporate tree climbing and other outdoor activities into their education system because they recognize the many benefits that these experiences offer to children's physical, mental, and social development. This approach is part of a larger educational philosophy known as "friluftsliv," which translates to "free air life" or "outdoor living." Friluftsliv emphasizes the importance of connecting with nature, promoting environmental awareness, and cultivating a healthy lifestyle.

By incorporating tree climbing and other outdoor activities into their education system, Nordic countries aim to develop well-rounded individuals who are physically, mentally, and socially equipped to navigate the world while also nurturing a strong connection to nature and a commitment to environmental responsibility.

Even if this isn't part of your child's schooling, you can still choose to incorporate climbing into your camping experience or make it a favorite family activity.

All around the world, new educational models are adopting some level of risk-taking to develop well-rounded individuals.

What happens when you put toddlers in a forest to climb trees and use knives?

Social and Interactive Camping Games

Campfire Stories

Campfire stories are a beloved tradition for camping buddies, evoking a sense of wonder and mystery as families and friends gather around the flickering flames to share tales of adventure, bravery, and humor. Not only do these stories provide entertainment, but they also serve as valuable tools for fostering creativity and imagination in children.

Campfire Stories

As kids spend hours listening to the stories, they begin to visualize the characters and settings, and their own imaginations take flight. If you want to get spooky, you can share some spine-tingling evenings of scary (or silly) ghost stories. Few fun camping activities are as simple as this, easy for a large group, or versatile for both younger kids and older kids to enjoy.

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is the classic party game that has been delighting kids for generations. And let's face it, what is a better way to get to know your family members than through a round of silly truths or wacky dares? Whether you're camping with friends or family, this is one of the campfire games sure to bring a few laughs and spark some friendly competition. So, get ready to spin the bottle, choose your fate, and play the truth or dare camping edition!

Truth or Dare

Playing Charades

Charades - the classic game that never gets old. It's the perfect activity for family camping trips, where you can gather around the fire in some comfy camping chairs and act out your favorite movies, TV shows, and books. And let's be real; it's a game sure to bring out the silliness in everyone over the course of a few hours. To play charades, you've got to be quick on your feet, creative, and willing to make a fool of yourself. But that's what makes it so fun!


Campfire Songs

After playing charades turn your campfire songs into a game by creating a playlist of your favorite tunes and challenging everyone to guess the next song in line. You can even make it a competition by dividing into two teams and seeing who can guess the most songs correctly.

It's a great way to create a fun and interactive atmosphere while enjoying nature. So, grab your guitar or Bluetooth speaker, your family and friends, and sing campfire songs.

You can get started here with "A Camping We Will Go":

Camping Bingo

Camping bingo may not be one of the most traditional camping activities, but it is a great way to explore the outdoors and get the whole family involved. It's easy to set up, and the cards can be customized to fit your group's interests and abilities.

Camping Bingo

Plus, it's a game that's sure to keep everyone engaged and entertained, the older kids and the younger kids, whether you're camping in the mountains or by the beach. Just grab a picnic table out of the wind and play games!

Would You Rather

Check out our Would You Rather questions that you can use to spark fun conversations.

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Quiet Time and Relaxing Family Camping Games


Cards Against Humanity is a hilarious card game perfect for camping trips. It's one of the camping games you'll have to bring with you, but at least it takes less room in your suitcase than most board games would! However, the adult version may not be suitable for children. But fear not, there are several kid-friendly versions available that your children will find funny!

Kids Against Maturity

These PG versions feature age-appropriate toilet humor and funny innuendos that are sure to have older kids and adults alike in stitches. The game works by players filling in the blanks of a sentence with funny or outrageous responses from their hand of cards.


If you have a child who's interested in coloring, grab your supplies and head outside for a fun and colorful adventure. You can set up a designated coloring area at a picnic table or let your child's imagination run wild as they find inspiration in the natural surroundings. Either way, coloring in the outdoors is a great way to keep kids engaged and entertained while enjoying the beauty of nature and soaking up some of that natural Vitamin D. Few camping activities are as easy to transport for travel and help younger kids transition into quiet time than a cute coloring book.

Our free printable kids activity sheets can make for a fun camping activity too and there's plenty of coloring activity options included:

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Board Games

When it comes to camping board games, the options are endless. Plenty of games are easy to pack and play, making them ideal camping activities for kids. Whether you're a seasoned board game pro or just looking for fun around the campfire, there's a game for everyone to enjoy.

Board Games

Marshmallow Roasting

Prepare your marshmallows because no camping trip is complete without good old-fashioned roasting! Whether you prefer lightly toasted or charred to perfection, roasting marshmallows is the perfect way to enjoy a sweet treat under the stars.

Marshmallow Roasting

So, grab a stick, light up the campfire, and get ready for some gooey, delicious fun!

Test your skills by seeing who can roast their marshmallow the longest without setting it on fire.


There's nothing quite like roasting marshmallows over an open campfire and using them to create delicious s'mores. From the gooey, perfectly toasted marshmallow to the melty chocolate and crispy graham cracker, every bite is a taste of heaven. But why stop there? Get creative with your s'mores and try different variations like adding sliced bananas, drizzling caramel sauce, or using different types of cookies. Show off those cooking skills!

Then turn it into a fun game; why settle for just one s'more when you can make a whole stack? Challenge your friends and family to see who can build the highest s'mores tower - the sky's the limit!

Take your camping experience to the next level by incorporating edible plants into your campfire cooking, or teach kids some cooking skills on the open flame- life skills like that are not just fun camping activities but also rewarding camping activities for kids.

In Conclusion

So there you have it - a list of fun and engaging family camping activities to try on your next trip. Whether you're playing classic games like charades and bingo or trying your hand at survival skills and rock climbing, there's something for everyone to enjoy. And let's not forget about the campfire stories and songs - the perfect way to create lasting memories and connect with nature.

So, pack up your tent, grab your s'mores supplies, and get ready for the next camping trip filled with so much fun and adventure. With these family camping activities, you're sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Happy camping!

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