Camping Games - outdoor fun

Lawn Golf

Adding camping games along with fresh air, exercise. and fun with friends or family-What could be better! 

When deciding where you are going camping, inquire if there is an area to play outdoor games such as volleyball, touch football etc. where you are going to need an open field.  Not all campgrounds have open spaces for these types of activities.  A more family oriented campground will usually have an open area or volleyball net or horseshoe pit already set up.

There is no guarantee that the weather will be on your side, so make sure to bring along a couple of games to play inside your tent.

A Screen Room is a great place for playing as well as an area for small children to play without a chance of wondering off.  Portable screen rooms can be part of your tent setup or a stand-alone structure.

Outdoor Games are not limited to just children and young adults.  With a wide range to choose from, everyone can be involved.  A deck of cards should be number one on your list of games to take.  Board games work well but you will have to consider the number of pieces in the game and the ability to keep track of them.

Outdoor Twister

Some of the more popular camping games are Volleyball, Touch Football, Tag, Croquet, and Horseshoes.  The only limit for these games is space.  

Steer away from games with small pieces or you may be playing 'Find The Pieces'.  Card games and checkers are small and easy to carry and will definitely be good entertainment for evenings or if there is a pop up shower.

Camping games for smaller areas


If a large open area is not available, then plan accordingly.   A scavenger hunt is one example of a camping game that doesn't require an open space.

Some games like horseshoes, bocce ball, lawn golf and lawn darts require a smaller space and have a limited number of pieces.  These are games that can be played by most any age and abilities. 

Whatever you choose make sure that the majority of your group can play, no one likes to be left out.  Ask members of your group to bring their favorite game and take turns playing them all.  Set boundaries in the campground for the children to play in.  Again, a screened canopy tent is ideal for toddlers.

If the weather is good when nighttime sets in, then it is up to your imagination to come up with campfire games.  No, this isn't having everyone take turns playing with the fire, but a chance for charades or other types of party games.

Not sure which one you will play?

Camping Games ideas

  • Board Games
  • Bocce Ball
  • Cards
  • Charades
  • Freeze Tag
  • Frisbee
  • Hide and Go Seek
  • Horseshoes
  • Lawn Golf
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Tag
  • Touch Football
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Volley Ball

There are many more and some of those may have been created by you or your family. Ahh!!! there is a key word Family.  Games played while camping are to entertain the children but at the same time, creates memories the whole family will remember.

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Outdoor Ski Ball 
Materials: 5 paper plates Magic Marker Bean Bags Number plates 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 Place plates with 10 the closet and 50 the farthest(spacing …

Scavenger Hunt 
This is a great game that can be played at the campsite or on a hike. Make up a list for each of your children of things that can be found on your camping …

Kangaroo Tails 
Required: about 40 inches of string or rope for each camper Instructions: Set boundaries for the area you want to play in and make sure everyone …

Description The group task is to keep a beach ball or balloon in the air for a specified number of hits without letting it hit the ground. Additionally, …

Band-Aid Tag 
One person is "it." Whenever someone is tagged by "it" they must hold a bandaid (their hand) on the spot where they were tagged. Then the game …

Hand and Foot 
Each player is dealt two sets of cards using one as the “hand” and one as the “foot. You can either play as individuals or as teams. The most common …

ONCE' Card game 
2 to 6 players 2 decks, including jokers. There are 7 rounds and each round is over with the first player lay down and gets rid of their remaining …

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