Summer camp is a wonderful place to make fond memories to look back on for years to come. Games are one of the best ways to help your family or fellow campers bond with one another. Check out our ultimate camp resource list for great summer camp games for kids.
Either out loud or on paper, each person takes turns writing one sentence of a story. Keep adding more sentences until you have a completed tale. This is also a great game to play in the car while on your way to the campgrounds.
Want an easy, word-based game to keep everyone entertained? Try Bananagrams! Think of a portable, banana-shaped scrabble that can be played anywhere with a flat surface.
Who doesn’t love a highly competitive round of cornhole? If dragging a cornhole set to the campground doesn’t sound fun, simply take some bean bags, and use them for other great games. Use it as a hacky sack, toss them to one another, or aim for a spot on the ground. Players can also see who can throw their bean bag the farthest.
If you have a fair number of campers with tons of energy, consider playing Capture the Flag. Each side has a flag, and the goal is to grab the flag from the opposing team and bring it back to their home base. At any point when a player from one side enters the territory of another, players from the opposing team can put invaders in “jail” and other teammates will need to rescue them.
A classic game for both indoor and outdoor fun, charades involve using movements — no sounds or pictures — to describe words. Mix it up by creating different camping word themes such as animals, plants, and other camping-related subjects.
Glow Sticks are already fun by themselves but using them for camping games is even better. Play a game of tag at night by wearing glow sticks or place glow sticks inside of water bottles to use as glow-in-the-dark bowling pins. You can even design a ring toss game with Glow Sticks by connecting them into circular shapes.
The classic fill-in-the-blank story game has many themed and general booklets for on-the-go fun! Consider purchasing some with campsite themes or challenge your campers to finish entire books before the camping trip is over.
For this game, you only need a few pairs of pantyhose, a bag of apples, and some water bottles. After each player lines up water bottles 4 to 5 feet apart from one another, they should place an apple in their pair of pantyhose and secure it on their heads. The first player to knock down their bottles wins the game!
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Another portable and creative game, Pass the Pigs uses pig-shaped dice to award points based off where they land. Everything you need is in the game kit, including small pencils, score cards, and pig dice.
Perfect for both indoor and outdoor camping games, remember to always bring a deck of cards along on your next camping trip. Just some of the games you can easily play with kids can include:
- Go Fish
- Old Maid
- Crazy 8’s
You can also purchase other card games that are fun and portable to mix things up. Try games like Apples to Apples, Kids Against Maturity, Taco vs Burrito, Skip-Bo, and Uno.
If you don’t have a potato sack on hand, fret not! Sleeping bags serve more than just one purpose on a camping trip. Use them for fun sleeping bag races and see who can hop to the finish line the fastest.
Got a bunch of plastic spoons? Place just enough spoons down for everyone except one person. Just like musical chairs, everyone except for one person each round grabs a spoon. The spoon less player is eliminated and one more spoon gets removed from the pile. It lasts until just one spoon and two players remain.
To make the game a little more challenging, try playing with a deck of cards. Each person draws a card until they get four of a kind. Once they do, everyone tries to grab a spoon from the pile.
With the game Telephone, you can stand in a line or sit around the campfire. The first person creates a secret to whisper to the person next to them. The trick is that each person can only hear the secret once, so each player must “pass on” what they hear. By the end of the game, figure out how much the first phrase changed just from passing it around to other campers!
You don’t need to bring paper along at all for this version of tic-tac-toe. Make things interesting by using sticks, rocks, and other objects found in the woods to play. Draw lines in the dirt and take turns placing objects until there is a winner. To extend the fun, declare a winner after one person wins several rounds.
To make a portable and reusable tic-tac-toe board, consider painting a wooden board and smooth rocks with symbols on them to take with you for both indoor and outdoor fun.
Two Truths and a Lie
Perfect for winding down during the night, Two Truths and a Lie is exactly what it sounds like. Each person takes turns telling three things about themselves. The catch is that one of those things is a lie. Other players try to figure out which one is the lie.
There are all kinds of water and squirt guns out there to keep the kids busy. Plus, there are many games you can play with them as well. Tag is an easy choice, but also think of making your own DIY carnival game by setting up various bottles and cans for kids to knock over.