25 Best Camping Games & Fun Outdoor Activities

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There is nothing like the great outdoors, and getting out there camping can be a fantastic way to recharge your batteries.

Well, don’t worry! The article below will definitely give you some games that will keep you busy during the camping trip with your family. Let’s get straight to the best camping games.

1. Bingo Boards

By playing this Camping Bingo, you learn facts about camping activities and have fun at the same time. Camping Bingo is an easy yet educational game to play when camping. The bingo boards have pictures or words of objects that you want your kids to find. Each card has different items and the first person to find all the items from the card on the board wins.

Lucy Hammett Games Camping Bingo Board Game

2. Bean Bag Toss

Bean Bag Toss is a simple game where two boards with a hole in the middle are placed 27 feet apart. It is an ideal game that can be played by either two or four players. Each player or team has four bean bags, and they stand on opposite sides. Each player throws the bean bag behind the board to the opposite board, aiming at the hole. Each bean bag scores points according to where it lands. If it lands on the board, that is a point; if it lands in the hole, that is three points. The person with the higher tally is the winner.

3. UNO Wilderness Edition

UNO Wilderness Edition camping game

UNO Wilderness Edition game involves matching colors or numbers, and it is perfect for kids. Each player takes turns to match their cards with the card on top of the deck by either number or color. The aim is to get rid of matching cards as fast as you can; once you have one card remaining, shout “UNO”. The first person to get rid of all their cards is the winner.

4. Toasted or Roasted

Toasted or Roasted is an offensive-defensive board game where players compete to be the first to start a campfire. The aim of the game is to start a fire to toast marshmallows on, without allowing them to be roasted by your opponent. Each player has four cards and picks a fifth every round, and then places it on the picnic board table. The person that toasts three marshmallows successfully is the winner.

Education Outdoors Toasted or Roasted Card Game

5. Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling

Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling is an easy game that you can play either in your house or on a camping trip. Put some sand into empty water bottles, insert glowing sticks, and you are good to go. Finally, arrange them in a rectangular shape and use a ball to knock them off. The person with the highest number of knock-offs in a given time wins.

6. Football Throw

Football Throw game involves throwing accuracy. The net has three targets, and each player tries to aim at the intended target. The person who hits the target in the least number of tries wins. It is an ideal game for kids who like football.

7. Reusable Tic-Tac-Toe

Reusable Tic-Tac-Toe camping game

Reusable Tic-Tac-Toe is a board game that has a 3×3 grid of squares. It is a simple game that two people play, and the aim is to be the first player to create a row with your marked symbols – “X” or “O”. You will often find it is a draw, but, with practice, one can master the art of winning.

8. Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt is a game that can be played by both adults and kids. It is a game that requires time to organize before you go camping. You can create a list of items to collect and offer clues to players or groups. Each clue leads to the next clue, and the player or group that collects the most object within the specified time wins.

Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt Card Game for Families

9. Playing Cards

Playing Cards are the ideal family game. This is because of the variety of games that you can play with a deck of playing cards. These games include drinking card games, shedding, or matching cards. In each game, there is a winner. In the case of shedding games, the winner is the player with the least number of cards, whereas, in matching games, the winner is the first to match the cards.

10. Catch Phrase

Catch Phrase is an easy and simple game that can be played anywhere from cars to campsites by two players or groups. It involves correctly guessing a word without saying it. Once the disk player gets to your team player, you must correctly guess the word fast before the timer goes off. The team that correctly guesses words from the start to finish without the timer going off wins the game.

11. Bananagrams

Bananagrams is a game that can be played by up to 8 players. It involves taking 11 letters face down and, once a player says “split”, everyone turns their tiles over and starts creating words with the letters. Once a person uses all the letters, they win by saying “bananas”.

12. Backpack Bocce Ball

People of all ages can play Backpack Bocce Ball. The backpack includes 8 colored bocce balls and a pallino. The game is played by dividing individuals into two teams then tossing a coin to determine which team goes first. The aim is to get the bocce as close as possible to the pallino. The team with the highest scores wins.

Backyard Bocce Set with 8 Balls

13. YAHTZEE National Parks Edition

YAHTZEE National Parks Edition is a must-have dice game to carry with you for your adventure. It includes a Yahtzee cup, scorecard, 5 dice, fun facts, and instructions. The dice have national park symbols that include hiker, pine trees, tent, canoe, deer, and binoculars. The player who rolls the dice and gets a tent, canoe, pine trees, and binoculars wins.

14. Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story is a game that a group of kids can play anywhere and at any time. It involves the first kid saying “Once upon a time...”, then the second person carries it on, and the story continues to the last person.

15. ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table

ALPS Mountaineering Eclipse Table is a must-have table ideal for adventures. It has a checkerboard game on top with pockets on the bottom to hold your drinks. It is foldable and easy to set up, making it perfect to carry on camping trips. It can also be used as a regular table.

16. Bucketball

Bucketball involves six buckets and a ball. It can be played by two teams or two individuals. The buckets are placed 18-30 feet apart, and each player tries to throw the ball into the bucket of the opposing team. A bucket is removed once the ball has gone in, and the team that puts the balls into the buckets first wins.

17. Jenga National Parks

Jenga National Parks is a fun and easy-to-learn game that you can play alone or with your family. The aim of the game is to remove the blocks without making the tower fall. The best part is that each block has fun facts on both sides that you read loudly to other players. The winner is the last person who removes the block without making the tower fall.

18. Glow-in-the-Dark Frisbee

If you are tired of playing daytime games, then glow-in-the-dark frisbee is the perfect game for you. It does not have a maximum number of players, but you can separate teams with different colors. Players need to have good hand-eye coordination though.

19. Farkle

Farkle is a dice game that is played by two or more players. Each player has a chance to roll the dice and record their score on a piece of paper. The player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

20. Camp Talk Conversations

This is a whole family activity card game that is both engaging and creative. It features 50 provoking thoughts and silly questions that encourage the imagination and help players embrace the nature of camping. Kids should answer questions asked within a few seconds and discuss different topics.

21. Act and React

Act and React is an icebreaker where players randomly choose a sheet of paper with an occurrence on it. They react to the occurrence with animated gestures, expressions, and words. Within a set time frame, other players guess what caused those actions and reactions. Each correct guess scores a point, and the team with the highest score wins.

22. Hide and Go Seek

In this game, one player counts to a certain number while the others go and hide. Once the seeker has finished counting, he yells, “Ready or not, here I come!” The seeker then goes to look for the hiders one by one. Once the seeker sees a hider they must tag them. The winner is the hider who the seeker cannot find.

23. Paddle Ball / Matkot / Smashball

Paddle Ball is a game played by two people, but you can play it with more if you want. It involves serving the paddle ball to the other player back and forth. It is a game that requires good hand-eye coordination. You can play it indoors or in the park with your friends.

Paddle Ball Game with Carry Bag

24. Backgammon

Backgammon is a board game that is ideal for two players. It involves rolling the dice, then moving the checkers to your home board and bearing them off. The first person to bear off all their checkers wins the game.

25. Swingball

Swingball is an easy game to play anywhere. It involves kicking the ball to the other player. The winner is the first person who gets the ball to the top or bottom spiral of the pole.