Camping is no doubt fun, enjoyable, and memorable because it is the time where you bond with your family and friends.
However, there are also times when these camping trips become boring, especially if you're left with nothing else to do, and you're exhausted with your trail. Yes, that's the reality.
Fortunately, we can do something about it by simply playing camping games for adults.
In this article, we’re going to show you the top sixteen highly recommended camping games that’ll surely help you make the most out of your camping experience.
#1 Camping Olympics
When it comes to fun camping games for families, the first thing you need to consider is that your body should be involved. And what we mean by being involved is that you should be physically engaged.
What best way to do that than to have a camping Olympics tournament.
It's a sports tournament with a twist. From running to swimming, to any game that displays your athletic skills, you are free to do!
For sure, getting to play with your family and friends at a competitive level would make your camping experience more fun and memorable – plus you become a more athletic person.
#2 Scavenger Hunt
The Scavenger Hunt is another highly recommended camping game that will surely be loved by people of all ages.
This is because you’ll get to use your surroundings in playing the game. Not only do you enjoy the company of your family and friends, but you also get to explore the surroundings where you’re in.
In this game, you’re going to search for the required things.
This will be announced by a judge or a host. It can be from small twigs to caterpillars or even rare flowers.
You're going to find these things and bring them back to your base. This is best played by pairs, so you won't feel alone especially if you're going to go into the woods.
#3 Catch or Don’t Catch
This game never gets old even if it revolved around a very simple rule. This is because it's a light-hearted game that will surely make you laugh.
All you need to have to play the game is a ball. The ideal number of participants should be between 6 to 10 people.
However, you can have as many players as you would want – the more, the merrier. All of the players will stand and form a circle, facing inward, except for one person.
That one person will stand in the middle of the circle and will be the one in charge in throwing the ball to a random person. He or she will then simultaneously throw the ball and utter "catch" or "don't catch."
If the person you've thrown the ball to catches the ball even if you said "don't catch," they are then eliminated out of the game.
#4 Obstacle Course
You might have heard about American Ninja Warrior? Well, that is what this game is just trying to do.
Playing an obstacle course while you’re camping is a sure fun way to fire up those muscles and burn some calories while having fun.
Aside from it being an enjoyable game, it's also a form of exercise, so it's surely a healthy game.
For sure, you'll burst into laughter when you see your friend fail the obstacle and fall flat on the ground.
You can play this game by going back and forth a swamp and using the trees as checkpoints. You can also crawl over and under a table and hop on one foot.
There is no rule other than to make your way through the obstacle course. The person to finish the course in the fastest time wins the game.
#5 Camping Charades
Another game you can play while out camping is the all-time popular charades.
This is sure a fun way to get some brain cells working because you’re going to guess what the person in front is trying to describe or mean.
This is a perfect game once you’re done eating dinner because you’ve got a lot of brain stamina due to the food that you’ve just eaten.
You'll be surprised to know how your friends think whenever they try to guess something. It's also sure fired up way to know more about someone, based on how they think and guess.
#6 Dance Off
This one is another fun way to fire up your camping night. What you need to have is a smartphone and get it playing some music.
There are a lot of dance off game variations you can try, such as having a dance showdown between two or more people.
The person that made the wackiest or coolest dance moves is the one to win the game. You can also play it with the dancing freeze rule.
What you're going to do in this game is to stop dancing or "freeze" when the music stops. Anyone who reacts late will be eliminated.
The Trip to Jerusalem game is another cool dance-off idea. You and your friends will gather around in a circle. There would be a corresponding chair for the players, except for one.
All of you will then dance and turn around the chairs as the music goes on. When the music stops, you will then quickly need to sit down on a chair.
The person who reacts late wouldn’t have any chair to sit to, and he or she is then eliminated.
#8 Cloud Watching
If you want to have fun with your family and friends while camping, but doesn’t want to get physically tired, then this must be the game you guys need to play.
Cloud watching is the most relaxing and simplest game in this list. All you have to do to play this game is to gather up lay a blanket or any sheet on the floor and lie on there.
The perfect time to play this game is during sunrise or late in the afternoon when the sun's heat is not too strong.
Simply play the alphabet game and find the cloud or group of clouds that resembles the letter that you're assigned to.
The one to spot the cloud that looks like a letter wins the game. Aside from letters, you can use any object or figure as a standard when searching for similarly-shaped clouds. Though this game sounds to be a bit boring, it isn't.
It’s because it becomes more fun as you progress through the game. Aside from that, you’ll also be relaxed and feel calmer after using those muscles in setting up camp.
#9 I Have Never
This game is what will let you know more about your friends. This is because you might know the craziest experience they had in their life.
To play this game, each player should have 10 pennies. Every player would then have the opportunity to say “I have never ____.” That player would then fill that blank with the activity or thing that he or she still hasn’t experienced.
After the declaration, the players who have experienced that activity would then give a penny to the person who made the declaration.
Once all players had their turn, the player with the most number of pennies wins the game.
#11 Beer Pong
Here is another all-time favorite game of party people. Beer pong has been the staple game of parties because of its relation and dependence on alcohol, having alcohol as a staple drink of parties.
Nothing’s different when it comes to camping trips because beer pong would still fire up your night.
To play this game, you need to set up a picnic table and place 10 to 15 party cups filled with water on it.
You also need to have a ping pong or table tennis ball. You're going to let it bounce one time on the table and make sure that it enters the cup filled with water. The person who has the highest number of "shot" balls wins the game.
#12 Two truths and a lie
This game can be fun whether you’ve known your fellow campers for many years or you met them just a few days or hours ago.
It goes like this: players take turns sharing three alleged “facts” about themselves. Two of them have to be true, while one of them needs to be a complete lie.
The other players are on the mission of guessing which one of three facts is actually the lie.
In order to make this game more interesting, you have to make a little effort to make all of your truths equally unbelievable, or your lie just as ordinary as other two facts about yourself.
If your group is not particularly creative or open, you can always brainstorm at the beginning of the game and come up with a list of general themes you are allowed to use.
However, every game becomes much more fun when you spice it up. You can include alcohol in it, make a challenge for the loser of the round to go swimming, or make him/her do something funny.
This is very suitable when you're at the beach with your friends, near a tent where the wet guy can change and dry out.
So, if you are up for turning “Two truths and a lie” into a drinking game, all you have to do is come up with basic rules.
The general rule is following: if you guess wrong, you have to drink. If nobody guesses wrong, a liar is the one who has to drink.
If you are creative enough and eager to get drunk fast, you can come up with few additional rules on your own.
# Other Games for Camping Trips
The other games you can try when camping are board games such as:
You can also check out this video to learn more best camping games for adults:
With all of these being said, we hope that you have learned something from the article because it’ll surely make your camping experience more fun and memorable. These camping games for adults would surely spice up your outdoor trek.
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