7 Classic Camping Activities to Keep the Trip Fun

For many families, camping trips are the highlight of the summer. Once you own camping gear, it’s an affordable break from everyday life. But since some of us are so used to getting entertainment from screens, keeping everyone on the trip engaged can be tricky. That’s where these classic camping activities come in! Having plenty of activities ready to go can help fill any downtime and keep the trip super fun. Looking for entertaining ideas? Try out these seven activities on your next camping trip!

Flashlight Tag

Flashlight tag is just like regular tag, except for the person who is designated as “it” tags someone by shining a flashlight on them. There’s also an element of hide and seek since you might want to start the game by having participants hide. To be safe, you may want to play while there’s still some daylight left and set parameters so that no one wanders too far away from camp. While the game isn’t ideal for younger children, they could team up with an adult and hide together.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to explore your surroundings. Just make a list of different things you might find near your campsite, like pinecones, moss, or a heart-shaped rock, and start the search! No need to take the items with you, you can simply check them off the list to see who can find the most. Don’t have any ideas of what to include on your scavenger hunt? Try one of the printable lists from The Crazy Outdoor Mama!

Improv Games

Ever seen “Whose Line Is It Anyway”? Then you know what improv games are, and you’ve seen what sort of comic hilarity can ensure. While your family may not be as funny as the experts, improv games can still be lots of fun. Plus, you don’t need to plan ahead or bring any special supplies. Just pick your favorite option from the Encyclopedia of Improv Games and prepare to laugh.

Board Games

Sure, you’ve probably enjoyed your fair share of board games at home, but have you ever brought them along on a camping trip? Even familiar board games can seem fresh and new when you change up the setting. You could play from the comfort of your tent, or take the game outside to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.


Singing is a standard camp activity for good reason! Everyone can participate, it’s easy, and it can be supremely enjoyable. You can sing any of your family’s favorite songs as a group. Need accompaniment? If someone in your family plays an instrument, you’ll basically have your own band. Otherwise, you can play karaoke tracks on your phone or perform acapella.


If you live in a city, lights from street lamps, cars, and businesses may make the night sky look duller. Camping in a rural area is the perfect opportunity to witness how brightly stars truly shine. Your family could identify constellations or try to spot a shooting star. Don’t forget to make a wish!

Learning New Skills

There are lots of skills that can come in handy. Even if you’re an expert camper, you probably haven’t mastered them all yet. During your next trip, you could work on picking up a new skill that will come in handy on future camping trips, like tying knots, starting a campfire, or building a shelter from scratch.

How do you infuse your camping trips with fun? Let us know in the comments section below!

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