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6 Exciting Camping Activities for the Entire Family

Did you know that from 2014 to 2018, the number of campers in the US has increased by six million people? Furthermore, the 2018 North American Camping Report suggested that 45 percent of the people who camp have done more frequently during the year than before. Camping is a fun and exciting activity for the entire family that’s equally rejuvenating for all ages.
If you’re looking for creative camping activity suggestions, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get started with a few of the best options.


Nature-Centric Games

Nature-Centric Games

Once you’ve identified the ideal campsite via a service like Campstar, you can make good use of your surroundings to plan some fun activities.

Nature-centric games can be highly educational for kids and entertaining for adults.

Go on a treasure hunt in teams. The teams will have a list of things they need to discover (a rock, a shell, a bird feather, tree bark, etc.). The team that collects all items within the shortest amount of time will be the winner.

Next, these items can be used to create some art. Rocks, leaves, branches and shells can easily be transformed in pictures or even sculptures.



Orienteering is a competitive international sport that brings together hiking and navigation.

A competition can be planned out easily by choosing a route and splitting the family members in teams.

The types of equipment required to do orienteering include quality hiking shoes, a map and a compass.

If you’ve never done orienteering in the past, start with an easy route. This is another excellent opportunity you can use to teach your children about directions, using a compass and being observant for natural signs that you’re headed the right way (moss, for example, grows on the north side of trees).


Build a Campfire

Safety should come first, which means adults need to take charge of this activity. Still, building a campfire can teach younger members of the family about safety procedures.

Toddlers and young kids can help with the collection of twigs and small branches that will be used to start the fire.

Older kids can engage in a bigger number of tasks like clearing an area for the campfire and making sure there aren’t any combustible items nearby.

Once the campfire is started, enjoy roasting marshmallows, singing (make sure to bring an acoustic guitar along) and sharing engaging stories.


Play the Alphabet Game

Whether you’re spending time in camp or you’re going on a hike, you can easily play a game that requires no equipment.

The alphabet game can be modified to ensure some relevance.

Play the game by trying to find a natural item that starts with the respective letter. This will be somewhat challenging but the game can be used to teach children a lot about landmarks, different kinds of plants, animals and birds.


Do Water Sports

Depending on the camping venue, you can enjoy water sports in the summer.

Not only is this a refreshing opportunity to escape the summer heat, water sports are also a great form of exercise.

You can do a bit of canoeing, kayaking, competitive fishing or even windsurfing. If you want to go for a swim, make sure that the body of water is safe for the purpose. These activities are suitable for children of all ages, as long as the right safety precautions have been introduced.


Organize an Obstacle Course

Natural terrains are filled with obstacles and challenges that can be overcome in a competition.

An obstacle course race is another great choice that will get everyone eager to win.

Use trees, water streams and boulders as natural obstacles for participants to overcome. You could make the course even more challenging by relying on the items you’ve brought to the camping site. Have participants crawl under the picnic table, go over a rope, hop on one foot and even use a canoe to get to a specified location.

Just remember to choose a course difficulty that corresponds to the age of all participants.

Use your imagination to make the camping adventure more dynamic for everyone involved. You don’t need special equipment to have family fun. The natural surroundings and the enthusiasm of your loved ones will be sufficient to make the trip a special one.