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Wilderness Games

Camping games are a great way to pass the time away for the young and old alike.  When playing any games while camping, you must always keep in mind other campers and the natural environment.  Your neighbors might not want to hear a family hooting and hollering while playing a game, so look for a field away from the crowds.  Regardless of the game you play, you must also be mindful of the ground you walk on.  Do beautiful flowers dot your playing field?  If so, look for someplace else to play.

With that being said, there are hundreds of different camp games that you could potentially play while you are out for the weekend.  The games described below are just a quick sampling of what is possible, but check back often because this list will soon grow on here on Camp Gear List.

Most good camping games are simple and easy to pack.  The games described below all require little to no equipment.  So, without further ado, here is a sampling of games to be played by you and your family.

Capture the Flag

Equipment Needed: Washcloths or Handkerchiefs

This is a common elementary school game in which two teams must capture the other team’s flag.  The field of play is divided into two halves controlled by each team.  If a member of the opposing team crosses into enemy territory to retrieve the flag and is tagged, they will be thrown in jail until a fellow team member can bail them out.

Teams score when they successfully “capture the flag” and bring it back to their own team’s side.  A common camping variation is for teams to hide the flag from the other team.  The flag should be visible to the naked eye, but it could be hanging from a branch or tucked in a bush.


Equipment Needed: A Football

This is another simple elementary school game when one person throws a football to a group of people.  The person who is “it” calls out how much the ball is worth, and if that ball is caught, the player scores that amount of points.  Once a player reaches 500 points, they are then “it.”

Timber Bash Baseball

Equipment Needed: A Plastic Bat and brightly colored balls

This is a simple variation on baseball without running the bases.  A batter scores points for each tree that they hit with a ball.  A pitcher must throw pitches and it is always helpful to have a few people to recover the hit balls.


Other common games that can be played while camping…

  • Horseshoes
  • Lawn Golf
  • Corn Hole
  • I Spy
  • Hide and Go Seek