Camping Games For Adults: 14 Fun Ideas You Need To Try
Camping is a fun experience that you can try with all sorts of people including your family and friends. However, after being used to all sorts of entertainment that technology can offer, a quiet campsite can easily become dull without any group activities.
If you are planning on camping with a bunch of people soon, and would like to add some fun to your trip, you may want to try these awesome camping games for adults that I have listed below. These games will surely bring a smile to your faces and make your group have a memorable bonding experience.
14 Adult Camping Games To Try
From silly card games to classic truth or dare, there are all sorts of fun games in this list that you can try with your group when you go camping. To make things more fun, you can even add more rules, consequences, or alcohol to the concept if these games. So without further ado, here are some fun games you should try on your next camping trip:
This game is extremely compact, making for easy travel and loads of fun. This hilarious game allows for tons of laughter and many players. The intent of the game is to get your bocce ball (a large weighted and colored ball) closest to the small white ball (the pallino). Each player takes turns throwing their ball in an effort to get closest to the pallino.
2. Killer, Killer
A good game for when all anyone wants to do is sit in the tent. Rip up a sheet of paper into as many pieces as there are players. On one piece write the word ‘killer’. Fold the pieces and put them into a hat. Each person (sitting in a circle) takes a piece and checks whether they are the killer, without letting anyone else see.
The killer then winks surreptitiously at each player, who will then ‘die’. The murdered one counts to 10 before dying so that others can’t guess who the murderer is.
High drama and histrionics are fully permitted from the dying player at this point. The aim of the game is for the murderer to wink each player out without anyone guessing who the murderer is.
This fun camping game can be easily broken down to a very compact and easily transportable size. The game consists of two players, or two teams of players. Next to each team will be placed a ladder with three rungs.
Each side has a set of throwing balls, two balls connected by thick twine or rope. Players will take turns throwing the balls to the opposing ladder. Points are allotted according to which rung the throwing balls land on.
4. Witch’s Ring
To start this hilarious game, you will need to mark out a small circle on the ground using sticks, stones, or whatever you have lying around your camp. Choose one player to be the ‘witch’. She (or he) crouches in the circle while the other players walk around it.
The witch then slowly rises and, on reaching full height, shouts ‘Here I come!’ She then dashes out and tries to catch another player. Anyone she catches is turned into something of her choice, for example, a dog or a toad and the player has to freeze in that pose.
The whole thing is then repeated until all the players have been caught by the witch and she is surrounded by a field full of strange-looking people contorted into silly shapes.
This ancient game, supposedly originating in ancient Rome in the form of the game “Quoits,” has entertained people for centuries. The game consists of numerous horseshoes and two stakes.
At your campsite, place each stake into the ground a reasonable distance from each other. Each player will take turns throwing the horseshoes at the stakes. Points are given for those horseshoes that hook around the stake. The player or team with the most points wins!
Whether you are playing for cash or for fun, a couple of rounds of poker will surely get you and your friends in a thrilling mood when you go camping. Poker is played with a deck of cards, poker chips or any other material for betting, and some wit.
When playing poker, your goal is to get the best possible hand to win the pot. If you don’t have the best hand, you can always make a bluff and make your opponents think that your hand is better than theirs.
7. Word Hunt
To play this game, you will have to choose a single category, such as animals, girls’ names, sweets or food. The first player calls out a single item from that category, and the next player has to use the last letter of that word to make the first letter of the next word.
For example, if you choose animals, a round might go like this: horse, elephant, tiger, and rhinoceros.
8. Name That Song
To play this musical game, start with one camper and have them select a song and provide a "hint" to the song title. Have the camper hum a few notes of the song, and watch for the first hand to go up. If the camper with the first raised hand guesses the song, award them 5 points and continue the game, allowing the next camper in the circle to choose a song
If the first camper guesses incorrectly, the camper who chose the song hums a few notes of the song again. The camper who guessed incorrectly cannot have another chance at the same song. Continue around the camp ring until the song is guessed. More notes hummed may be required to encourage a winner.
The method of scorekeeping and number of points awarded can be modified based on personal preferences. In the event of a tie at the end of the game, consider a "showdown" to determine a final winner.
9. The ‘IT’ Drinking Game
This fun game starts with choosing one person to be "it" and stands in the center of the camp circle. The other campers in the camp ring will then have to ask "it" questions. The only response "it" can make is a funny phrase, word, or sentence that the campers have agreed upon. One gunny example could be “My Dog’s Butt.”
The goal is to make "it" laugh, so you can see the questions can be very creative based on the known response. When "it" laughs, the camper who inspired the reaction switches places with "it." When “it” doesn’t laugh, “it” gets to choose one person who will have to take a shot.
This game is a good classic, and can be really fun when you’re playing with the right people. Of course, the enjoyment ranges from how outrageous the dares are, to how prying the questions are, and how scary the consequences can be.
11. Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is relatively a new game where you will need a special deck of cards. The game is simple yet hilarious.
Each round, a player will ask a question from the black card and everyone else answers with the white card. You can end up with questions like “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but with ___” and respond with “my humps”.
12. Two Truths and A Lie
I’m sure we’re all familiar with this by now. But for those few of you who surprisingly have never heard of this classic game, each player takes turns telling everybody two truths and one lie about themselves. Ideally, the more personal and outrageous, the better.
The trick is to make it as difficult to guess - the truth by picking a truth that sounds crazier than your lies. You can make this more fun by adding some consequences to the game.
13. Water Balloon Dodge Ball
Just as the name suggests, you play dodge ball but with water balloons instead. This can be really fun, and you’ll find yourself actually trying your best to avoid those water balloons if you’re playing at night, because it will be freezing!
14. Loaded Questions
This game is pretty simple. When it’s your turn, you get to ask ANY question you like. For example: “If you were a superhero, what would you be?”, “what was your favorite TV show as a child”, and “what is the longest you’ve ever gone without showering?”
Everyone writes down their answers, and hands them all to the person to the LEFT of who ASKED the question. The person to the left then READS OUT the answers, and the person who asked the question has to guess who answered what. It’s a great game to get to know new, or old, friends.
Camping is such a great experience that you can try with friends or family. One of the greatest things camping has to offer is a bond between campers. What greater way is there to bond than over a couple of games that can bring out hilarious and unexpected instances that will make everyone smile or laugh? I hope you found this list helpful and amusing.
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