Tuesday, July 1

3 Great Games to Play Whilst Camping

3 Great Games to Play Whilst Camping

Camping is the perfect occasion to spend some quality time with friends and family without the distractions that seem endless at home.  Playing games together is one of my favourite things to do on a family trip and is a wonderful way to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company.

As soon as the tents are up, gas stoves are ready and camping chairs out we are ready for the games to begin.  There are thousands of games you can play together. I have narrowed it down to three of my favourites, capture the flag, Uno and charades.  They are classic games which have stood the test of time.  We have endless fun playing them and they never seem to get old.

If you have never played these games or if you are a bit rusty on the rules and need a refresher I have written a short instruction on each game below which may help.

Capture the Flag

Capture the flag is a great game for any number of people greater than 6. In capture the flag the goal is to find the opposing team's flag and get it to your side of the playing area without being tagged.  Find a place to play. A good place is a yard with a house in the middle. It is important to pick an area with a large obstruction near the centre so no guards can see all the way across the field. Try to do it in a place which is not an open area.

You will need: two flags and flagpoles, Bandannas or fabric scraps on sticks will do

Where to Play: a large area that is not too open as you need places to hide (in amongst the trees is perfect).
 How to play:

1.    Divide players into two teams

2.    Choose your territory – each team has its own territory with a boundary selected between the two

3.    Choose a spot for the jails – each team needs its own jail where captured opponents can be sent, for example, sitting on a specific rock or holding a particular tree.

4.    Designate a security zone around the flag – when the game begins each team decides where to place its flag. Once placed, it cannot be moved, although it can be guarded. Teams cannot enter the security zone around their own flag unless they are in pursuit of an opposing team member.
5.    Once the flag is placed, team members must decide who is to guard their own flag and who is to try capture the other team’s flag.
6.    Players in enemy territory can be caught and put in jail. To be released a teammate must tag the prisoner - only one prisoner can be rescued at a time.
7.    The team who captures the opposing team’s flag and brings it back to home territory wins. If the flag is intercepted before making it back the flag is set up where it was recaptured.  If a game must be ended before a flag is captured, the team with the most prisoners wins.
Find a place to play. A good place is a yard with a house in the middle. It is important to pick an area with a large obstruction near the center so no guards can see all the way across the field. Try to do it in a place which is not an open area!Uno
Uno is a simple but fun card game which has a specially printed deck.  The object of the game is to finish all your cards first.
The deck consists of twenty-five red, green, blue, and yellow cards. The cards are numbered zero to nine, and each have action cards - "Skip", "Draw Two" and "Reverse"  In addition, the deck contains four "Wild" and four "Wild Draw Four" cards.

How to play:

To start seven cards are dealt to each player and the top card of the remaining deck is placed face up (this must be a normal playing card not a wild card).  Each player in their turn must either

·         play a card matching the colour, number or symbol

·         play a Wild card or a Wild Draw Four card

·         draw the top card of the deck

The player who plays the wild card selects the colour change.

The player to finish all the card in their hand first wins.


Charades is a fun, light hearted game witch required little preparation, lots of imagination and can be made as hard or easy as necessary.  My favourite thing about charades is that you are always guaranteed a good laugh.

How to Play:

1.    Split group into two teams – team A and team B

2.    Each team writes short phrases, words (usually nouns), movie titles, song titles, book names, famous people’s names, television show etc. on strips of paper.  Make sure all people playing are familiar with these.

3.    Place all paper strips in a hat (one hat per team)

4.    The first player selects a paper from a hat (team a players from team b’s hat and vice-reverse)

5.    The first player begins by using actions to communicate the category and number of words they are acting out before  beginning the charades for his/her team to guess

6.    When the team members guess correctly the actor shouts yes and the next team has their turn.

Communication Actions/Codes:
Movie Title – hold one hand to your eye as if looking through a camera lens, while the other hand cranks like an old-fashioned movie camera
Song - Pretend to sing on one knee or over a microphone or move hands out from mouth as if they were the sound

Book – place your hands in front of you and open as if you were reading a book

Person name – stand in a pose with your hands on your hips

TV Show - Draw a rectangle in the air representing a TV screen or make a square with your fingers using both thumbs and index fingers.
Indicating number of words - Raise your fingers to indicate the number of words. Two fingers signals two words, three fingers means tree words etc.

There are so many fun games to play whilst camping.  Hopefully you will love these three as much as I do.
Quotations: denoted by fingers of both hands making quote signs.

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