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Tent Shadow Puppets

Tent Shadow Puppets

With a good flashlight and a little imagination, you can put on quite a tent shadow puppets show! This is a good rainy night game or a nice way to slow the pace down for rowdy campers. It keeps them in their sleeping bags and is sure to generate some giggles. For some added excitement, you can enlist some other parents to do the infamous bear shadow puppet from the outside of the tent. With a couple of grunts and…

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My POLE ish Horseshoes

My POLE ish Horseshoes

My family and I had the recent pleasure of testing out a set of My Pole-ish Horseshoes (MPH). If you’ve never heard of the game…don’t feel bad…neither had we! But as it turns out, this game is a blast for kids of all ages (see the picture of my “product testers” below ;-). Here’s a summary of what we found… Construction / Durability: This set is unlike many others in that it’s built to last. The pieces are easy to…

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Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag

One of the classic outdoor camping games is capture the flag. It’s a fun game that can last 30-45 minutes. To play, form two (2) teams of at least 4 people each. You’ll also want to pick out a large play area with a natural boundary area. For example, a good space might have a creek, stream, or other prominent terrain feature that can separate one territory from the other. The space should also have clear boundaries, so that it’s…

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Kick the Can

Kick the Can

Kick the can is a classic school yard game that can be lots of fun in the woods, as well. You can play this with as few as 3 people and as many as you like. If you don’t have a can, a ball plastic bottle, or any kickable item will do. This is best played is a large open area with plenty of places to hide. It’s also best to define the campfire and tent as out-of-bounds…for obvious reasons…

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Flashlight Tag

Flashlight Tag

A classic game of flashlight tag is perfect for that calm summer night when the crickets are signing and the fire flies are dancing in the evening sky. It’s very similar to Hide & Go Seek or Kick the Can, but younger campers have fun with the flashlight and hiding in the dark. As the name implies, you’ll need a good flashlight for the person who is it. And you’ll also want to lay out some ground rules to keep…

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Camping Olympics

Camping Olympics

Coming to a forest near you… Having a Camping Olympics is a fun way to spend time together and have some laughs. Depending on the ages and number of campers, you can have a team competition or individual games. If you have 6 or 8 kids, you can pair off into 3 or 4 teams. If you have more than 8 kids, you may want to divide into 2 or 3 larger sized teams. The next consideration for your Camping…

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Camping Treasure Hunt

Camping Treasure Hunt

A camping treasure hunt is a fun way to keep your campers occupied and busy. It can take some time to set up and hide the actual “treasures”, but kids have a blast running through the woods and the thrill of discovering the hidden items! Depending on the number and age of your treasure hunters, you can split the group into teams or just have one group doing it together with a joint reward at the end. Try to avoid…

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Campfire Songs

Campfire Songs

Campfire songs are a fun way to enjoy an evening in the woods of a slow stretch of highway on your family road trip. It’s always good to have a few of these tucked away…just in case the campfire mood needs a lift! And while these may sound like the kind of fun to reserve with camping with kids or the scouts…they’re also a lot of fun with big kids too! On a quiet stretch of the Appalachian Trail, some…

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Removing Ticks

Removing Ticks

One of the less-fun things about camping is avoiding and removing ticks from your family and pets. This does not have to be a big deal and can be done quickly and painlessly if you get in the habit of checking. Many people fear ticks and avoid outdoor activities because of them. Perhaps it’s their vampire-like existence or the fact that many carry Lyme disease, but their not as intimidating as their reputation may seem. Lyme disease is caused primarily…

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Camping Scavenger Hunt

Camping Scavenger Hunt

A camping scavenger hunt is a fun activity that can keep your campers occupied for hours while exploring their wooded surroundings. You can make the list as challenging or as simple as you’d like. It can also be a fun day-trip or party idea with prizes and awards at the end for the best team. Before you start your scavenger hunt, it’s good to lay down some ground rules. Make sure they know things like what is “out of bounds”…

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