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Camping Games

There are a lot of activities to keep you busy while you’re here at Lake Rudolph. Between tie dye, the pool, movies, nearby Holiday World, and more … you may not have a lot of downtime.

But, if you do find yourself at your site or rental with nothing to do, try out some of these fun, camping games! And don’t forget to ask your fellow campers to join in.

1. Scavenger Hunt
Organize a scavenger hunt. It’s always a good stand by. This will work best if you can pair an adult and child together on the same team.

2. Popping Crazy
Write a bunch of crazy actions on strips of paper. For example, “walk like a crab,” “do the twist,” or “sing the chorus of your favorite song.” Put each action inside a separate balloon and blow them up. Everyone should sit, facing one another, in a large circle. Play music and pass the balloons from person to person around the circle. After a few minutes, stop the music. When the music stops everyone should put the balloon they are holding in their chair and sit on it. Those who popped their balloon have to perform the action listed. Then start the music back and continue.

3. Rooster Fight
Draw a large circle out of flour, large enough for two people to stand in.  Each camper hops on one leg, holding the other foot by the ankle up at his rear. To win, you must force your opponent to lose balance and let go of their ankle, fall down, or step out of the circle. The only contact allowed is bumping shoulders – no grabbing or pushing!

4. Beach Towel Balloon Toss
You’ll need two large beach towels and several water balloons. Four people play this game; two at each end of the beach towel. Start off with several feet between you. Place a water balloon in one blanket and launch it in the air. The object is for the second team to catch it without the balloon bursting. After each successful catch you should take a step back, increasing the throwing distance. It basically works like a water balloon toss; only with beach towels! Once you’re finished please make sure that you pick up the broken pieces of balloons.

5. Hot Potato
Again, an old standby. Have a potato, ball, or something to pass around the circle. Play music and pass the object around the circle. When the music stops the person holding the item has the “hot potato.” They are out and the game resumes until you have one winner at the end.

6. I Spy
This was one of my childhood favorites. Whether it was as we were going on a long car ride or just on vacation. One person says, “I spy with my little eye something that is (insert color).” Other members of the group take turns guessing what the object is. The person who guesses correctly wins and takes the next turn.

And who says it has to be an organized game? Tell stories, blow bubbles, lay on a blanket and see what shapes you can spot in the clouds (this was one of my favorites as a child). Or just sit around your campfire together in the great outdoors. That’s pretty nice too. 🙂

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