Camping is a great activity for people who love nature, outdoors, and adventure. However, looking for things to do on camping trips can be a little challenging, especially if there are young children present. Whether you are by yourself, with friends, or with family, there are plenty of camping activities that are fun for all ages.

Things to do while camping by yourself

If you are camping alone, things can get pretty boring. Here are some ways to pass the time. Some of these fun camping ideas can also be done with friends or family.

  • make smores or popcorn over the campfire
  • go fishing
  • knit socks or a hat
  • pick and eat some wild berries
  • go bike riding
  • take pictures of the landscape and animals
  • make your own trap and see what you can catch
  • go swimming in the lake
  • meet the campers from nearby campsites
  • climb a tree or up a cliff and jump off (not a high cliff)
  • rub two sticks together and make a fire
  • fly a kite
  • practice target shooting
  • find your way on a map using a compass
  • build a hammock
  • go hiking with a walking stick that you find in the woods
  • collect different rocks and bugs
  • go bird watching
  • go exploring

Things you can do with friends or family

In addition to the activities listed above, here are some fun camping ideas you can do with your friends and family.

  • catch fireflies and put them in a jar
  • tell a story with shadow puppets you make using flashlights
  • try and find Bigfoot
  • tell scary stories, play charades, or sing songs around the campfire
  • look for shooting stars, planets, and constellations in the nighttime sky
  • do a ring toss with horse shoes
  • make bouquet out of wildflowers
  • learn to tie a knot or teach someone else how to tie a knot and use it while setting up camp
  • play tic-tac-toe in the dirt with sticks
  • learn to play a song on the guitar or harmonica
  • play hide-and-go-seek or tag in the woods
  • play capture the flag in the woods
  • go boating or tubing
  • make some friendship bracelets
  • learn to skip rocks across a pond or lake
  • play volleyball or kickball in the dirt
  • go on a scavenger hunt or search for buried treasure
  • have a picnic
  • create nick-names for all the campers and only use those on the trip
  • play cards and learn a new card game
  • make a fort in the trees and create booby traps to protect it
  • make a rope swing and swing from it
  • look for animal tracks and fill them with plaster of paris if any is available
  • play Frisbee golf

Camping trips, no matter who you camp with, can get boring after doing the same activities every time. Refer to this list if you are looking for some new things to do while camping so that every camping trip can be a new and great adventure for everyone. Just remember to be safe and, most importantly, have fun.