List of Camping Activities
If you are new to camping or have not gone for a number of years, you
may be asking yourself what exactly is it that we will be doing out there. This simple question’s answer
entirely depends on who you are going with and what you really want to do. The options are endless. Although
most tent campers will stick with the basics of cooking, building a campfire, setting up a tent and sleeping
under the stars, and sitting back and enjoying nature, others will do a wide variety of activities. Here, is
our list of common and uncommon camping activities for things to do while camping.
1. Stargazing. Check out all the stars
and constellations. Since you are away from the city lights, the view can be
2. Plant and Wildlife
Identification. Go looking for leaves,
berries, tracks, scat, dens, burrows, etc.
Learn what things live in your camping area and be able to identify
3. Hiking. Go for a walk and see
nature in action. Let the kid inside you come out as you explore areas you have never
been. The kids will love the adventure of it and it is great
4. Start fires without
matches. Use flint and steel or
use a hand or bow drill. You can make a game of this to test your survival skills against
5. Go fishing or
hunting. These are camping basics
and quite a lot of fun.
6. Practice Knife and Hatchet
Throwing. All you need is a target
and you are ready for action.
I will tell you from experience that hatchet throwing is much
7. Tell Ghost Stories and
Adventure Stories around the campfire. Some of my best memories
as a kid were hearing these types of stories from my father and other adults. Give your kids this same
experience by learning a few good stories.
8. Orienteering with map and
compass or GPS. Set a course to find a
location on the map. With the invention of the GPS, this normally mundane activity is now
9. Geocaching. This popular treasure hunting game uses a GPS device to find hidden treasures in the
field. You can adapt your campsite for this very same function by hiding some objects in the
area and allow for family and friends to go hunt for them.
Birdwatching. Being away from the
city, you have the opportunity to see a number of different types of birds that you would otherwise not be
able to appreciate or follow.
Here, is a chance to see them in their natural
Watch Animals. Make a blind and stay
down wind from the animals. If it is early morning or late in the day, you are likely to see a number of animals
come down for a drink.
12. Build a Lean-To or some other man-made shelter. This is a great idea if you are camping with a number of people. A lot of team work will
go into building this structure and there is always a lot of satisfaction out of building something with your
bare hands. Why not let your camping group share in this experience.
13. Learn different types of knots and try them out. You can do this for fun to show off to friends or you can make it practical by using the
knots to help with your camping.
For example, create a rope that will hold up your water bucket from a
14. Build a water still. This is another survival
technique which gives you a chance to see if you could really survive using this method. Give it try as it is
something you can set-up, go do other things and then, check back later to see how you
15. Create snares and traps. This works much like a
water still would in that you set it up and check on it later. Just be sure to let all
the people in your party know where they are and be sure to take them down when you will be
16. Glow sticks for the kids. Bring along glow sticks
for the little kids to play with at night.
Kids love these things and will make their own games with
17. Woodcarving. This grandfather favorite
can also be a hit with kids.
It allows them to be creative in what they might design and teaches them
patience. Plus, the only tools that are needed are wood and a pocket
With this list of camping
activities, you should be well on your way to enjoying your camping trip. One final thing to keep
in mind is to remember to allow some downtime during the camping trip. One of the best things
about camping is the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the experience. Don’t be in such a hurry
to get to the next activity and miss out on this experience.
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