23+ Campfire Games For Large Groups (and small groups too!)

Lots of camping fun is centered around the fire, but, activities for large groups can be especially challenging. Here are some entertaining campfire games for large groups (and small ones) you are going to want to try on your next camping trip!

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Group Campfire Games

There are so many different types of exciting camping games you can play at different times during your trip.

Enjoy these games for camping large group fun around the campfire. Best of all, they require little to no special supplies so you can keep your trip planning simple by packing just camping basics!

#1 Shared Camping Experiences Game

Divide the group into teams of 4 or 5 people who don’t know each other well.

They discuss, as a group, camping experiences they all have in common.

“Normal camping experiences” are discouraged from being included on the list (example, camping in the rain.)

The first group that comes up with five items their group has in common is the winner.

Once the winner is declared, each group reports what experiences were on their list.

Some examples:

  • Camped more than one night at Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Attracted more than 10 hummingbirds at a time to a campsite.
  • Traveled over 200 miles to get to a camping destination.
  • Etc.

#2 Camping Candy Confessions Game

Divide the group into teams of 5 – 10 people who don’t know each other well.

Pass around a bag of candy that has at least 5 colors of candy in it.

Each player takes between 1 and 5 pieces of candy (make sure they don’t eat it until the game is over.)

After the candy has been distributed, the leader writes what each color of candy represents (which he/she determined beforehand) on a chalkboard, whiteboard or piece paper.

Each person states their name and one fact about themselves for each type of candy they have … then they can eat it!

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There are no wrong answers and no winners or losers … this camping game is all about getting to know each other.

Some examples:

  • Red – Favorite camping activity
  • Green – Favorite place to camp
  • Blue – Favorite camping memory
  • Yellow – Favorite camping food
  • Orange – Wildcard, tell us any camping fact about yourself that you want to share!

#3 Camping Words Game

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Divide the group into teams of 5 – 10 people.

One person starts the game by saying a word related to camping.

The next person has to come up with a camping-related word that is related to the first word.

Each person adds one word that is related to the last word until someone can’t think of another word … at that point, that person is the loser of the round and gets a point.

The person with the least number of points is the winner.

Some examples:

  • S’mores
  • Campfire
  • Kindling
  • Matches
  • Camp stove
  • Griddle
  • Pancakes
  • Picnic table
  • Camping spot, etc.

#4 Camping Alphabet Game

Divide the group into teams of 4 or 5 people.

Designate a category related to camping.

Each person around the campfire must name a thing related to that category starting with the letter “A” and explaining how it is related to camping.

Continue the process going down the alphabet.

The first person unable to come up with a word is the loser of the round and gets a point.

At the end of the alphabet (or the campfire is extinguished) tally up the points, the person with the least number of points is the winner.

Some category examples:

  • Camping activities
  • Camp food
  • Camping gear
  • National Parks, etc.

#5 Camping Fortunately/Unfortunately Game

Divide the group into teams of 4 or 5 people.

One person starts the game by making a statement about camping beginning with the word “fortunately”.

The next person responds to that statement beginning with the word “unfortunately” building on the story

The statements can be creative, fictional and fun.

Continue around the campfire alternating between the positive and negative statements until someone can’t think of another statement.

That person is out of the game and the game continues until every player is eliminated except for the final one who is designated the winner.

Some examples:

  • Fortunately, we reserved the last available spot at the campground for the weekend.
  • Unfortunately, the rest of the spots are reserved by the Elvis Impersonator Convention.
  • Fortunately, their rhinestone-studded costumes will attract fish to the shoreline and we can catch them with our hands.
  • Unfortunately, …

#6 Twenty Camping Questions Game

Divide the group into teams of 5 – 10 people.

One person (the “thinker”) thinks of some camping-related person, place or thing, like Smokey Bear.

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The other players get to ask a total of 20 yes/no questions.

The first person to guess correctly is the winner.

If nobody guesses correctly by the 20th question, the “thinker” wins and maintains the “thinker” position for the next round.

The player who wins the most rounds is the winner of the game.

#7 Camping Movie Game

Divide the group into teams of 5 – 10 people.

This game is similar to the 20 Camping Questions Game except for this … the “thinker” thinks of a movie about camping or with camping-related scenes like The Great Outdoors with Dan Akroyd and John Candy, RV with Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines, Meatballs with Bill Murray, The Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

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The other players get to ask a total of 20 yes/no questions.

The first person to guess the movie title correctly is the winner.

If nobody guesses correctly by the 20th question, the “thinker” wins and maintains the “thinker” position for the next round.

The player who wins the most rounds is the winner of the game.

#8 Camping Emotions Game

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Divide the group into teams of 4 or 5 people.

One player starts the game with a sentence about an emotion felt while camping … two of the words must include the letter “A”.

The next player uses that same sentence but replaces the two words that begin with the letter “A” with two different words that begin with the letter “A”.

Each player repeats the process and then a new sentence is created using the letter “B”.

If a player can’t think of a new word (no repeats allowed), they are out … the play continues through the alphabet until the last remaining player is declared the winner.

Some examples:

  • I think camping is awesome because of the air.
  • I think camping is adventurous because of the animals.
  • Etc.

#9 Would You Rather Camping Game

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Divide the group into teams of 5 – 10 people.

One person asks the other people around the campfire a “Would you rather ___________?” about a camping related topic.

There are no wrong answers and no winners or losers so there should be no pouting when playing this camping game!

Some examples:

  • Would you rather roast a hot dog or a marshmallow?
  • Would you rather peel the potatoes for dinner or wash the dishes afterwards?
  • Would you rather see a bear or a butterfly?
  • Would you rather go for a hike or a swim?
  • Would you rather eat a s’more or a pie iron pie?

#10 Camping Truth Or Dare

Divide large groups into smaller groups containing 10 people or less (otherwise the game gets really long).

Each group should set the rules before the game begins, keeping in mind the spirit of the game is to get slightly embarrassing or strange in a fun way.

  • Determine the types of questions that are NOT allowed.
  • Determine the types of dares that are NOT allowed.
  • Determine the penalty for not telling the truth or completing a dare.

Before the game begins, each person should make a list of “questions” and “dares”. Good questions and dares will be slightly odd but not dangerous.

Question examples:

  • What’s the most embarrassing thing that happened to you on a camp trip?
  • Did you ever fake being sick to skip work and go camping?
  • Did you ever forget to pack your toothbrush on a camp trip and what did you do about it?

Dare examples:

  • Act like a musician playing an air guitar and singing your campfire favorite tune (out loud) for the next 3 minutes.
  • In view of the next campsite, howl at the moon for the next 5 minutes.
  • Turn to the third person on your right, give them 2 winks and tell them how excited you are to give them a 10-minute foot massage … and do it.

The group sits in a circle (preferably around a campfire) and the first player starts the game by asking the person on their left, “Truth or dare?”

That person chooses if they want to answer a question or perform a dare.

Accordingly, the first person asks a question or orders a dare.

It will go something like this:

  • Player 1: Truth or dare?
    • Player 2: Truth
  • Player 1: If you suddenly realize you forgot to pack the toilet paper at a time when you REALLY need it, what would you use instead?
    • Player 2: My sock.
  • OR
  • Player 1: Truth or dare?
    • Player 2: Dare
  • Player 1: Impersonate your favorite wild animal you love seeing on camp trips.

The second person now becomes the questioner to the next player on his/her left and the game continues going around the circle in a clockwise direction.

Be prepared because this classic party game gets pretty crazy if the adults are drinking alcohol.

There are no winners or losers … this game is about having a few laughs and getting to know each other.

#11. The Celebrity Name Game

The group determines the time allowed for a person to answer. Remember, this fun campfire game is fast moving so you don’t want to allow more than about 5 seconds.

The group sits in a circle.

The first person starts the game by saying the name of a real or fictional famous person or character with a first and last name. (Think of actors, artists, sports figures, cartoon characters etc.) Example: Dolly Parton.

Go around the circle in a clockwise direction. Now, the next player has to say the name of a different person whose first name starts with the same first letter of the last name the other player just mentioned. Example: Peyton Manning.

If the next player’s answer has the same letter in the first and last name, the play reverses in the opposite direction around the circle. Example: Mickey Mouse.

If a player can’t answer within the allotted time period, they are out of the game and the play moves to the next person.

The last person in the circle is the winner of the game.

#12. Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon

Movie buffs call this one of their favorite campfire games.

Kevin Bacon has been in so many movies, every well-known performer is said to have no more than 6 degrees of separation from him.

The players sit in a circle and the first person starts the game by naming any famous actor or actress in the movie business. Example: Keira Knightley.

The next person names an actor or actress who played in a movie with Keira Knightley. Example: Johnny Depp, who played alongside Keira in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.

The next person tries to think of a movie that features Johnny Depp and Kevin Bacon. Hopefully, they’ll remember Johnny Depp played alongside Kevin Bacon in the movie “Black Mass” which was a crime drama film about Whitey Bulger who was the godfather of the Irish-American mafia.

If they don’t remember that movie, they think of another actor who played with Johnny Depp in a different movie and the game continues until a connection can be made to Kevin Bacon.

#13. I Can Tap This Stick Just Right

This game needs to be played with people who don’t know the “secret” to the game (except for the moderator) who starts the game using a stick, pencil or any other object that can be used for tapping.

All of the players sit in a circle, the moderator explains that everyone will have an opportunity to mimic him or her as the stick is passed around the circle. He or she will start the game by CLEARING THEIR THROAT and saying “I can tap this stick just right” and proceeds to taps the stick on the ground using any pattern they choose.

The stick is passed to the next person in the circle and they try to tap the stick exactly as the moderator. Players intently watch how and where the stick is held and tapped. Most don’t notice the throat clearing that started the process.

The exact tapping doesn’t matter, the throat clearing is the key.

After each player’s attempt, the moderator will tell them if they “tapped the stick just right” or not. Play continues around the circle.

The fun part is when the first player figures out the “just right” part is the clearing of the throat. Then a few more players catch on and get it right. Eventually players begin to exaggerate the clearing of their throats to help the others figure out the trick.

The game continues until everyone “taps the stick just right” … hopefully it will be sometime before the ghosts show up in the campfire ghost stories!

10 Fun Activities And Campfire Games For Families With Kids

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Looking for campfire games and activities for families? We’ve got 10 you need to try including these fun games:

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  • Name That Tune
  • Twenty Questions
  • Two Truths And A Lie

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If you’re responsible for feeding hungry campers and need some meal ideas, we’ve got you covered. Check out these Easy Camping Meals For Large Groups!

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  1. OMGosh I can’t wait to try some of these at our next family outing! My brother-in-law just loves playing games. He’s going to have a hard time deciding which to play first!

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Janine! That’s too funny, I have a brother in law who loves playing games too! It’s my husband that’s a little slow to the game table. Happy Camping, Kim