Camping is one of those recreational activities which we love to do with our family and close friends. We do like to spend some quality time with our family and enjoy life to the fullest. Social camping is believed to create stronger bondage between the members of same family or between different families. Camping is the best way to get rid of stress from our daily routine & outside world. There is plenty of time for leisure and entertainment while camping. Of course we want to have lots of fun during camping and do some crazy stuff, don’t we? It should not be one of those boring experiences .It can be a memorable time if we try out some new stuff or get back into hobbies which we loved to do. Provided that you have budding co-campers, you can have a great time while camping. Here are some of the fun ideas to do on the campsite …..
1. Explore nature around you
The greatest part of enjoyment while camping is being closer to nature. Exploring nature around you is core activity while you are on camping. You can go with your parents or siblings & try to find a stream nearby, or a tree that’s easy to climb, you can go for catching fireflies, animal watching, leaf collecting, bug collecting, have a scavenger hunt, or go in search for wild berries, nuts and other edible plants. But make sure that you be in your limits. Know the reason why you are camping!!! Happy Camping!!
2. Tell scary stories to campers
Well, to spice up the mood while camping especially in the night around the campfire, try telling some spoofy, scary ghost stories to other campers. This is one of the organic things you can do while camping. These kinds of stories are the essence of camping, where you can have lots of fun. Just start with a little imagination of your personal scary experiences and then add spoofy stuff to it and make a fairy tale. Have fun!!
3. Go for geocaching
This word seems new & interesting. Well, geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the players use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or else a mobile device and other navigational methods to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or just “caches”, anywhere in the world. A cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log, the player must make sure that the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. It is a great way to explore our surroundings and only requires a GPS enabled device and a few tradeables. You can find apps, dedicated websites for this game. So, what are you waiting for??
4. Play outdoor games
Playing games not only help us to maintain good health but also promote friendship and good behaviour. While camping, you can always go for playing volleyball, soccer ball, hacky sack, Frisbee etc. One has lot of free time during a day while camping. Playing these games will kill time along with having lots of fun. Physical fitness, co-ordination, sportsmanship of a person are also tested while playing outdoor games. So don’t think much, grab a ball & go for it!!!
5. Cook campfire food
Cooking is one of the core activities while camping. Collecting wood, gathering around the campfire and cooking food is one of the awesome experiences one can have while camping. Everyone knows of the toasted, melted, burned, dropped in ash and wiped off marshmallow treat loved by kids of all ages. One can try cooking potatoes, baked beans, smores, baked apples, bannock, corn fritters, campers stew etc. As they say “There is no sincerer love than the love of food”, everyone on the earth loves to have good food!!!
6. Play truth or dare
You all know that ‘Truth or dare’ is a party game where the players are given the choice between answering a question truthfully, or performing a ‘dare’ which are set by other players. It is a fun-filled and interesting activity. You can make them sing something embarrassing or else you can jump into asking some personal questions, but make sure you don’t cross the line. These kinds of sessions while camping will make every camper to involve and mingle with other campers.
7. Make a treasure map
One of the best ways to bring adventure and thrilling aspect into camping is to play treasure hunt. Make groups of 3-4 members of interested campers, hide something in the campsite and make a creative, elaborated treasure map on a sheet of paper. Every group will challenge each other and time consumption to complete the challenge can be considered for winning or losing of a group. Of course the ultimate aim of this is to have fun, lots and lots of FUN!!
8. Relax in the green
While you are camping, it is very easy to unplug yourselves and enjoy the nature. One basic thing you should do while relaxing is to avoid all kinds of electronic gadgets. You can lie down on the green, get fresh air, take a nap under sun or set up your camp chairs or hammock and dive into any book which you are interested or float on the water, watch the trees blowing in the breeze, stargaze and try to relax yourself. Even the sound of the leaves rustling in the wind can help you relax your mind and connect with nature. You also might enjoy lounging by the creek. You are there for relaxing? Aren’t you?
9. Go fishing
Fishing is always a way to relax. It is a wonderful activity which helps children to learn good qualities like perseverance and patience. Some people like to go for fishing at sea or lake as they like to relax in peaceful & quiet places. Spending day fishing near a pond or lake helps to release us from our highly stressful & everyday environment. Being outside in nature and being active encourages a healthier way of leading life and sharing our fishing experience with family and friends will help strengthen relationships.
10. Play a guitar or any instrument
Bob Marley says “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”
Music is not merely for entertainment, but it has also got various benefits. Any event will turn out dull, if there is no music around. Music has got that ability to get families together and turn occasions into full of joy. There are varieties of instruments you can play while you are camping. The best one of course is guitar. You can also go for mouth harp, bongos, fiddle, and harmonica etc. Also insist other campers to bring various instruments and have a musical day!!!