Campfire Recipes and Camp Games to Make You a Happier Camper
Now that fall is just around the corner you are going to want to get in as many camping trips as you can before winter arrives. We’ve brainstormed a few games and recipes to help you make the most of your upcoming camping adventure.
Three Campers (Works best with large groups)
To play this game you ask all of your campers to write a single sentence about a crazy experience that happened to them on a piece of paper with their name. So for example they could write “One time I accidentally shaved half of my Dad’s beard.” Then the announcer of the game will look at the different stories and choose one.
The counselor asks three campers, including the camper who had the experience, to share how they found themselves in that situation. Two have to lie and one is telling the truth. After the stories are told the remaining campers are asked to vote on who they think is telling the truth with a simple raising of hands. Once everyone votes, the truth teller reveals him or herself. It is a great way for your campers to get to know one another a little better.
Who doesn’t love a good game of flashlight tag? It is best to play in pairs so have your campers pair up, hand them flashlights, and send them on their way. Have one kid count to 100. I mean hey, the forest can be a big place you’ll need plenty of time to hide. But please do not try to play this game in an area that the campers are unfamiliar. We would hate for anybody to get lost.
Glow Stick Toss/Bowling
If your campground has a horse shoe pit, you can use glow stick necklaces to toss around the pole. If you don’t have a horse shoe pit, take some extra water bottles filled with water and throw in a glow stick. Now you can ring the water bottles! Or find a ball and play glow stick bowling if you have enough water bottles for 10 pins.
Another camping classic is playing cards. Whether its Poker or Go Fish, you’ll want to make sure to pack your deck for hours of fun for all
ages. So huddle around that picnic table and grab your cards for some great family bonding. If you don’t want to play with regular playing cards you can pack a different set of cards such as Cards Against Humanity or Uno.
After having so much fun playing games your campers are bound to have worked up an appetite. We have taken the liberty of gathering some campfire favorites so that you can spend your time enjoying your trip.
1. Campfire Cones (Requires Campfire)
Ice cream Cones
Fill an ice cream cone with peanut butter, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and bananas – and heat it up over the fire for this mouthwatering twist on the classic s’more we found on Come Together Kids.
2. Summer Sausage Hobo Packets Recipe (Requires grill or over-fire rack)
1 pound summer sausage, cut into pieces
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small yellow summer squash, sliced
1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 cup butter, cut into eight cubes
1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in the chicken and tomatoes. Divide mixture among eight heavy-duty foil squares (about 12 in. square). Top each with a butter cube.
Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Carefully open foil to allow steam to escape; drizzle with dressing. Yield: 8 servings.
(Feel free to use or not use ingredients as desired)
This recipe was found at Taste of Home.
3. Three-Cheese Potatoes Recipe (Requires grill or over-fire rack)
3 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced chives
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Transfer to a double thickness of greased heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Dot with butter.
Fold foil around potato mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-18 minutes on each side or until potatoes are tender.
Carefully open foil. Sprinkle the bacon cheeses over potato mixture. Grill 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Found on Taste of Home.
Now that you and your campers are all fed and happy you can take some time and relax in your folding Adirondack Chair next to the fire. Enjoy the company of your friends and family, or maybe tell scary stories. Whatever you choose, your East Coast Chair & Barstool family wish you a great time.