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Campfire Games, Questions, and Story Ideas

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After a long day of adventuring, it’s nice to lounge around a campfire with friends or family. RV, backpacking, and camping trips are excellent opportunities to unplug from technology and spend quality time together.

Quality time and authentic conversations are perfect ways to strengthen bonds with your family and friends.

Here are some fun questions and other ways to deepen relationships and get to know each other better. (These ideas are great for sitting around the dinner table at home, too!)

21 Great Campfire Questions

  1. What is your favorite song right now, and why? (Or, what should be the theme song to your life right now?)
  2. What was the best thing about today, and why? (Everyone can interpret “best” as they wish.)
  3. What is one thing you learned about yourself recently?
  4. What is a television show (current or past) that you would be willing to live in? Why?
  5. Who is someone who you look up to and would like to emulate? Why
  6. If you had to get a tattoo (or another), what would you get and why?
  7. Do you think your social media profiles reflect you accurately?
  8. How would you spend $1,000 if you had just one day to spend it?
  9. Describe your perfect outdoor adventure.
  10. What is one adventure activity that you would be scared, but willing to try?
  11. What injustices in the world make you angry?
  12. What is your happiest memory?
  13. What are three things on your “bucket-list” or “to do” list before you die?
  14. Share about a time when you felt the most alive or the most fully yourself.
  15. If you could design your dream job, what would it be?
  16. Who are some people you think are having a positive influence on culture or in our world? Why?
  17. How do you go about making a decision? Does it change depending on the weight of the decision?
  18. What is one item you could not live without, and why?
  19. What is the best meal you can cook? If you could have anyone (dead or alive) over for dinner, who would you invite?
  20. If you could time-travel to any era in history or the future, what period would you choose and why?
  21. If you could learn any skill, what would you choose and why?

Table-Talk is an excellent resource for more questions to prompt meaningful conversations with family and friends. They sell packs of questions on cards, and there is an app available

Fun Campfire Games

Roasting marshmallows around a campfire
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Here are some fun campfire games that everyone can play together and don’t require bringing a lot of extra items. We always tuck a deck of cards into our packs to have on hand.

Mafia

Mafia (sometimes called Werewolf) is a fun game for seven or more players, though it is possible to play with fewer people. This game pits the informed minority–the Werewolf or mafia–against the uninformed majorityโ€”the town people.

The game has two phases that repeat. At “night” the werewolves or mafia secretly eliminate a town person. During the “day” the innocent town people vote to eliminate someone they suspect is a werewolf or mafia. The game ends when all the werewolves or mafia are removed or when there are more werewolves than townspeople.

Traditionally, people play the game with two werewolves, a detective, a doctor, and the rest of the players are innocent townspeople. You can use playing cards or scraps of paper with the roles written down to distribute the characters.

Fishbowl

This exciting game combines Taboo, Charades, and Password, but all you need are scraps of paper, some pens, a timer, and a bowl, hat or another container to hold all the papers. Each player takes three pieces of paper and writes a word or phrase on each paper. Fold all the papers in half and collect them in the “fishbowl” container.

Divide everyone into two equal teams and shake up the fishbowl. Now you’re ready to get started! The first round is the “Taboo” round. Players try to get their teammates to guess as many words or phrases as possible in one minute. They cannot say any of the words on the paper and cannot use any hand gestures.

Each team takes one minute turns until all the papers are gone. Tally the scores and return all the papers to the fishbowl for round two. The second round is similar, but now the players reading the papers can only use one word to describe the word or phrase on the paper. The other players have to remember the words from the previous round to guess during this round.

The third round is like Charades. The players reading the papers cannot speak. They must act out the words or phrases for their teammates to guess.

If you would like an entertaining last round, some people play a final “ghost round.” Grab a bedsheet, and the player who is reading the pieces of paper drapes the sheet over themselves. The rest of the team must guess the words while the player acts them out underneath the sheets. It is sure to bring a lot of laughter.

Whisper Telephone

An “oldie but a goodie,” this game gets better with more players. The first person whispers a phrase into the ear of the player sitting next to them. Each player must whisper the same phrase in the next person’s ear. Nobody can repeat themselves.

Once the phrase is “passed” all the way around the circle, the last player says what they heard aloud, and the first person reveals what the original phrase was.

This game is excellent if you are trying to keep the noise levels down. However, there is a risk of everyone bursting out laughing if the end phrase is particularly funny.

Campfire Stories

Friends around a campfire
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Huddled around a campfire is an excellent time to enjoy s’ mores and share campfire stories.

Whether you prefer ghost stories that send shivers down your spine or funny stories that will leave you in stitches, campfire stories are always a fun way to relax and enjoy the evening.

Here are a few campfire story resources to get you started:

If you are car or RV camping, bring along a book of campfire stories to read aloud, either in the RV or around the campfire. Here are three excellent books with spooky, funny, creepy, and scary campfire stories. Some stories even require audience participation!

Story Stick

There are many versions of this storytelling game, but I played “Story Stick” as a child. We hunted around for a small stick. The game begins when the first person holds the story stick and begins to spin a yarn.

At a random point, the first storyteller passes the story stick to another player, who continues telling the story. The game goes on until everyone has a chance to contribute to the story. There’s no telling where the story will go, and it allows everyone to use their imaginations.


Do you have a favorite game, story, question, or other campfire pass-time? Share in the comments!

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