A Camping birthday party theme is a great
birthday party idea for a child who likes the outdoors.
This theme and the games and activities can be used while camping in the forest, backyard or even inside.
We've also included a free Nature Scavenger Hunt List for a fun and educational game while the kid's are exploring the outdoors.
Camping Party Invitation Ideas
Print out party information on large labels and stick to one side of big chocolate bars. On the other side print out a label that says " ________'s (child's name) camping party will be Smore fun with you there!"
Print out the camping sign below and attach to
blank note cards. Inside write the party information and then send
Print invitations on small cards and attach to plastic binoculars, tin cups, canteens or compasses.
Camping Party Decorations
Decorate the party in greens and browns.
Print out several types of animal tracks from the computer and
then cut them out and
tape them to the driveway or walkway to the party.
Print out some of the camping symbol signs (below) and place them along the path to the entrance of the party and to designate areas of the camping party.
If the party will be inside or under a covered area hang strings of lights around the ceiling to look like stars.
Tree balloons can be made by taping brown tissue paper in the shape of tree trunks on the walls and then attaching 3 colors of green balloons above it for leaves.
Hang glow in the dark stars from the ceiling.
Set out tin cups with each campers name written in permanent marker at each place setting along with compasses, flashlights and/or binoculars.
For a fake campfire pile logs on top of a battery powered lantern or paint the underside of pieces of wood orange and then stack on top of red and orange strings of small Christmas lights.
Set up tents outside (or inside!) for the kids
to sleep and play around. If you don't have tents you can make your own
by stringing rope between two trees or posts and hanging a waterproof
tarp over the rope.
Spread out the sides of the tarp and secure to the ground.
Use these symbols that are seen at camping sites to designate different areas of the camping party.
Fun camping games for kids, tweens, and teenagers.
What you need for the game:
Large or small group
Large area to run
Played similar to the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with tag thrown in for fun.
On playing field – make 2 end zones at each end as a safe space for each team. In the middle of the field set up orange cones or a line of tape.
Divide players into two teams.
Teams gather together in their designated end zones and decide on which sign they will do during that round of play.
Then both teams line up at the center line across from each other.
The announcer calls “Bear, Fish, Mosquito … Go!” and together each team performs their sign. (For fun the teams can make their signs large with their bodies or come together as a group to make the sign.)
The team that wins begins to chase the losing team trying to tag them before they make it back to their safe zone. If any of the losing team members make it back to the safe zone without getting tagged then they are safe. If they are tagged then they must join the winning team.
Bear beats Fish,
Fish beats Mosquito,
Mosquito beats Bear.
Camping Birthday Party Activities
Before the party have an adult create a campfire. Bring out chairs or large logs for seating and place them at a safe distance around the fire. and roast marshmallows
and hot dogs.
Decorate camouflage or plain t-shirts. Let the kids decorate with fabric paint and fabric paint pens. Or have shirts already printed with their names and they can embellish with rhinestones or paint pens.
Camping Party Food Ideas
Fun campfire party food ideas!
Smore's - chocolate squares, graham crackers and large marshmallows
Steamy cups of Hot Chocolate
Fire roasted Hot dogs
Roasted Marshmallows - before the party find lots of long skinny tree branches that can be used for roasting the marshmallows and hotdogs
Bug Juice - there's sure to be bugs when you are camping ... but these are the delicious kind! The day before the party fill ice cube trays with water and a few raisins in each ice cube. The raisins look like bugs when frozen inside the ice cubes. Let the kids place them in their drinks and sodas at the party.
Camping Party Favor Ideas
Glow in the dark items
Glow in the dark stars
Large chocolate bars with a printed label that say's "Thank you!"
A chocolate bar, pack of teddy grahams and marshmallows for a do it yourself Smore's kit
Camping Loot / Goody Bag Ideas
Small Tackle box
Camouflage bandanas (wrap up party favors and tie)
These fun camping birthday party ideas are also great backyard camping ideas for groups, families or parties! Great games for camping trips too!
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