8 Campfire Games for Adults

Campfire Games for Adults

The most fun part of the camping journey is building a campfire with your family or friends. Sitting around the campfire together always bonds with joy and happiness.

However, you’ll soon find it is a little tedious as the time lasts, this is human nature for things that do not change constantly and for things repeating itself again and again.

As great as sitting around a campfire is, sometimes we need a little extra entertainment. Campfire games aren’t just for kids who are bored of camping. These campfire games for adults should help add some fun to your time around the fire. 


This is a time honored tradition. This is how much our ancestors passed on their traditions thousands of years ago. 

There are several ways to tell stories around the campfire. Each person can take a turn telling a story, either real or made up, or each person can add a bit to the same story. Collective storytelling is a great way to create laughs and memories. You may even continue telling the story as you settle down in your tent with your friends. 

Would You Rather

This is another campfire game for the ages. Making your friends choose between 2 equally unappealing options is a great way to get to know them better. Sometimes the answers can be shocking. 

Come up with 2 options for someone to pick between, for example:

Would you rather walk on thumbtacks or stub your toe on a table

You are only limited by your imagination. Making your players explain their choice is also good for a laugh. Some people go through complex thought processes when trying to decide which terrible thing they would rather do.

Two Truths and a Lie

Keeping with the theme of verbal games, this is another classic. Tell your friends 3 things about you, 2 of them true and 1 lie. Do they know you well enough to figure out which is a lie? The great thing about this campfire game and the previous games on this list is all it requires is your friends and your imagination. A couple of drinks doesn’t hurt either.

Not only does this game help you get to know each other but it will likely make you ask follow-up questions when what you thought was a lie turns out to be true. You can understand your friends better and create more bonds in the process.

Who’s Afraid Of The Dark

Hide and Seek, in the dark, and scaring the heck out of your friends. Instead of trying to hide from the seeker, the goal of this game is to scare them. Running around in the dark can be dangerous so take it easy and use flashlights. This game isn’t for the faint of heart, wandering around the forest at night, even with a flashlight can be terrifying. Add someone jumping out of nowhere and your heart might leap out of your chest. 

It is a little dangerous, you can hide in the tent instead to avoid unexpected conditions in the wilderness.

Jelly Bean Roulette

This does require a bit of preparation. Particularly a pack of flavored jelly beans, many of which taste terrible. Something like Bean Boozled from Jelly Belly is perfect. These flavors range from watermelon to rotten egg. 2 people go head to head and choose identical looking jelly beans. Someone may or may not get the one that tastes disgusting. Warning: This game is not for the squeamish.

6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon

It’s odd how Kevin Bacon has become a game. It’s a testament to how many movies he’s made and people he’s worked with. The rules are simple enough. Pick any actor, the next person connects them to another actor they have worked with and in which movie or show. This continues until the original actor has been connected to Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less. This will also challenge your movie knowledge. 

Campfire Sing-Along

Singing is the best way to express emotions, it has been practiced billions of times by our ancestors and thus singing around the campfire has even become a cultural symbol. You can do it one by one or by singing together with the whole group.

If someone can play a guitar this would be even great. It not only brings you relaxation but also joyful memories that you can remember years later in your life.

You can also do this when sleeping in the tent staring at the starry sky, it brings different experiences and is worth a try.

Try Not To Laugh Challenge

Are you the funny one in your group? Then this is the perfect game for you around the campfire. One person fills their mouth with water, the other players take turns trying to make that person laugh and spit out the water.

Whoever makes them laugh is the winner of that round. Be weird, imaginative, and outrageous to get the win. And don’t laugh.

Campfire Safety

Playing games around the campfire is fun, however, you should always keep the safety in mind because campfires are easy to get out of control when you don’t pay attention to it.

Always keep an eye out for the fire, especially if you are camping with kids.

Remember to extinguish the fire before going to bed, the wind may blow the embers to the tent which can cause disasters when you are sleeping in the night.

Final Thoughts

One of the best things about camping and playing campfire games is the human connection and bonding. We spend so much time wrapped up in our phones and social media that many of us don’t take the time to really get to know each other and connect.

Spending time telling stories and getting to know each other can make friendships and family bonds stronger. The campfire is an excellent place to make those connections in the glow of the firelight and not a screen. 

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