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Postby D1 » Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:01 am

ok folks I need some campfire games to play with our youth group from church.......

they need to be fun,interesting and SAFE and CLEAN.............give me your ideas
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campfire games

Postby 45auto » Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:28 pm

The campfire is an integral part of any camping trip. You may not always need it to keep warm or cook your food, but you’ll probably light one anyway. Why? Because it is a place for social interaction. It’s a great place for games.

A good game for at least four or five people is Wink Murder. To play, make a scrap of paper for each person. On only one, write the word “murderer”. Fold up all the pieces of paper and put them in a hat, or the like. Each person selects a piece of paper and looks at it without showing the other players. Whoever gets the “murderer” note, must try to “kill” the other players without being caught. Murder is committed by winking at a player. That player must see the wink. When this happens, he/she is required to keel over and pretend to die. If the murderer is caught winking by anyone other than the current victim, he/she loses and the game is over. The low light of a campfire helps to make this game more challenging.

Clapping games are popular with pre-teens, but can be played everyone. In a rhythm of 1-2, 1-2, all players clap their hands and then slap their thighs. (clap-clap, slap-slap) In rhythm and on the claps, the first person must name a place beginning with the letter A. On the next set of claps and without missing a beat, the second person must name a place starting with B. The third person has the letter C, and so on. When a person makes a clapping-slapping mistake, speaks out of rhythm or can’t think of a place name, he/she is out. You’ll quickly find out who is coordinated and knows their geography!

For people with overactive imaginations, the continuing story is fun. The first person starts telling a story. After a few sentences, he/she stops and the second person must carry on until it is the next person’s turn after a few sentences. This carries on with each person having a turn until the story reaches a satisfying conclusion or you want to stop. Don’t make the tales too scary if there are young kids playing and try to use characters created by the people before you to keep it interesting. You’d be amazed by what lurks in the imaginations of friends and family.

By adding twists to Twenty Questions, you can make this old standby entertaining for groups of people. (The standard game is played by one person thinking of a person, place or thing and the opponent determining what it is by asking up to twenty questions that can be answered with only “yes” or “no”.) You can limit each person to one question. Or, if players are about the same age, try to guess song titles. Movies work better if you’ve got teens and adults. You can make it educational by trying to guess current or historical events. Let the detective in you out for a while.

Of course, sometimes the best games are those you invent on the spot. Give it try. The key elements to any good campfire game are participation by everyone, no need for a lot of light, and you can play while sitting in one place. Whatever you play, the atmosphere of the campfire will help to make it fun and memorable.

Postby Mike Brooks » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:38 pm

D1, do you have enough games yet? I think telling hunting and fishing stories is fun. I have heard some great
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Re: campfire games

Postby Lizette » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:30 pm

This game has a simple premise: getting people to laugh while trying not to laugh yourself. Divide your group into two teams and decide which team is “on stage” first. Then choose one person from the opposing team to be on the “hot seat.” Set the timer for 2 minutes. The team that’s on stage has one simple goal: to make the person on the hot seat laugh.

Now laughs and smiles and giggles and snorts can be difficult to distinguish from one another, potentially creating some areas of disagreement, so we like this simple rule: if you show your teeth, you’re out!

The team can work together or individually, but they are not allowed to touch the other team, make fun of them, or be mean. When someone cracks, his or her team has to take their turn on stage. If the player can keep a straight face for the entire two minutes, he earns a point for his team.
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