Camping Scavenger Hunt

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Looking for some fun camping games to get your kids in the camping spirit. 

Why not try a fun camping scavenger hunt?

The idea is that it gets the kids out and about looking for things around them while camping. It can be done along, together as a group or you can print out a few of them and make it a fun competition. 


Camping Scavenger Hunt

You can make your own forest scavenger hunt by creating a list of items that can be found in the forest. Or if you are camping somewhere else you can taper the hunt toward that area, like the beach or even special sites at a national forest. 

If you want to make your own camping scavenger hunt, we made a printable you can get at the bottom of this post that’s full of blanks so you can customize it perfectly for your camping experience. 

Camping scavenger hunt list


If you are looking for a ready-made list that you can click and print and get to playing once you get there, we’ve got you covered. 

We created 2 already done for you camping scavenger hunt printables.

One that uses pictures, making it ideal for preschoolers and a separate one with a more comprehensive list of things to hunt for.


Camping Scavenger Hunt for Preschoolers

To create a fun scavenger hunt for younger kids, you can grab our free camping picture printable. They can color or cross off the items as they find them. 

Camping scavenger hunt ideas

Other Camping Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Another fun scavenger hunt idea is to grab a brown paper bag and make a list of items for them to find and put in their bag. If the kids are going to actually collect what they are going to find on their hunt, keep the items small and easy to find. 

A good idea is to put a specific number of items on the bag. 

For example you could have preschoolers hunt for 

  • 5 small rocks
  • 4 wild flowers
  • 2 pine cones
  • 1 large leaf

Then they can bring their treasures back with them after the hunt. 

Camping Scavenger Hunt for Older Kids

For older kids looking for a more challenging scavenger hunt, you can grab our forest scavenger hunt list. This is a more comprehensive checklist sheet that they can mark off items as they go and tally up the total when they are done. 

Camping Scavenger Hunt Ideas

If playing competitively against others, you could even have a small incentive for the winner. A good prize would be to get to decide on the direction of the next hike, gets to eat the first smore, etc. 

If your campers are bringing their phones along, you could also have them take pictures of each item on the checklist, which makes it even more challenging. (Have you ever tried to capture a photo of a chipmunk?)

Grab your camping scavenger hunt printable PDFs below!

camping scavenger hunt printable

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