Chain Story:

No items needed for this activity, great for around a campfire! This is a great way to share some smiles and start to wind down before everyone settles in for the night.

Select a person to start with just a line or two of a story (this may be hard for young children at fisrt so be patient and give them some “hints”. Also, select a person to end the story after  everyone has had a turn or two.

You can start simply with “Once upon a time…..”, or “It was a dark and stormy night….” Each person at the fire then takes a turn adding to the story. Work your way around the circle a time or two and have pre-selected person end the story.

Younger children may find it easier adapting a favorite fairy tale or story once given a couple of started lines. Older kids love finishing sentences and can be very creative!

Be prepared for lots of laughs and changes in direction. The more the merrier!


Snipe Hunting

This game requires an adult. The adult is just going to go along with you, since this game has to be played at dusk or later. They are not there to carry your snipe bag or to protect you if you find a really big snipe. You are on your own for that one, so be careful and try to only catch the ones that you are capable of carrying.

What you will need to play this game:

  • A garbage bag or something else you can use to carry your snipes back in.
  • A stick or something for getting your snipes into the bag
  • A flashlight so that you can see the eyes of the snipes.
  • Bravery .. hunting snipes can get kind of scary sometimes

Okay .. here’s how it goes:

  • Get as many kids as you can find to play. The purpose of the game is to be the person with:
  • The BIGGEST snipe
  • The MOST snipes
  • You can set a time limit on this game if you want, but you must do it before you head out.

A little information on snipes:
Snipes do not hang around where it’s light, so the chances of you finding one right around camp is pretty slim. Snipes don’t like a lot of noise, so there’s another reason that you might not find one at camp. Snipes have really bright eyes, so when you shine your flashlight, pay attention .. you don’t want to miss one.

When it comes time to CATCH your snipes .. be VERY careful. They are quick .. and they really don’t want to go in a bag .. so .. be quick .. and watch your fingers.