A family reunion is a great way to reconnect with your loved ones. However, it can be a challenging task to plan one when you’re also camping. Luckily, there are plenty of fun camping activities that will help your reunion be an unforgettable event. Keep reading to learn more!
You should begin planning your reunion well in advance so that you can reserve the campground and give people time off from work and school. While summer is an obvious time of year, consider the “off-season”, a time that works with everyone’s schedule, such as spring break or fall break.
1. Games to Play as a Group
One of the best camping activities for a family reunion is to play games as a group. These games should be fun for all ages and will encourage laughter and communication throughout the weekend. Group games such as bocce ball, charades, board or card games is something all generations can get on board with.
2. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun and educational game for kids, and they’re an excellent way to make your family’s reunion a special event. They are easy to create, adaptable, affordable, and a great activity for both kids and adults.
A family reunion is a chance for relatives to connect with older members they haven’t seen in years, and this game will help everyone do just that. Send a questionnaire to each family member before the reunion and have them fill it out.
This will then be compiled into a large sheet of paper and turned into a scavenger hunt. It’s a fun way for family members to get to know each other, and it will become a requested family game year after year!
3. Have a Dance Off
Talk to the campground staff about holding a dance-off in the common area. That way you have a nice big area to really show off your dance moves. Put the teens in charge and be sure to bring music from each era (from the 50’s all the way up to today) to get everyone interested and involved. Consider giving prizes, or crowning a “king and queen” with the best (and the worst) moves!
4. Create a Family Tree
A family reunion is a time to reconnect with your loved ones. But it can also be a little confusing at times when you see people you don’t recognize.
If you aren’t sure who has what connection to the rest of your family, creating a family tree is a fun way to get everyone involved. Simply print out a chart that includes information on your direct line back to the common ancestor who brought you all together for this family reunion.
Put up the chart, pass it around and have your relatives fill it in so you have a complete family tree. This will help make the ancestors come alive and give new insights into your genealogy research. If needed, a little internet research beforehand helps as well!
Creating a family tree is one of the best camping activities for a family reunion. Not only is it a fun activity, but it also helps teach kids about their ancestry and strengthens family bonds.
Message cups with a famous family motto or saying inscribed on them are also a fun keepsake. You could also use famous family photos to create a tablecloth with family members pictured in the center.
5. Do a Recipe Swap
Are you the one person that has your great-aunt’s tried and tested macaroni salad recipe or your grandpa’s one-of-a-kind barbecue rub blend? A family reunion is ideal for sharing them, along with the stories of why those recipes hold a special place in your heart or in family lore.
Have everyone bring their favorite recipe, and create a family recipe book or blog, or add them to your family website or Facebook page.
6. Just Relax Around the Campfire
Another fun family reunion camping activity is telling stories around the campfire. Whether it’s a tale from a long time ago or something more modern, a night around the fire is the perfect way to end a day of fun with your loved ones.
Add in some snacks, drinks, and storytelling, and you have yourself one memorable evening.