Card Games to Play While Camping

Card Games to Play While Camping
Camping can get boring even with all that wonderfully entertaining and interesting wildlife around. Rains can come and send you indoors and kids can just plain get fed up with being told to look at a beautiful bird or rock. One of the most lightweight and efficient ways to keep campers entertained is to bring along at least one pack of playing cards, and preferably a few of them, in order to expand your ability to have a good time with cards.

Go Fish

Even if the rain is coming down in buckets you can still claim to have gone fishing when you bring along a deck of cards. Nearly everybody has played a game of Go Fish at some point in their lives and so the rules are practically universal. The rules of Go Fish are also easy enough for even little kids to learn. This is a card game for a camping trip that will probably go over much better if the bulk of the players are kids. Two to five players are best for a rousing game of Go Fish.



It takes a special deck to play UNO, but you can pick them up in many grocery or convenience stores. UNO cards today come with specialized decks featuring everything from The Simpsons to Harry Potter. The nice thing about bringing along an UNO deck of cards is that up to 10 players can play on the same deck, making this a good card game for large camping assemblies like scouts or church groups.

Multiple Solitaire

Those who bring along a standard deck of playing cards for each member of the camping party can indulge in the fast-paced game of multiple solitaire. While multiple solitaire may sound like an oxymoron, it can one of the fastest and most furious games of any kind played at a campsite. Each player deals out a standard solitaire set and plays alone. The difference is that all the Aces go into the middle and any player can place one of their cards over anyone else's cards as they pile up on top of the Aces. The round ends either when the first player gets rid of all 52 cards or when everybody has reached a point where they can't go any further. You then separate the cards placed in the middle and assign point numbers to them. Obviously, you need to buy decks that are distinguishable from each other. Keep playing rounds until the first player has reached a point total such as 300 or 500. Points can either be based on the face value or you can make it much easier by assigning five points to number cards and 10 points to face cards.


Article Written By Timothy Sexton

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