Board Game of Camp: Fun for Family Game Night

family game night ideaFamilies can gather around the campfire, follow footprints through the forest, and learn about nature all at their own kitchen table.  With the award-winning board game of Camp, players will feel like they are on an outdoor adventure.  While taking only 20 to 30 minutes to complete, this game offers a quick glance into the outside world.  It’s fun for all ages to play together.

Family Game Night

The object of Camp is to be the first player to arrive back at the campfire after venturing off through the forest.   To begin, a player chooses one of 8 different animal characters.  They can be:

Peter the Porcupine, Bruce the Moose, Dawn the Doe, Susie the Salmon, Bobby the Beaver, Sassy the Squirrel, Michael the Mouse, or Eisenhower the Owl.

They also decide on a level of play.  Level 1, 2, 3, or 4.  Level 1 is the easiest, 4 is the hardest.  Each of the Camp Trivia Cards which are read through the game has different levels of questions according to a player’s age.  This is why it is great for families, young and old to play together.  Adults will be given more difficult questions to answer, while a child will be given questions more for his age.

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Camp Question Card

For example, the Camp trivia card shown right has the following questions:

Level 1: What animal is pictured?  A: Deer  B:Moose  C: Black Bear

Level 2: What is baby black bear called? A: Calf  B: Cub  C: Pup

Level 3: What is a group of bears called? A:Slueth  B: Clutch  C: Gang

Level 4: What is the scientific name of the bear? A:Ursus Americanus  B: Cervus Elapus  C: Feliz Rufus

Answers are provided by using a ‘Camp Decoder’. This is slid on the card along the right side, and the answers are revealed through the little window of the Decoder.  Kids love it!

A player’s move on the board is determined by the roll of one extra large die.  He can land on a space with green footprints, a space with white footprints, or a clubhouse space.

A player landing on a green footprints space needs to answer a question from one of the 100 Camp trivia cards, explained above. If he gets the answer correct he rolls again.  If he answers incorrect, play moves to the next person. These Camp Question Cards really are a unique feature to the game. The design of the cards allows all players of various ages to be challenged and enjoy the game.  This is one of the reasons why this is a perfect game for family game night.  The whole family enjoys learning more about nature based on their current level of knowledge.

And there is another fun educational aspect too.

If a player lands on a Camp Clubhouse space after rolling the die, they move their piece to the Camp Clubhouse position on the board and reads a Fun Fact Camp Card from the deck of 99.  These cards give interesting ‘fun facts’.

Some examples of the Fun Fact cards are, “Some fish can climb trees”, “Emus can’t walk backwards” or “A baby oyster is called a Spat.”  After reading the card, their turn ends, but they learned something.

If a player lands on white footprints, the turn immediately ends and the next person rolls the die.

Dr. Toy Award Winner

With questions of various difficulties, giving each player the opportunity to learn something new, it is not hard to understand why Camp won one of Dr. Toy’s awards.  Dr. Toy takes into account several other qualities, like value, creativity, ease of play and fun; all of which create a great game. Camp was awarded in 2007 the 100 Best Products Award.  It also won the Hall of Fame Gold Award by Family Review Center in the same year.

Education Outdoors Inc.

The Camp board game was invented by Tim Paczesny after forming his company Education Outdoors Inc.  in 2005.  He was interested in educating families about the wonderful experiences the outdoors has to offer.

Although the game is great for all people, it provides the opportunity to learn about camping, wildlife, and nature for those who wouldn’t normally go camping.  For these people, maybe one of the best parts about playing the game of Camp, is once the game is over, they can go to sleep in their own nice comfy bed at home, and not on the hard floor of a tent.

Education Outdoors also came out with a Fishing Camp Board Game. (I don’t have that game though…yet)


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3 Responses

  1. Twingem says:

    Very cool.

    Once upon I time, I camped all the time! I took my kids camping constantly when both they and I were younger. I miss it. But I admit, I’d rather be in an RV or a nice hotel these days…. Me bones creek a bit more these days 🙂

  2. Jdiggins says:

    Wow! I guess I missed that boat! In college, for my final in Marketing, we were tasked with not only marketing a product, but making it first.
    I made a game. The premises to it was absolutely 100% identical! The differences were only this: my game took place on an island with a volcano, and I only marketed to my class. I got an A tho…

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