After the sun has gone down on a long day of adventure, a great way to relax and unwind is by playing campfire games. Having everyone gather around a crackling campfire to roast marshmallows and spend time together is what camping is all about! Two Truths and a Lie is a great campfire game you can play that is not only entertaining, but it helps you and your fellow campers get to know one another. Great for any age, this game is a must for your next camping trip!
How To Play
Taking turns, everyone in the group will share three statements about themselves. Two of these statements are true, and one is a lie. The rest of the group tries to guess which one is a lie. Use your imagination on this one and see if you can stump the other campers with your statements!
Here are the detailed instructions:
- Everyone sits in a circle (probably around the campfire with s’mores in hand!).
- Pick someone to go first. Usually there is someone who can come up with their statements pretty quickly.
- This person will say their three statements. Here is an example of statements that this person could use (and whether they are the truth or a lie):
- I hate broccoli. (Lie! This goof ball actually likes this stuff!!!)
- I once rode on a fire truck. (Truth)
- I’ve never left the country. (Truth)
- Start with the person sitting to the right of the one who made the statements and have each person guess which one is the lie. Don’t reveal the truth until everyone has made a guess.
- Once everyone has guessed, reveal the lie and count how many people they stumped.
- The person on the right goes next.
- The person with the most stumped people at the end is the winner!
If you’re uncomfortable with asking people (especially children) to lie, you can try a different variation where it’s two truths and a wish. So maybe they can say, “I went to the beach this summer. My mom is having a baby. We’re moving next year.” Maybe they only wish that mom was having a new baby. This way you don’t have to contradict all of the “don’t lie” lessons you’ve worked so hard to teach to your little campers.
Here are some things to get you thinking about your statements, whether true or not:
- Places you have/would like to visit
- Things you have/wish you had done
- Things you like/dislike
- Places you have/wish you had lived
- Nicknames you have had/or heard someone else called
- Relationship status (great for teens)
- Things you have/wish you had never done
- Movies you’ve seen/would like to see
- Activities and sports you have/wish you had participated in
- Things you can/cannot do
- Things you do/don’t own
You want to remember how to handle yourself during your “lie” or “wish.” Try to be sure to mix up the order of your truths and lies. If you tell the lie first every time, eventually people will catch on and know which one is the lie. You also want to be sure to control your voice and any nervous “tells” you may have when saying something that isn’t true. Some people are horrible liars, which is definitely not a bad trait, but they may not do very well at this game.
This game is a great conversation starter. Especially if you are playing with kids, finding out what they wish can be a great conversation starter to getting into their little minds and understanding them a bit better. It can be really hard, especially with tweens and teens, to get kids talking. With this game they will get involved without even realizing what they’re doing. This could also help with planning your next camping trip!
What are your favorite campfire games? Tell us in the comments!