Night Hike Sensory Activities

Over the course of the hike, prompt campers to pay particular attention to the scents they might encounter. In cooler night air and in cooler seasons, scents are more pronounced. Especially in the darkness, with limited ability to see, scent awareness strengthens. To do the activity, draw campers around and pass out containers, one at a time, and see how many campers can name the scent without prompting. To increase complexity, as them to keep their guesses to themselves until everyone in the group has had a chance to smell the container.

Beth Morrow is an author, educator and co-program director for Camp Hamwi, a residential camp for teens with diabetes. She loves night hikes and has plenty more suggestions where these came from. Contact her at

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